Thursday, February 07, 2008

Zorn: Obama's Rezkopportunity knocks

Zorn's post that should be nailed to the door at Obama's campaign office.
I didn’t expect Barack Obama to interrupt his Super Tuesday campaigning last week and heed the suggestion in my column that he answer in detail the questions that keep coming up about his entanglements with Tony Rezko, the fundraiser who’s now facing trial on federal corruption charges.

He was very busy and had to stay on message. I get that. But with only nine primaries the whole rest of the month, he now has the chance—a Rezkopportunity if you will—to grant a sit-down interview to Tribune investigative reporters Ray Gibson and David Jackson and try to make this story go away before it inevitably burbles up again at a less convenient time.
I belonged to my college listserv about this time in 2004 and remember the disappointed Dean supporters reconciling themselves to Kerry with the consolation Kerry's war record would make him such a winner compared to Bush.

We had all been anti-War in College and my response was go back and look at the Winter Soldier hearings, and Kerry's testimony before congress. I remembered it all vividly. It was one of the most painful times in our history and it was not going to do Kerry any favors played back in the campaign.

No one agreed with me.

I have the same feeling now with Obama and the issues around Rezko. Zorn's giving the strategy to get ahead of it all. Let's see if Obama takes the advice.

1 comment:

James Stripes said...

I understand that airing the Winter Soldier testimony could not work in Kerry's favor with the vast American public. But, I read them, too, in 2004. He was a political figurehead for others doing the work. It seemed to me at the time that the Winter Soldier group exaggerated a few abuses, but were generally more thorough and balanced than the Congress to which they presented their findings. Kerry's modest role as a temporary spokesman for the group helped launch his political career, and it offered clues as to why he was able to demonstrated a clear grasp of the consequences of the Bush Doctrine in foreign policy (which Bush either fails to comprehend, or he is far more evil than his most vehement detractors imagine)--that comprehension of foreign policy contributed to Kerry's solid victory in the first debate. Neither H.R. Clinton nor Obama have yet shown the sort of foreign policy insight that Kerry demonstrated in 2004. Selling a sensible foreign policy to hyperpatriotic Americans is no recipe for success, but it is necessary.