The NYT tells us that Obama tells them it’s time to drop the gauntlet and call out Hillary:
“There is a legacy that is both an enormous advantage to her in a Democratic primary, but also a disadvantage to her in a general election,” he said. “I don’t think anybody would claim that Senator Clinton is going to inspire a horde of new voters,” he said. “I don’t think it’s realistic that she is going to get a whole bunch of Republicans to think differently about her.
“The notion that somehow changing the tone means simply that we let them say whatever they want to say or that there are no disagreements and that we’re all holding hands and singing ‘Kumbaya’ is obviously not what I had in mind and not how I function. And anybody who thinks I have, hasn’t been paying attention.”
Well, I hope you can make a move, sir. Not to sound too trite, but my current disappointment is deepened by the experience of standing alongside my step-son – a no bullshit kind of guy – at a rally, and voting ‘not crap’ for Obama. Obama was as strong in that context as he’s been sheepish in this one. Has he overthought his strategy?
Obama should make a move, or he should let Edwards make a move, Edwards whose actually existing progressive credentials seem hampered most often by his having a Southern accent. Fight and lose – that’s fine, Obama – but don’t strike out looking, buster. So doing you’ll be forfeiting a decisive battle for whatever pittance of a soul remains inside our party. And can’t we at least lose in a way that leaves the center knowing its been in a fight?