April 17th, 2008
04:58 PM ET

Clinton & McCain find common enemy


Click the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It looks like Hillary Clinton and John McCain have found a common enemy in Barack Obama.

As the Financial Times puts it: "The 2008 presidential race has boiled down to a fight of two against one”... meaning McCain and Clinton versus Obama.

Perhaps this shouldn't come as much of a surprise being that Obama is now the Democratic front-runner. Clinton needs to knock him out and win big in Pennsylvania on Tuesday in order to have a shot at the nomination. And McCain – unlike the Democratic candidates – already has the luxury of focusing on the general election.

Aides to the presumptive Republican nominee say they'd prefer Clinton as an opponent because of her high negative ratings. Yesterday in the Cafferty File we told you about a poll that shows 58% of Americans say Clinton is not honest and trustworthy.

So what we're seeing now is both Clinton and McCain going after Obama with almost identical criticisms. For example, both have portrayed Obama as an "elitist" during the fallout of his "bitter" remarks. Clinton often targets McCain in her attacks. But for his part, McCain sticks almost entirely to criticizing Obama, sometimes even as a response to a shot he's taken from Clinton.

The Republican National Committee also overwhelmingly targets Obama instead of Clinton in its attacks. When Clinton was in the lead last year, she was all the RNC could talk about.

Former Democratic presidential candidate and Obama backer Gary Hart says Clinton has broken "an unwritten rule of politics" by handing the Republicans ammunition to be used against Obama later on.

Meanwhile, another Democratic adviser, who's not backing either candidate yet, says that Clinton might be hurting herself among Democratic voters by her willingness to team up with McCain. He says, "One plus one equals zero if your ally is a Republican."

Here’s my question to you: Why do both Hillary Clinton and John McCain target Barack Obama with virtually the same criticisms?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dan from New York writes:
Dear Jack, Both Hillary and John are backed by the same power elite, the one that has been running this country since mid-20th century, the one that allows America the illusion it has a choice in its leaders when in point of fact it is this group of elites that decides who will be presented to the voters. The job of the candidates is to make it look good. But then, along comes Barack! What will these people do if someone who is not in their pocket gets a nomination?

Nick from Illinois writes:
Every time Obama gets asked a question that's controversial or not on his agenda he calls that question "the way of old Washington politics," or "not what this election should be about". This is what bothers independents and people trying to understand some of the controversy surrounding him. Obama discards and makes trivial what he doesn't see as important. That attitude is what led him to make the elitist gaffe.

Louise from Virginia writes:
The McHillary team put their heads together because neither one of them can handle Obama alone. It's obvious from the polls that they can't even handle him together. By the way, that debate last night exposed a sorry excuse for journalism. My neighbors are losing their children in Iraq, their houses, and can't afford gas. We're not interested in gossip-mongering, and he-said, she-said.

Jim writes:
Jack, It is very easy to understand why they are both going after Obama – he is challenging the status quo, and if he should win the presidency, then both Senators McCain and Clinton stand to lose. By my way of thinking, if the powers that be are against Obama, I'm that much more for him!

Dee from Michigan writes:
Because of the "enemy-of-my-enemy-is-now-my-friend" philosophy. Stay tuned for the McCain-Clinton GOP ticket!

Filed under: 2008 Election • Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. Terry from California

    Because they are desperate and will stop at nothing to undermine the next President.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  2. Ruth in SC

    Clinton's Republican roots are showing. Also she will try anything to sabotage Obama. If McCain wants someone who thinks like him he needs to invite Hillary to be his VP nominee. As far as I'm concerned she is not a Democrat any more (if ever.)

    April 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  3. Raul from kentucky

    Because McCain does not want to run against Obama's ideas and moneymaking skills

    April 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  4. Terry / Austin, Tx

    Clinton and McCain are Bitter that they will not be a shoe in for the office of President.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  5. Terry from North Carolina

    Both John McCain and Hillary Clinton are desperate and realize that Barack Obama is the real deal and the American people are tired of the same old game in Washington and are looking for a change, McCain and Clinton will not force a change Obama will.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  6. Grandma Moses in Ft Worth Tx.

    Duh! Because they aren't paying attention to what 50% of the people are saying? Same old, same old.....politics as usual.

    If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears, does it make a sound? If you give a party and no one shows up, is it still a party? If you stop covering the garbage, will we finally hear some substance?

    Give the voters a break and stop the madness.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  7. Peggy


    They both target the same Republician attack topics, because that is the only thing they have on Obama. As an American, I was ashamed of last nights so-called debate on ABC. Fifty minutes spent asking about tabloid topics, when the American people are hurting economically and our brave young men and women are being killed every day and our own government has admitted to torture? Since when does ABC take its talking points from Sean Hannity at Fox? ABC/Disney/ESPN have lost my respect. The real losers of last nights debate were the American people. We wanted a debate on issues, not the latest reality TV episode of "So You Want to Be Presdient?

    Peggy, Chicago, IL

    April 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  8. Jon from Austin, TX

    The Billary camp and the McBush camp are both focusing on what they believe are Obama's major flaws in electability. Plus, I think that Hillary is truely the Jedi master at going negative and McCain is just following her lead on many of her criticisms.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  9. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    It's obvious; they both know, as do their advisors, that the Presidency is Obama's to lose. Call him the frontrunner or whatever, he singlehandedly has raised the bar of American politics this year and is "the one to beat". So he has a big, fat bullseye on his back.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  10. Nuwan Sam

    I think that McCain just follow the Clinton using the same criticism to become news worthy I guess. McCain is kind of out of site because of the heated democratic primaries. So he seems to be using the same ammunition that Clinton uses to attack Obama. If you can get the same results its easier to walk the path that someone else clears out for you than finding your own.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  11. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    she and mccain come from the same cloth. she came to politics under goldwater. she is a goldwater republician which could be a democrate in wolves clothing. she is not a democrate if she was you would feel it and i feel she is evil. she is like a stepford wife a zombia but for politics. omg art is copying life.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  12. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    It's obvious Jack: Hillary Clinton and John McCain are both part of the old guard Washington establishment that Barack Obama has been talking about since he began his campaign. They are both financed by the well heeled, well connected people and lobbyists that have been corrupting our government since the Nixon administration .Both Clinton and McCain are wary of an opponent who has been able to raise campaign money by connecting with the common man as Senator Obama has.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  13. JT from TN

    They basically don't have a whole lot that he has done wrong . Every time they mention something he explains that situation and then people look at hilary and Mccain like idiots, not that it takes O'bama to know they're both just that.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  14. MK, sc

    McCain doesn't want to give away his good arguments against Obama till Hillary is weeded out. For right now, it's safer for him to wade in the shallow Clinton waters while he's trying to build approval.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  15. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Not to worry, Jack. When Obama is named the Democratic nominee Hillary will campaign her little butt off for him, praising his skills, his background, his race; and then she will turn her natural inclination for negativity to McSame and denounce all that she once held holy. Have faith.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  16. Terry in Virginia

    They target that which they fear most - a bright, young, charismatic man with fresh ideas and an enormous grass roots following. Obama may or may not be the solution to our current problems, but clearly neither are Clinton or McCain, who come off as tired, unoriginal, and jealous.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  17. ron black

    mccain and clinton are old mill politicians who mostly critcize others who seem to inspire people. they, themselves can inspire no one, and their jealous reaction is to denegrate. years of misguided legislation on mccain's part and congenital lying on hillary's part leave both inspiring nothing but contempt.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  18. James S. Lenon - TN

    Senators Clinton and McCain have both been in the practice of lying to voters while listening to lobbyists long enough to largely acquire the same outterwear that suffices when talking to all but the respective fringe elements.

    Senator Obama has yet to change the mask of "community developer" for that of national power broker and therefore offers chinks in his campaign armor that both Clinton and mcCain can target with ease. They know where those personal and professional flaws are, having had to overcome or disguise them in their own suits of campaign armor.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  19. Joy Marcus - San Mateo, CA

    Clinton and McCain hit Obama with virtually the same criticisms because they are both in knee-jerk mode. They appear to believe that initiating personal attacks on opponents is the way to get elected. Another example of business-as-usual-old-politics.


    April 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  20. Jim from BC

    Quite simply, Jack, they are affraid of him. The basic human instinct is to join together to fight the strongest, before attacking each other.

    Also, they are both demonstrating traditional fighting tactics rather than being creative, forward looking and positive like Obama.

    Hillary and John are copying the wrong leaders.... each other.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  21. Joan

    I guess they realize that Obama really will change things and they are both clinging on to the status quo. They never thought that a politician really means what he says when he is campaigning, for them that is just rhetoric to fool the voters into electing them. Of course if they win they go ahead and do what they are best at -screwing the voters.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  22. Gretchen Gad Fournier

    I was incensed about the flag pin question to Obama last night. That whole "issue" doesn't make any sense to me. Caring about national pride and love of country can only REALLY be expressed (proven?) with a lapel pin?-–which, by the way, was likely made in China.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  23. Richard

    As evidenced from last night's disgrace on ABC, the bulk of the questions were derived from the Clinton/Republican book of Rove. The questions diverted attention from more substantive matters..The Iraq War, the economy, institutionalized torture, terrorism. As Obama correctly described them..they are distractions. The so called "Debate" last night featured a Bill Clinton lackey and a pompous Charlies Gibson teaming up with Hillary (win at any cost) to triple team Obama. It took 50 minutes to get to any substantive issues. For a while I thought I was watching Limbaugh, Hannity and O'Reilly.

