Something I suppose both Stephane Dion and Barack Obama are planning on doing, and have stated, but you know, it has to make me wonder about Politicians who are in position of power like Obama, like Dion, and yes the others as well. Those who are on the outside, looking in, wanting to be the one inside, seem to come to a point when they realize they need to be more ‘assertive‘.
Hello? You Think?
In an interview on Friday that appeared timed by his campaign to signal the change of course, Mr. Obama said “now is the time” for him to distinguish himself from Mrs. Clinton. While he said that he was not out to “kneecap the front-runner, because I don’t think that’s what the country is looking for,” he said she was deliberately obscuring her positions for political gain and was less likely than he was to win back the White House for Democrats. (source – MSNBC News)
Now I am not talking about ‘bashing‘ one’s opponents, but about highlighting what is different between you and the other’s attempting to take top spot. I mean Stephane Dion obviously knows how to do it, after all he wasn’t the favorite to win the Liberal Leadership, but he did. (see comment ‘A Choice For Canada‘) Now he’s walking around like a zombie, ineffective and simply looking unprepared.
That isn’t leadership qualities that’ll get my vote.
Barack Obama is also exhibiting that, and I wonder, why? I mean if you are willing to put yourself out there, to raise the money and take it, then you owe it to those who support you to come out fighting. This jab, jab, and we’ll play nice so as to not give the opposition any fodder is simply bullshit. I mean, it just seems to me that if you want something, feel you are best qualified, then why are you afraid to voice that? (see comment ‘Foreign Policy Experience?‘)
If Obama or Dion, for that matter, believe they can be a better leader, then TELL ME. But do it by SHOWING ME YOU WANT THE JOB, then let me decide. That is what all this politicking is supposed to be about, to highlight your ideas, to showcase your thoughts. If you agree with the other candidates, fine, say so and stop wasting time trying to use coy phrases to sound different when you mean the same thing.
If you think your health plan is better, then SHOW ME HOW. Stack ’em up side by side, explain exactly where your plan is different, why it will work and the other won’t work. Don’t waste my time by talking in circles. It is naive to assume that the other guy isn’t already planning his assault, so playing nice, claiming you don’t want to give the other side weapons to use, is defeatist.
That said, Mr. Obama and his campaign have until now frequently avoided potential confrontations. His aides said, for example, that they had declined an invitation from some networks to appear on Sunday morning talk shows after Mrs. Clinton the day she appeared on five in one day to talk about her health care plan. (source – MSNBC News)
You hear in all political leadership races. Don’t attack each other because it will give the enemy easy ammunition on whoever wins, thanks to their colleagues. BULLSHIT! If you want to enter a leadership race, IT IS NOT TO LOSE IT. By holding back, is simply admitting to me, the voter, that you really don’t want the damn job. If you DO NOT BELIEVE you are the best, thus the winner, what reason is there for holding back?
If Barack Obama is truly the only hope for defeating Hilary Clinton, it is obvious. He needs to SHOW IT. That means he needs to take her on, and start acting like he believes he can win. Dodging issues, for fear of upsetting Hilary in case she wins? That is SURRENDERING before the first ballots are counted.
And that is why Hilary Clinton is leading the Democrats right now.
She has cowed her opponents with her back room politics of claiming that attacks on her policies, weakens her chances for winning in 2008. Quite the opposite actually, as this isn’t just a time to convince your own party of your worthiness, but of getting a head start on convincing every one else. It is called a [[CAMPAIGN]] for a reason. The opposition to Hilary Clinton has been so tepid, for fear of giving the Republicans an edge, that the other candidates have forgotten one basic principle. THAT THEY ARE THE ONE’S SUPPOSED TO WIN, NOT HILARY OR ANYONE ELSE.
You can’t play it safe, and win. If you come out of the gate believing you need to be safe, to not attack the others in case you don’t win, then you have already lost. Give Hilary Clinton her due, she hasn’t done that. She has attacked them all, and that is why she is out front. It isn’t because the News Media reports on her favorably, but because there is no one else out there countering her claims, countering his policies.
Mr. Obama said he was not concerned by a repeated spate of national polls showing lopsided support for Mrs. Clinton. “The national press for the last three months has written glowingly about her and not so much about me, so it’s not surprising,” he said. He described himself as an “underdog” running against a campaign that has “a 20-year head start when it comes to managing the spin of the national politics.” (source – MSNBC News)
There was a good comment in the movie, American President, when Michael Fox is speaking to the President. Basically it was that People want leadership, in when only one person is acting like a leader, then that is who they will follow. Hilary Clinton is the only one TALKING LIKE A PRESIDENT, the others are too busy coddling her. That isn’t leadership, it is a lack of it.
It is no secret formula. If you want the job, ACT LIKE YOU DO.
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