Let's be honest: it's hard to put a good spin on the results tonight for the Obama campaign. Ohio and Texas, just like Wisconsin, Georgia, Maryland, and Missouri, are states that matter, and tonight represents a significant victory for the Clinton campaign.
It's fair to point out that the Clinton campaign attained this victory by complaining about the media, playing on the fears of the voters, putting out ads that darkened Obama's skin tone to make him "blacker", releasing the "Obama in a turban picture", and engaging in shameful (on several levels) innuendo about Obama's faith (see 60 Minutes clip below).
If you are a Clinton supporter and reading this, I would just ask that you take a moment and consider that these are the actions of your candidate and her campaign. She is currently running an almost entirely negative campaign. But it is a free country, and if this is who you want representing you, and if these are the tactics you are willing to support, Godspeed to you and your chosen candidate.
As for the Obama campaign, from this point on, it is now time to move beyond attempts to conduct a campaign that refuses to do anything that looks like it might be stooping to Clinton's level. We will not be swift-boated by Hillary Clinton. If they want to "draw distinctions", we should draw distinctions. Let's ask the following questions:
- You loaned your campaign $5 million dollars recently. Where did that money come from? Why won't you release your tax returns, as Obama has? What are you hiding?
- How much money has Bill Clinton made in overseas deals in the past several years? What are the details of his $31.3 million haul in arranging a uranium deal in Kazakhstan?
- Your red phone 3 a.m. call is interesting. What foreign policy crisis have you ever dealt with? What did you do?
- Why did you vote against a ban on the use of cluster bombs in civilian areas in 2006?
- Why did you vote in favor of the Kyl-Lieberman amendment in 2007, which urged the President to designate the Iranian army a terrorist organization, giving Bush and Cheney the pretext they need to start yet another war in the Middle East?
- Why didn't you read the N.I.E. before voting for war in Iraq?
- What exactly are your "35 years of experience"? Did you not spend 15 years in a corporate law firm working on behalf of large corporations like Wal-Mart?
- Did you not sit on the board of Wal-Mart from 1986 to 1992 during which time Wal-Mart sought to destroy unions?
- What are the precise details and specifics of the "experience" you gained while your husband was president?