    Richard in Charles Town, WV

    April 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  24. Taj

    Jack, it is politics as usual. Hillary & McCain are both afraid that they cannot beat Obama. So, they are like Alligators, pull the victim to the dirty water, thrash him & try to consume. Barrack has several finest qualities of a human being & will be a great president. Hillary & McCain are not dirty people but the politics to win is dirty. It is that simple.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  25. NickNas


    This one is too easy! Both McCain and Hillary are from the old school of political dealings. They deeply fear the two things that Obama stands for Transparency of Government and Accountability. Obama and the People are going to change the way it works. They may hate each other but they are essentially the same and don't want to lose their cash cow.

    Did I win?

    Nick San Diego

    April 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  26. Ron

    Hi Jack:

    This is the issue. What they say about each other on TV has no bearing on my selection. The American people are not dumb. Most of us can see all three are full of themselves.

    Out of the three who is likely to give us his or in one case her best. All three seem more focused on each others faults than telling us in a positive way. Exactly what they plan to do to make things in this country better. The truth is neither of the three know how to do it.

    Ron K. San Diego

    April 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  27. Heather in PA

    Because they are both using Karl Rove's playbook. Hillary Clinton has to look no further than hershelf to see why she is lossing. The American public are sick of Bush/Rove/Clinton's tactic of treating the people like they are stupid and are going to vote for somebody because they wear a flag pin and can take a shot of whiskey! Talking about this stupid stuff shows how little they care of the people who are lossing their homes and can't afford to take their kids to the doctor.
    I am so mad about this stupid flag pin question! For goodsakes, McCain does not wear a flag pin. Look at his website! Oh, and ABC, could you please never run another debate? Your people could not even take the time to think of their own questions!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  28. don from ontario canada

    Jack, its simple its because they are two shoes stuck in the mud. After the things Hillary has said in the last few days reagarding Obama hse has proven that the place she should be is on McCain's ticket for his running mate.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  29. Richard Heriot Bay, B.C. Canada

    Hillary Clinton is becoming Leiberman out of desperation that Obama will edge her out of the democratic loop by winning Pennsylvania and North Carolina so she's siding with the opposition because it's too late for her to switch to Independent for a second chance at the Presidency. She figures she has a better chance against McCain later on if she can only knock Obama out of the race now. No wonder she's considered untrustworthy by Democrats who want change. If elected Hillary will preside over the same staus quo as John McCain and voters looking for real change will get short changed once again.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  30. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Because obama so far has been the teflon candidate. Obama takes in unheard of amounts of money,but won't tell us where it is coming from,he has intimate relations with a crooked developer in Chicago,but denies knowing him,he accuses small-town whites of being racist and ,during the debates last night,he didn't like the questions he was asked and gave non-answers or no answers at all There is still too much unknown about obama and we all want to know what the real truth about him is and not just have vague promises of change and trust me..

    April 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  31. Tariq Khan

    Simply because in both cases Obama worries them the most. Clearly in Billary's case she is fighting him for the nomination. But in McCain's case he knows he would rather face Billary because he will win...

    April 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  32. Marc

    Because Hillary will do anything to win. Even make a pact with the devil. Jack, nobody bugged Hillary about her eight years on the board with Wallmart and a board member saying "Union Members are the lowest of human species." I wonder what would she say if somebody asked her that question.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  33. Ray,Dunedin,Florida

    It's simple Jack!
    Obama is in the way of either of them getting into the whitehouse!
    Clinton Knows if Obama becomes President her ambitions for that office are over. So she is holding nothing back!
    McCain is following her lead so he can have more amunition for the general. He can say don't look at me (in the general) Sen. Clinton said the same thing in the primary!
    It's sad to say, she may get away with it. I hope the people in Pa and beyond think long and hard before they vote.


    April 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  34. Terri, Dallas Texas

    BECAUSE THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME!!!!!!! They are afraid that he will actually win the presidency, as he should. To take a word that she seems to be throwing around, they are both elitist, out of touch and not worthy to be president.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  35. kb from Iowa

    Didn't you know Jack? There is only one democrat still left in the race. Clinton and McCain have joined forces to topple Obama. If anyone still believes she is running for the democratic party they are nuts. Her only loyalty is to the Hillary Clinton Party.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  36. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Great question! I've been saying the same thing for months. I understand McCain's constant attack's on Obama since he's the Republican but Hillary is tearing at the unity of her own party by seemingly teaming up with McCain. I get it that the GOP would rather face off against Clinton, she's been in public life far longer giving the republicans more fodder and therefore a better chance at winning the election. But if Hillary really cared about the democrats regaining the White House, as she say's, she would run a clean and less abrasive campaign, much like Obama. Or it could just be that the same special intrest groups funding the Clinton campaign are backing McCain as well and have already devised a strategy and started calling in favors. But that's just my opinion.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  37. Dooley

    Jack, because Obama has so many shady friends it is not hard to find one to criticize.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  38. Ken Johnson in Pinon Hills, California

    I don't know, but same is contagious, like just about every man on TV, and now the women, wearing those striped suits we used to call "gangster suits".
    Don't you go there Jack, you look just fine in your white shirt.

    Back to Obama, they both figure he is the man to beat.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    Simply because both McCain and Hillary share the same perspectives and mannerisms. They are unsure if they are republicans, democrats or independents. Add that to the fact that they are a chip of the old block, then you understand why we need change and why they are bent on resisting change. Jack, habits are hard to change and if a young, unknown "upstart" seeks to alter politics the way Washington and Lincoln played it, it only reasonable to expect concerted resistance. So, Hillary and McCain are jointly fulfilling the natural tendency to resist change, and the politics of more of the same and the past has one language: ATTACK.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  40. Kathy from Union City, CA

    Because he is THE change agent for the masses; those who no longer believe we have a voice in the direction of government. Barack Obama represents the voice for the little guy; those of us who are angry, and yes, maybe even"bitter".

    Barack Obama represents a threat against the politics as usual, old guard.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  41. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    can you tell I really want to start a revolution in this country again. I wish we could get a tranport back to the days when this country was actually designed by those men with the brains cause we surely have lost our thinking when it comes to making this nation great. we are settling for nothing short of slavery for the mass. even though i get a paycheck i am not in charge of my life like our founding fathers wanted me to be. get me a gun and if you tread on me it will be your bad

    April 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  42. Byron Butters

    Because Obama is getting a free ride from most of the media people like you and Wolf. They have to battle this unfairness somehow before everybody believes the media BS.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  43. Shyla from So. Lake Tahoe, CA

    Because the Clinton campaign knows that if Obama wins the general election in Nov., Hillary won't have another oppurtunity to run for president. And that means making sure, no matter if she has to dodge more "sniper fire" or cackle at vetting questions about Columbia, of destroying the Democratic nominee; if it isn't her of course. If the latter is the case, then the job of ruining candidate's chances will go back to Bill.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  44. Jed from Chico, CA

    Hillary has been acting like a populist Republican since day one. Look at any of her photo ops from the last few weeks. Put any moderate republican of your choosing in her place: drinking beer, talking about her dad teaching her to shoot, talking about her deep spirituality. Except for the beer drinkin', that could have been Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney talking and we wouldn't have blinked. Frankly, she's starting to look like Benedict Joe Lieberman more and more each day.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  45. Dan, Chantilly Va

    Maybe because they both want to be president? Is this really that hard of a concept to understand? If your opponent has faults, then you'll want to expose them. If you don't think he can do the job as well as you can, then you explain why. Are we all supposed to hold hands, sing songs, and talk about how everyone in the country is equally qualified to be president? Did I miss a memo? And you ask this question as if Obama and McCain have never shared criticisms of Clinton. No, not Obama, the patron saint of politics, he would never do that.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  46. Joesph

    Perhaps it's because Senator Obama threatens both Clinton & McCain's idea of how Washington should be run, Jack.

    You know: Of The lobbyists, for the lobbyists, and by the lobbyists. Just a thought?

    They might as well change the name of "K" street in Washington DC (where the lobbyists hang out) to Pennsylvania Ave., since the lobbyists really run our country. If more Americans only knew...

    April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  47. Chuck in MO

    Birdbrains of a feather flock together.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  48. Michael


    The reason Clinton and McCain use the same tactics is because they practice the same old politics. They don't want change in our government. Obama is a new breed with new ideas.

    El Segundo Ca

    April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  49. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    ...... Because Hillary has no scruples and Mccain is a Bush Republican!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  50. Scott

    Because it brings up questions about Senator Obama's character. He attended a church that honored Anti-Semetic Louis Farrakhan and it the reason Barak met with Jewish leaders is because it brings into question whether he will support our ally Isreal.

    He says he is a Christian but doesn't feel that Evolution and Creation discredit each other and they are NO similarities between the two.

    Others see these as trivial issues, I see them as deeper issues with Barak's candidacy and it unveils the types of choices he will make as President.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  51. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's becoming more and more obvious every day. Hillary knows she can't win this year, so she's teaming up with McCain so that he can win instead of Obama.

    This way, she can run again in 2012, and Obama would be damaged goods.

    But I think it's going to backfire on her, just like the rest of her campaign. Obama will actually win the presidency, without help from the Clintons, and both of them will be history.

    There is a dirtly little secret about Americans. In this country, racism is not as overt as sexism. In other words, we'd rather vote for a black man than a white woman.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  52. Dmurphy

    That's easy, it's because they both know Barack Obama will be the next president and they figure teamwork is the only way to slow him down. The only problem is that Hillary is a Democrat, although she seems to forget this at times, and McCain knows at his age, he just needs all the help he can get!

