She is the media’s candidate, the annointed front runner. And she’s going down in the face of sincerity, optimism, and practical wisdom. Barack Obama is winning, and desperate to prop up their favorite, the media is playing hard and fast:
Oftentimes, the write-ups read as if she received the night’s lone standing ovation.
“And at the right time… at the end… earning one of the only standing ovations in the 40-plus hours of debates,” wrote Marc Ambinder.”When she finished,” wrote Newsday, “the audience gave her a standing ovation that took many, including Obama, by surprise.”
“Was it a pivotal moment that could change the campaign, or the swan song of a candidate who may be nearing the end of her U.S. presidential bid?” reads the Reuters analysis. “Hillary Clinton’s concluding statement in a televised debate on Thursday drew a standing ovation from the audience and plaudits from analysts.”
But the response to the senator’s remarks, which came at the conclusion of the debate, may be getting exaggerated attention. “There were standing ovations in and out of almost every break,” a CNN debate producer told The Huffington Post. A review of debate video tape confirms this.
Not exactlyt he pivotal moment its being sold as. The actual quote (emphasis mine):
Depending on your political vantage point, Sen. Hillary Clinton either resurrected her campaign, ripped a line off of John Edwards, or offered her valedictory address to voters when she declared: “Whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. I just hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people, and that’s what this election should be about.”
The Clinton camp trumpeted the quote as “the moment she retook the reins of this race,” and her words have received the preponderance of press attention from last night’s debate.
This is a soft reference to the politics of fear and security Clinton has been tapping into from day one of her campaign for President. Its a gentle way of suggesting that without her in office, we are going to be in danger. Its the same tactic McCain will use against the Democratic nominee in the general election.
The quote was a defining moment for Clinton. She resorted once again to her old tricks, sharing a weakness with McCain:
In 1992, the Clinton campaign’s mantra was “It’s the economy, stupid”. This year, I think the Obama campaign’s should be “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. It’s hard to listen to McCain speak in the future tense and take it seriously when the man has no new ideas. Even worse for McCain, when late-night talkshows are already joking about him like he’s Mr. Magoo, you know he’s in for a rough nine months.
If this is the best Clinton’s campaign can do to gain the trust and enthusiasm of Democratic voters, her campaign is going to continue to crash and burn.