Ann Althouse is excellent on the manner in which Hillary turned a near-win into a total loss on the topic of Louis Farrakhan. I also thought Obama was a pure weasel, but everyone let him off the hook. In what way was he a weasel? Please - if John McCain tried to explain that although he had denounced David Duke many times there was no way he could stop Duke from supporting him if that was his choice, people would have burned the stage. Yet with Obama it's all good.
ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY: IIRC, it was in Los Angeles (or vegas?) that Edwards, Clinton, and Obama were asked to name a personal weakness and Obama was dumb enough to do so (he was sometimes disorganized, he admitted; Edwards copped to sometimes caring too much and feeling too deeply, and Hillary 'fessed up that sometimes she got frustrated by injustice in the world, or some such.)
With that as background, I can see why Obama turned an invitation to admit a mistake into a denunciation of the Senate's cowardice on Terri Schiavo (and it is not as if Hillary can press this, since she voted the same way.) But I agree with K-Lo - for me, not his target audience, it came off badly.
And in addition to coming off badly, it represents a notable re-writing of history, at least as told by the Times:
Senate Democrats were helpful as well. Some were reticent about opposing the Schiavo measure because of the highly charged emotions surrounding it. But Senator Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who is an author of the Americans With Disabilities Act, pressed hard for the measure and helped to assuage the states' rights concerns of other Democrats, and the Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, ultimately supported the bill as well.
Senate Dems guessed wrong about the politics and didn't want to buck Harkin, an arch-lib. Fine. But the Times, and other libs (including Ralph Nader), have had a hard time admitting that earnest libs were on both sides of the Schiavo issue.
And who offered this inflammatory analogy?
Frequently Unasked Questions - what if Terri Schiavo were black?
Are you kidding? Would Dems be telling an angry black family that (a) states rights are paramount; (b) the Florida courts can be trusted; and (c) the medical community can be trusted to have the best interests of black people in mind? Uh huh.
Well, she is not black. Just asking.
That was a while ago.