March 01, 2008

Michelle Obama vs. Hillary Rodham Clinton

There's one thing I'd like us to think about as we analyze the remarks Michelle Obama makes during this campaign: is she going to be a co-President, or not?"

I don't know the answer, but those who claim that Hillary Clinton has no "real" experience because she did not govern during the years her husband was President must see that logic all the way through, and discount the speeches Michelle Obama makes.

If First Ladies don't make policy, they don't make policy. If they do, they do.

I do understand that the truth is really a case-by-case thing, depending on the structure of a given marriage—which in turn has to do with deal-making behind closed doors, in, um, rooms that aren't filled with smoke but have other things in the air. But those who simply wave their hands and label Senator Clinton "inexperienced" should not be taking Michelle Obama's speeches as seriously as they appear to be doing. Instead, they should merely be questioning Senator O. on what role he has in mind for his wife in a potential Obama Presidency.

Too much hand-wringing, too few questions.

Posted by Attila Girl at March 1, 2008 06:25 PM | TrackBack
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I think you're reading too much into the criticism.

For my part, I'm only interested in the political ramifications of what Michelle Obama says...without really looking ahead at whatever her influence would be in the White House.

But the fact that she goes out and says these ridiculous things, as part of her husband's campaign, suggests that he endorses her opinions, and that's problematic for him.

Posted by: Nice Deb at March 2, 2008 06:47 AM


Well, I agree that she should STFU. On the other hand, having his wife out there spewing the far-left stuff allows him to, in a sense, have things both ways--she's saying it, but he's got a layer of deniability built in.

I'm just saying that the nation hasn't really figured out what the First Lady's role is, and whether we accept or reject the "co-Presidency" notion that the Clintons introduced.

And that maybe we should.

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 2, 2008 08:26 AM


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