One can't be too ambitious in this game

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Could Hillary Clinton be serious about her primary challenger Barack Obama being too ambitious for the White House?

Last week in Iowa, the former first lady and senator from New York had this to say about her counterpart from Illinois: 'So you decide which makes more sense: Entrust our country to someone who is ready on day one ... or to put America in the hands of someone with little national or international experience, who started running for president the day he arrived in the U.S. Senate.'

First, while Obama's experience is fair game, this is one incredibly hypocritical statement from one-half of perhaps the most ambitious couple in the history of American politics. Second, we take it as a given that everybody who runs to be leader of the free world has an otherworldly drive to be there. There haven't been too many reluctant occupants of the Oval Office, dragged kicking and screaming there.

Third, why shouldn't Obama be allowed to want this job every bit as much as Hillary Clinton obviously does? Given the obvious racial, ethnic, and yes, gender dynamics in this race, Hillary Clinton really does not want to go here.

Finally, Clinton's staff apparently went so far as to dig up an essay Obama wrote as a child saying that he wanted to grow up to be president. If he'd aspired to be Superman, would she now be claiming that it masked a closet tendency to dress up in tights and to abuse steroids? We appreciate that Obama has narrowed the gap in the polls and that Clinton is feeling the heat, but give it a rest.