I’m watching the Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debate.
That’s it. I’m switching my allegiance. I’m now for Barack Obama.
Hillary is trying to claim that Barack isn’t including everyone’s viewpoints, isn’t being inclusive enough (referencing the “bitter” comments) while – at the same time – insinuating guilt by association for everyone he knows. Little comments, little accusations.
What did it for me is this. Barack was generous with her. He reframed the comments about her Bosnia trip in a larger context of focusing too much on mispeakings and gaffs instead of on the issues that will change realities for people. She clearly appreciated it, but she didn’t reciprocate.
My impression is that she is more pragmatic. She has more experience. But she’s not… authentic. And… ultimately… she’s petty.
It’s the pettiness that’s the killer for me. She had a chance here, but she’s blowing it. She can’t get her head around the bigger issues. Although I know she would fight for these issues, I’m not convinced that she can CONVINCE OTHERS. Even when she really means what she says, she is so concerned with performance delivery that it rings hollow, false.
I have total disrepect for the Obama charisma movement, if that’s how it could be called. I fear that Obama would be carved up and spit out, like Carter was. He’ll need hard-hitting advisors, maybe even Hillary!
Although she may have the steel, he has the ability for dialogue – and in a way, the flair for teaching that I think America needs.
I’m sorry, really sorry. But Hillary is falling down. She had a chance for greatness, and she’s blowing it.