John McCain's website (2.14.08) In an odd development in the 2008 presidential election, John McCain has posted prominently on his website the exact phrase Hillary Clinton has been using for months to critique Barack Obama. The phrase "Ready To Lead...
In an odd development in the 2008 presidential election, John McCain has posted prominently on his website the exact phrase Hillary Clinton has been using for months to critique Barack Obama.
The phrase "Ready To Lead On Day One," a key line in Clinton's stump speech since early January, now appears on the front page of JohnMcCain.com (see screen shot).
This development suggests two possibilities about how the GOP is evaluating the state of the Democratic race for the nomination.
The first possibility is that the Republican Party has already concluded that Barack Obama will win enough delegates to become the Democratic nominee. In this case, McCain's adoption of Clinton's anti-Obama rhetoric could be a first attempt to define Obama as a political neophyte in the face of McCain the elder statesman.
The second possibility is that the Republican Party has concluded that Obama will likely be the nominee, but that they would prefer this did not happen. In this case, McCain's use of Clinton's rhetoric could be an attempt by the GOP to influence the outcome of the Democratic nomination process--to make sure Clinton wins.
Clinton has used the 'ready on day one' line in most of her stump speeches since January, such as her remarks following the "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses:
We know what we need is someone ready on day one to solve our problems and restore our opportunities.
("Hillary's Remarks on Super Tuesday," link)
Hillary Clinton is certainly not the only presidential candidate to use the phrase 'ready on day one,' but her use of it since January has been widely reported by the media. As such, it is generally recognized as one of the central themes of her campaign.
© 2008 Jeffrey Feldman, Frameshop