Wednesday, June 04, 2008

"Where do we go from here"?

--Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, on MSNBC, re Obama and the Clintons: “It’s the biggest diplomatic mission that he’s been on so far. If, as he says, he wants to be a diplomat to the world and use his skills of diplomacy, long before he ever gets to some other leaders around the world, he’s going to have to figure out how to handle both Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. I think he’ll be gracious – I think Obama is gracious by nature. He’ll listen to her. He’ll ask her: What does she want, and what does she see her future as? I think he’ll play his cards very close to the vest and let HER take the lead, actually, in discussing her own future.”
Political Wire:
Obama's First Test is Handling Clinton--Until Sen. Barack Obama "deals with the Clinton question," it could be hard for him "to move on to what he would like to achieve next," the New York Times observes.

But Clinton's "actions on Tuesday could not have raised her stock with Mr. Obama. Whether she intended to or not, her remarks pulled the spotlight away from him, reminding him that in many ways, she is a character that is hard to push off the stage."

Roger Simon: "For someone giving indications she would like to be Obama's running mate, Clinton was surprisingly ungracious. In fact, if you had just awakened from a (blissful) 17-month sleep, you would have thought she had won."

"But her fighting words only increased the need for Obama to show that he can be strong, tough and in charge. Clinton's unwillingness to recognize Obama as the victor only increased the need for Obama to act like a president and not like a doormat. And denying her a vice presidential slot may be a way of doing that."

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