Why Is Hillary Campaigning For John McCain?
I know Scarecrow hit this too, but this is the kind of thing that loses elections (emphasis mine):
“I think that since we now know Sen. McCain will be the nominee for the Republican Party, national security will be front and center in this election. We all know that. And I think it’s imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold,” the New York senator told reporters crowded into an infant’s bedroom-sized hotel conference room in Washington.
“I believe that I’ve done that. Certainly, Sen. McCain has done that and you’ll have to ask Sen. Obama with respect to his candidacy,” she said.
This again? Apparently, it wasn’t a one-off.
Look, this isn’t some slip-of-the-tongue, made in the heat of the moment, that some
staffer advisor has to apologize for. Hillary is repeatedly building up the Republican nominee, at the expense of her own party — and her own candidacy. It’s unforgivably self-destructive and Democrats should just not stand for it.
If you look carefully at what she said, she’s actually arguing that St. McCain would make a better president than she would. "Certainly" trumps "I believe." What the hell good does that do her? What good does it do Democrats if Obama is the nominee?
Hillary should be arguing that St. McCain wants to continue Bush’s reckless, destructive and wildly unpopular foreign policy and refuses to defend the constitution, and that disqualifies him as commander-in-chief. Period.
Call me crazy, but generally speaking, it’s a good campaign tactic is to draw contrasts between yourself and the other side — not repeatedly praise them and say how much you’re alike.
As Carpetbagger notes,
The only other member of the congressional Democratic caucus who praises McCain this much is Joe Lieberman.
Knock it off, Hillary.