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It seems Barack Obama doesn't want to have any more debates. Imagine that. After stuttering and spinning his way through two painful hours attempting to respond to some semi-tough questions from ABC in Philadelphia, Obama has had enough. According to a CNN piece, Obama claims to be too busy campaigning to have more debates.
Right. Why have a debate, where your message can go out to 50 million people on television, when you can have a rally in a gymnasium in front of 5,000 ? Sure. Makes perfect sense. Here's an Obama quote on the matter:
"I'll be honest with you, we've now had 21," he said. "It's not as if we don't know how to do these things. I could deliver Sen. Clinton's lines; she could, I'm sure, deliver mine."
Yes, Mr. Obama, we know you can deliver your lines. I practically have your script memorized myself ("It won't be easy to take those profits away from Exxon"). The thing is, when you're in those gymnasiums, YOU control the message. In the last debate, you finally had to ANSWER some hard questions, and I'm not even talking about the Rev. Wright, Bittergate, Bill Ayers stuff. I'm talking about the policy stuff. You finally got into a dialogue that involved a little pushback (not even very much pushback, just a little), one that didn't allow you and your handlers time to formulate a carefully crafted response, and you folded like a lawn chair. Now you don't want to play anymore. That might be the correct political calculation for you (since you appear to be a lightweight), but it sure doesn't exhibit any, um.....what's the word ?....oh yeah...AUDACITY.
Obama didn't much care for the questions ABC asked. I'm sure he liked the first 20 debates better, when Hillary was the one being grilled with the tough questions, and the media was falling all over itself in adoration of the Hopemeister. Here's Obama talking about that:
"Last night, we set a new record, because it took us 45 minutes before we even started talking -- until we started talking about a single issue that matters to the American people."
"Now, I don't blame Washington for this; that's just how Washington is. ... They like stirring up controversy; they like playing 'gotcha' games. ... I will say Sen. Clinton looked in her element."
Notice how Obama complained about 'gotcha' politics, and then in the next breath, made that snarky little 'gotcha' comment about Hillary by saying she looked "in her element," as if to say Hillary feels comfortable getting down and dirty.............Okay, Obama is right about that part. The Clintons ARE masters at dirty politics. I only wonder why Democrats didn't realize it until the year 2008 (hysterical blindness ?). The rest of us figured it out 15 years ago. Obama has proven himself to be no different. In spite of his protestations, he and his campaign take every cheap shot they can get away with, just like the Clintons do.
But anyway, Mister Hillary Clinton (who I believe is named William) chimed in on Obama's new 'I'm too busy to debate' stance, which I'll call The Timidity Of Hope. Here's Mr. Bill:
"[Obama staffers] were saying, 'Oh this is so negative, why are they doing this.' Well, they've been beatin' up on her for 15 months. I didn't hear her whining when he said she was untruthful in Iowa, or called her the senator from Punjab. … But you know, this is a contact sport. If you don't want to play, keep your uniform off."Link
You know what really cracks me up about all this ? The Democrats snark back and forth, using anything and everything at their disposal to discredit the other candidate, and then they have the temerity to excuse it all by saying 'well, you know the Republicans will use this in the general election.' Hillary and Barry did it several times in the last debate. Blaming Republicans for everything is a standard tactic for them (Hillary can barely utter two sentences without doing it), but I think we have to draw the line when the Dems start blaming Republicans for the actual words coming out of the Dems own mouthes. Classic.