1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

Why do conservatives want Obama to win?

Nobody is attacking Obama at all?  Not only that, they love highlighting flaws in the Hillary campaign.

My theory; they will always see Obama as 5-10 points behind.  If they can create in-fighting between the Obama and Hillary camp that will give Giuliani a chance to beat Hillary.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 22nd, 2007 1:44am
Or because he's likable, a DC outsider, doesn't look like he's in it for the power, seems fairly honest...

Maybe there are people on BOTH sides who are tired of the same old fucking faces...?
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 22nd, 2007 1:46am
"Or because he's likable, a DC outsider, doesn't look like he's in it for the power, seems fairly honest..."

That seems too honest.  Everyone has an agenda.  If Obama wins the primary, they will tear him up in the presidential race.  Hillary might have more hidden ammunition, especially with Bill as the wildcard future First man.

The only thing they really have him on so far is the racist church he belongs to which really isnt news worthy.  Some could argue that the white churchs that the other 40 something presidents belong too were also segregated (purely speculating).
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 22nd, 2007 1:52am
if they believe that he has less chance of winning a presidential election against their candidate than hillary, then it makes sense to push him forward now and try and bury hillary.

also, depending on how michaeliivialenan they are, the nastier they can persuade hillary and obama to be, the more turned off everyone will be by both of them, and the less likely supporters of hillary (for instance) are to vote for the democrats if obama is selected and vice versa..

basically a really nasty race can only help the republicans.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 22nd, 2007 3:29am
Ya, you folks are missing the obvious - the Reps are up to their ears in boiling sh*t and they don't have time to coordinate an attack on Obama.
Permalink Send private email Raw n Cooked 
March 22nd, 2007 5:05am
Agree with the spicy winter vegetable. Their biggest threat is Hillary in their minds. Once she has been mccained their turn their dark design on Obama.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 22nd, 2007 8:37am
CW: both Guiliani and Obama will fade as the marathon progresses.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 22nd, 2007 9:23am
where did the rumors that obama was a muslim come from?


in any case, he seems to thrive on criticism.  i don't think the conservatives want to give him too much ammo.
Permalink Send private email Kenny 
March 22nd, 2007 11:35am
Maybe the Repubs realized that every time they tried to attack him it backfired.
Permalink Colm 
March 22nd, 2007 1:21pm
Or maybe it's because they have well over a decade's experience attacking Hillary and plenty of personal animosity & dirt - real or faked - to pin on her.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 22nd, 2007 4:51pm
Conservatives hate hillary so much that they'd rather have the US run by Osama bin Laden than by Hillary Clinton.
Permalink Peter 
March 22nd, 2007 4:54pm
Oh, I like the OP's reasoning.

Also, the neo-Cons KNOW that nobody in the conservative South will vote for a black man.  They can KNOW this without themselves having to play the race card.

Oh, but whatever happened to that neo-Con accusation that Obama was raised in a Moslem school?

I don't think they're exactly "leaving him alone".  They're just waiting for The Right Moment.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 22nd, 2007 4:57pm
"Also, the neo-Cons KNOW that nobody in the conservative South will vote for a black man."

And they will vote for a woman?
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 22nd, 2007 8:28pm
No, but she was married to Evil Bill.  She's MUCH more fun to torment.  More politically correct to torment, too.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 22nd, 2007 9:10pm
"if they believe that he has less chance of winning a presidential election against their candidate than hillary, then it makes sense to push him forward now and try and bury hillary."

Hm.

Is there really a history of each side attacking the stronger candidates leading into the primaries, so they can have the weaker candidate on the ballot?

That only gives you from the nomination to the election to craft a message of why the person on the ticket is The Wrong Man. (or Woman), which I'm not sure I buy.

A coupla reasons I think there isn't more anti-Obama stuff going around:
- The madrasa thing backfired very badly. Need to distance themselves from that
- Most attacks do have to have an element of truth to them, and Obama hasn't given any good ammo
- Attacks also generally have to be somethign the candidate is ashamed about (skeleton in the closet); my perception of Obama so far is that he'd just embrace any "shame", disarming it.
- "They" have one good attack - something exceptionally powerful, and they're biding their time for the right moment to just take him out. (i.e. the McCain "black baby" scandal during the South Carolina primary)

Also, leading up to the primary, why not let the competitors on the ticket do all the dirty work?
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 23rd, 2007 8:19am

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