Monday, February 18, 2008

Snub of Hillary & Bill Motivation for Obama Plagiarism Charges?

Update: Wisconsin Democrats Poll

Obama 53 percent
Clinton 40 percent

Texas - dead heat Clinton 50% Obama 48%

Following up our piece of y'day: Monday, February 18, 2008 Obama Plagiarism Charge Motivated by Snub?

Look what's making the news rounds, still. The mainstream media has nothing else to talk about? Differences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's health care proposals, just words, uh, just a thought? How about just words, free trade policy?

What's more sickening? The mainstream media coverage of the issue is entitled War of Words! They're clever, the MSM, aren't they? They are selling us all of the two major political party candidates - each and every one.

Yes, even Ron Paul. We may read less about him and they never tagged Paul's stance on the Iraq War: War on War, but nonetheless the MSM sold us Ron Paul, too.

He's as part of the system as any because he's part of the two-Party stranglehold on American politics.

The MSM consists of an elite grouping as powerful as the Democratic Super-delegates. They can make or break a political campaign with the stroke of a key.

LITTWIN: In War of the Words, a rare blunder
By Mike Littwin, Rocky Mountain News (Contact)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Here's why the charge of plagiarism - to evoke a comparison to Joe Biden.

Problem is, the Clinton charge against Obama is baseless in the case of Deval Patrick.

Deval Patrick according to the New York Times discussed with Obama a "counterpunch" to the Clintons (when Mrs. Clinton was raising questions about Mr. Obama’s experience) which included use of Patrick's own words in the speech.

An Obama Refrain Bears Echoes of a Governor’s Speeches
Published: February 18, 2008
...In a telephone interview on Sunday, Mr. Patrick said that he and Mr. Obama first talked about the attacks from their respective rivals last summer, when Mrs. Clinton was raising questions about Mr. Obama’s experience, and that they discussed them again last week.

Both men had anticipated that Mr. Obama’s rhetorical strength would provide a point of criticism. Mr. Patrick said he told Mr. Obama that he should respond to the criticism, and he shared language from his campaign with Mr. Obama’s speechwriters.

It wasn't as if Obama unknowingly to Patrick used his phrasing. Should Obama have said, hey a former Clinton appointee who chose not to support Hillary Clinton for President, instead he's supporting me, said I could incorporate some of his ideas, phrasing he'd used successfully in the past against his 'rivals' said something similar to what I'm about to say a few years back. And guess who may have been present at the time to support Patrick. President Bill Clinton.

The MSM wants something to pass the day. The Clintons needed something to stir up their own base going into the Wisconsin and Hawaii primaries and her so-called base is moving away from her and in many cases jumping ship. Just like Deval Patrick did in '07 by endorsing Barack Obama instead of Clinton.

All indications are Hillary Clinton will not win in either state, or if she does, it will be by a whisper.

Morning Joe segment: Guest David Axelrod... asked about the plagiarism charges. He says absolutely nothing about how those charges won't stick since Patrick and Obama were in communication about mounting a "counterpunch" to Obama's rivals, which obviously included the Just Words tactic.

CNN interviewing Kiki McClain, Clinton strategist.

How big a deal is this?

Kiki... it's up to the voters... at a major political speech we find out the words weren't his own...

CNN: Sunk Joe Biden's campaign.

Kiki That's not up for me to decide. Is this a solution or action or is this rhetoric of non-action.

CNN interviewing Ann Lewis Can't the same thing be said of Hillary clinton using words of others?

Ann Lewis we'll leave it at what I said. Words matter. He used the words of another. That's a useful piece of information for voters to know...

(Net the Truth Online)

Clinton in a war over words with Obama
By Edward Luce in Washington

Published: February 18 2008 19:17 | Last updated: February 18 2008 20:16

The Clinton campaign on Monday accused Barack Obama of plagiarism after the discovery that the senator from Illinois had lifted a passage from a speech given by Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts, two years ago.

In an attack designed to remind people of Joe Biden’s withdrawal from the 1988 presidential campaign after his uncredited use of passages from Neil Kinnock, leader of the Labour party opposition in the UK, the Clinton campaign said it raised “fundamental questions” about the integrity of Mr Obama’s campaign.

CNN Transcripts

Clinton Camp Accuses Obama of Plagiarism
Feb 18, 2008
The Associated Press reported in January that Obama had borrowed ideas and speech points from Patrick, often without attribution. But with Obama now leading in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination - he won the last eight nomination contests - Clinton's campaign is trying to chip away at the premise of his candidacy. Wisconsin votes on Tuesday...

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