Monday, December 03, 2007

My five paragraph essay on "Watching the Hillary Implosion"

I've been saying for a while that Hillary's campaign based upon unflappability and inevitability is just too tough to keep up. It allows no room for error and I have never been confident that it was a wise strategy for such a long campaigning season. One mistake on the campaign trail or in a debate is just too easy. The inevitability argument is great as long as it keep candidates from declaring, but once they do, you have to beat them. If Hillary is unable to win Iowa, she is no longer inevitable and voters lose one of two reasons to vote for her.

Well, the latest polls are starting to call into question her inevitability and her response today was anything but unflappable.

Here is Hillary's press release: Sen. Obama Rewrites History, Claims He Hasn't Been Planning White House Run.

It is pretty light on evidence to support her charge. In it, she uses a quote from a classmate that Obama was thinking of politics during their days together. It quotes his brother-in-law about a conversation they had 15 years ago. Then it quotes his THIRD GRADE and KINDERGARTEN "essays".

In third grade, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want To Be a President.' His third grade teacher: Fermina Katarina Sinaga "asked her class to write an essay titled 'My dream: What I want to be in the future.' Senator Obama wrote 'I want to be a President,' she said." [The Los Angeles Times, 3/15/07]

In kindergarten, Senator Obama wrote an essay titled 'I Want to Become President.' "Iis Darmawan, 63, Senator Obama's kindergarten teacher, remembers him as an exceptionally tall and curly haired child who quickly picked up the local language and had sharp math skills. He wrote an essay titled, 'I Want To Become President,' the teacher said." [AP, 1/25/07 ]

Does that smell of desperation to anyone else?