Sunday, May 25, 2008

I should say, "mostly meaningless gaffes"

All About Eve - The New York Times

No, I don't think Clinton had her fingers crossed when she said this; she's not hoping for the worst. But it's obviously not the sort of possibility in which one should, however indirectly, find an "upside."

What Clinton has never understood is that this sort of transparent, win-at-any-cost overstrategizing is her chief weakness as a candidate. And it contrasts badly with Obama's aura of spontaneity and straightforwardness--his "this is who I am, take it or leave it" quality. Indeed, I believe Obama is winning this race precisely because (rightly or wrongly) it is hard to imagine his campaign countenancing the kind of icy calculus that Clinton considers part of the game.

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