Who will win Mississippi – Obama or the “Republican”?

posted at 9:15 am on March 11, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Mississippi goes to the primary polls today, and the question will be whether Barack Obama can regain his momentum after three losses last week. He has already begun his effort to find his footing, accusing Hillary Clinton of the heinous crime of acting Republican. Republicans who have been on the receiving end of the Clinton machine will have a laugh at that assertion:

Barack Obama continued to go after Hillary Clinton this evening, accusing her of using “Republican tactics” against him.

“When in the midst of a campaign you decide to throw the kitchen sink at your opponent because you’re behind,” he said, “and your campaign starts leaking photographs of me when I’m traveling overseas wearing the native clothes of those folks to make people afraid, and then you run an ad talking about who’s going to answer the phone at three in the morning, an ad straight out of the Republican playbook, that’s not real change.”

Tonight’s comments were the most direct criticism from Obama regarding the distribution of the photo of him in traditional African garb. The Clinton campaign denied having anything to do with the photos when they were initially published, and the issue seemed to have faded until Obama brought it up tonight.

Sorry, Barack, but those aren’t Republican tactics. They’re Clintonian tactics, and we’ve seen them for sixteen years now. We understand your confusion, because we all know that the 3 AM ad plays right into John McCain’s strength, but still, it’s classic Clinton.

At one time, Democrats liked these tactics. They loved them in 1992, when Clinton campaign guru James Carville famously noted how difficult it was for opponents to respond when one kept one’s fist in their face. They loved it in 2004, when Democrats tried arguing for months that George Bush was a deserter. Maybe Obama was too young to remember the former, and too disinterested to notice the latter, but that only makes his case worse.

Obama should win Mississippi easily, however. Rasmussen has him up 14 points, 53%-39%. He needs to win big, however, just to meet expectations. If this turns into a single-digit race, Hillary could claim that even his strong states have begun questioning his readiness for the presidency. And since she now leads in Pennsylvania by 15, Obama cannot afford to give away any momentum at all.

My prediction: Obama by 12.


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Acting Republican.

Is he accusing Hillary of being of sound mind, level-headed, and one who works for the good of her country?

Well, generally speaking.

Grafted on March 11, 2008 at 9:16 AM

So how is the messiah supposed to “unite the country” when at every opportunity, he berates and impugns Republicans?

As much as Democrats incessantly whine about their abuse at the hands of George W. Bush, the man has barely uttered a peep about them during his Presidency.

Democrats deserve to have anvils hurled at their cartoon character skulls, while the Bush Administration flips cotton balls.

Still, wing a Democrat with a cotton ball and he blubbers for a week. Meanwhile, clowns like Obama hurls lies and slander at Republicans daily, but sees no conflict.

NoDonkey on March 11, 2008 at 9:23 AM

When political polarization is the norm, and you’re running as the “change” candidate, it doesn’t pay to attempt to demonize your opponent by comparing them to the other party. He sounds just like every other Democrat. “Change we can believe in.” What a farce.

blankminde on March 11, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Oh yeah I can just feel the change and hope oozing from his very pores as he reaches across the aisle. Cant you all?

Dash on March 11, 2008 at 9:27 AM

I have to admit one thing, the guy can’t win a traditional blue state. Unless it is a Obama/Hillary, Mav will get a fair number disgruntled Dems.

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 11, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Yeah, Obama’s a uniter, all right.

amkun on March 11, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Carville famously noted how difficult it was for opponents to respond when one kept one’s fist in their face.

They’ve been beating us with that tactic ever since. They control the agenda with it. They control the debate with it. We can’t seem to get off defensive.

petefrt on March 11, 2008 at 9:37 AM

The Mother of all attack ads, the Willie Horton ad, is commonly blamed as a Republican idea, but Al Gore started it during the primaries.

jgapinoy on March 11, 2008 at 9:41 AM

My understanding is that the Mississippi Dems dole out delegates according to US Congressional districts, and that one district is heavily African-American. So, while Barack may win that district by a wide margin, he may have difficulties in the other districts, and that in the final delegate count he may not win by such a large margin as the polls indicate.

This could be an “Obama Victory”: you win, but you don’t meet expectations, and so it feels like a loss.

I R A Darth Aggie on March 11, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Why doesn’t Hussein just talk about cattle futures, Whitewater, Madison Guaranty, the McDougals, the removal of files from Vince Foster’s office before his body was cold, blaming Monica Lewinski on “a vast, rightwing conspiracy,” Hillary’s decision to punish Paula Jones rather than settle with her, the Rose billing records magically showing up in the Map Room, Travelgate and the travel office staff being found not guilty in an hour… I must have left something out.

It’s not like Hellary isn’t a target-rich environment.

Akzed on March 11, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Mississippi is almost 40% black. With the historic turn out in the other states, and the margin that black voters are going to him if he doesn’t win by 12 then HillMo is real.

