It’s a rare day when I find myself agreeing with President Obama’s views on just about anything. So, today, finding myself in awe of Barack’s astute assessment of a situation — and, dare I say, his LEADERSHIP on a particular issue — I’m humbled.
As a newly-published campaign memo shows, Barack Obama’s campaign had completely nailed Hillary Clinton for exactly who she is — as far back as 2007. The memo cites the current Democrat frontrunner’s “shifting, dodging and changing positions to satisfy the politics of the moment” and “penchant for secrecy and non-disclosure reflect an underlying disdain for the “invisible” people for whom she claims to speak.”
Wow. Absolutely. Spot. On.
As Mediaite reports:
Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker published a campaign memo from the staff of then-Senator Barack Obama as he prepared to take on Hillary Clinton. The memo details many of Clinton’s vulnerabilities that Obama could exploit favorably; the team believed that “Barack Obama is change. She is not” and “Change you can believe in” argued for for differences in content of character.
The Chief Strategist of the Obama election campaign David Axelrod confirmed the authenticity of the memo last night to CNN before the start of the Democratic Debate. As Lizza notes, “It offers a fascinating glimpse into campaign strategy, and specifically into the strategy used to defeat Hillary Clinton, who was then, as now, the Democratic frontrunner.”
One of the printed criticisms against Clinton even includes the lines:
From the war, to NAFTA, to Social Security, to her choice of baseball teams, Clinton is constantly shifting, dodging and changing positions to satisfy the politics of the moment. Her penchant for secrecy and non-disclosure reflect an underlying disdain for the “invisible” people for whom she claims to speak.
Although this point was clearly first established by the Obama campaign as early as 2007, just last night debate host Anderson Cooper confronted Clinton on her history of flip-flopping.
Indeed, Obama’s assessment of Clinton is as relevant today as it was then — actually, perhaps more than ever. The fact that it’s coming out now — and being affirmed as authentic by Obama’s peeps right before Tuesday night’s Democrat debate — naturally raises some eyebrows:
Seriously strategic leakage indeed. It’s no secret there’s not a lot of love lost between the Obamas and the Clintons. Could it be that Obama and his advisers are hoping someone else might benefit from their astute assessment of Hillary Clinton’s vulnerabilities?
— Chuck Raasch (@craasch) October 13, 2015
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]