So intense is the enmity of the Clinton camp for Obama and his revolutionary idea of accountability in the Oval Office and changing the old guard of the geriatric Washington establishment, that while Obama has been criticizing John McCain, Clinton has been roundly praising McCain to the rafters. (I wonder, will Bush 43 be next in her Valhalla?) Most people can see this as but a mean attempt to ridicule Obama. After all, Hillary is not exactly known for sincerity and kindness, but has she been practically writing McCain's fall stump speech to be used against Obama?
Kevin Drum who used to lean to Hillary has called these latest Hillary actions "disgraceful" and Gary Hart and Bill Bradley think the Clintons have definitely crossed the line.
The bigger the lie, the better the chance they think they've got. That's been their whole approach," he said. "She's going to lose a whole generation of people who got involved in politics believing it could be something different."
Bradley believes that Clinton will stop at nothing to tear down Obama even if it boosts John McCain, who was confirmed last week as the Republican nominee: "The Clintons do not do long-term planning. They're total tacticians and right now their focus is on Obama, not McCain".
Here were Hillary's 'disgraceful words' last week..
And I think it's imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold," the New York senator told reporters crowded into an infant's bedroom-sized hotel conference room in Washington.
"I believe that I've done that. Certainly, Sen. McCain has done that and you'll have to ask Sen. Obama with respect to his candidacy," she said.
Calling McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee a good friend and a "distinguished man with a great history of service to our country," Clinton said, "Both of us will be on that stage having crossed that threshold.
Senator Clinton (D) as everyone knows, alligned herself, in the fall of 2002, with the Republican senators including McCain, in voting to authorize the invasion in Iraq, America's greatest foreign policy blunder since Vietnam. McCain wants to continue that policy blunder for another 100 years. And Hillary doesn't think she made a mistake the first time, yet..and continued supporting the war on her embedded trip to Iraq with Senator McCain, in February 2005, in the midst of some of the worst suicide bombings.
As for the 3 o'clock red phone moment, beyond the nonsense of the ads.
Stephen Wayne, a political science professor at Georgetown who is studying the personalities of the presidential candidates, agrees McCain's temperament is of real concern. "The anger is there," Wayne said. If McCain is the one to answer the phone at 3 a.m., he said, "you worry about an initial emotive, less rational response."
Most recently, Wayne has been studying Clinton's personality (that must be a treat) "I just gave a presentation on Hillary's temperament for the presidency. I came to the conclusion that it is not really a good presidential temperament, with one caveat -- if you compare it with McCain's." (No kidding!)
McCain graduated from the Naval Academy 790th of 795th, (who were the other five, how do they feel?) rose to lieutenant commander during the Vietnam war, but was not entirely popular with his men because of his showboating and was probably denied promotion because of it. He did become a war hero, or war survivor or war victim.
I studied leadership for a long time during 32 years in the military," said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, a one-time Republican who is supporting Obama. "It is all about character. Who can motivate willing followers? Who has the vision? Who can inspire people?" Gration asked. "I have tremendous respect for John McCain, but I would not follow him."
Retired Rear Adm. John Hutson, who has been a Republican his entire adult life, but who now supports Obama, put it this way about facing a national security crisis: "When everybody else goes nuts, the president of the United States needs to get cooler and cooler."
As everyone knows who winced through the last couple of debates, Hillary practically jumps out her skin in the heated moments, and John McCain has been known by friend and foe by his nickname McNasty, for blowing his temper, all his life..unlike Obama, whose calm demeanor and cool intellect threatens them both.
So since Hillary and McCain have so much misplaced anger in common, why not this ticket? See The Fusion Ticket- Crossing The Threshold
8 More Years Of Fear Mongering/ Just the Ticket for Poor Judgement. A ticket needs both balance and coherence. McCain-Clinton has both. On gender and geography, the two are perfect complements. On a deeper level, they're closely compatible:
Vetted? Check. (She says so herself.)
Ready to be Commander-in-Chief on Day 1? Check. (Ditto.)
Lots of DC experience? Check.
Willing to be surrounded by lobbyists? Check.
Survived financial scandal? Check.
Supported Iraq war? Check.
Voted to sabre-rattle against Iran? Check.
Mostly against torture, more or less? Check.
Ran scary "It's 3 am, the White House phone is ringing" ad? Check
Anyway, don't they make a cute couple.
I'm afraid many of the Clinton camp followers, under the spell of anything Clinton, are so upset that young idealistic people actually have another candidate they can identify with, would pull any lever just to get Billary, the 2008 version, back into the White House. God knows why? Sequels are usually terrible, and the Clintons were more than a bit corrupt the first go, but I understand change can be threatening.
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