Hillary Vs Obama Continued
Reuters reports from Iowa:
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton sharpened her attacks on Tuesday on rival Barack Obama's experience, a day after a poll showed her falling slightly behind him in Iowa. ...
"Voters will judge whether living in a foreign country at the age of 10 prepares one to face the big, complex international challenges the next president will face," Clinton said during a campaign stop in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Because a lot of modern political campaign rhetoric is developed in the crosstab foundries of focus groups, polls and surveys, Hillary's remarks against Obama brought to mind the subject of ranging salvos.
Bracket Salvo - A method used to determine the range to a target. This procedure was extensively used by the German Navy in both World Wars. As used by the Germans, three half salvos were fired. The first half salvo was fired at the range determined by the rangefinder, the second at a range 400 meters too long and the third at a range 400 meters too short. By seeing which half salvo lands closest to the target, the actual range and bearing can be determined.
Working backwards from Hillary's remarks, the question is what is her political rangefinder trying to hit? Did some polls reveal a slight voter anxiety about Obama's childhood in a foreign country?
But almost as if on cue, Obama is shifting his image ever so slightly in a way that might make Hillary's next salvo land wide of the mark. Oprah Winfrey will campaign for Obama in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Obama made the disclosure while working a crowd at Central High School here, after delivering an education policy speech. A man, Ralph Hoagland, asked Obama—who was mingling and shaking hands-- if Oprah was going to stump for Obama in New Hampshire.
“First she’s coming to Iowa,” Obama told Hoagland, who in 1963 was a co-founder of what is now the giant CVS pharmacy chain. “But we’ll talk about it. We’ll get her up here.”
A woman piped up. “We need her here.”
“Is she thinking of not coming up to New Hampshire?” Hoagland asked?
Obama replied, “No, no no. We’re just doing it one state at a time.”