2008 What He Said
posted by January 21 at 20:18 PMon
Joshua Marshall at Talking Points Memo:
Hillary can be relentless and like a sledgehammer delivering tendentious but probably effective attacks. But whatever you think of those attacks, Obama isn’t very good at defending himself. And that’s hard for me to ignore when thinking of him as a general election candidate.
In most of these cases—such as the Reagan issue—I think Obama’s remarks have been unobjectionable but ambiguous and certainly susceptible to both misunderstanding and intentional misrepresentation. And if you’re going to talk like that—nuance, as we used to say—be able to defend it when people play with your words. And I don’t see it.
What did you see?