Thursday, March 13, 2008

Reading: Wolcott on Obama, Clinton, and the right

After Keith Olbermann's disappointing and hard-to-follow "special comment" from last night, on the Clinton/Ferraro/"race card" brouhaha, James Wolcott brings a welcome bit of contrarian analysis to the Democratic primary battle.

In particular, Wolcott gives a good thrashing to the truism that the right wing always preferred a fight with Hillary to a fight with Obama.

I believe that they're far more wary of the Clinton machine than the Obama phenomenon because a phenomenon can be pricked or pop of its own accord, leaving behind a melting iridescence, whereas a machine like Clinton's feeds on the negativity thrown at it, a juggernaut nightmare […]

Read the whole thing. It's going on the Reading list on the sidebar.

1 comment:

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I think Chris Matthews has it about right. He says that Obama is high risk-high reward. He could get 55%. He could get 45%. Hillary, on the other hand, you're looking at 50.1%-49.9%, a white knuckler, all the way.