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Drawing a Blank on His Man

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Sigmund Freud, in The Interpretation of Dreams, devoted a whole section to "Embarrassing Dreams of Being Naked."

Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson, a surrogate for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, must have felt himself in something akin to one of those dreams last night on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," after Matthews -- repeatedly -- pressed him to list Obama's legislative accomplishments and Watson was -- repeatedly -- unable to give any reply. It was no dream, though, and in this YouTube age, everyone can now see -- and laugh -- at his apparent humiliation.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign today has been using the clip to illustrate its argument about how thin her opponent's record is, but others are clearly being drawn to the video, which has now gone viral on the political blogs, for the same reasons that made Miss South Carolina Teen USA contestant Caitlin Upton a YouTube star.

Watch -- and cringe -- for yourself:

As Watson says on his blog, "So... That really happened."

Posted at 4:35 PM ET on Feb 20, 2008  | Category:  Making the Rounds
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Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 21, 2008 2:18 PM

Watching that interview was definitely a *cringe moment* for me. I hope Matthews continues to push in his interviews though. Maybe his using *sir* in a little bit less of a derogatory tone might come across better for the viewers. And he shouldn't have a slight smile when he's *punking* the guest. Naturally Chris will need to be even handed with this new *YOU'VE BEEN PUNKED* format. I actually think Tom Brokaw is a deep covert *Agent of Hillary*. Be warned NBC/MSNBC, we're watching you ;-)

Posted by: dionc9 | February 21, 2008 1:27 PM

Watson proved the necessity of having someone prep you for a live interview. Did he have anyone sit down with him beforehand to go over every conceivable question that Matthews might ask him?

Methinks that's not the case.

Posted by: ericp331 | February 21, 2008 11:11 AM

To the Obama Camp: Pick a Surrogate who KNOWS your record. Ugh..., Duh..., isn't what you would expect from someone speaking about the candidate he supports on a news program. And on HARDBALL, of all places! Kirk Watson should have known what to expect from Chris Matthews, but instead, his unpreparedness has led to a potentially new and damaging campaign ad the Clintons can run against Obama. Hey, nice going Champ! But I have faith that Obama will even overcome that. Obama should prepare for the rough ride he'll get at the debate in Texas tonight.

Posted by: jrev7620042000 | February 21, 2008 9:36 AM

Hillary should fire her entire campaign staff! She need to have staff members who are not afraid to tell her that negative campaigning is NOT working! She must stop with the OLD Democratic way of mud-slinging. America wants to know what is going to happen with the economy, Iraq, health care, etc. Hillary must stop being divisive and join the rest of us who are truly ready to turn the page.

Posted by: Debmood | February 20, 2008 6:30 PM

MIKE Bloomberg : vote fraud behind low Obama vote in New York

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/20/bloomberg-fraud-behind_n_87564.html

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Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 20, 2008 6:28 PM

MIKE Bloomberg : vote fraud behind low Obama vote in New York

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/20/bloomberg-fraud-behind_n_87564.html

I am starting to think that he actually WON New York but there probably was massive fraud to avoid such an embarrasement for Clinton.

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Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 20, 2008 6:26 PM

The way Chris Matthews hammered Mr. Watson last night was disgraceful! The way Mr. Watson handled it showed humor and class!

Posted by: akbriskwood | February 20, 2008 6:25 PM

Obama shouldn't be held accountable for someone else drawing a blank. Anyhow, Hillary is the one whose achievements are decidedly lean:

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea
1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death. 1
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

Only five of Clinton's bills are even marginally substantive:

16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

Posted by: katefranklin60 | February 20, 2008 5:53 PM

Yes, this was a legendary whiff. But it speaks much more to Kirk Watson's freezing up, not to Barack Obama's actual record of accomplishment. At least with the benefit of 24 hours, he came up with some talking points (and some self-deprecation):

http://www.kirkwatson.com/media/whats-new/2008/02/20/msnbc-and-me/

It's Hillary's own record that may be increasingly wearing thin, as Adam Hanft explains:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-hanft/the-curious-myth-of-hilla_b_87613.html

Posted by: miked98 | February 20, 2008 5:14 PM

I give Watson credit for the response on his web page -- talk about taking full responsibility (with a dash or two of self-deprecating humor).

To his credit he didn't say: "MSNBC is a small insignificant cable news channel with an unrepresentative host and audience. What really matters is what is said on network television on Sunday morning talk shows or programs like the View."

Posted by: JPRS | February 20, 2008 5:11 PM

Wisconsin cinched it. Barark Obama is the Democratic nominee. It's over. Clinton was blown out of the water. Her campaign is over, just she doesn't fully realize it as of yet.. Obama is the nominee. He won.

In fact, Barark Obama is our next president.
(in the contest with McCain, he'll win)

Get used to it, because that's how it is: Barark Obama will be the next president of the U.S.

Posted by: kevinlarmee | February 20, 2008 5:03 PM

This may be a problem for Sen Watson, however not for Obama. Could he have named any legislative achievements for Clinton, for that matter?

Hillary's Personal Alamo:
http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=53

Clinton has to try everything she can at this point. It is however also fair to point out this Washingtonpost article from January of this year (Where it makes it clear that Obama has some major senate achievements and most do not know this...):

Judge Him by His Laws:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/03/AR2008010303303.html

Posted by: davidmwe | February 20, 2008 4:53 PM

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