More Of This Please

I truly hope that the Obama campaign holds to this.

I didn’t get the opportunity to watch Obama’s speech last night in Indiana, but apparently it was a clear signal that even if the primaries aren’t technically over, he’s ready to begin the next phase; going after McCain.

In his speech, he mentioned his Democratic rival only once, to congratulate her on her win in Pennsylvania, while mentioning his Republican rival seven times.  Meanwhile campaign staffers seem to have confirmed that from here on in it’s all about McCain vs. Obama.

This is exactly what I was hoping to see, and I can only hope that further withering attacks from Hillary don’t draw Obama back into the Democratic race.  That will take uncommon discipline, and I’m not sure if his team have exhibited that kind of discipline yet.

There are also inherent dangers as well.

Should his Democratic opponent launch particularly vicious attacks that go unanswered, there is most definitely the potential for those attacks to stick.  On the other hand, if McCain takes the bait as he has done in the past, that would provide a clear opportunity to defend himself against McCain, while at the same time making Hillary appear as though she is trying to sabotage the party.

In any case, this is the right course of action, and one that many of us have been hoping for for some time.  If these two candidates want to represent the party in the fall, don’t show us how well you can beat up on each other, show us how well you can beat up on the Republican.

I think a lot of us would welcome this shift in tone very much.

2 Responses to “More Of This Please”

  1. I’m with you on this one, Kyle.

  2. Pug says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I expect Hillary will continue with the “kitchen sink” strategy that, I’m sure, she now believes has been vindicated. If anything, I would expect the attacks on Obama to get worse.

    Still, Obama needs to move on and go after McCain. If impressing the super delegates is the game now, I think they would find a campaign against McCain much more impressive than watching two Democrats tear each other apart.

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