What began as simply bad, craven politics has become a campaign of sheer scum by the Clinton campaign now that Hillary’s blood is in the water.
I was very ready to like Hillary Clinton, believe it or not. Her victory in New York excited me with its possibilities. Since then, she has proven consistently disappointing in every regard, and downright horrid in some instances. This week has been one of those instances.
In fact, I have not seen worse. I remember the Atwater v. Carville days – the sheer viciousness of that Bush campaign. I recall wondering when Bob Dole got so damn bitter and angry. And I had my eyes open during Rove, that walking poison pill in the American political dialogue. But Hillary is doing all she can to make me forget about Max Cleland turning into Osama bin Ladin, or John McCain being accused of having fathered an illegitimate black child.
First off, this business about “race” in the race. The Clintons said some rather gauche, rather clumsy things that some might take as belittling the importance of Martin Luther King in the Civil Rights movement and declaring a black President to be a “fairy tale.” This has made headlines. In response, the Clintons have accused Obama’s campaign as making an issue out of it – not the press, as was actually the case.
…Black leaders have criticized their comments, and Obama said Sunday her comment about King was “ill-advised.”
“I think it offended some folks who felt that somehow diminished King’s role in bringing about the Civil Rights Act,” he told reporters on a conference call. “She is free to explain that, but the notion that somehow this is our doing is ludicrous.”
As evidence the Obama campaign had pushed the story, Clinton advisers pointed to a memo written by an Obama staffer compiling examples of comments by Clinton and her surrogates that could be construed as racially insensitive. The memo later surfaced on some political Web sites.
So, as proof that Obama is making an issue out of the race comments, the Clintons present a memo that was not released, and that has not been acted on. Brilliant. More rabbit hole logic follows when one considers Hillary’s comments on ‘Meet the Press’:
“This is an unfortunate story line the Obama campaign has pushed very successfully,” the former first lady said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”"I don’t think this campaign is about gender, and I sure hope it’s not about race.”
It’s not about gender? Amusing, considering she’s constantly going on about “finding her voice” these days – a line straight out of the feminist canon. Frequent mentions of breaking the glass ceiling are not uncommon either, and let us not forget her appeal for solidarity to the Latina community of Nevada this weekend, as she declared, “No woman is illegal.”
Clearly, she’s going gender neutral.
She’s also going loyalty neutral as well, inspiring and aiding her supporters in suing to prevent the Culinary Worker’s union in Nevada – which switched its endorsement to Obama – from voting in the upcoming caucus:
The lawsuit, filed against the Nevada Democratic Party by the teachers’ union, argues the nine “at-large” caucus locations provide an unfair advantage to Obama.
Under rules set by the state Democratic Party, only hotels and casinos that have been organized by the state’s most powerful labor union, the Culinary Workers Union of Nevada, were selected as caucus sites.
Her logic, therefore, is since the endorsed candidate of the Union is her opponent, the powers of the Union to caucus are thus against the law.
This same logic is applied in another connection she made, this one right before the New Hampshire primary: Since another President in the White House means she is not in power, terrorists will attack us.
Yes, as Keith Olbermann notes, not only is Hillary so narcisstic as to weep for the sake of an America that may not know her benevolent rule, she shares with our President the conviction that she and she alone can keep us safe. Before a crowd in New Hampshire, she as much promised that an Obama victory would be an al-Qaeda victory.
It would be a triumph for the decadent and depraved too, in her opinion, as she has once again used the oblique method of raising a point – claiming someone else didn’t actually say it, but then talk about it ad nauseum – to bring up Obama’s drug use.
Robert L. Johnson — a prominent businessman who founded Black Entertainment Television and is a top fundraiser, or Hillraiser, for the Clinton campaign — was giving a lengthy introduction of Clinton at a campaign town hall in Columbia, S.C., when he launched into a defense of the senator and President Bill Clinton for remarks that have drawn criticism in the black community.
Johnson said the Clintons have been “deeply and emotionally involved in black issues — when Barack Obama was doin’ something in the neighborhood that I won’t say what he was doin,’ but he said it in his book.”
The Clinton campaign later put out statement in which Johnson claimed he was referring not to drug use but to community organizing.
Of course! He meant the organizing – he was making a connection between the Clintons community organizing and Barack organizing; that is what he meant by “doin’ something … I won’t say what,” for, surely, innuendo about community organizing is a great way to tear down an opposing candidate. Preposterous.
In short, this is sleaze at its worst – manipulative, evasive, unrelenting and anti-democratic. It should be the spark that brings down the Hillary Hindenberg, if there is any justice until Super Tuesday.
Let us hope it is not a preview of four more years to come.