Unfortunately I caught all of about 15 minutes of the debate last night. What I did manage to catch was the discussion between Tim Russert, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on Louis Farrakhan’s recent announcement that he was supporting Obama.
Obama drew some heat from Hillary Clinton on Obama’s waffling and circular comments on the issue. Clinton “interjected that, during her initial Senate run in 2000, she was endorsed by a splinter party in New York that”:
“was under the control of people who were anti-Semitic, anti-Israel. And I made it very clear that I did not want their support. I rejected it. … And there’s a difference between denouncing and rejecting.”
Obama responded: “I have to say I don’t see a difference between denouncing and rejecting.”
He needs to check a dictionary on that.
Then he decided to yield the point: “But if the word ‘reject’ Sen. Clinton feels is stronger than the word ‘denounce,’ then I’m happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce.”
As Don Frederick put it, “He could have saved himself some potential grief if he had been less circular arriving at that point.”
But it seemed that Barack Obama really didn’t want to reject Farrakhan’s support, because as he told Russert when first asked, “I can’t say to somebody that he can’t say that he thinks I’m a good guy.”
Was that a whine I heard from Obama… like a teenager saying “but he likes me.” Sometimes we can’t be friends with everyone who likes us… they may not represent our best interest. Geez… So high school. Obama should know better.
UPDATE: Taylor Marsh has more on the HuffPo.