David Brooks wrote an excellent Op-Ed piece in the new york times today:
Life is short, but campaigns are long. And during the course of them, each candidate will have impressive and pathetic moments. But underlying the highs and lows, there are the fundamentals. The fundamentals of the Obama-Clinton race were on display Sunday morning.
Hillary Clinton went on “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” incarnating her role as the first Democratic Rambo. The
A few questions in,
But her attempt to take over the show was nothing compared with her attempt to dominate the truth. For the first 30 minutes, she did not utter a single candid word, including, as Mary McCarthy would say, “and” and “the.”
She peddled her sham gas-tax holiday and repeated her attempt to blame
When Stephanopoulos pointed out that Paul Krugman, a Times columnist, has raised doubts about the plan,
This wasn’t just shameless spin, it was shamelessness with a purpose.
Barack Obama gave off an entirely different vibe on “Meet the Press.” His campaign has been in the doldrums for the past few months. He’s never come up with an explanation about how he would actually transform politics, and his conventional substance is beginning to overshadow his unconventional style.
But, as Sunday’s contrast made clear, Obama still seems like a human being. He still seems to return each night to some zone of normalcy where personal reflection lives. He wasn’t fully candid when answering questions about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but there are some inner guardrails that prevent the spin from drifting too far from the truth. Thoughtful and conversational, he doesn’t seem to possess the trait that
Obama still possesses his talent for homeostasis, the ability to return to emotional balance and calm, even amid hysteria. His astounding composure has come across as weakness in the midst of combat with
This contrast between combat and composure defines the Democratic race. The implicit
Obama’s campaign grows out of the longstanding reform tradition. His implicit argument is that politics doesn’t have to be this way. Dishonesty and brutality aren’t inevitable; they’re what gets in the way. Obama’s friend and supporter Cass Sunstein described the Obama ideal in The New Republic: “Obama believes that real change usually requires consensus, learning and accommodation.”
That’s regarded as naïve drivel in parts of
Campaign issues come and go, but this is a thread running through the race. One believes in the raw assertion of power, the other the power of communication.
They are imperfect messengers for their creeds.
Still, amid the storms of the presidency, their basic worldviews would shape their presidencies. Obama is instinctively a conversationalist and community-mobilizer.
...as for chelsea, she works for a wall st. hedge fund, Avenue Capital Group. their speciality? distressed securities.
you know what distressed securities are? basically loans that are in default (often banks).
that's right. hillary's own daughter chelsea, works for a firm focusing on the very collatereralized debt obligation loans that are in part responsible for the credit crunch mess we're in now.
and while hillary was busy bashing wall st. speculators, as she talked about home foreclosures and the price of gas, she kept very quiet about the company her daughter works for, and how it makes its money.