What’s a little Democratic Primary between friends?
William Jefferson Clinton jumped on the stage and threw down a zinger-filled gauntlet for Barack Obama in Florida late Wednesday night. Clinton crisscrossed all over Florida that day, taking to the stump his case for why Obama is a tall glass of awesome.
I want to tell you is he’s got the right policies. And I’ve read them all. And I’ve read his opponent’s. People used to make fun of me for being a policy wonk but I take it after the last eight years, we all know it really matters what people advocate.
And let me tell you folks, is again something I can say because I’m not running for anything, the historical record shows that virtually every person ever elected president does his best to actually do what they say they’re going to do in the campaign and Barack Obama’s do-list is the better do-list.
The economic plan is better. The education plan is better. Young people, you read his plan. If you are willing to do community service it doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, you’re going to be able to go to college, universal, everybody is included, no ifs, ands or buts.
And his health care plan is light-years better. And I can tell you there are people in this crowd, I know there, are who have lost their health insurance. There are people in this crowd who have children with autistic conditions or other disabilities that need help and nobody is helping them. And we’re living in the government, last week one in eight Americans are not going to be able to afford their cancer drugs this year. America drops to 29th in infant mortality and we’re spending more than anybody else in the world? They want to defend that.
Barack Obama wants to change that and he has a good plan to do it and we should vote for on Election Day.
And it just went on and on and on.
Then Obama returned that love, ten-fold, complimenting the chummy ex-president as he gave a rousing speech on how power does not concede authority so you better get your ass out there and vote!
Meanwhile, Republican opponent John McCain got himself some free airtime on CNN with fellow septuagenarian Larry King. McCain did the usual uncomfortable chuckle, freaky smile thing the whole time and, once again, used that line that the campaign wouldn’t have gotten so vicious if Obama had just agreed to those townhall debates! Still trying to figure out how “I’m not participating in your townhalls” equals “So now I must slander your character and label you as a traitor,” but … you know, maybe Johnny Mac is that sensitive, petty and vindictive. And if he is, dear Lord, please don’t let him be president. I don’t want us to go to war with Russia because Putin didn’t call and wish him a happy birthday.
A few folks watching Larry King Live (namely viewers on Twitter) were calling King and CNN out, claiming they passed on showing the Obama infomercial for cash to give McCain some much needed free airtime.
This is one of those times where I’m going to have to put my reporter hat on and defend CNN’s decision. The O-mercial (as reviewed by Time Magazine) was 30 minutes of unadulterated, uplifting pro-Obama love for the middle class and his efforts to reveal his awesomeness to the public. CNN is a news organization and the infomercial was a “news” event. They wanted to cover it. I take them at their word on that one based on Journalism 101 rules.
Plus while McMaverick did get free air time he still had to answer questions not written by his campaign staff. While Larry King is not known to deliver beat downs, he did ask real questions that McCain had to smirk uncomfortably through and sometimes look like an ass while doing it and one smirky interview does not equal one awesome, slick 30 minute spot of “this isn’t a presidential race, this is a movement” style film making.