Critics of Hillary Clinton's current campaign style need a wake-up call. Just do me a favor and don't wake up Obama campaign chief David Axelrod:
Advisers to Mr. Obama believe his efforts were damaged by the sharp back-and-forth between him and Mrs. Clinton. They believe that her campaign defined him in a negative way, reinforcing questions about potential weaknesses in his candidacy.
"If Senator Clinton thinks she has a legitimate chance to win the nomination, she has every reason to stay," Mr. Axelrod said aboard the campaign plane here Tuesday evening. "But if her only strategy is to try and tear down Senator Obama, I think that's going to make a lot of Democrats uncomfortable."
Really? Uncomfortable? As well it should as Clinton's successful use of these tactics indicates that Barack Obama can't defeat a 'Republican-style' campaign in Pennsylvania, and win that state for the Democrats in November.
That's one of the lessons learned from Hillary Clinton's win in Pennsylvania yesterday, that Barack loses against Republican-style campaigning, which is fine for us Democrats if John McCain drops out of the race and the GOP decides to not replace him on the ticket, but hey -- don't we want a candidate who can beat a Republican-style campaign on the ticket in November?
After days on the campaign defensive, Democrat Barack Obama accused rival Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday of leveling criticism straight from the Republican playbook and said even so, he will win the White House over John McCain and an "out of touch" GOP.
Wrong. This proves you'll lose against a Republican-style campaign in Pennsylvania.
Memo to Superdelegates:
If Obama outspends Clinton 3-1 and still can't beat her 'Republican-style' negative campaign in Pennsylvania, how much will Democrats have to spend on Obama in Pennsylvania to beat McCain's 'Republican-style' negative campaign for the November general election?
And how much will that take away from other key battleground states, and from down-ticket candidates?
Sidebar to Axelrod:
We Democrats stand on the shoulders of those who've gone before us. It's the American way.
A Clinton-Obama ticket would have ended this and set Barack up for a term following Clinton's, but Barack said no. Maybe you should suggest he reconsider -- for the good of the party's chances in November. I suspect today it's not too late...
Tomorrow, or after another month running against Hillary Clinton... who knows. Things could be a lot worse -- look at the last 10 days and what they did for Clinton. She stopped Obama cold in his tracks, and froze the contest in Pennsylvania at precisely the 10 point margin she needed.
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