    NY, NY

    April 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  53. Ally - New Hampshire

    Maybe because they both hired Karl Rove as a Political strategist! After witnessing the gutter tactics the Clintons have stooped to; I am beginning to believe anything is possible Jack.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  54. Frances Cappelletti

    This is nothing compared to what Obama will experience if he wins the nomination. The Republicans will pound him on his history. His twenty year relationship with his mentor, Reverend Wright, who trashes America with his anti-American rhetoric. His wife who wasn't really proud of America until Obama became a hit. Obama's past drug use. We have a President, li'l Bush, who used drugs and alcohol and that has not worked out well. They won't ignore all of Obama's misstatements and exaggerations. There is a lot of Clinton bashing by the media, especially on Count down and Hardball, programs that I used to really like, not to mention Fox noise. So it's no wonder that Clinton isn't moving up in the poles. For she is surely the most experienced, tested and qualified person to be President. Frances, Escondido, CA

    April 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  55. Jamaal Kansas

    Because Hilary and Her campaign has said everything they possibly can about Barack as Democrats But when she see it isn't working she has to resort to the Republican Tactics to win. This just goes to show you that she Doesn't care about Democrats she care about the Nomination.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  56. Dave from Mission Viejo,California

    McCain and Clinton are exactly alike – that's why they use the same attacks against Obama. If Americans want everything to stay the same forever (and it is so great now) they can hope for the non-choice in November – Hillary vs. Grandpa.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  57. Pat

    Believe me Jack, it's just because they both are hypocrit and bitter

    Calgary, Canada

    April 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  58. Rich Smyrnios

    It's what I call the 3 Stooges syndrome. When one Stooge is in the lead to get out of the door; the other 2 pull him back. Around and around it goes.
    Kalamazoo, Mi.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  59. Scott, Montana

    They are both two peas in the same pod.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  60. Rosalynd Florida

    Hillary is still working on that joint ticket thing (McCain/Hillary–McHillary) I guess. Hillary for GOP VP 08!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  61. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    Neither of them can find 'real' causes to fault Obama. His opinions on the most important issues that are concerning the majority of Americans are sound and indicate why so many people are supporting this decent man. The only openings for attacking Obama are small, once attacking his poor choice of words in California and re-visiting the now weak argument about his church. Where did the defamatory slur about patriotism and the Flag come from? Maybe we should make it a law that every person who assumes government office should wear a flag pin at all times. It still won't prove their patriotism, though.
    The world is sitting back, jeering at the pathetic attempts, by Clinton especially, to find the slightest trait that will make her opponent unelectable. Thank goodness Barack Obama does not lie repeatedly, so that the Democrats will have at least one candidate with an honest chance against the honorable John McCain.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  62. Fran DeSantis

    Simple, he is the one to beat. They're hoping something will stick. But, Mr Obama wants to stay with the issues, he knows we (the people) are not interested in this tabloid crap. And trying to get us to judge him based on who he knows is nuts. I have a friend of over 30 years and because of this campaign I just found out she is one of the biggest racist I've ever met. Will I disassociate myself, no. Will everyone I know think therefore I am a racist, no, they're too smart for that. Clinton and McCain realize the magnetism of this man and all they can do is join forces for now and hope to knock him down a few notches. Let's just say he's AWESOME!!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  63. Erin in Kalamazoo

    Hillary is just down to the bottom of her bag o' tricks. She criticizes because that's all she has left.

    And McCain, well frankly that's the only way he can get any attention.

    But the appearance of a Clinton- McCain love connection is amusing, is it not? And to think it was Obama who brought them together...ah...

    April 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  64. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Because Hillary has forgotten she's a Democrat and McCain can't think of anything else to say. How these two can call Obama an elitist is beyond me. Both are multimillionaires. Anyone such as Obama who went through several years of paying back college student loans should never be considered an elitist. He knows what is like for average people!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  65. Patricia

    Well, when you think about it, they're really not that different. Hillary >newsflash< has been doing this for 35 years–almost as long as McCain. They both voted for the war, they both are realigning their positions to match those of their parties just in time for the election.

    No one knows how to attack Obama the Leader. Dredging up details from his past or appearances of mistakes in the present are all they have to go on. So, whether the press brings it up some dirt, Hillary brings it first or McCain brings it up first–they both jump on board to the same "issue". Then, we have a situation Obama described last night regarding the repeated hammering on the same issue. They're on the same side–the anti-Obama side.

    Pennsylvania just might be a shocker for Obama–a rejection of the Clinton/McCain attacks. Let's get on with the emergence of our new president, President Obama.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  66. Daniel, loganville Ga

    Congrats to Sen. Clinton on winning the debate on ABC. I now know I do not want the same old politics.....OBAMA '08

    YES WE CAN!!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  67. A Kraft

    they dont have any substantive issues to stand on...corporate and businesses are all against Obama...Bushie and his neocons are nervous Obama may investigate their war crimes if he is elected.... and what did u think of that excuse for a debate last night...we turned on to hockey...yawn...love you and your honesty...

    April 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  68. Nuwan Sam

    At this stage it is better for McCain to do so instead of using his own ammunition to attack Obama. He is getting a free ride and becoming news worthy at the same time.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 17, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  69. Nicki

    Both Clinton and McCain offer "experience" as a basis of their candidacies, so naturally they use some of the same arguments against Obama. Privately, McCain and Clinton probably also respect each other for the service each has given the country.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  70. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    It is an indirect form of self-boasting each other; they are cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame; they both knows the way, but can't drive the car; and finally it is the radical failure of their sensibility. Annd let's not forget that Obama is the "new kid" on the road to the Presidency.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  71. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    They both see that he might win so naturally he is enemy number one.
    Neither points out their own flaws only those of an opponent. Obama is an easy target and both Clinton and McCain are taking Aim for their political lives. They are not shooting their mouths off to wound. They are shooting their mouths off to kill and eliminate the real threat which is Obama. The last one standing will be the next president.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  72. Scott

    Hillary is getting desperate and has nothing to lose by throwing the kitchen sink at Obama, Republican style. She is behind in pledged delegates, behind in the popular viote, has a shrinking lead in PA, and is losing her superdelegate lead.

    And if she loses the nomination, any damage she can do now will reduce Obama's chances of beating McCain in November. This will give her another chance in 2012. She obviously cares more about her political career than her party.

    And for all those Clintonistas who claim that the media is soft on Obama, give me a break.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  73. Leevaughn Brown

    Hey Jack
    As I watched the debate last night I realized that Obama was running against Bill Clinton. Pundits say that Hilliary was the better of the two, but I just didn,t see it.
    McCain has no new ideas and is out of touch.
    the only thing I can figure is, this is their way to stay relevant. I hate to say it,but if it was just Clinton and McCain the only people that would be interested is seniors citizens and women.
    Obama brings something new to the table, change and we so despairly need. I am a African American and I am not voting for him because his is also. I liked Ron Paul's message, but I would never vote Republican. He' is on a roll and they can only is cheap tricks to bring him down. It shows their character, they're petty, that's the long and short of it
    Cinti, Oh Indite Rumsfield!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  74. Nora. South Texas

    McCain just waits to see what Hillary is throwing out and he just jumps all over it. Someone said he should go on vacation cause Hillary is taking care of all his dirty work for him. She is giving him all kinds of help for his fight with Obama in November, the very least he can do is make her his VP, oh wait! but what will he do when she turns on him??Maybe he is not too old to figure it out.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  75. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    McCain is terrified of running against Obama, because not only will the "hard core" democrats vote for the dem. nominee, but the independants will go for Obama, while if Clinton takes the nomination the Indy's will probably go rep.-to say nothing of disgusted blacks. All this is amusing, since when she gets tired she admits to misspeaking and poor judgement (which she admitted to last night) when Bosnia came up. Bill also said as much when defending her lies about snipers. She says Obma is unelectable in phone calls, e-mails, etc., but when confronted, she states he is electable. And wonders why people don't trust her!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  76. Jennifer, IL

    i don't consider hillary clinton a democrat. I consider her desperate.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  77. Carol c.

    I think the answer on this is pretty obvious! McCain and Clinton are "old Washington-same politics". They owe favors from past alliances as all of them do if they stay in Washington long enough. That is why Obama is so fresh–he hasn't been around long enough to be beholden to special interest groups.

    If we were smart, there would be term limits not only on president but also senators and congresspeople. Perhaps if they were only in office a minimum of 3 terms they would try to do the best they could to work for the people who hired them!

    Knoxville, TN

    April 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  78. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It's called Self-Centered FEAR; The fear of losing what we have or fear of not getting what we WANT. In their case they don't suffer from the first fear because they don't have it or anything positive to offer so it is the last one, the fear of not getting their way. It is kind of like the so called debate held last night, it was pathetic the way the questions were skewed against Obama and so obvious by GS and CG. That was a terrible display of lack of professional journalism, go CNN.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  79. Bob


    I believe HRC is fixated on winning at any cost. This is a do-or-die mentality that sacrifices the party and the people in exchange for her opportunity to run again in 2012. She believes the public has a short memory and she'll try again should McCain win the general. The only way to put a stop to this is for all the Superdelegates leaning toward Obama to jump now and proclaim their support for Obama. I'm disappointed in the party for staying on the sidelines so long. Everyone knows she can't win the pledged delegate totals, the popular vote and the number of states, so what are these superdelegate wimps waiting for?

    April 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  80. borntospeak

    Hillary is trying extremely hard to damage the candidate of the Democratic party because she won't be the candidate! She wants to be able to run for President in 2012 and with Barack in office she won't win, but with McCain in office she feels she can take over in 2012.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  81. Sally

    Truthfully- McCain and Hillary are both so seasoned in government sauce- that they both fear the new guy.... no telling what he'll do....... "How can we keep getting away with all our sideways horsesh*t if the new guy gets in there and changes the rules?"

