It’s a catfight fit for daytime TV and one we’ve predicted was certainly overdue. Last night’s Democratic debate in South Carolina featured Sen. Barack Obama calling Sen. Hillary Clinton a Wal-Mart sympathizer and Clinton saying Obama was in cahoots with an Illinois slumlord. The mud-slinging and finger-pointing continued throughout the night with only cursory debate over issues and records.
John Edwards pleaded for attention by complaining that this was not just a two-person race, but didn’t make much of a dent in the program. It was the Hillary-Obama show.
The big question is whether all the carping will work or whether it alienates more people. Hillary showed an ability to score points by using her Crocodile Tears in New Hampshire to show her softer side. Will people see through it this time for what she really is?
Also, it’s another opportunity for us to point out that the substantive debate over the future of this country still lies totally on the side of the Republicans. While Hillarack Obamwards gnaw at one another with personal attacks, real issues of national security and our fiscal future take central stage on our side.