Losing Ugly

You know, it’s gotta be tough for Hillary Clinton to come to terms with the fact that she’s not going to be the 2008 Democratic nominee, let alone the 44th president. It sounds like she’ll lose Texas, and Ohio is narrowing, and even her own husband says that losing one of those two will end her campaign. I’m sure that from the morning of November 3, 2004 to that of January 3, 2008 she was absolutely convinced that she’d be inaugurated on January 20, 2009. Hell, for a substantial portion of that time period I was confident of it too.
But even given that, one would think that she values some things more than winning this race. One would hope that she’d have the party loyalty, nay, the basic human decency to not push the Muslim smear. But according to Matt Drudge, she is, sending around an image of Obama in Somali garb, clearly intended to stoke the Muslim rumors. I had expected that the Clinton campaign would deny this vociferously, and for their denials to be right; this was just too despicable a tactic for someone like Clinton to take. I was even somewhat disappointed with David Plouffe for jumping on the story without confirmation outside of Drudge. But, well, now there is other confirmation. From the Clinton campaign. Maggie Williams, Clinton’s campaign manager, did not deny circulating the photo. Instead, she attacked the Obama campaign for considering it a smear.
This is just incredible. Even up to now, despite all the racial attacks and disingenuous policy slams, I maintained a grudging respect for Hillary Clinton, as a politician and as a progressive. That’s gone now. No one expecting the Democratic nomination for president should be able to use attacks from the lower reaches of Freeper wingnuttery and get away with it. Period. I previously wanted party leaders – Howard Dean, Al Gore, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi – to intervene and push Clinton out of the race after she loses Texas on March 4th. In light of this, however, the time for such an intervention is now. Dirty tricks like this must have consequences. In the case of Clinton, that means expulsion from the race.

3 thoughts on “Losing Ugly

  1. I have not seen the actual e-mail, but I can believe that it was an ignoble step. And I can see that the Obama campaign has an incentive to be up in arms about it. But if you step out of the campaign and out into the real world, this is a tempest in a teapot. The Clinton campaign has a point that it’s not really all that derogatory by the standards of politics. It’s not a tenth as nasty as this or this or this. If Obama seriously cared about this, which I don’t think he does, then he would have a glass jaw and wouldn’t be ready to be president.
    Likewise I think that you should chill out and consider that your guy — who I also voted for — will probably win the nomination. Plouffe’s anti-Clinton sanctimony may prove useful to the Republicans and it isn’t any more constructive than the photo exploitation.

  2. If you can’t see why it’s beyond the pale to distribute photos of a candidate wearing a turban when that candidate is the victim of a prolonged, vicious whisper campaign alleging him to be a Muslim terrorist, I don’t know what I can say, Greg.

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