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hillary's obama comments backfire

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  • ~**~**Joseph**~**~
    The polling is in, and Hillary made a big mistake in her sharp disagreement with Obama over whether the president should meet with leaders of rogue nations.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2007
      The polling is in, and Hillary made a big mistake in her sharp
      disagreement with Obama over whether the president should meet with
      leaders of rogue nations.

      According to the Rasmussen Poll, Democrats agree with Obama over
      Hillary by 55 percent-22 percent. Without a poll to pretest her
      comments, Hillary instinctively took the "insider" position that the
      president should only meet with such leaders after extensive probing
      by subordinates to assure that the meetings would be productive. But
      she was wrong.

      Democrats want the president to meet with leaders of such nations
      without preset conditions.

      At the South Carolina Democratic presidential debate, Hillary and
      Obama clashed over Obama's statement that he would meet with leaders
      of rogue nations like North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran if he
      were president. Hillary said that she would not do so and would not
      allow herself to be used for "propaganda purposes."

      All week, Hillary pounded out her message, enlisting former
      Secretary of State Madeline Albright and her possible future
      secretary of state, Dick Holbrooke, to speak up on behalf of her
      position. She blasted Obama as "naïve," one of her few direct
      attacks on her opponent. For his party, Obama ridiculed her position
      as "Bush Cheney lite," a comment that got under Hillary's skin.

      The exchange had little real significance during the two hour
      debate, but Hillary's obsession with the issue all week has given it
      real importance. She made a big mistake in the debate and amplified
      it all week.

      Why? Perhaps Hillary is not using polling the way Bill always did —
      to pretest and post-test all important issues. If she had, she would
      not have locked into the minority position among Democratic primary
      voters and would not have stayed with that view all week.

      Maybe her campaign staff was caught flatfooted for once.

      The fact is that this week's debate was the first time the two
      Democrats have clashed seriously since the contest began early this
      year.

      This round definitely goes to Obama.

      joseph
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