Sen. Barack Obama said today that he should have given credit to his friend, Deval Patrick, when he used language very similar to some previously spoken by the Massachusetts governor in 2006.
“I was on the stump, and, you know, he had suggested that we use these lines,” Obama said at a news conference a few minutes ago. “I thought they were good lines. I’m sure I should have [given him credit], didn’t this time.”
Other locals weighing in on this include Rep. Jim McGovern, who is backing Clinton.
“If you use somebody else’s words or somebody else’s idea, I believe you should credit them,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.,) a Clinton ally, in a teleconference being held right now. “…When Sen. Obama uses them and doesn’t credit their origin, those same words seem less inspiring…”
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The obvious question is, how damaging will this be for Obama? When Sen. Joe Biden lifted some words and life events from a British politician in 1988, he wound up being so badly wounded, he had to quit the race. It definitely isn’t the kind of thing Obama wants people focusing on right now.
And then the understatement of the week:
In the age of YouTube, it’s probably a good idea for presidential candidates to credit the source to avoid these kinds of problems.
Yeah, probably. Obama remains the “frontrunner.” But his incautious comments about not wanting to debate any more have proven to be a mistake, and this Obatrick business has only created yet another unwanted distraction. If he wants to wrap this thing up on March 4, he needs to be better disciplined.