    And Rich's comment above is pretty darn accurate, damn stooges 🙂

    Sally, Jensen Beach FL

    April 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  82. Shabazz, Houston

    It's pretty simple. Barack is the man to beat. Hillary is desperate to win the primary. McCain doesn't want to lose the general election. Two can beat up on him better than one, or so they have been poorly advised.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  83. Jamaal Kansas

    Because they are apart of the Poltics as usual that Barack Obama and his Grassroots Organization is trying to stop and they see how close Barack is to Becoming the next President and they will do anything to stop this Young Guy from taking the Job that the other canidates fell they were groomed to do because of all the politcal alliance they have ensured through these years. Good thing is Jack the American People see Right through these canidates And there divisive campaigns. Barack is like Fresh air on a stuffy night !

    April 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  84. Patricia from Pine Plains, NY

    It's simple Jack. They are one and the same person. No difference. And that so called "Debate" last night on ABC was shameful. I had to turn it off. How dare they bring up subjects from 40 years ago. My God, Barack was only a kid then.

    Hillary's unfavorables are high, as they should be. McCain is an angry man who cannot remember who the enemy is in Iraq without Liberman's help. He's Bush all over again. Give me a break. They both know that Obama is a shoe-in for this election and they are going to get him one way or the other. Let's hope that the people of this country will not fall for it this time.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  85. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    Simple: He's too young to have experienced enough, which means he has few wrong choices to criticize, Jack.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  86. April in texas

    Jack, You are just now noticing this?? I knew this long ago, just do some internet searching as they have been best buds for a while now.. I really think Hillary could be a closet kept republican but cant prove it YET. I do understand why Hillary is so negative though wouldnt you be if you were married to Bill Clinton.

    Obama 08
    April in Austin Texas

    April 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  87. tim from Ravenna, OH

    Of course the Republicans say and do what they think will get Obama the nomination. They are well aware that Clinton will clean there clocks in Nov. and their best bet is to get a matchup with Obama. If you want a fight you can win you don't pick it with the biggest brute on the block, you pick the little whiney guy and hope he doesn't fight back. DUH!!!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  88. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    They both fear his ability to bring new people and new money into the political process. Since they are both "old news" politicians, their only chance to win is to run against each other. So it is in both of their best interests to knock him out now if they possibly can. I think they are already too late though, as their underhanded tactics seem to be ineffective this time around.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  89. sara

    Their arguments, however unfair, have more impact with two people behind the words.

    I hope they team up, and HRC can drag McBush Jr. down with her. Then they can both say, "Screw 'Em" (to quote Mrs. Clinton) to all the voters!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  90. carlo, baker louisiana

    The reason why any group of people who are diametrically opposed to each other join together against something or someone is because there is a bond that exist within the group that is stronger than any of their individual self-interests. Hillary and McCain, and the Washington insiders, are afraid of something, and its not just Obama winning. Perhaps its because it would forever change the face of politics, and perhaps the real "elitists" are afraid of losing their place.

    When truth speaks to power, power reacts.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  91. Ben, MD

    Simply because should Sen. Obama becomes president, her long-held dream of presidency is over.

    Although, I have a felling that Hillary has thrown whatever that could possibly be thrown at Obama in almost the worst way, and Obama has survived them all. Republicans will have a hard time to find something to hurt Obama over what Hillary has already done.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  92. TJ

    Jack, it's because Clinton and McCain are two of a kind, the republican kind. It's evident that both Hillary and John have joined forces in an effort to bring-down Obama. McCain would prefer to run against Hillary (easier target), and Hillary of course will do anything and say anything in an effort to run against McCain. Hillary has transformed into a republican.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  93. NickSanDiego

    Jack its simple

    Obama wants the people to speak up get involved and be heard.

    The other two want us to Shut up, pay our taxes and look the other way.

    That is all.

    Nick, San Diego CA

    April 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  94. Gary in High Point

    Their peas in the same Washington Pod and don't want the new kid on the block messing with their sandbox. The new kid might find out that there is a lot more that cat's box then sand. McBush and Billary like their little ols sand box and don't want anyone to cleaned up their hard worked mess of "I do it for you, not me. You citizens be good now and leave it to us "insiders" to handle things properly.

    Jack, McCain and Clinton are the same old stuff, just a different day. If they are the ones on the ballot in November, I am going to vote for Alfred E. Newman, it would be the same as votoing for one of them.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  95. Sascha

    It's pretty good for Obama, because Sen Clinton is doing the Republicans job right now. So it will be pretty easy for Obama to win the general election in the fall...

    April 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  96. juice-Canyon Lake

    Hilliary has been running her campaign from the republican play book to a T! She will do and say any thing to win and that means trashing Obama and possibly doing irrepairable harm to the democratic party. Oh by the way, last nights debate was terrible from so-called professional journalist.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  97. JoAnn in Iowa

    McCain and Clinton use the same criticisms of Obama because he's a good guy and there isn't much they can find to attack. They fear a fresh approach by an energetic politician who brings lots of new voters to the process. Old style, negative politics turns away voters-less people to have to deal with. Old style polticians prefer that. Obama takes McCain and Clinton out of their comfort zone by reaching out to the people. He treats us like adults and encourages us to be involved. The only question now is-can Clinton and McCain break our spirits before Obama gains the White House.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  98. J.D. - New Hampshire

    McCain and Clinton are like 2 peas in a pod. Their common goal is to oust the strongest candidate in November. Sadly, the Clintons haven't figured out the Republican strategy yet. The reason they're not shredding Hillary to bits is because the smear campaign is already set and ready to go against her. It has been for years. Obama is a fly in the ointment and Republicans see him for the threat he is to them in the November election. I'd love to know if it was the Clinton campaign or the McCain campaign that arranged the ABC ambush last night.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  99. James - Miami, Florida

    For HRC – it is not about Democrats or Republicans – it is about here and her ambitions. has nothing to do with voters (we are dispensible at the convention) – it is about her ego and having her peers hand her the nomination via the credentials committee.
    It will be McCain versus Clinton. Another 4 years of Republican rule.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  100. Clayton Ivey


    It's simple. Both McCain and Hilliary represent the politics of old. Therefore, Obama's success as a candidate means the electoral end for many politician who have not delivered on their past promises.

    Americans have mobilized for change! Deliver or be replaced with new political leadership.

    Clayton I.
    Atlanta, GA

    April 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  101. Grif

    No! All she has to do, is jump Ship!! The Dem's don't want her.. When you're not wanted, why stay??? Her Dad was a Republican... Her Husband, William is the Democrat, and he's not running; she is...

    April 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  102. Sandy

    Loved the picture...it is a McSame/McClinton ticket...they look great together...even wearing their pins...that is important. We want you to look the 'part' you are playing.

    John, you need to focus on distancing yourself from Hillary. Try to at least reword what she tells you to say.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  103. Shirley

    Come on now Jack, you know why. Hilliary wants to be the democratic nominee and McCain do not want to run against Obama. Barack Obama is a very intelligent young man and so in touch with Americans and that changes that need to be made that frightens Clinton and McCain that this man could actually change America for the better.

    Shirley, Ohio

    April 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  104. lindsay in az

    that's easy, jack. hillary is a republican in democrat's clothing. her tactics, if she was left unchecked by booing from her audience and spiking negative ratings, would make karl rove blush with envy. she's trying to take obama down so she can run again in 4 years against an even older mccain. and of course mccain is very happy to let her and help her.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  105. Noel Hot Springs, AR


    The Bill Clinton beat the Republicans at their own game in the 1990's so of course Hillary's attacks are going to be similair to the Republicans. Who is better at this than the Clintons, maybe Karl Rove?

    April 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  106. Jamaal Kansas

    Because they Know that his grass roots movement is spectacular and his fund raising is Incrediable and he is actually telling the truth to people when they don't want to hear no more Lies. They Know the only way they can win is trying to scar up votes and Hilary Knows the best people at is the Republicans so she asked Carl Rove could she use some of the tactics they are going to hit Barck with in the fall and of course he said yes which leads to this Question!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  107. Arnold,WV

    Well Jack it's fairly clear to me .McCain has focused on Obama because as most of us realize he will be the candidate running against McCain in Nov,and to waste any time or money on Clinton would be useless.Hillary on the other hand hangs on to these delusions of grandeur that she will be the candidate and therefore she tries anything to bring down Obama.She folded her only hand last night though with the yes,yes,yes,remark that he is electable.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  108. Nesa

    Jack: They represent the same old politics of yesteryears. Hillary is always out to fight. Every speech she makes always have the word 'fight'. This woman is a divider and not a uniter. McCain who is so out of touch with this new age generation, reverts to the same old politics of yesteryear too. They both believe in tearing down the opponent without actually allowing for a good debate on issues that are facing this wonderful country. As Senator Obama says, the people will decide who will run this great nation.

    Nesa from Guyana, South America

    April 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  109. Brandon from WI

    Hillary knows it is virtually impossible for her to get the nomination. However, if Hillary can "muddy the water" for Barack enough for him to lose, she can run in 4 years. She can then play the victim (again) and say, "I wanted a democrat to get elected, if people would have voted for me it would have happened".

