Raising The Roof On The Week That Was

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Florida flag, Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Weekly commentary by CBS Evening News chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer.


Anyway you cut it, this had to be some week - or maybe it was a year. No, it just seemed like a year but it was really only a week.

Let's review: In West Virginia, Hillary Clinton beat the stuffing out of Barack Obama - in this goofy year, a case of too much too late, apparently.

The next day, she suddenly became available for interviews on all the evening news programs - but before the interviews had aired, they were outdated, as John Edwards rushed in to endorse Obama.

While people debated whether that really mattered, President Bush went to Israel and upstaged the rest of them by bringing up Hitler and accusing Obama of appeasing terrorists - or not accusing him of anything, depending on whose version you believed.

John McCain, who had been trying to separate himself from the President and his unpopular policies, rushed to side with the President - which gave Obama a chance to tie them together and denounce them both. Senator Clinton took a deep breath and stood up for Obama.

Republicans lost another special election and vowed to find a better campaign slogan, and Mike Huckabee made an assassination joke that defied explanation.

For all of it, there was one nice thing: Both Barack Obama and John McCain expressed hope to raise the level of the campaign.

For sure, it won't take much to raise it beyond where it seems to be right now.


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By Bob Schieffer
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    Bob Schieffer is a CBS News political contributor and former anchor of "Face The Nation," which he moderated for 24 years before retiring in 2015.