Here in my Temple of Low Expectations it's easy to resort to the simplistic tactic of cynicism when every major newspaper and most political bloggers start screaming the same headline: Clinton threatens Obama with assassination.
My dear Press Corps, you sound like a bunch of 12 year olds squealing because Tommy Frank's tighty whities got sent up the flag pole.
It's not very attractive. Or impressive.
It's well past tiresome that every time I flip on one of my usual news sources on the Internet or TV I find a tabloid style screamer.
I'm a fan of The Huffington Post but really...this is the front page...?...:
I know, I know...it's the same old thing: reporters freak out over some spliced together comment, pundits spend hours reflecting and pondering and interpreting, bloggers opine, and eventually people like me come out and say oh BAH HUMBUG.
Hillary, here's my advice and take it for what it's worth: Just say, "I'm in this race, and I'm still a contender. I'm a strong and viable candidate. I bring ample leadership and experience, and am strongly committed to the United States. Period. That's why I'm still in. That's why I'm staying in. Period."
I find that when dealing with people trying to rile you up, get a rise out of you, or otherwise trick you into saying something insane, it's best to just keep saying the same thing. I have a lot of experience in this so you can trust my expertise. They'll ask you over and over. They'll try to get you to explain, give them some detail---preferably a new one---because they are seeking a screaming headline. Don't fall for it, Senator Clinton.
It's the classic female mistake, this sense that we need to explain and justify. Don't. You don't need to.
You just need to say you're a strong and viable candidate committed to the people of this nation. You don't need to invoke anyone else. You don't need to prove anything else. The numbers speak for themselves. A good portion of this nation likes you. You are willing to remain in the race. 'Nuff said.
(Feel free to quote me, plagiarize, etc. I'm free that way. I'm--meaning my mind and writing---also for hire, just saying.)
To my fellow citizens, quit asking Hillary to step down. That's divisive. Also quit asking Senator Obama to ride in to Senator Clinton's rescue. That's ridiculous. I don't even know if he owns a ten gallon hat or can ride a horse, which is all beside the point when you consider Hillary Clinton has never been and probably never will be a damsel in distress in need of masculine rescue.
This isn't a bodice ripper; it's a Presidential campaign.
Senator Obama is quite well enough occupied running his own campaign.
Speaking of which, I'm ready to start hearing about the issues.
I read a post yesterday that asserted that Senator Obama had been remiss in discussing issues such as urban policy. In fact, Senator Obama has discussed this at length and has an impressive urban policy. It's one of the foundational planks in his presidential bid platform. It's been a major cause of his throughout his career, which included ample time as a community organizer in Chicago.
However, the blogger who criticized Senator Obama is right: this issue has gotten short shrift.
I'm ready to start blaming the candidates, for falling into pandering when the media sticks to insubstantive questions such as the South Dakota newspaper Argus Leader did when it asked Clinton why she didn't believe her continued bid for Democratic candidate for President was fracturing the party, and got the assassination soundbite.
Obama and Clinton: the media wants you, own them. Make it happen on your terms, your topics. We'll elect you (or not) based on where you stand on the issues, so let us know what those are.
Turn the discussion around. Make it about important issues such as urban policy. Senator Obama, I got your email and questions. I know you want to know what I care about. I care about this.
I think it's important that people know you are behind restoring funding to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. That's fantastic. When my husband graduated from the university he had two degrees: architecture and economics. His plan was to dedicate himself to sustainable architecture and urban revitalization projects. He immediately became involved in actively pursuing work with the Texas Main Street program, one of the most successful downtown revitalization programs in the nation. It's launched 5,900 new businesses since its inception in 1981. It has privately reinvested more than $1.3 billion in Texas downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
I'm pretty sure this program would appreciate some federal funds, especially now as the economy struggles.
Come on, vamanos, everybody let's go...come on let's get to it, I know that we can do it.