    What she doesn't realize is that she is not the democratic party. Real democrats will ensure that John "lost brain" McCain will not become president.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  110. sabrina edgerson


    Hillary is a closet Republican. They are reading from the same play book.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  111. dennis north carolina

    may be we will see a Mccain/ clinton. they belong to gether

    April 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  112. gary stene

    HI Jack; I'm a canadian who knows more about American Politics than Canadian. Yours are bloody and ruthless and far more entertaining than our bland offerings. My intense interest is for one deadly reason. As America goes, so goes the free world! You folks have got to get it right this time. McCain and Clinton go after Obama because he appears to be the Mesiah walking out of the carnage to lead the people back to the promise land. I know so many Americans who are good and honest folks, how can they be duped by an old war monger like McCain, and the tag team match of crazy Bill, and his desperate wife? Obama just may be the best option Americans have had in the last 40 years to chose a President that has the ability to glue everything back together, especially after 'Howdy" somehow put in 8 pathetic years propped up by Dick Halliburton and the other cast members that were hired to make him look legitimate (didn't fool anybody). Come on Folks, vote for the change the free world needs. Gary

    April 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  113. Alfonzo Gregory

    Jack, there will probably be many more issues about Obama coming in the future for Hillary and McCain to choose from. The Larry Sinclair story will be one of them.

    April 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  114. Karen - Branson MO

    Hillary already said what a friend John McCain was. Then they did do shots game on the airplane to Bosnia. Guess if they were drunk they wouldn't notice if there was sniper fire or not.

    Hillary knows she's not winning so she's just smearing Obama for her friend McCain. Shame on McCain for not denouncing that kind of politics like he did to Mitt Romney. I notice when McCain was the butt end of Romney's attacks, Johnny Mac cried foul all the time!

    April 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  115. Jeff Brewer, SF Bay Area

    Jack, both the Clinton and McCain campaigns have obivously seen the recent shift in momentum that has helped to boost Senator Obama's campaign and national approval ratings. They are using eachother in a way to help get votes and media time, this kind of politics is exactly the kind that Obama has repeatedly said distracted the people in Washington and American Politics.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  116. Alicia, CT

    Birds of a feather always stick together.

    Hillary and McCain are not bigger than God, and Barack will win.

    Hillary, I expected this from McCain, but as a Democrat, I'm ashamed of you. That green-eyed monster is something else.

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  117. Karl in CA

    Its two Washington inbreds against the possibility that their little kingdoms will be coming to an end next January. They know the show is over, but they have to make every last ditch effort that they can think of, no matter how much it embarrasses themselves at this point. Obama doesn't need a free pass from the media, John and Hillary create their own ammunition to shoot themselves in the foot, over and over. With McCain and Clinton, familiarity is beginning to breed contempt.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  118. Alex in TX

    It's time for the Democratic party to unite and end the bickering. Either candidate is a far cry better than McCain.

    Lets put the democratic ideals first before any personal prejudices.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  119. Lily, Virginia


    It is simple, both Clinton and McCain use the same old politics of negative attacks and spin instead of focusing on actual issues that people care about. To their surprise and underestimation, Barack Obama has been greatly successful in his message of change, change from those old tactics not based on the issues to the real meaningful/truthful way of addressing and confronting the real issues head on.

    In short, to their surprise, “Yes, Yes, Yes” he can 🙂


    April 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  120. Disappointed

    For all of us first time participants in the political process this has been a shameful display of nonsense. The people have paid dearly through this and if the country ends up in a worse position than it already is in now (which is hard to believe possible) because of all of this then shame on them.... Also shame on us for letting it happen.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  121. Alex from IL

    Because both Hillary and McCain really have nothing better to offer America than Obama does, so the only thing that works is non-issues like what Obama's neighbor's dog did once and negative attacks using old Republican frames.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  122. GCG - Austin, TX


    The answer to that question should really be obvious: they both want the same thing: Hillary Clinton as a candidate in November.

    Why? Simple: she is the easiest one for Republicans to beat.

    Obama said it right last night, there's a whole lot of negative potential stored up for Clinton that will come out if she's the nominee, and because of that it makes people question her electability.

    She has shown that "politics as usual" means ancillary attacks on meaningless things, and stupid "guilt by association" attacks, and in that situation she is highly vulnerable. Obama showed her that last night with the whole Ayers talk when she said it was "important" that America know Obama was on the same board of directors for a charity that Ayers was also on. (If that is somehow important, then wouldn't it also be even MORE important to know why her husband, certainly a much closer relationship than someone serving on the same board, PARDONED/COMMUTED the sentences of two women from the same anti-American organization?)

    If she is the nominee, the Republicans will win the white house again, and you can take that to the bank.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  123. Amy OFlaherty (Reno, NV)

    I believe that Hillary targets Obama with criticisms that can potentially damage the Democratic party for one reason: she does not want a Democrat in the office if it can't be her. Her tactics are so transparent and embarrassing. It's a very self-serving effort and I'm hoping that her nonsense will not be overlooked.

    John McCain's attacks are more predictable. He's targeting the frontrunner to set the stage for November. However, the pounding of Obama here is, in my opinion, the Republican party's last ditch effort to make Clinton the nominee. The Republicans are so anxious to run against her!! They know that they'll demolish her, but they're not so sure about their chances against Obama.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  124. Bob

    Its Hillary's inner republican coming to forefront, its coming out party.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  125. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Clinton and McCain are using the same old search and destroy tactics that Americans are tired of. That's exactly why Obama is so popular, because so far he has managed to play a different political game. Even the debate moderators seemed more interested in picking through his trashcans from twenty years ago instead of asking about issues facing Americans. Clinton and McCain belong
    in the Smithsonian, not the White House.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  126. Independent from Ga

    By attacking together makes them both look foolish. America is simply ready for a changein the way we are dealt with. We demand dignity and respect. They have no idea how to challenge the fact that Obama touches us in our hearts. They are unable to do so becuase they come befor their country. Hillary was once a Republican, and again is showing her true colors by biting her own party. By the time we get to the election, they will nothing more to say. Barack Obama is a dignified gracious man, and I for one would be proud to have him as my President

    April 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  127. Cornell, MA

    Hillary does not have a heart to put her hand over, that's another lie.

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  128. Emily

    Clinton and McCain are desperate, mean, and negative its over for them, they need to go home and enjoy there millionsl Obama will be our next president

    April 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  129. jim

    It is very easy to understand why they are both going after Obama – he is challenging the status quo, and if he should win the presidency, then both Senators McCain and Clinton stand to lose.
    By my way of thinking, if the powers that be are against Obama, I'm that much more for him!

    April 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  130. Norm, MN

    She would support McSame anyday over Barack. She really is a Republican.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  131. Mac, Tampa, FL

    Because they are telling the people to look deeper and they are telling the truth – the guy is not what this country needs and he is not electable.

    Hillary is doing it because if it is an Obama McCain match up the Republican's win. She's committed to the party – and will support Obama if she's not the nominee, but she knows her supporters won't. It's a problem.

    McCain is doing it because Obama is an easy target, so why not?

    April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  132. Real people for real man.

    She want to spoil democrats chances to take back the White House.

    She has thrown everything as you all know at him ,but he has always get away with them. The fact that he still respect Hillary eventhough Hillary would have destroyed him if the pain was on her shoes.

    None of us know that they still contect each other and they are on senate together.

    Yes many people want Hillary to claim her husband credits ,but she shouldn't be responsible for Bill actions. You can't have it both ways either you are for it or against it.
    She surely has more luggage that people can exploit against her, but she failed to acknowledge her wrong doing and attacked Obama.
    If Obama starts to attack Hillary as the Republican will do, Hillary will have no where to turn to.
    Lots of wrong doing on the Clintons hands, every thing good , bad and the ugly are in the Clintons arms.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  133. Dennis in Spokane

    Jack, it's for the same reasons ABC used republican talking points in last nights debate. Obama represents change and those who feed off the corporate status quo have their marching orders.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  134. MR in NC

    Because they are feeding off of each other, Jack. One says something negative about Obama and the other latches on to it to try and make it a lasting fact. Hillary and McCain are embedded in the political culture that many of us are sick and tired of – and that is one of the reasons why we support Obama.

    Forget Condi "The NIE didn't give us the exact date and location they were going to attack us" Rice! McCain should choose Hillary to be his running mate. She has managed to help him more these last months than Condi ever could.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  135. Warren

    You got it wrong, Jack. It's Obama and McCain vs. Clinton. McCain defines and treats Obama as the presumptive nominee because he hopes that it'll prove to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Republicans would love nothing more than bringing all those anti-American skeletons out of the Obama closet and smashing them one by one on their way to a landslide victory. Hillary's smashing victory in Pennsylvania will prevent that disaster for America.

    Warren in Edinboro, PA

    April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  136. Jenn in St Louis

    It seems to me that McCain has been able to essentially ride the coat tails of Hillary's negativity. Why should he go out of his way to come up with unique criticism when she does it so well that he can just follow her lead? She is handing him every bit of ammunition he could ask for, and it is downright shameful.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  137. Kimberly

    I'm Canadian and feel I should mind my own business, but your question made me think of something my mom use to say ....

    Even though their exits are in different places, peepee and kaka still always go down the same road ... grinzzzz


    April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  138. Rita B

    Both Hillary Clinton and John McCain have been hibernating and have woken up to find that Americans are moving on from petty, shallow politics and have found in Barack Obama the politics that uplifts, excites, and inclusive.

    They cannot help themselves. Hillary especially has lost my respect. She who has been at the receiving end of the politics of personal destruction is now an expert of the art – spewing her venom at a young man who (an upstart) who has the audacity to threaten Bill's third term and her birthright.

    Can't wait to see them depart the scene.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  139. Louise

    The McHillary team put their heads together because neither one of them can handle Obama alone. It's obvious from the polls that they can't even handle him together.

    BTW, that debate last night exposed a sorry excuse for journalism. My neighbors are losing their children in Iraq, their houses, and can't afford gas. We're not interested in gossip-mongering, and he-said, she-said.

