All Things Considered

2008 Primary Analysis

E.J. Dionne joined All Things Considered with host Robert Siegel and Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard to discuss the Democratic Presidential nomination and John McCain's campaign.

Robert Siegel, host: Joining us for advice are E.J. Dionne and Matthew Continetti. First E.J., reactions to Senator Clinton’s speech.

E.J. Dionne: Well, I must say she said some nice words about Obama, but that was a less gracious concession speech I think than the first speech in her campaign for the vice presidency, an essay on the job application. She kept pointing out things about her that made her a strong. She carried, we won the swing states necessary to get 270 electoral votes and so on. She was saying I think she wants this thing and I think the challenge to Barack Obama is he’s going to have to decide this very quickly. Because if he doesn’t decide yes he wants her, no he doesn’t, we’re going to have a real drama for another several weeks to get his way again to try to make his case again John McCain.

Siegel: Matthew Continetti.

Matthew Continetti: The real speech tonight wasn’t Hillary’s, it was John McCain’s. It was John McCain, why was it important. He was using the exact same terms that Obama has used to describe this Election, change. Obama has defined the terms of the 2008 Presidential Election. This is rough territory for Republicans because he’s done that.

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