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The question is all about which Dem candidate is going to be easier to beat.
" Mr. Obama? If he really has tapped into something deep in the American soul, and if he can keep tapping until November, it's conceivable he could bring with him a new wash of Democratic seats that could reshape the Washington political landscape for years to come."

For my son’s 18th birthday. I pasted this into his birthday card:

Ralph Waldo Emerson said this, one of my favorite quotations:

A man is like a bit of Labrador spar, which has no lustre as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. There is no adaptation or universal applicability in men, but each has his special Talent, and the mastery of Successful men consists in adroitly keeping themselves where and when that turn shall be oftenest to be practiced."

To me, it means that the art of being happy and successful is to find that part of you that is most special, amazing, beautiful, wonderful and applying yourself through it.

Thinking about the quotation, from a political perspective, it’s not really the way the world works. Campaigns aim to attack the dirtiest, messiest, ugliest part of the candidate.

The Wall Street Journal is running an Op-Ed today, by Kimberley Strassel. Unlike much of the right wingnut drivel that usually appears in the WSJ op-ed section, this makes some sense. It’s titled Barack or Hillary?,” and is subtitled, “Republicans ponder which Democrat would be tougher to beat.”

The article first reports,

“What's most surprising is how unified and optimistic many Republicans are that both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama are beatable. With the Iraq war looking better, and the debate pivoting toward the economy, there's a new feeling of confidence.”

Strassel starts with the Clinton upside, meaning why she’ll be beatable.

Republicans have experience with this dynasty. They know what kind of campaign she'll run, what advice she'll receive, what sort of tactics she'll employ.

She explains that Republicans are confident that Hillary’s high disapproval ratings will be her downfall.

Then she discusses the downside—why Hillary will be tough to beat…. And she starts off with the exact same reason.

“Republicans have experience with this dynasty. They know what kind of campaign she'll run, what advice she'll receive, what sort of tactics she'll employ.”

And Strassel adds that Clinton “will skillfully exploit whatever ugliness comes out of the current Republican Brawl.”

The Wall Street Journal article starts off looking at the downside of Obama;

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