    Louise from VA

    April 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  140. Mike

    Maybe she is angling for the VP...

    ... on the McCain ticket.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  141. Ryan, Woodbridge, Va

    This election process has become all about winning for McCain and Clinton and no longer has anything to do with what is truly best for the American people. The American people have overwhelmingly said they really want to talk about getting this country back on course, yet we spend the first 45 minutes of a Presidential debate discussing tabloid issues.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  142. Osa

    What do you think Jack? Bill Clinton himself once said, McCain and Hillary are the only to patriots running for president. As for Obama, he needs to keep doing what his doing, cos he's winning and the American people are on his side. How do I know? his won the most states, the most delegates, the most popular vote, and raised the most money.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  143. Ryan P.

    Let's make a law that everyone must wear lapel pin at all time to show they are not enemies. Also everyone has to sing the national anthem repeatedly to show each one's patriotism.
    Let's make a law that if your pastor is quoting some insensitive remarks, then crucify and burn him or her.
    Let's make a law that if telling the truth offends people, then prison him or her for offending feeble minds.
    Let's make a law that if one has any connection with anybody who had slightest wrong-doing in their life, then we persecute him or her to get the admission of guilt.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  144. Ross in MD

    McCain and Clinton don't have any real criticism of Obama, so they come up with the same nonsense about flag lapel pins and the adjective 'bitter'.

    I personally love Clinton and McCain vs. Obama. Talk about old vs. new, the politicians vs. the people, etc.

    Besides, a one-on-one fight with Obama wouldn't be fair. A two-on-one does more credit to Obama's talent.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  145. William N. Clarke/ Florence, SC

    Clinton and McClain's comments are almost the same targeting Obama is because, simply put, it is the most positive way they can insure a predidential race between them with Obama out. It is an elitist attitude displayed by the two who are reminding the undecided voters that they are "white" and Obama is "black". With the help of some fine journalists, such as Lou Dobbs, among others, this subtle form of racism is most effective.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  146. Charles in Florida

    Jack, it kind of reminds you of the Duke Brothers in the movie "Trading Places". Hillary and John, the Duke Brothers, try to ruin Obama, Billy Ray Valentine, to dramatically improve their election chances, only to find out that Obama is a quick study and may win in the end.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  147. Dave from Arlington, MA

    They both want to win. John McCain is doing what any republican would do - he's focusing on the perceived nominee of the opposing party. Hillary Clinton understands that at this juncture she can only win by making Obama lose. She must rip him down by the ankles before he reaches the finish line.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  148. Robert, Columbia, MO

    Hilary is down to one and only one argument now for her nomination: Obama will be unable to win against the republican attack machine. So she's using republican attack machine tactics now to make that argument. That is what is so significant about her having said last night "yes, yes, yes" to the debate question, Can Obama win? By admitting that, she destroyed the only argument and strategy she had left to pursue.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  149. j from NH

    To your claim that Hillary is giving the Rep. party ammo -Give me a break! Did Hillary make Obama insult small town Americans? Did she make Obama choose Rev. Wright as a mentor? Do you really think the Rep. party needs Hillary to point out Obama's foibles? This is just another way for you and the drive-by media to yet again villanize Senetor Clinton.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  150. Mary M. Mansour, Fairhope AL

    John McCain has an excuse to go after Obama. He's the obvious Republican nominee. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is a dirty politician who will stop at nothing to see Obama either lose the nomination or lose to McCain in the general election. I laughed out loud last night when she, with this supercilious smirk on her face, declared that she would support the Democratic nominee whoever that might be. This woman wants to win willy nilly. She will scorch the ground around her as she goes. In the end, McCain will fight a far less dirty battle against Obama than Hillary. I'm sure Obama looks forward to his battle with old John as something of a cake walk compared to the dirty pool of the Clinton crowd.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  151. Shelley, California

    They are both Old Washington-a culture of political privelege and corporate rule. They see themselves as elite vendors and we, the people, as customers. Buy their sales pitch and they will "take care of everything for you," just like snake oil salesmen.

    That arrangement, financed by big business and lobbyists, is threatened by Obama's campaign of small money" over "big money," and the many over the few. Both members of Congress and the Administration will have to answer to their true employer, the people, whom the "100 million dollar" class so disdain between elections.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  152. Bruce St Paul MN

    McCain and Clinton are both from the same school of campaigning. The tried and true tactics of tearing down your opponent in ridiculous ways and appealing to the basest of our fears and prejudices. it demeans the process and insults the electorate. It also works. Although most years, by the time the actual election gets here, I am wondering how I could possibly vote for any of these terrible people.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  153. Rebecca


    It's simple. Neither one of them stand a chance against Obama. McCain knows he will win if Clinton is nominated because her baggage is endless. Its really a no brainer. As far as Clinton goes...this is just a typical Clinton behavior. There is always a path of destruction left in her wake.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  154. Carol, IN

    Jack, Senator Clinton has no political recourse other than to focus on silly seasonal minutia and Senator McCain effortlessly falls right in line behind her. I'm waiting for them to resurrect the lapel pin incident from last night's debate. And, by the way, Obama needed to have said, "Hey, Charlie, I see that you're not wearing a flag pin, nor are you,George. And, Hillary, where's yours? Are we to conclude that the three of you are unpatriotic?" PLEASE, let's get back to the issues!

    April 17, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  155. Bill in CT

    Jack – this is what we are left with. McCrazy and Lady Liar taking on the one candidate we have had in years that represents hope, truth, and real change. Not to mention Bill C as the point man in this gang of three taking on Obama. Whew - just about makes me want to puke! Keep up the good work, and continue to tell it like you see it!

    April 17, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  156. richard manthey

    I think both clinton and mccain both use the same criticisms because they both are afraid he will beat both of them,but first he has to beat mrs pinnochio and then he will show america how out of touch john mcsame is.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  157. j from NH

    They're undecided because everyday more and more questions are revealed regarding Senator Obama's character. The mask is slipping and people are starting to wonder if he really is the bringer of hope and change he claims to be.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  158. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    They both realize that Obama has integrity and that their way of life is in danger. If Barack can show people what honesty is like they might come to expect it in other candidates and then what would they do?

    April 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  159. Palmer Ward Pt Pleasant, PA

    I'd love to be able to say they're both very afraid, but I suspect it's because they're only in politics to win – McCain because he thinks he should after all, and Hillary because she's still trying to get some kind of respect – she certainly was never a beauty and probably was always as annoying as she is now. Barack, on the other hand, at least gives the appearance of playing a totally new game – that of trying to actually figure out what the nation needs rather than what will keep him in office. Go figure.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  160. Angela

    If Clinton were ahead, then Obama and McCain would be ganging up on her. That is what you do in politics.

    Why are their criticisms the same? Because maybe they are valid criticisms........

    April 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  161. louise

    don"t know Jack you tell me , but my guess is they are botht fibhting to stay in the race to be the President of United states for america , louise ohio

    April 17, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  162. Greg, PA

    Because he deserves it.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  163. sarah, indiana

    I prefer to think they are both trying to protect us from an elitist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, racist snake oil salesman. obama has conned a lot of people, and you the media are worshipping him also. lets hope clinton and mccain keep trying to yank the obama zealots heads out of the sand.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  164. Jack in Chicago

    That's easy Jack, they both share the same agenda. Remove Obama! Clinton perceives this as her clear path to the White House, unfortunatly for her... so does McCain

    April 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  165. Josh Arizona

    I'm done with ABC...I know AZBC is owned by disney and that the head CEO of disney is a hillary supporter but come on. A flag pin does not show how much pride they have for the country. Anyone that really thinks that have not fought in a war would argue that. Hillary cried and cried and cried about how unfair the debates where....Now they call this one a fair one?

    Hillary can be an Independent or repbulican but she is not Amerucan to ma anymore.....Veterans against Clintons use of veterans for her political gain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  166. Geraldine Ankeny, Ia.`

    Another question about Hillary, right Jack. And now you're quoting Gary Hart.For heavens sake he writes for the Huffington Post. A Hillary hating post worse then yours.. Do you get your daily kick out of the hateful things people post against Hillary because of your Hillary hating,, comment questions Why would'nt McCain and Hillary make same comments bout Obama?. Obama and McCain do the ame against Hillary. Silly question, Jack, just to rip Hillary.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  167. Jim Farr

    Hillary is the best republican ally that John McCain could have. How about a McCain – Clinton ticket?

    Frankly, by the time Hillary is done imploding and her fav ratings go even more negative, the Republicans probably wouldn't even want her.

    Her political career is over!!!

    April 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  168. Brigit

    Since she can't win this race she wants Mc Cain to win so she has a chance the next time around. If Obama is right and the people are truely tired of these politics and if it's the people who make the change happen then Clinton's negativity and divisiveness will slam her squarely in her backside.
    P.S.Give me honest and justified anger over staged smiles and betrayal any time!

    April 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  169. Sue...Emporium,Pennsylvania


    It is fairly simple......Birds of a Feather Flock Together.

    Hillary wants to be the Dems Presidential nominee...( tear Obama and the democratic party down) and John McCain wants her to be also, cuz you see...he KNOWS he can beat her in the general election....Her credibility proves that.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  170. Zef from New York

    Because McCain is a fool to open his big MOUTH when Hillary was playing her negativity. He should have just kept quiet.

    Now Hillary sounds like republican
    And Mccain sounds like insecure old man ..

    April 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  171. Denise


    Because Hillary has decided if she can't win the nomination, she'll feed old Johnny stuff they believe will soften Obama up to lose in November. But guess what Hillary and company...... it ain't gonna work.

