Saturday, July 14, 2007

On Open Microphones and Plans Exposed: Clinton and Edwards Caught on Tape

McBlogger has a short post up that discusses an exchange between Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, underlining Hillary’s statement “our guys should talk”. He saw it on ABC, I saw it on a YouTube video of the Fox News coverage of the same thing.

And you know Fox, ever wanting to dig up the dirt on scheming Democrats for their Fair and Balanced news shows. They even went to the extent of capturing the exchange with subtitles so you could follow along with parts that were nearly unintelligible with the organ playing so loud.

The entire exchange was about what should be done about the campaigns of “lower tier” candidates, who Edwards says, are “not serious”. There was obviously a sense of frustration on the part of Hillary who got a huge dig from Mike Gravel over her husband’s promotion of NAFTA. Due to the rules of the forum, Hillary was not allowed to respond to Gravel's remark.

I’m beginning to wonder myself when the “lower tier” campaigns are going to start to fade. It’s usually not until after the primaries begin but it seems that there is no precedence any more vis-à-vis presidential elections.

But with this exchange being caught on microphones that were still on, unbeknownst to the candidates, I’ll bet it won’t be anytime soon.

And what was it about Obama's use of or taking of notes? How does that jive with being "less experienced?" Taking notes is a marvelous sign of having experience, as any reporter should know.

So it's kind of funny in a way. In regard to Clinton and Edwards' conversation, Fox made a legitimate observation and analysis that I think holds water. Then they went and spoiled it all with the Barack Obama non sequitur.


Montag said...

The trouble is, how do they expect to determine WHO the "lower tier" candidates are? They seem to be saying, "Just Thee and I, and I'm not all that sure about THEE."

Susan said...

I want to comment on Barack taking notes. Maybe if George Bush had taken notes we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. "bin Laden determined to strike within the US" might have been something worth writing down to remind yourself of it later.

Fox News - chezzzz. Nobody said it made him look inexperienced. They just make that crap up. And they're going to h-e-double hockey sticks for it, too.

shamshoon said...

Is anybody really surprised by any of these so-called revelations? It must be a really slow news-month. The media has a really prissy side when it covers politics, and has this strange notion (which we all should abandon) that politics ought to be "clean," free of gamesmanship, plotting, and intrigue. It's ridiculous.

I think this actually makes Hillary look tougher.