Saturday :: Mar 15, 2008

The Clinton Rules and The Obama Rules


by eriposte

Vastleft at Corrente is the inspiration for this post. Vastleft sarcastically says (emphasis mine):

I’m beginning to develop a moral sense about this stuff, but it’s still kinda cloudy for me. For example, I know this to be true, but I don’t quite know why:

If Obama gets the nomination and loses, it will be the fault of Hillary and her supporters. If Hillary gets the nomination and loses, it will be the fault of Hillary and her supporters.

I am going to borrow Vastleft's insightful observation to craft my version of The Clinton Rules (TCR) and The Obama Rules (TOR).

The Clinton Rules (TCR)

TCR 1.0. If anything bad happens to the Democrats in this campaign, it can and should be blamed on Hillary Clinton.

TCR 2.0. Every statement of any supporter or surrogate of Hillary Clinton is a reflection of Hillary Clinton's personal views or directives.

  • COROLLARY to TCR 2.0: Statements by any supporter or surrogate of Hillary Clinton that might cast her in poor light are most definitely a reflection of Hillary Clinton's personal views or directives - regardless of whether she distances herself from those statements, supporters or surrogates.

TCR 3.0. If Hillary Clinton gets the nomination (through her evil machinations) and loses, it will be the fault of Hillary Clinton and her supporters.

TCR 4.0. Any votes that Hillary Clinton receives from Independents and Republicans are due to their interest in preventing Sen. Obama from becoming the Democratic nominee and defeating Sen. John McCain. After all, the GOP wants to run against Hillary Clinton in the Fall! [added, thanks to reader Wasab]

TCR 5.0. If Hillary Clinton attempts to work the completely screwed up primary system to her advantage, it represents vote-stealing and cheating. [added, thanks to reader Dawn]

Once you know The Clinton Rules, it is easy to derive....

B. The Obama Rules (TOR)

TOR 1.0. If anything good happens to the Democrats in this campaign, it can and should be attributed to Sen. Barack Obama.

TOR 2.0. NOT every statement of any prominent supporter or surrogate of Barack Obama is a reflection of Barack Obama's personal views or directives.

  • COROLLARY to TOR 2.0: Statements by any supporter or surrogate of Barack Obama's that may cast him in poor light, are most definitely NOT a reflection of Barack Obama's personal views or directives - regardless of whether he distances himself from those statements or supporters or surrogates.

TOR 3.0. If Sen. Obama gets the nomination and loses, it will be the fault of Hillary Clinton and her supporters.

TCR 4.0. Any votes that Sen. Obama receives from Independents and Republicans are a result of his uplifting and positive campaign of hope, change and unity and his incredible coattails - and not because they are just becoming Democrats for a day. After all, isn't it ridiculous that Democrats alone are allowed to pick the Democratic nominee? [added, thanks to reader Wasab]

TCR 5.0. If Sen. Obama attempts to work the completely screwed up primary system to his advantage, it represents hope, optimism and change and a reflection of the will of the people. [added, thanks to reader Dawn]

I welcome more additions to TCR and TOR from both Clinton and Obama supporters. This is fun!

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