Friday, March 21, 2008

Reminds Me of Hillary's Health Care Plan

It's 2:00am. I've finished a draft of my SWOT analysis for the University Audit and I've finally gotten to watch a little bit of Beowulf. Right now, it looks like Beowulf has cut off Grendel's hand.

Go Beowulf.

I've been thinking a lot about the Hillary/ Obama know today.

My impression is that Obama's campaign is permanently damaged by the Jeremiah Wright incident and that he won't be able to get beyond it. That doesn't mean that I don't think Obama can win. But he's now looking a lot more "controversial" and a lot less transcendent.

In other words, Obama looks more like Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Actually, Barack Obama's speech is beginning to look a lot like Hillary Clinton's health care plan. Weighing in at over 1,000 pages, Hillary Clinton's plan provided an enormous amount of fodder for conservative critics even though it was a great plan that would have made the American health care system a lot more rational. Obama has the same problem with his speech. Having spoken for more than 35 minutes Obama provided an enormous amount of material for the right-wing to chew on. And they've already started to do the nit-picking and micro-analysis. Charles Krauthammer, Patrick Buchanan, and Ann Coulter have already weighed in with articles like Buchanan's "A Brief for Whitey" which complains that it's white people who have really suffered as a result of race.

And that brings me back to Hillary Clinton.

The premise of Hillary's campaign is that any Democratic candidate or president would have to engage in a full-time battle with the right-wing. That's a premise that Obama has always rejected.

But I believe that the dispute over Obama's speech is going to prove Hillary right.

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