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I am not personally a supporter of Barack Obama, but I think anyone can see his general appeal. He's young, articulate, smart, and that has all led to a certain rock star atmosphere around him. After all, the pols my age — who used to be the young ones — well, they're not so young anymore, and Obama is.
I could give you a list of what I don't like about him, but let's just say it's his voting record and leave it at that. But I did notice he said something very perceptive yesterday, and I think it ought to scare a few people, namely Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have their eye on the White House again.
Obama said: Haven't we had enough of those guys?
You know what? I think a lot of people are going to think he's got a point. Here's what he actually said:
"I admire Bill Clinton. I think he did a lot of fine things as president and he's a terrific political strategist," the Illinois senator said in an interview with The Associated Press. "What we're more interested in is in looking forward, not looking backward. I think the American people feel the same way. They are looking for a way to break out of the harsh partisanship and the old arguments and solve problems."
I think the thing that rings true with people is the part about the old arguments. He's saying, look, elect Hillary and you get Bill and Hillary, and who can forget those wonderful years of investigations, partisan warfare and impeachment?
Newt Gingrich famously gave the Democrats a line for running against Bush: Had enough?
Obama learned something from Newt. He's asking: Want more? Want more two-for-one, want more Arkansas land dealings, want more lost billing records, want more girls with pizza, cigars and outright denials of the truth? Obama is saying, elect them and you get all that stuff or stuff like it all over again. Elect me and you get something different.
You have to admit, it's got appeal to virtually anybody.
Obama's pitch to the American people: For the last 20 years you've had Bush, Clinton, Bush again, and now do you really want Clinton again? Do you want another four, perhaps another eight? Do you want more?
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