Both Clinton and Obama would actually be classified as Conservatives if they were active in British politics. I found very little in what either of them said which the majority of Conservatives would not agree with. Their disagreements were on matters of nuance, rather than matters of substance.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Last Night's Obama v Clinton Debate
When I got into my hotel last night I switched on CNN to find a live debate going on between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. It was the first time I had seen them go head to head. There's clearly not a lot of love lost between them. Hillary was try to be sweet and innocent by calling Obama by his first name a lot of the time, while Obama virtually always called her Senator Clinton. Both performed well. Indeed, Hillary showed herself to be a master of policy detail, but it all seemed to relate to her husband's Presidency. If I were her I'd avoid any mention of him or his Presidency, mainly because it reinforces the impression that she is a figure of the past, whereas Obama is of the future.