Limerick on March 11, 2008 at 9:50 AM

I see nothing new here. Name calling when you have nothing good to use against your opponent. Nothing new.

Vntnrse on March 11, 2008 at 9:57 AM

The Obamanation will easily win Mississippi. My relatives will all vote for the Hildabeast. In order to vote in local elections you have to register as a Dem.

Its political corruption is only exceeded by Louisiana and Illinois, Obama should feel quite at home.

roux on March 11, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Not trying to sound racist but Mississippi is 40% black and the previous primaries show that blacks are voting for Senator Obama. He’ll win the state.

TooTall on March 11, 2008 at 10:40 AM

It was Mondale, a Democrat, who made the original 3 a.m. ad. Clinton Remakes Mondale Ad

It was LBJ, a Democrat, who made the ad of a little girl picking daisies and then the mushroom cloud.

The Messiah is doing a little biblical revisionism here. But they love it.

PattyJ on March 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM

NoDonkey wrote:

So how is the messiah supposed to “unite the country” when at every opportunity, he berates and impugns Republicans?

Welcome to the new context, NoDonk.

The last unifying Democratic President told us that talk radio “hate” was responsible for the Oklahoma City Bombing, remember?

I do believe they intend to unite the country by silencing every voice that disagrees with theirs. When everybody speaking agrees with you, that’s unity, right?

philwynk on March 11, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Azked wrote:

Why doesn’t Hussein just talk about cattle futures, Whitewater, Madison Guaranty, the McDougals, the removal of files from Vince Foster’s office before his body was cold, blaming Monica Lewinski on “a vast, rightwing conspiracy,” Hillary’s decision to punish Paula Jones rather than settle with her, the Rose billing records magically showing up in the Map Room, Travelgate and the travel office staff being found not guilty in an hour… I must have left something out.

He’s actually too smart for that. Democrats have already demonstrated that they’re so adept at denial that they actually don’t believe there was anything corrupt in any of that. Plus, he’s running as “a different sort of politician,” which means in practice that his proxy attacks have to be sanitized unusually well. You’ll never catch him making criticisms that can be characterized as anything but “mild,” unless he screws up.

And the last point is that the Clinton campaign is already booked to the gills on the topic. You know that the Clinton campaign was just aching for a chance to turn Obama into the Democrats’ worst caricature of Ken Starr and Henry Hyde, right? Remember what the Clinton campaign said just last week in response to a perfectly legitimate request that she expose her tax records? “I do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president…” Sweet, eh? Even to ask for a legitimate level of openness is to “imitate Ken Starr.” They’ve been waiting for the chance to paint themselves as poor, persecuted innocents. Barack’s too cagey to give them the chance.

So’s McCain, by the way. Reminding the independent voters of the Clinton sleaze will be the job of the internet. Oh, and of the occasional slip from the random senior foreign policy advisor, advising that “Hillary is a monster.” Ergh.

(Unrelated to this topic, please visit my political blog, “Plumb Bob Blog: Squaring the Culture,” at http://www.plumbbobblog.com. Thanks.)

philwynk on March 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM

One of the Messiah’s most annoying verbal tics is his overuse of the word “folks”.

Travis Bickle on March 11, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Umm Ed..not trying to be difficult here, but I just noticed that the picture you used of Obama makes him look very dark as opposed to the others on the front page that make him look lighter, well actually, there is a rainbow of Obama shades when looking at the pictures..are you intentionally being racist?

I’m sorry, but I had to be a smartie! :)

Pam on March 11, 2008 at 11:08 AM

So I guess all those “Reagan democrats” in MS just went ahead and registered republican a while ago?

funky chicken on March 11, 2008 at 11:44 AM

They’re Clintonian tactics, and we’ve seen them for sixteen years now….Clinton campaign guru James Carville famously noted how difficult it was for opponents to respond when one kept one’s fist in their face.

Exactly. The Clintons have always played by the rule that the best Defense is a good offense.

Here’s a prime example of Clintonian tactics from 18 months ago.

Red Pill on March 11, 2008 at 12:18 PM

NoDonkey on March 11, 2008 at 9:23 AM

True Dat.

Red Pill on March 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM

coming from a man who has never faced a serious republican challenger in his entire political life.

its vintage duh on March 11, 2008 at 1:18 PM

The Obamanation will easily win Mississippi. My relatives will all vote for the Hildabeast. In order to vote in local elections you have to register as a Dem.

Its political corruption is only exceeded by Louisiana and Illinois, Obama should feel quite at home.

roux on March 11, 2008 at 10:28 AM

I live in Mississippi and there is no registration by party. Yes, I already voted here on the Coast for Billary and the polls were busy early this morning.

I love the smell of mischief in the morning, it smells like… victory.

I predict Obama by 7.

Coastian on March 11, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Dang he looks dark in that picture.

davidk on March 11, 2008 at 6:17 PM