onsdag, april 23, 2008

New York Times: Hård kritik mot Hillary på ledarplats

New York Times har på ledarplats gett sitt stöd till Hillary Clinton som demokraternas kandidat, men av dagens ledare att döma verkar det som om tidningen börjar ångra sitt val.

Hillary kritiseras mycket skarpt i ledaren som rubricerats The Low Road to Victory:

"The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.

Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

If nothing else, self interest should push her in that direction. Mrs. Clinton did not get the big win in Pennsylvania that she needed to challenge the calculus of the Democratic race. It is true that Senator Barack Obama outspent her 2-to-1. But Mrs. Clinton and her advisers should mainly blame themselves, because, as the political operatives say, they went heavily negative and ended up squandering a good part of what was once a 20-point lead.

On the eve of this crucial primary, Mrs. Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11. A Clinton television ad — torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook — evoked the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, the Cuban missile crisis, the cold war and the 9/11 attacks, complete with video of Osama bin Laden. 'If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,' the narrator intoned."

Hillarys aggressiva kampanj ”gör mer än att bara fjärma sig från läsare som inte gillar negativa kampanjer,” skriver New York Times och utdelar följande varning:

"Hon undergräver skälen som fick denna och andra ledarsidor att stöda hennes kanditatur: att hon för tillfället var en mer kvalificerad än herr Obama.” (Vår kursiv och halvfet, HS.)

Hans Sandberg


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