Declaring Something Doesn't Make it True

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Although New York Sen. Hillary Clinton won the largest states…her presidential campaign spent the rest of the week repositioning her as a kind of underdog…This week, Clinton and her advisers declared that Obama is the “establishment” candidate…It’s hard to exaggerate the distance between Clinton’s previous image and her new underdog image.

Peter Overby, NPR News, 8 Feb 2008

What really puts a bad taste in my mouth is the way in which the Clinton campaign doesn’t see reality as the summation of past actions, but rather as a marketing campaign that can be whatever they pay money to brand. “Oh, now the voters want something new now? That’s OK! Yesterday we were the voice of experience, but today we’ll be the voice of the outsider!” What was it that George Orwell write about? Memory holes?