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Author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book ''A Problem fron Hell: America and the Age of Genocide'' and a Professor of Human Rights policy at Harvard's JFK School of Government.
You've probably already heard about this.....
Hillary advisers and surrogates called on Obama to fire senior foreign policy adviser Samantha Power for calling Hillary a "monster."
"Personal attacks are not the way to convince voters that you're capable of being president of the United States," New York Rep. Nita Lowey, a key Hillary surrogate, said. "We're calling on Senator Obama to make it very clear that Samantha Power should not be part of this campaign." Source
Ms. Power did resign.
The sentence I emboldened, however, is a piece of work. Hillary Clinton, through the use of non-stop meritless and trivial attacks delivered repeatedly by craven media personnel, is in the midst of convincing headline-hearing voters, that she's capable of being president. So, "personal attacks" ARE the way to go. This is a transparent example of how the Rovian, "we create reality", model of politics expresses itself. It's the same dishonesty and duplicity that Americans have come to loathe politicians over. Accusing your opponent of doing what you are doing.
Watch the same media Padders that chuckled along with the "how can we beat the bitch?" question addressed to Mr. McCain. Watch these same chuckleheads put on their stern and serious faces about a candidate who would have a person on his team who actually would call Hillary a "monster".
No matter how Obama responds, he loses.
The media loves the "old politics" they have nurtured into existence all these years since Ronald McDonald's tenure. They love this type of politics. This type of politics offers absolutely no value to the American public. If there's one thing the media is good at, it's producing valueless content. Only the media and those politicians who are in incestuous, yet professional, relationships with the media, benefit from the "politics of personal destruction". What Hillary's campaign, in co-ordination with the Wurlitzer media scum, is in the midst of doing is making the point(?) that if Obama won't play dirty politics, like Hillary does, he's not qualified to be president.
The seemingly only qualification needed for any public office anymore, let alone the presidency, is the ability to embarass yourself and the nation by inflating shallow pettiness to the point where there's no reasonable oxygen left in the political discussion. That's where we're at right now.
What Hillary has successfully done, recently, is prove that totally substance free appeals to nonsensical and trivial stupidity combined with the use of fear tactics like the neo-conservative's have thrived upon, works. It works because establishment Padder People produce content daily that's usually substance free, nonsensical, trivial but professionally mixed with appeals to their viewers enabling them to stay scared. Viewers have been trained to follow along with the soap opera silliness driven by all that corporate sponsor loot.
This junior high style of running for president of the only superpower matches perfectly with the junior high style used by most Knee Pad members in reporting on presidential campaigns. It's not so much that it's dangerous or evil any more than any other piece of evidence offered up in support of the premise that America is in decline.