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February 25, 2008
In Desperation, Clinton turns to Sarcasm
She's tried being nice. She's tried being negative. She's even tried ignoring Obama for a while.
With Obama building momentum in Texas and Ohio that could crush Hillary Clinton's candidacy on March 4, the former First Lady is now attempting to belittle her opponent - using sarcasm to attack Obama:
On Sunday, before a rally of several thousand, she added a heavy dose of sarcasm. Sarcasm usually doesn't work very well in politics because it leaves the attacker sounding mean, even nasty. That is, unless you are very good at it -as Bob Dole usually was although even his barbs sounded nasty at times.
“Now I could stand up here and say, let’s get everybody together, let’s get unified the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing,” she said, to a smattering of giggles. “And everyone will know we should do the right thing, and the world will be perfect.”
She added: “But I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wand and make the special interests disappear.”
Apparently, many pundits see this as desperation on her part. I think that hits the mark pretty well. The only possible way she can win now is to puncture Obama's balloon. And since Obamamaniacs aren't listening to reason, perhaps they'll listen to a little sarcasm at their expense and come back down to earth.
This strategy is more likely to backfire than work very well. But with a little more than a week before the showdowns in Texas and Ohio, it's all Hillary Clinton has left.