Hillary isn’t the only Clinton running for president. Bill is too, and Barack Obama is finally realizing it. Since he’s now on the receiving end of Team Clinton’s hardball politics, he’s acknowledging what Republicans have always known about the Clintons: they will do and say anything to attain power. From Drudge:
EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA RIPS INTO BILL CLINTON MONDAY DURING ABC INTERVIEW WITH ‘GOOD MORNING AMERICA’ HOST ROBIN ROBERTS… SAYS HE FEELS LIKE HE RUNNING AGAINST BOTH CLINTONS… Bill ‘has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling. He continues to make statements that are not supported by the facts. Whether it’s about my record of opposition to the war in Iraq or our approach to organizing in Las Vegas. This has become a habit and one of the things that we’re gonnna have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he’s making statements that are not factually accurate’… DEVELOPING….
Added: Here’s the story at ABC News.
Bill Clinton has a very long history of making statements that are not factually accurate. When he ran against Bush 41 in 1992, he and Gore repeated the lie that the economy was the worst it had been in fifty years. This was the man who said with a straight face and a wagging finger that he didn’t have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. The lies that came from those two were legendary.
It was no accident that the Clintons injected race into this campaign. Juan Williams was on Fox News Sunday today discussing how disgusted he was that the Clintons successfully redefined Barack Obama from a presidential candidate who happens to be black into the black presidential candidate, thereby polarizing the Democratic electorate upon racial lines. The Clintons are nasty people, and for the first time it appears that some Democrats are starting to understand that. Obama is learning the hard way just how low the Clintons will sink to get power.
Update: Michael Tomasky at the Guardian writes about the Clintons’ dirty politics. Amazingly, Tomasky makes it sound like Bill Clinton has behaved honorably up until this election:
Clinton may also have paid a price by dint of the fact that this was a dirty, bitter race. Obama didn’t completely wrap himself in glory, and he probably erred in praising Ronald Reagan and calling the Republican Party the party of “ideas” in recent American history. But the Clinton campaign twisted those words and a lot more.
I don’t know who on this planet has the stature to go face-to-face with Bill Clinton and look him in the eye and tell him he behaved in a discreditable fashion. His wife? His buddy Vernon Jordan? Whoever it is, someone had better stop him. He campaigned against a fellow Democrat no differently than if Obama had been Newt Gingrich. The Clinton campaign may conclude that, numerically and on balance, Bill helped. But, trust me, to the thousands of committed progressives who supported him when he really needed it, who went to the mat for him at his moment of (largely self-inflicted) crisis but who now happen to be supporting someone other than his wife, he’s done himself a tremendous amount of damage.
The final price of victory is the splintering of base Democratic voters. African Americans solidified behind Obama, 79-18%. Hispanics, behind Clinton, 64-23%. Young voters went heavily for Obama. Old voters heavily for Clinton. These divisions threaten to flower into schisms. There will be plenty of time to put the pieces back together. But if Clinton becomes the nominee and black voters feel that Obama was treated unfairly … well, let’s imagine that black voter turnout in November is down by 10% in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio. That could mean the difference between victory and defeat in those three states.
Update II: Christopher Hitchens has a must read in which he reminds us of the Clintons’ many lies and obfuscations about everything from Bill’s many women to Hillary’s shifting positions on Iraq and asks this:
What would it take to break this cheap little spell and make us wake up and inquire what on earth we are doing when we make the Clinton family drama–yet again–a central part of our own politics?
Excellent question. Read Hitchens’ article.