Update: This afternoon Hillary Clinton accepted the invitation to debate on MSNBC with Obama. The debate will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday February 26th, exactly one week before the all-important March 4 primaries in Ohio and Texas.
Clinton had previously indicated reluctance to debate on MSNBC, as outlined below.
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Published: Feb 10, 08 11:00 AM
Clinton's Fight with MSNBC Continues, but where is Obama?
Hillary Clinton continued in her pursuit of NBC/MSNBC over anchor David Shuster's patently sexist comments last Thursday describing the Clintons as having "pimped out" Chelsea Clinton, increasing the effort Saturday with the announcement that she's not satisfied with the "indefinite suspension" of Shuster by the network.
Perhaps she suspects, as I do, that an "indefinite suspension" translates into "we'll keep him off the air until the firestorm dies down." What NBC is doing, in my opinion, isn't an apology with corrective action -- it's nothing more than a damage control effort designed to take Shuster out of the spotlight long enough to quiet the firestorm building against them.
What I don't understand is why Barack Obama is silent on all of this?. I can't find one comment from the Obama camp condemning the sexist remark.
What's worse is that Obama is apparently not a gentleman enough to stand up to NBC and stand with Clinton on this issue.and offer to reschedule the debate to another network. I suspect that there are lots of Ohio media venues where the debate could be held instead of MSNBC but apparently Obama's message of hope and change is nothing more than empty campaign rhetoric, and when it comes time to stand up and do the right thing for women in this country, Obama hides - in effect supporting the mistreatment of women by NBC/MSNBC, and choosing instead to seek the road that leads to political gain for himself.
Nothing would make Obama happier than not having to debate Clinton, and to hell with standing up for the fair treatment of women.
This is yet another excellent chance for Barack Obama to demonstrate that he really does stand up for progressive change by speaking out against the sexist remarks made by the network -- in concert with Clinton -- by doing what any real progressive Democrat would do in this instance. Stand up and "do the right thing"and call MSNBC onto the carpet right along with Clinton.
Instead Barack Obama's doing exactly what a Karl Rove-coached George Bush would do in this instance -- nothing, standing silent and doing absolutely nothing - letting it devolve into a partisan battle where only Clinton Democrats are condemning this atrocity, while Obama Democrats do nothing -- or worse -- mock Clinton for standing up against the media giant.
Obama's "championing of change" is once again turning out to be nothing more than empty campaign rhetoric from an empty suit.
Who's surprised by that? Certainly not me...
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