Thursday, October 18, 2007

How Can Obama Take Down Hillary

Jim Geraghty and Quin Hillyer debate what Obama can do to cut into Hillary's poll lead. This is my proposal:

I've thought for a while that Hillary is VERY vulnerable in a general election. The mood is for change and she's been in DC for 35 years (her claim). Plus, I would hammer the 28 years of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton in the White House. Add to that her failure to excite the base, her tone-deafness on health care reform, fundraising scandals, and other issues. Then toss in the attacks that Republicans will bring on (Bill) Clinton's inattention to AQ, and the personal peccadilloes -- including Hillary's involvement in Whitewater, the White House travel office, all of that. I think she can be beaten badly.

Of course, Obama can't run that campaign. No Democrat could run it in the primary and win. But I think Edwards could say that while he knows there's nothing to this, the party faithful need to think about how she will get opened up like a soft-shelled peanut (Kerrey), by the GOP attack machine. If I were Obama, I would make a deal with Edwards that would turn him into an attack dog on electability. Obama would be the above-the-fray, electable alternative.

I don't know if it would work, but I think it's the only shot they have at taking Hillary down.

Thoughts?

3 comments:

California Yankee said...

Republicans should harp on the fact thatHillary is uniquely inexperienced to be President

The Editor at IP said...

When compared to all previous major party nominees, I think that's probably true. Compared to the current Democratic field, she's a seasoned old hand.

philo-junius said...

I've thought all along that the only shot the other Democratic contenders had was for two of them to collude: one to sacrifice his own shot at the brass ring for a scorched-earth camapaign against Hillary, driving her negatives up so highly to allow the other conspirator to edge her as the alternative.

When I bounced this idea around the communications department of my former employer, the director of communications' response was, "I just don't think Democrats are that organised."