Hillary Clinton Plays the Politics of Fear

February 29, 2008 at 10:43 am 6 comments

With nothing left to offer, Hillary Clinton is pulling a page out of the Karl Rove/George Bush playbook and playing the politics of fear. In her new campaign ad Clinton message is basically “vote for me or some creepy unnamed threat will get your children.”

Here is the ad text:

It’s 3am and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing. Something’s happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders…knows the military…someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world. It’s 3 am and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?

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  • 1. derrick  |  March 1, 2008 at 12:12 am

    How is it the politics of fear? Geez, I understand you are an Obama supporter but does everything have to be Kool Aid? The presidential election is basically asking, Who doi you want to make the tough decisions? That’s what you’re voting on.

    The 3am call could be the subprime meltdown or the energy crisis, it doesn’t have to be terrorism. But, since you mentioned fear, Obama’s mantra that “Hillary’s health care plan will garnish your wages so you won’t have money to feed your children” … no, that’s the politics of fear and right out of the Rove/Bush primer.+

    It’s funny how Obama supporters have used the Republican memes and tactics to demonize Hillary Clinton and constantly accuse her of doing the same. Nope, this is the woman who stood up to them all these years. Obama and his supporters .. well, you “want to work Republicans.” Good luck.

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  • 2. Michael Crawford  |  March 1, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Kool-aid? Dude reread your comment. It is nothing more than a recitation of Clinton talking points.

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  • […] Based Ad Posted on March 1, 2008 by Michael Crawford Barack Obama responded to the latest fear-based ad from Hillary Clinton. In the ad, nicknamed “The Red Phone,” The Clinton ad asks who you want to answer the […]

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  • 4. libhomo  |  March 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    A conservative Republican like Clinton has to use fear tactics. She has nothing positive to offer Democrats.

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  • 5. derrick  |  March 2, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    “The 3am call could be the subprime meltdown or the energy crisis, it doesn’t have to be terrorism.”

    Michael, how a statement such as that “talking points” from the Clinton campaign. Which “talking points”? Who are advancing these? And, most of all, are you saying that a presidential election, or, any election, basically, isn’t a referendum on who you want to make the tough decisions?

    I’m also a black gay man, a progressive, and, like both Clinton and Obama, but, am supporting Hillary in the primaries. But that does not mean I dislike, hate or detest Obama. I’ll gladly support Obama if he is the nominee, donate money and be happy to pull the lever in the fall.

    However, I’m thoroughly disappointed in the level of discourse on many pro-Obama blogs, especially in the black gay blogosphere. It seems most of the arguments are anti-Clinton, who is not the enemy, as opposed to pro-Obama. The comments, like yours above, are merely “recitations” of soundbites from Obama, Axelrod or Plouffe. Those are called, umm, “talking points.”

    So, how is this ad playing to fears? Because if it does, then surely you’ll agree Obama’s response ad plays to those same fears. Or, maybe they are “just words.”

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  • 6. Michael Crawford  |  March 2, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Derrick,

    Maybe you are “disappointed” in the level of discourse on pro-Obama sites because we are not, for the most part, engaging in the Rovian tactics that the Clinton campaign has been using lately.

    I did have greater respect for Clinton before this campaign. If the Republicans had been using some of the same tactics such as playing the race card in the way that the Clinton campaign has, it would be called what it is: the politics of division.

    I will support Clinton if she is the nominee, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.

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