Hillary Slipping Up?

As the Iowa race draws close there is no question that Senator Obama is giving his Senate colleague a run for her money. She seems to have clearly slipped up on more than a few issues of late.

Firstly, the issue of “should we or should we not talk to leaders of Iran (and other such unfriendly states)” It sure sounds that her claims that it was a naive on the part of Sen. Obama to say so has back fired. By responding that it is “Bush-like” behavior, Mr. Obama has turned this in his favor, further reinforcing himself as the true candidate of change. 

Next, the issue of experience. Mr. Obama has once again turned this around by stating that “no one had more experience the Rumsfeldt and Cheney”. During a recent visit to Silicon Valley he cleverly improvised this further by stating that “Sergey and Larry” didn’t have the experience yet built a Fortune 100 company!

Most recently, the issue of Senator Obama having lived abroad as a child has come up. Senator Clinton said that living broad as a child doesn’t qualify as foreign policy experience. Once again Senator Obama appears to have turned this around by stating (and quite rightly so) that “If you don’t understand these cultures then it’s very hard for you to make good foreign policy decisions. Foreign policy is all about judgment.”

In short, it appears as though Senator Clinton is having a hard time finding issues to pick against her opponent and when she does, it seems to help his case more than hurt him. Earlier in the race, it looked like Senator Clinton would be impossible to beat with her 20+ points lead in National polls. But this is fast fading, and the man with “Audacity of Hope” might just spring a surprise.

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

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