Friday, August 15, 2008

Obama blinked

Michael Goodwin in the NY Daily News:

Barack Obama blinks in Hillary face-off

Russia rolls over Georgia, Hillary Clinton does the same to Barack Obama. Now we know who's boss.

Obama blinked and stands guilty of appeasing Clinton by agreeing to a roll call vote for her nomination. That he might not have had much choice if he wanted peace only proves the point that he's playing defense at his own convention.

What does he get out of it? Not much and not for long. […]

It makes him look weak and ratifies Clinton's sense of entitlement to share party leadership and the convention spotlight. [...]

It reminds me of a Cold War joke about how the Russians view a compromise. They come to the table and announce the rules: What's mine is mine, what's yours is negotiable.

How would President Obama respond?

I think we just found out.

Hey, that’s what we’ve been saying.

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