Obama, Clinton Skip Courtesies

Congratulations are out, while stepping on toes is in for 2008
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 11:17 AM CST

(Newser) – Perhaps the super-long primary season has made candidates forgetful, but the Democrats were not at their most courteous last night, as Hillary Clinton failed to congratulate Barack Obama on his Wisconsin victory, and Obama took the stage in Texas while Clinton was still speaking in Ohio. No rules govern either issue, CNN allows, but both snubs were significant breaches of protocol.

One MSNBC anchor said viewers could see “the etiquette of the campaign at an end.” Clinton later offered private congrats to Obama, but only after publicly saying, “The best words in the world aren’t enough.” A surging Barack joked his opponents want “to season him and stew him a little more and boil the hope out of him.”