Hillary’s Case Rests on This

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Jan. 5 2008 10:19 PM

Hillary’s Case Rests on This

"Words are not actions. As passionately felt as they are, they are not actions. We have to turn passion into action, and feeling into reality."

That’s the case against Obama, distilled. Hillary is not appealing while on the offensive -- at least that's my takeaway from this debate. She's more natural, more poised as a frontrunner. But she just encapsulated the argument that is keeping many Democrats from siding with Obama.

Here's his response, a few minutes later: "Words do inspire. Words do help people get involved. Words do help members of congress get in a position to enact legislation."

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If New Hampshire buys that, Obama's a lock.

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.

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