Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hillary Attacks!

I received the flyer below in the mail yesterday. Click on the images to see larger versions. It's a classic attack piece on Obama from the Clinton campaign , and actually quite well done, although the fact that Obama crushed Clinton here in Wisconsin shows it didn't exactly have much impact.

One reason it was probably less effective than Clinton had hoped was that it arrived on election day, so most people didn't see it before they voted. Attack pieces are usually timed to arrive immediately before the election so the opposition doesn't have time to respond, but election day is just too late. A properly targeted and executed attack piece can be very powerful, but it sure looks like somebody in the Clinton camp screwed this one up, maybe because they forgot that Monday was a federal holiday with no mail delivery.

I'm an Obama supporter but I actually think Clinton's health care plan is better, so I agree with some of the points in the flyer, although obviously not with the way they're expressed. To Clinton's credit, health care is one of the few issues she can attack Obama on mercilessly without doing much damage to his chances in the general election. It's not like many people who care about universal health care are likely to vote for McCain...





2 comments:

Anonymous said...

and you've never engaged in any sort of negative attacks on members of the Democratic establishment, or anything.

Russell Wallace said...

And your point is? Politics is a rough game, but you can still be principled and honest. I try to live up to that standard. Some of my detractors, not so much...