Monday, April 21, 2008

Running Scared?

Obama will likely get the Democratic nomination, but I just don't see how he is going to hold together through November. After the ABC moderators brought up questions about Obama's character, Obama is running scared. He is now refusing to take part in a CBS debate prior to the North Carolina primary.


This from CBS News:

The April 27th Democratic presidential debate proposed jointly by the North Carolina Democratic Party and CBS News has been called off. A statement released by the state party today cites the “time constraints and logistical issues associated with such a large, national event” as the reason. From the release: “While there was great interest in the debate, there were also growing concerns about what another debate would do to party unity. . . .

Hillary Clinton had accepted the invitation to Sunday’s proposed debate but Barack Obama’s campaign had not. In an interview with the Charlotte Observer earlier this month, Obama voiced skepticism about participating in too many debates. “I will tell you, after the 21st debate,” Obama told the paper (in advance of last week’s 21st debate), “all of which have been nationally televised ... North Carolinians have had ample opportunity to watch these debates. … I don't know that they are ending up being more informative than the kinds of town hall meetings that we've scheduled.”

Right. Those Town Halls with canned speaches, puff ball questions, no follow up, and no one to cry B.S. are clearly the only venues Obama would like between now and November. Read the entire article. The questions about Obama's character and associations - one's that would have ended the campaign of any other candidate by now - are not going away between now and Novemeber. I kind of feel sorry for the Republican decision makers. Obama presents such a target rich environment, it's going to be require some discipline to winnow down the target list to just a few for the national ad campaign.

(H/T Ace of Spades)

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