Wednesday, March 26, 2008

On Getting Beaten Up

"When they attack each other, and they do so in battleground states, these arguments are heard by voters and they may be remembered by them later on," Democratic strategist Tad Devine said. "But there's also the fact that when you air these arguments early on, they become a little stale," Devine said. "And they may, in fact, wither on the vine."

Democratic Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, who has not backed either Clinton or Obama, said the risks for the party could be great. "The nastiness is only going to get worse, and what these candidates are going to have to do over the summer is persuade superdelegates that the other person is not capable of being president," Bredesen told ABC News. "And then you'll turn around at the end of August and explain why that person should be president."

But today, in Parkersburg, W.Va., Bill Clinton made it clear he didn't agree. "You know, I don't give a rip about all this name calling that's going on," he said. "If a politician doesn't wanna get beat up, he shouldn't run for office," the former president said. "Let's just saddle up and have an argument. What's the matter with that?"

Well Bill, I can answer that question in three words… President John McCain.