Hillary and Barack are fighting. Don't panic, it's going to be fine. One will land the nomination and the other will line up behind the winner like a good soldier, but for the moment, they're fighting.
I'm oversimplifying here, but Hillary is a policy wonk. She loves policy and precedent and closed door meetings. Barack, on the other hand, isn't so much a policy wonk as he is a prose wonk. She can draft a plan, but this dude can craft a sentence like nobody's business. Like him or not, I can't think of anyone who'd rather listen to Hillary than Barack.
Enter the crisis. Hillary accused Barack's campaign of being primarily 'just words', or lacking substance. Of course, he jumped on that like ugly on an ape and launched into a genius defense of 'just words' that went something like this....
Obama said "Don't tell me words don't matter. 'I have a dream' - just words. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal' - just words? 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself' - just words? Just speeches?"
This was brilliant. In one fell swoop he cast Hillary as against Martin Luther King, the framers of the constitution, and JFK...and lopped his own ideas in with those sages. "Just (my) words....", but just brilliant words, by inference.
Only one problem. That little speech snippet? Those weren't his words.
Pardon my ignorance, but are you a little dissapointed that - at least on THIS point - they didn't have the sense to make sure they answered originally? I'll admit - I've seen the video, and Barack's version of it is more compelling than Governor Patrick's. Barack borrows material and presents it better than the original...but has his team ever heard of the internet? Did they really think this wouldn't get caught? I'm guessing that if he so much as burps at Chick Filet, Hillary's campaign googles it to see if anyone else burped at Chick Filet.
I'm not all that upset about him borrowing the phrases. They're only about six lines; albeit powerful ones. He's not doing anything any preacher hasn't done before...it's that he didn't have the sense to know he wouldn't get away with it that worries me.
I'm not concerned that he borrowed a few words. I'm more concerned that he thinks we're all dunces.