When political fighting turns nice

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

March 7, 2012 1:34:21 PM PST
Remember how vitriolic the relationship was between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic Party primary season?

Wow, uggggleeee.

Remember the phone call in the middle of the night ad? Who would you want taking that possible nuclear-action call?

It was so nasty. Even Bill Clinton got in on the act, trashing Obama during the South Carolina primary.

And then the kissy-kissy make up. Hillary Clinton was given her own night at the convention, marching in to thunderous applause and pronouncing her delegates to Obama. Bill Clinton gave a speech.

Then Mrs. Clinton was named Secretary of State, and starting soon, the former President will start stumping for Pres. Obama's re-election.

Talk about politics making strange bedfellows.

The Obama-Clinton tiff-turned-into-love-fest should be kept in mind as we watch the Republican candidates for President battle each other in what former First Lady Barbara Bush described as the nastiest primary race she's ever seen.(She even re-wrote an ad she voiced for Mitt Romney. The original version said something to the effect that the country couldn't afford another four years of Barack Obama. She thought that too nasty. Instead, she said Mitt Romney was the best candidate to lead the nation over the next four years. Civility. Finally.)

I thought about all this nastiness as we watched the results come in and the candidates' speeches from Super Tuesday's 10 primaries and caucuses.

The amount of money spent on barbed TV ads is off the charts, and so is the number of poisoned words. Apparently, however, candidates have no second-thoughts about taking the words back when it's all over. Just a game is that what we're supposed to think?

The problem here is that these politicians would have us think they believe deep down what they're saying. So are we to think they're really don't, when they hug and make up after the campaign?

It's all a bit confusing, no? Do they have convictions, or are they just catering or pandering to the audience they're trying to sway?

I'm just sayin'.

We'll have the latest from the campaign trail, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, one sign the economy might be improving we're doing a story on the rising number of men who want engagement rings! Seriously. Kemberly Richardson takes a look at "man-gagement" rings, suddenly popular, especially among younger couples.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Jeff Smith (in for Lee Goldberg) with a stunning AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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