March 1st, 2008 14:41 EST
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton And a Ringing Red Phone
Barack Obama delivers a message of hope and Americans respond by giving him 11 straight victories; a desperate Hillary Clinton resorts to the tactics of fear and voters in Texas and Ohio will reject her cynicism.
In the final days before the March 4 primaries, Hillary has released a new TV commercial that should be entitled "Fear Factor."
"'It's 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep,' a grim-voiced announcer intones over footage of angelic young kids in their beds.'
'But there's a phone in the White House, and it's ringing,' the menacing voice-over continues.
'Your vote will decide who answers that call,' the announcer says. 'Who do you want answering the phone?'"
Quotation from New York Daily News
If there's a phone ringing at 3 a.m. in the White House it's either a pizza joint verifying Bill Clinton's telephone number or an escort company telling Bill that his favorite escort is not available.
"Obama insisted her ad asks the wrong question, and used it to play up his trump card against Clinton - that she voted for the Iraq war when he opposed it.
'The question is, what kind of judgment will you exercise when you pick up that phone?' He said. 'In fact, we've had a red-phone moment. It was the decision to invade Iraq. Sen. Clinton gave the wrong answer.'"
Quotation from the New York Times
Sen. Obama is absolutely correct: Judgement always trumps experience. Hillary was dead wrong in giving Bush the green light to invade Iraq, and she didn't learn from her mistake. She voted to label an elite Iranian fighting force a "terrorist group", thereby giving Bush an excuse to go to war against Iran.
A red phone is ringing in the White House, I pray it won't be Hillary and Bill struggling to see who will pick it up. We don't need a co-presidency who engage in the politics of scare tactics; we need a president who inspires America with his optimistic vision.