Playing Dirty

It used to be that I didn’t have very strong feelings about Bill Shaheen. Sure, I think his wife was a pretty crappy governor, what with her refusal to submit to common sense and implement an income tax rather than the massive statewide property tax we have now, and I supported Mark Fernald’s primary run against her in 2000 for that reason, but Bill himself hadn’t done anything to provoke my ire. Until now, that is:

“The Republicans are not going to give up without a fight … and one of the things they’re certainly going to jump on is his drug use,” said Shaheen, the husband of former N.H. governor Jeanne Shaheen, who is planning to run for the Senate next year. Billy Shaheen contrasted Obama’s openness about his past drug use — which Obama mentioned again at a recent campaign appearance in New Hampshire — with the approach taken by George W. Bush in 1999 and 2000, when he ruled out questions about his behavior when he was “young and irresponsible.”
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.”

This is low. This is really, really low. Keep in mind that Shaheen isn’t just any Hillary supporter. He’s the co-chair of her New Hampshire campaign, and when he speaks to reporters he’s representing the campaign. And here he’s more or less accusing Obama, without any proof, of having been a drug dealer. I knew Hillary would starting playing hardball now that Obama’s ahead in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, but I really thought she was above Donald Segretti-level dirty tricks. I guess not.

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