The four big problems with Obama's "cling" fling.

A mostly political Weblog.
April 14 2008 5:19 AM

What's the Matter With Obama?

The four sins of "cling."

(Continued from Page 49)

It's hard out there for a Page: What word that he "shouldn't have"  did Mark Halperin use? ... Meow: The word appears to have been "pussy."   As in

"[Edwards]  thinks Obama is kind of a pussy. He has real questions about Obama's toughness ..."

Does that bother you? Doesn't bother me. It adds evocative oomph.  ... The Phoenix's Adam Reilly has a cheap snitfit here. Prissy! ...[via Romenesko4:09 P.M.

___________________________

It's a Dem group! It's a 'swing' group! In Mark Penn's big electability memo, he identifies Hillary Clinton's strengths when compared with Obama:

Sen. Obama will have to fall back on core Democratic voters to stay competitive with McCain. But this is where Hillary has already built a powerful base, with overwhelming support among women, Latino voters, and other stalwarts of the Democratic Party. [E.A.]

Advertisement

A paragraph later, women and Latinos are back, this time as a "swing" voters:

And Hillary's core voters - working class, women, Latinos, Catholics - are exactly the voters that comprise the key swing voters the party has needed in the past to win.

I suppose it's possible that women and Latinos are "core Democratic voters" who nevertheless might desert the party on a moment's notice against McCain--though that would suggest the Democratic core is near-evanescent. It's also possible that a lot of core Dem voters are women and a lot of swing voters are women--indeed it would be odd if they weren't. But it's also possible that "women" and "Latinos" have to do double duty for Penn because there aren't a lot of other groups he can brag about.  ...[Tks to emailer Y1:08 P.M.

___________________________

Didn't Ron Fournier kind of bury the lede in his story on how the Clinton's "selfishness" is coming back to bite them? This from the 15th graf: