Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Impossible Happened Today

It's not often that something out of the ordinary, nay impossible, happens. But it happened this past weekend into today.

Barack Obama made Hillary Clinton look like a moderate.

I've mentioned Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers before in this blog, so I won't go into the specifics of their situations. As I also stated in a previous column, the problem is that neither Hillary nor Obama thought the connections they had to members of the Weather Underground were troublesome until they became public knowledge.

Right now, all the media focus is on Wright, with some of the "new media" focusing on the Ayers connection. Even with the public break with Wright, Obama waited too long and made too many wishy-washy comments to give political distance while staying connected to Wright. The length of time raises more questions, which will keep the focus on Obama and leave the "is he an extremist" question in people's minds.

Hillary has tried to portray herself as a moderate with little success. Now, when compared to Obama, she'll have an easier time selling herself as such without having to do much except stand there and give stump speeches. On a much larger scale, though, this could play into Hillary's strategy to persuade the superdelegates to swing her way, provided she strikes now while the opportunity is there. But judging from this past weekend, at least the Wright situation won't be going away anytime soon.

Regardless of the motivations behind Wright's statements and actions, it's clear Obama is in a big mess. Not only does he have to do damage control, but he has to deal with a reinvented Hillary that he created. Oops.

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