As we have seen time and time again, Hillary Clinton 3 – 4 months out from a race looks unbeatable. Then slowly the gap begins to close as people begin to pay attention to the race. Folks then begin to talk about who is the best candidate. They have had enough of the divide and conquer politics of the last 8 years. The excitement begins to build then they see Obama. They see that he does have substance. They see that he doesn’t do it with mirrors. There is no puff of smoke. Instead, there is the promise that together we can’t go wrong.
He seems to leave the Lone Ranger type of politics behind. The “I’ll save you” type of politician. Instead, it is all about we and us. Not just we now but we tomorrow. That’s the hook. Obama seems to want you to participate not just today but tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that. He seems to want our feedback.
Well, tomorrow, we have Hawaii, Barack Obama’s home state and Wisconsin. The latest polls seem to show that Hillary Clinton is behind 40 – 53%. You never know. New Hampshire has proved that. (Latest polls in Texas show that Barack and Hillary are tied.)
I should add a note about words. The Hillary Clinton camp accused Barack Obama of being really nothing but hot air. Barack Obama over the weekend stated that just words like I have a Dream, We hold these truths to be self evident, etc. Well, it was inspiring but this words were first spoken by then candidate for governor Deval Patrick. The ordeal continued to escalate during the day. Obama was on the Ed Schultz Show. He basically ‘said that it was no big deal. He and Deval are friends. They share lines all of the time. “My friend Governor Deval Patrick — he and I, we exchange ideas and words all the time. I used a riff he has used before. That’s the extent of it.” Charges of plagiarism were bounced around. Now, look. We, the American people, don’t expect that candidates will write every speech by hand. We know that there are speech writers. We know that they quote freely from other political figures. This isn’t a scientific paper. Well, as usual, Obama won this argument with a checkmate move – his camp sent reporters this video. Opps. Hillary Clinton uses Barack Obama’s Fired up and ready to go line.