Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Clinton to Obama: Still selling drugs? [Updated]

I normally try to avoid talking about Hillary Clinton's campaign, mostly because I have nothing good to say about her or her campaign. Today her campaign really crossed a line, though. The co-chairman of the Clinton campaign had this to say about Senator Obama's campaign:
Shaheen said Obama's candor on the subject would "open the door" to further questions. "It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'" Shaheen said. "There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome."

Does he really think anyone is going to read about this and say to themselves "what a nice guy he is to be so worried about Obama"? Is he a Republican, that he thinks Americans aren't smart enough to see that he was being what's known as a "concern troll"?

Does Hillary really think that she can tell us that he wasn't authorized to make those comments will negate them? Her refusal to condemn the comments, and take appropriate action, says a lot about the kind of politics she wants to lead America in.

Get the whole story at DailyKos.

[Update] Shaheen has stepped down from the Clinton campaign.
I would like to reiterate that I deeply regret my comments yesterday and say again that they were in no way authorized by Senator Clinton or the Clinton campaign. Senator Clinton has been running a positive campaign focused on the issues that matter to America’s families. She is the best qualified to be the next President of the United States because she can lead starting on day one. I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down as the Co-Chair of the Hillary for President campaign. This election is too important and we must all get back to electing the best qualified candidate who has the record of making change happen in this country. That candidate is Hillary Clinton.

Wouldn't an apology from Hillary have been a better route?


  1. Yur buddy23:01

    You love Obama so you cannot say anything good about Hillary. I like Obama, and Hillary Misty. Why does politics always have to be about bad and good. If ya Hires you can't like A&W. It's so Sean Hannity.

    I think you are just a wee bit biased Misty.

  2. You caught me! I'm baised! Oh, wait, I admit that all the time.

    If you know me or read my blogs, you know I have said many good things about Edwards and other candidates, so I disagree with your implication that I dislike other candidates only because I like Obama.

    "Why does politics have to be about bad and good?" That seems like a silly question - politics affect virtually every aspect of our lives.

    Sean Hannity? Ok, I'm just going to laugh this one off, since I'm fairly certain I'm not a rabid bigot. But, whatever floats your boat - feel free to compare me to Hannity if it makes you feel better. *shrug*

  3. Yur Buddy23:29

    Come on Misty, if Hillary wasn't kicking Obama's ass you would love her.

  4. That's funny. Hillary isn't kicking Obama's ass. And I had my issues with Hillary long before I even knew who Barack Obama was.

    Anyway, I'm done with this conversation where you tell me what I think and why I think that way. The passion associated with politics turns ugly too fast, especially when it is made this personal.

    Thanks for stopping by, though.

  5. yur buddy23:44


    What yur not getting is that I am totally pushing yur buttons. Sorry, it's a shortcoming of mine. When yur turning red I'm giggling.

  6. David14:15

    I think it's been a long time since anyone could sincerely doubt what kinds of politics Hillary would use to lead this country.

    Go Obama!

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  8. While it's fun to push someone's buttons, it doesn't do much for intelligent dialog, and I think this primary, more than any I've ever witnessed is important to the future of our country.

    I like Hillary. But it's more of personal thing. I remember her in the 90's, and she was just one those in your face kind of women that I've been drawn to all of my life. So I like her. As a person.

    That being said, when you compare her campaign to those of Obama, Edwards (pre-public funding, the poor guy), and even Dodd, she pales. I met Obama and Hillary both in February at the Health Care Forum in Vegas, and Obama had a way of working the crowd that Hillary couldn't compete with. I was reminded of that day when Hillary didn't make an issue of kicking Sheehan's ass out of her campaign upon principle alone (we gotta raise the bar, not copy them). It sounds trivial, but in this day of online campaigns and grassroots fundraising, the will matter much more in the general election. I think any of our choices could easily trounce the GOP dip-tards, but I would prefer it be Obama or Edwards, and Edwards is out because public funding will screw him. So Obama is very much looking like the guy.

    That's not to say Obama hasn't disappointed me at times as well (bringing social security back up... MAN I can go a decade without hearing about the "crisis" again, and his attacks on Paul Krugman? Blasphemy. Krugman is a hero of mine for being the first to say Greenspan was an idiot!), but Obama has so far disappointed the least of any of the top three.

    Also, there is a youtube video of a speech he gave in march, somewhere in a high-school gym it looks like (have never been able to find it again). It's the closet thing I've seen to Bobby Kennedy's speechifyin'. Which this country could use a good dose of after 8 years of Monkey Boy.

  9. One more thing I'd like to ad. Obama has what is arguably the best policy for technology, net neutrality, and anti FCC media consolidation of any candidate in the history of the country.

    That should also be important to anyone commenting on a blog.

  10. Thanks for bringing intelligent thought into this, Jason. :)

    Let me know what video you are talking about from March - I might be able to help you find it again.

  11. Did you see the Hardball with Clinton's Campaign Advisor and Edward's Campaign Advisor? It was ridiculous how the Clinton Advisor kept saying how he Hillary apologizes for the comments about Obama's Cocaine use. Trying to drop the word cocaine into every sentence possible.



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