Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What is She Thinking?

Mrs. Clinton I do believe that at long last you have lost your mind. I do not know if it is the fact that your front-runner status has been revoked, your campaign being in debt or your endorsements dwindling; but why exactly would you attack Senator Obama over his "Just Words" speech?

Three days ago Obama was delivering a speech to a receptive crowd in which he lifted several phrases from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Someone inside the Clinton machine caught the distinct similarities between the rhetoric of these two men and brought it to the media's attention. Barack acknowledged he should have given credit to the governor but that Patrick specifically gave him permission to use the lines.

Plagiarism is a serious offense, everyone can be in accordance with that. However it is not a case of plagiarism when the owner, the original orator of the speech allows Senator Obama to lift several lines from it.

Hillary is attempting to discredit Obama saying his authenticity should be questioned, but this is a slippery slope for the senator from New York. The last thing Mrs. Clinton should be doing is engaging in a moral and character debate with Senator Obama because inevitably enough her husband will become the focus. And I think we can all concede nine times out of ten, Slick Willy will lose a debate regarding character.

Of all the fuel Senator Obama has provided her, I can not believe she would go after such a trivial issue and keep it in the news during today's important primaries: His inexperience as a statesmen; the number of times he has voted 'present' in the Illinois State Legislature (voting 'present' is neither an aye or nay vote, essentially abstaining from the vote itself) on controversial issues in order to avoid any accountability; or even Michelle Obama's colorful remark yesterday "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country...".

Mrs. Clinton, if you are not going to start using this ammunition than I assure you we republicans will.

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