Obama v. Clinton: Hype?

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on August 26, 2008

The one conversation that appears to dominate Democratic convention coverage is the sense of a major rift between the two former primary opponents, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY). It’s unprecedented, on some levels, to watch the losing primary candidate able to dominate much of the coverage of their party’s nominating convention. Additionally, less is said of the party’s platform or the policy recommendations and much is made of convention drama in Mile High city. The most recent aspect of that rift that is being highlighted is the pick of Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) as Obama’s running mate, many media reports suggesting some Clinton supporters feeling the New York Senator was “disrespected.”

A question that arises from this is whether this is driven by Clinton supporters or, perhaps, a media tendency to “hype” or “exaggerate” the extent of that tension between the two camps. Obviously, Democratic officials and party die-hards are downplaying it; although, we are seeing our fair share of White women (primarily) walking around downtown Denver with Hillary buttons as though the primary is still happening. But, the media continues reporting on it as the top story, and there are accusations of this being “overblown.” Is it?

Maybe – but, it is clear that there are some Clinton supporters are feeling somewhat dissed and maligned. Still, Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight will be key in addressing those concerns, and it will be incumbent on her to make it as sincere as possible. It can’t be phony; the Senator from New York and the once presumed presumptive nominee can’t get caught in a fake-the-funk-on-Obama moment, serving a platter of empty platitudes in an effort to simply fill time and placate. She will have to plead the case in such a way that appears authentic, in such a way that sends a clear, crisp message of support and a sense that she’s moved on.


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