Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Is Hillary exercising the "Tonya Harding" option?

Political Punch: The Tonya Harding option?: "I just spoke with an official of the Democratic National Committee, who asked for anonymity so as to speak candidly, who said we in the media are all missing the point of this Democratic fight. The delegate math is difficult for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, the official said. But it's not a question of CAN she achieve it. Of course she can, the official said. The question is -- what will Clinton have to do in order to achieve it? What will she have to do to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in order to eke out her improbable victory? She will have to 'break his back,' the official said. She will have to destroy Obama, make Obama completely unacceptable."
I wonder who this DNC official was. In any event s/he has it figured out and refers to it as the "Tonya Harding" strategy. For those who don't remember the Tonya Harding incident, she was an Olympic-caliber ice skater who (allegedly) plotted to kneecap her top competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, so Harding would have a clear path to Olympic glory. The end result was that neither of them won the gold medal. Read the whole thing from Wikipedia:

"Harding became notorious for allegedly conspiring to harm competitor Nancy Kerrigan in an attack, which occurred on January 6, 1994 at a practice session during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and Shawn Eckhardt hired Shane Stant to strike Kerrigan on the knee. Harding won that event, while Kerrigan's injury forced her withdrawal. After Harding admitted to helping to cover up the attack, the USFSA and United States Olympic Committee initiated proceedings to remove her from the 1994 Olympic team, but Harding retained her place after threatening legal action. She finished eighth while Kerrigan, recovered from her injuries, finished second."

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