Over the weekend, accusations were leveled at Barack Obama that he plagiarized words from Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick. Hillary Clinton asserted that she had nothing to do with exposing Barack Obama’s latest misstep to the media, however, her communications manager, Howard Wolfson, did hold an hour long conference call on the topic. In this call he said “”Senator Obama is running on the strength of his rhetoric and the strength of his promises and, as we have seen in the last couple of days, he’s breaking his promises and his rhetoric isn’t his own. It raises questions about the premise of his candidacy.”

Hillary Clinton should be proud of finally finding Barack Obama’s Achilles Heel.
Barack Obama has soared in the previous primary contests and polls on the basis of his rhetoric. If Hillary Clinton can prove that the words which attract so many voters are not his own, she can diminish his role to nothing but the pied piper. Hillary Clinton should continuously harp on this, and point it out in direct debates and conversations and not play her usual denial hand. This is a dangerous position for Hillary Clinton to be in, and if she does not utilize this attack correctly, it will hurt her.

The first thing that should be apparent to Hillary Clinton is that if Barack Obama can spout empty words that are not his own, so can she. However, it is doubtful that Hillary Clinton will learn her lesson, and will likely remain on the attack and take nothing from this.
One observation I would make is how much is every politician just a mouthpiece for their speechwriters and their backers? If Hillary Clinton’s only difference between Barack Obama and herself is that her speeches were written by her paid assistants while his are plagiarized, expect this issue to die fast.

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