KCrowley asks in the comment string of the original story whether I think this is the ‘nail in Senator Obama’s coffin’? So, do I think this will be the ‘nail in the coffin’? Short answer: No. Long Answer: Hell, No. Not hardly.
Did it happen? Did he flip off Hillary Clinton?
No Quarter thinks so and has several updates built into their story. The Los Angeles Times ‘Top of the Ticket’ blog. is running the story and the video. The print LAT is also carrying the story. The same story is running with another view of the event on video in The Baltimore Sun. Memorandum has a large run down of the sites that have attacked or commented on the incident. Taylor Marsh jumped on the story very early after being directly contacted by Pamela Leavey. The Chicago Tribune’s blog ‘Swampland’ has the video and story. Even Fox News has front paged the gesture as the story of the day with new video. [Think it might come up again in the general election when talking about the judgment needed in the WH?] According to Google here are 443 related stories in the Media starting US News and World Report.
Of course, after a debate where he had difficult personal questions to answer, he says no more debates are necessary. Of course not. As Taylor Marsh notes,“He simply can’t afford them.” He has shown time and again that he doesn’t do nearly so well when he has to deviate from his ‘script’. [And I guess hard personal, sometimes phony, questions are never part of a general election campaign?]
His verbal supporters, by and large, are fanatic in their nearly religious support of the Obama crusade. They love the fact that he used a juvenile gesture to stick it to the establishment.
I find the entire incident amazing, sad and pitiful. He’s successfully playing to an audience that likes that exact type of gesture and it’s dismissive content. What does that say about how he’ll react in the general election when attacked from all sides at once?
What if he successfully wins the election and has to deal with Congress and foreign leaders? Will this dismissive element play into his presidency?
We have an example of just such dismissive elements in a presidency today. George W. Bush has used this exact tactic time an again with Congress and foreign affairs issues. Do we really want more of the same?