    We young people are living in the world of today, not the world of yesterday. We are tire of divisive political wedge issues which has gotten us nowhere fast while you guy continue to get richer.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  172. Tim from Buffalo

    Yo Jack,

    Clinton is targetting Obama with the same criticisms as McCain because she tried everything else and it didn't work, when she says "kitchen sink" she means it.

    The only thing left for her is to join McCain's ticket as a VP because otherwise she'll be reporting back to duty in the senate. That reminds me, as a New York resident I wish she would stop wasting her time running a futile campaign and get back to work. Our earmarks aren't going to push themselves through...

    April 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  173. Rosemary

    Clinton sees Obama as taking away her entitlement to the Presidency. So she is using the Republican Play book to totally destroy any chance he has out there. But, I ask, does Obama seem to really be the stronger candidate? He is campaigning against 3 people, an ex-President, who is doing 1/2 of his wife's campaigning, McCain, and Hillary Clinton. He has been campaigning against the Clintons for a while, and yet she is still trying to deliver the knock out punch with Republican tactics.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  174. Paul

    The world is changing. Many people have been comfortable enough to keep our old stereotypes, fears and division boxed up neatly. Sure, some Americans have been hurting, but that didn't affect most of us as long as nobody messed up the status quo. Obama is opening up all those boxes so we can have an honest dialogue about our similarities and differences. McCain and Clinton have "experience" telling them that's not how things are done.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  175. Debbie,NJ

    You got it right Jack. This fight isn't about the people anymore. Its about stopping Obama from changing the way the far left and far right run this country. They don't want unity. Our gov't has so been so power hungry that in this administration ruling America wasn't enough. Bush had to prove to his daddy that he could do 1 better. He could rule the world, and in persuing that goal he is ruining the US. The Clintons will try to do the same thing. You heard Hillary last night. We will take immediate strong action against anybody who comes up against Israel without any discussions. Now that's a big threat. She'll take us into WWIII.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  176. Rick

    If you watched the debate last night it was obvious who was the most trustworthy. Their answers were the same retoric we have heard for months but I even had the volume turned down and was watching facial and eyes for both candidates. While Mr. Obama regardless of the "hot seat" questions, always looked at the moderator squarely and with very little distortion od expression. Meanwhile Ms. Clinton NEVER looked them squarely, was looking everywhere BUT straight ahead the most obvious telltale sign of dishonesty. agreeing or disagreeing w/ Mr. Obama's answers is irrelevent at this point, but questioning both of their trustworthyness, Mr. Obama has it hands down,

    April 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  177. JW - Georgia

    That's easy. It's because Barack Obama speaks truth with common sense. This is every traditional politician's nightmare. Keep the people in the dark with half truths and spin and you can keep your over-paid, high profile job just about forevever. Tell the voters the full and total truth and the electorate will never forgive you.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  178. Sharon

    Could it be that she is really a Republican thinker posing as a democrat???? She is a sorry loser and if she can't win then she don't want Obama to win. It is that simple. In the debate last night she answered a question with" One thing I am not dumb." Well she is out of touch with realtity and if one word described her it would be BITTER.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  179. Tammy - KCMO

    I wouldn't be surprised if hillary switches to a 3rd party if she doesn't get the Democratic nomination. Anything to win no matter who you take down with you I guess.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  180. M. Steepleton, PA

    Jack, Hillary Clinton has lost in the delegate count, popular vote, and number of states won. Her standing there with John McCain, both looking bitter, won't change that fact.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  181. Amy R.

    Like Bill Clinton said, Hillary is friend with John McCain. And these two friends are trying to defeat the incumbent Barack Obama. It is obvious.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  182. Marcelino R. Gutierrez

    Hillary believes she has a right to the presidency and is bitter because she is losing. So she would rather McCain win and punish Obama for standing in her way. She is behaving like a sore loser.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  183. Bono

    Two wrongs don't make a right, but two politicians can ignore the important issues and focus on Wright.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  184. Ilona Proud Canadian


    For what it's worth, here is my take on this. Both Sen. McCain and Sen. Clinton are really desperate to get rid of Sen. Obama, but, for different reasons. Sen. Clinton will do and say anything in an effort to get rid of Sen. Obama, in her aim to have a shot at the Presidency, she will scratch and claw her way there if need be. Sen. McCain is afraid of going up against Sen. Obama in November, he thinks he stands a better chance to beat Sen. Clinton.

    But another interesting point I think, is that most of the time Sen. McCain follows Sen. Clinton, when targeting Sen. Obama. e.g. Rev. Wright issue, and elitist label, she no sooner finishes speaking before Sen. McCain jumps in.

    I think it is really disgusting for one democrat to target another democrat, and thereby, providing the republican with the fodder to feed off of. To tell you the truth I honestly don't know how Sen. Obama manages to stay so focused.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  185. Barbara Page

    I think Hillary upped McCain. He is bomb, bomb Iran. She is set up an "umbrella" in the Middle East and SHE will take action as necessary–no mention that such actions need Congressional approval. She may even up Bush on Executive privilege! Last night was a debate? I thought I was watching Trivia most of the time!

    April 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  186. Wings, Aloha,Oregon

    I can understand John McCain doing it. I think Hillary sees the handwriting on the wall but absolutely refuses to admit it publicly. It's her little way at getting back at the man who stole her entitlement from her. Her countence, bearing and body language all clearly show this. You can turn off the sound, and just watch her and get the vengeful message. She's a textbook poor loser. When she gets back to the Senate, she'll be lucky to stay on in any meaningful committees if she keeps up this whole party clubbing.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  187. Len of Colfax, Wisconsin

    In sports such as football of basketball, when you have a superior player the opposing team will often double team him or her to try and neutralize the advantage of that player.

    They are realizing that Sen. Obama is such an excellent candidate that they need to double team him. Actually, isn’t it really triple teaming? Sen. Obama is simultaneously being pitted against Sen. Clinton, Sen. McCain and Bill Clinton.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  188. Wayne Phillips

    Obama won the debate and here's why. Clinton's case is that Obama is unelectable and therefore that is just cause for Superdelegates to overturn the pledged delegate leader to ensure Democrats chances in the general.

    Last night she said she, herself thinks Obama can beat McCain. If she thinks he can win in NOvember why should Super Delegates go through all the trouble and risk party disaster by overturning the pledged delegate winner?

    Her candidacy at this point is pointless.

    CNN..these are good talking points...please post.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  189. Bono from Ky

    Two wrongs don’t make a right, but apparently two politicians can ignore the important issues and focus on Wright.

    April 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  190. Connie from Columbus OH

    Because it's much harder for one defensive player to be effective with two offensive players working together. And it's obvious that Hillary wants Barack out of the arena as much as McCain does; only for a different reason. McCain wants the presidency with Hillary's helping by giving him ammunition; and Hillary being the spoiled elitist that she is feels the presidency is owed to her because she is a Clinton (for whatever that's worth).

    April 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  191. Lindsay

    Fear is a powerful thing, Jack. Barack Obama is the common link between them. Wasn’t it Abraham Lincoln who said “A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.”? This is merely a temporary marriage of convenience.

    Salt Lake City, UT

    April 17, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  192. David Jones

    Hillary is just using the republicans as a scapegoat to launch a 'nuclear' bomb anytime she opens her mouth!

    where are the republicans? Oh scratch that, It's Hillary!

    McSame/Hillary '08!

    April 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  193. Catherine Bishop

    They are the living embodiment that two wrongs make a right(wing nut). I'm surprised that Lieberman doesn't weigh in. He appears to be the jealous type.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  194. Linlo

    Yeah, we all know Clinton is a closet republican anyway. She was a Goldwater girl, remember? It goes against the unwritten rules to attack a member of your own party the way she has. She could have lost gracefully. Now it looks like she will crash and burn!

    April 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  195. ds

    Because the economy started to implode under their supposed "senior-level" leadership in the senate. GW isn't the only one here who should be taking blame.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  196. Sara, Minnesota

    Well, after watching the hit job on Obama for the first sixty minutes last night, while Hillary stood there with a smirk on her face, all I can say is this:

    Birds of a feather flock together.

    I don't know, maybe she should run as the republican vp. But because democrats aren't supposed to win the south, she'd have lots of explaining to do. After all, isn't she the one that said screw you to the working class southern voters? Shame on you, Hillary. Shame on you.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  197. dave walker,n. dartmouth,ma.

    Themselves. Hillary with her lies and digging up dirt from 40 years ago and,John McCain with his forgetful memory. Had he been attacked as much as Obama,his ratings would be rivaling the buffoon in the White House.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  198. Mike from Pueblo Colorado

    Hillary wants to win so badly, that she is willing to act like a Republican against others in her own party, but she is merely rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. McCain wants to go to the GE against Hillary because it would be like shooting fish in a barrel – he could even ask Cheney to do it.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  199. Ken, Alexandria, VA

    It's fear Jack...it's fear of the American people gaining back power. It's that fear that has these pundits uptight about Obama. It's that fear that ruffles Republicans feathers. They fear Obama. They will do whatever it takes not to take on Obama and his troops.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  200. Nancy

    Here's why–John Edwards said it back when he seemed to have the guts to call it like it is in one of the thousands of debates that have been inflicted on us. Paraphrasing–this kind of attack is what will always come when the forces of the status quo are confronted with the call for change. This time, Senators Clinton and McCain, you're not dealing merely with a political opponent...you're fighting against the Great Awakening of the 21st Century in American politics. We the people are coming out of the stupor of fear that our media and government have cultivated and fueled and we're taking our country back. Barack Obama, like Kennedy before him, is asking us what we will do for our country. And what we will do is vote the lobby-PAC beholdened bums out!

