First I saw this:
At this point in 2008 six states had already voted (but two of them “didn’t count”) and the Obama campaign had played the race card down and dirty. The purge of Hillary supporters from DailyKos was about 90-95% complete. The Obama cultists had seized control.
But the Obama-Clinton race in Iowa wasn’t simply a matter of hard work and spreading his optimistic vision of the future; it was a bitter political fight. Obama hammered away at the notion that the New York senator was on the wrong side of generational change, and his team successfully convinced reporters that every Clinton campaign swipe was an underhanded personal attack — something he’s less than proud of in retrospect.
“The truth is, in 2007 and 2008, sometimes my supporters and my staff, I think, got too huffy about what were legitimate questions she was raising,” he admitted. “And there were times where I think the media probably was a little unfair to her and tilted a little my way in calling her out.”
In fact, he said, Clinton “had a tougher job throughout that primary than I did.”
Ya think?? Most campaigns don’t have a bodycount. So yeah, this year isn’t quite as bad. But this year most of the ugliness is over on the other side. And make no mistake about it, it is UGLY.
Obama ran a scorched earth campaign in 2008. It worked, and he won. But scorched earth doesn’t heal overnight. The Democrats have paid a heavy price for Obama’s victory.
Will history repeat itself? Will the GOP self-immolate?
Meanwhile, the real action starts Monday. I’m not making any predictions. Trump isn’t the only wild card in the deck.
I’m glad I don’t have a dog in this fight.