Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Politician's Personal Past Is Relevant Again

After years of ignoring George Bush's past personal history as well as his failure to fulfill his military obligation during the Vietnam era, The Washington Post decides that it's "game on" for a piece about Obama's past personal history highlighting in a sub-headline, Obama's decade old admission to having used cocaine in his youth.

The Post disingenuously raises the question: "Blueprint for attacks?"


  • The danger lies less in the prior conduct, but in the possibility of underming credibility. Seeking to limit the bad stuff, candidates undermine credibility. Examples: Clinton's "I didn't inhale," Gary Hart's "follow me around, I'm not screwing around."

    In Obama's case, given the unequivocal admissions, I don't see a big problem here.

    By Anonymous webhub, at 1:10 PM  

  • What liberal media?

    Seriously, though, Webhub's right... with Bush (and Gore, for that matter) as a precedent, admitting early is actually one of the best things to do - once you've admitted it yourself you've difused a lot of the criticsm.

    And if the frothing-at-the-mouth-white (oops!) I mean RIGHT-wingers DO come after him, he can always say "Bush did it, and look how well HE turned out!" Now that's a win-win situation :)

    By Blogger Trish Egan & Harold Phillips, at 8:25 AM  

  • Everybody knows that's Hillary trashing the opposition again. How many of those FBI files does she still have from her white house days?

    By Anonymous Dubya, at 5:54 PM  

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