    Novato, California

    April 17, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  201. Matrix

    Clinton is really a Republican!!!!

    April 17, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  202. Cecile

    "By the way, those flag pins are made in China."

    April 17, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  203. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    Jack: McCain thinks Obama will be the candidate and he will take all the help he can from Hillary. Hillary wants to be the candidate and doesn't care if she hurts the Democrats in her vain attempt .

    April 17, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  204. sandy in Ohio

    They both target Obama because that's all they know how to do. How Obama handled himself in last night's debate proves he is the man for the job. He actually had a kind word to say for Hillary and even defended her lies about Bosnia. All she could do was attack, and today the Republicans are replaying her song. She needs to switch parties and be a Republican, then McCain can put her on the ticket and I can not vote for two of my least favorite people.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  205. Rob Tulsa, OK

    Hillary is showing a huge amount of disrespect for the democratic party out of desperation. As Carl Bernstien noted, Hillary's inclination is to attack, attack, attack even if doing so damages her approval ratings and the chances of a democratic president winning the general election. She can't help herself which is one of the reasons why the majority of those polled say they don't trust her. Hillary's philosophy in politics – loyalty and morality take a back seat to personal gain.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  206. Ravi from Maryland


    the sad thing is John McCain and some of the most conservative members of the GOP have shown more restrain and respect for Barack Obama than his Democratic colleague Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton's campaign has joyfully fanned the fires from the Reverend Wright scandal to the innocuous "bitter" comment. Hillary Clinton's reprehensible attitude towards a member of her own party makes one rethink the value of being a Democrat.

    It would be more appropriate for the Clintons to part ways with the Democrats and found a competing "Clinton Party." The Clinton Party's core values would include: (i) fabricated tales of corkscrew landings amidst sniper fire, (ii) running cliched populist themes while bridging more connections with the pharmaceutical industry than most hospitals, (iii) supporting any issue that rolls favorably with the polls, (iv) generating enough contradictions on any issue to render fixed positions equivocal (such as with taxes) and of course when it all gets a bit too hectic, (v) the freedom to fool around with 19 year old interns. I'm sure the Clinton Party will do quite well in a few years.

    – Ravi

    April 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  207. Frank Esper (Ohio)

    Jack, We've been focusing on the wrong Ticket. I believe that Hillary is planning to offer the vice predicency to McCain.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  208. Peter S., Coweta County, Georgia

    Both Clinton and McCain target Obama with the same criticisms because the criticisms are valid and obvious to all but the talking heads on cable news and to the Obamacites.

    Obama bases his campaign on being against the war in Iraq but is now clueless on when he can get the troops out of Iraq stumbling over how to protect humanitarian workers and how to attack al-Qaida in Iraq.

    Obama bases his campaign on honesty but cannot even be honest about his stance on his own handwriting much less his stance on handguns.

    Obama bases his campaign on the "New Politics" but uses surrogates to label both Clintons as racist, a charge he knows to be false.

    There are many reasons both Clinton and McCain both target Obama with the same criticisms. Because they're true.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  209. Fe Anam

    From Clinton's standpoint, It's an old saw. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. The American people are sick of enemy mathematics. And that's why Barak Obama will win the Democratic nomination.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  210. Y in PA

    Because they both know they have a better chance at beating each other rather than Obama. Clinton is throwing everything at Obama in desperation and McCain would much rather run against Clinton.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  211. Matt

    You always try to knock down the person who's on top of the mountain, not the person who is at the bottom. As far as why they choose the same topic, I have to chalk that up to unoriginal, old establishment politicing – the exact thing that Obama does not represent.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  212. sally, san diego, ca

    I actually contributed to Senator Clinton's campaign a couple months ago. Now, I am starting to regret it.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  213. neelufar

    If the people in North Carolina and Indiana doesn't wake up now, they deserve president like Bush as their national leader....!

    April 17, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  214. Shafi Alam


    Austin, Texas
    Now Tokyo, Japan

    It's simple. It's double teaming as in a basket ball game. Barack Obama is a good basket ball player. It's very obvious that he's is going to make the political basket, and Hillary and McCain are desperately trying to stop it in vain. McCain does not like to get injured at 71 or does not want to make a foul. He’s behind Hillary and she’s making fouls by being negative as in the news. We don't understand in what team she is playing. She herself repeatedly showed signs of being confused about something serious like sniper fire in Bosnia. How she can think of being the commander in chief of the country like the United States of America.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  215. Jean Quan

    Clinton and McCain are using the same tactics because they are both "business as usual" candidates whose lives in the beltway have made them inured to the problems of America today. They both may be experienced as politicians but such experience only creates a carapace of cynicism which Obama does not have. Why is it surprising that they speak with similar voices?

    Seattle, Washington

    April 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  216. shawna Atlanta,Ga

    Jack I would be surprised if Sen. Clinton was able to hold on to her seat in the NY senate after this campaign season where she has aligned herself so heavy with John McCain and negative attack ads. Especially if cost Democrats the election, because she has treated Obama like an enemy of the state during this process, republicans have been on easy street. McCain has a reason to dislike Obama because Obama stands for a number of thing McCain claims to be against, but hillary has truly no excuse.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  217. jawahar rajan

    Let’s see:
    McCain is the “360 turn around express” around type of person who will say or do anything to get elected.
    For example was against taxes cuts but now for it.
    Was against torture but now cannot vote to ban it.

    Hillary lives on total fabrication of her self and her experience.

    So both find it easy to attack someone who is at least trying to be honest and down to earth, Obama is far from perfect but he has at least given a glimpse of what politics can be if we learn to talk to each other rather than use sound bites.

    Jawahar Rajan

    April 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  218. Laurie

    Because Hillary wants to be president at any cost.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  219. sarah h

    i dont know Jack, but i wouldnt be surprised is she endorses him for president after she looses the nomination.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  220. Miguel A. Aponte

    I was a Clinton supporter, but after a while she had that politics-as-usual demeanor who will do or say anything just to get elected. I like Obama because he's sincere in everything he does and I am putting my full backing to Obama. I think that we need something else other the politics-as-usual attitudes. Clinton thinks that she deserves to be president over Obama. That the democrats need to hand it over to her on a silver platter and that's not going to happen. If Clinton becomes the front-runner, than McCain will go after her too. That's what politics is.

    April 17, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  221. jekevanston

    It's very simple. Hillary is a Democrat when she needs the party, but if she doesn't or if the good of the party gets in her way, then she is strictly out for Hillary. If she thought she would have had a better shot as a Republican, she would have changed parties without a second thought. As for the good of the country, in Hillary's list of priorities, a distant fourth, behind Bill.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  222. Antonio in Los Angeles

    This has to be the lowest point in this race for the Democratic Party, I actually feel sorrowful about this. To have our number two be virtually aligned with the Republican nominee is embarrassing. At some point we have to stop blaming the candidates for this type of thing, but the ones that allow them to get away with it. I can only hope that “we the people” will use this reality as lightning rod to form “a more perfect union” in our party. If we don’t and we loose in November, regardless of the democratic nominee, history will point to this moment in time as an example of how not to run a political party. I truly hoped that we were better than this.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  223. Dan Harris...Glen Ellyn, Illinois

    Why do both Hillary Clinton and John McCain target Barack Obama with virtually the same criticisms?

    This is an easy one. McCain is running for office. Clinton is running...out of ideas.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  224. sarah h

    i dont know Jack, but i wouldnt be surprised is she endorses him for president after she looses the nomination.

    Boston, MA

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  225. Georgia

    I disagree... You need to be more explicit. This reads as if they are working together. When really each of them are doing their own thing. It is politics, right?

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  226. Rick

    Who cares. All three of them are bums.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  227. Rob - Houston, Texas

    McCain/Clinton ticket. I have been saying it for weeks. Now it is begining to show itself!

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  228. gary saari

    Because Hillary Clinton is trying to gain some ground in her electability status which is now failing, and John McCain has no other prospects as he hasn't anything to offer to the American people other than 100 years more of a war in Iraq and a support for more of George W. Bush's failing concepts.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  229. Doug Eddy

    Hello Jack,

    I can't speak for John McCain but Hillary was traumatically-challenged disembarking the USAF plane on the Bosnian airstrip. She hasn't been the same since.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  230. Dan Diafwila

    Senator Obama is an history maker. He is writting a new book of the USA politics. He is an histi=orical embodiment of the american dream. When he says something people will follow him. Senator Clinton and the old man John McCain are acting like simple commentators of the Obama good news. So, let them say what they want. Obama will be the President of USA.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  231. Gus

    Because both of them fear that he can beat them! Hillary knows Obama is about to land the knockout punch in the Democratic primary, and McCain knows that Obama can pull more of the Independents his way than he can, which he needs because of a lack of conservative support. Go Barack!

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  232. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Because they both want Hillary to win. I can understand her criticizing Obama over legitimate issues, but using right wing talking points to smear him (while praising McCain) is below contempt.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  233. Cammy

    I will not vote for Obama – he is the liar....He turns everything around to avoid his radical background questions....

    April 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  234. Mark


    McCain does it because he is a Republican and is supposed to.

    Clinton does it because she can.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  235. B

    Just campaign strategy. Also both probably see that Obama's lofty ideals backed by literally no experience whatsoever will dig the United States an even bigger hole that it can't get out of. The methods that he contends he would follow in foreign policy would critically undermine this country.

    April 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  236. John Tippit

    The better question is why Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama at all? She is far more effective as a candidate when she talks about her strengths and accomplishments rather than attacking Obama. It is clear to me that Hillary would just as soon tear the Democratic Party apart if she can't get the nomination.


    April 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm |