Clinton New Hampshire Campaign Bigwig Raises Obama Drug Issue

In a tactic similar to the widely-condemned political technique called “push-polling,” a top Hillary Clinton campaign official in New Hampshire pointedly raised Clinton political foe Senator Barack Obama’s own admission of drug use in a way that was sure to get the issue out there to voters and the press.

But will it backfire?

This latest attempt to drive up Obama’s negatives appears to be one more sign of growing concern in the Clinton campaign that Hillary Clinton’s inevitability is now about as inevitable as a sunny month in Seattle.

And a campaign that once seemed seamless and unifying now appears to need an emergency trip to the tailor’s shop since the seams are falling apart as the campaign risks dividing its own party and handing plenty of ammunition to any Republican who runs against Senator Clinton — if she gets the “inevitable” nomination.

The details in the news report aren’t pretty:

Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in New Hampshire, raised the issue of Sen. Barack Obama’s past admissions of drug use in discussing the relative electability of the Democrats seeking the presidential nomination today.

The fact is: this issue has not been an issue in the national press and even most conservative talk show hosts didn’t talk about it. It is now being raised by the Clinton camp as they see Ms. Clinton’s polls becoming increasingly tepid.

In an interview, Shaheen said, he remains perplexed about why, at this fraught point in history, voters and the media are not giving more attention to experienced Democratic candidates such as Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden and are instead elevating into the first tier alongside Clinton a pair of candidates with less experience in Washington, Barack Obama and John Edwards. Shaheen also expressed his personal misgivings about whether Obama or Edwards would be electable if they became the party’s nominee.

Among his concerns about Obama as the nominee, he said in an interview here today, is that his background is so relatively unknown and that the Republicans would do their best to unearth negative aspects of it, or concoct mistruths about it. Shaheen, a lawyer and influential state power broker, mentioned as an example Obama’s use of cocaine and marijuana as a young man, which Obama has been open about in his memoir and on the trail.

“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.”

Even a political novice can see this technique is akin to “push-polling” where a caller raises negative issues about someone while asking a question. Basically, Shaheen morphed into a Republican operative and asked the questions to get them out there, couching himself within a cocoon of plausible deniability that he was raising them himself.

Shaheen’s remarks were some of the most direct to date by Clinton campaign officials in addressing the issue of Obama’s past drug use as a potential problem in the general election. This week, the Clinton campaign has been focusing on the broader issue of Obama’s electability, arguing that Democrats would be better off nominating a tested candidate like Clinton. The Obama campaign declined to comment on Shaheen’s electability remarks.

This new “dirty tricks” twist — the Clinton camp raising the issue and blaming it on what the Republicans MIGHT do — is fraught with serious short and long term dangers for the Clinton campaign. Among them:

(1) It negates all the imagery the campaign did early on to create a more likable Hillary Clinton. If she thinks this has no place in the campaign — raising something Obama himself raised months ago in his book — then she needs to fire Shaheen and denounce this type of politics.

(2) After this episode, it will be difficult for Ms. Clinton or her husband Bill Clinton to ever denounce “the politics of personal destruction” that occurred during Bill Clinton’s term as president, or any other instances in the future. How can the campaign condemn Karl Rovian tactics when it is practicing them?

(3) Clinton is distrusted by her party’s left and this won’t help her. Having what some will interpret as a political surrogate try to get the drug issue out there to use against Obama will enrage many progressives who already distrust Clinton.

(4) The press is likely to take the gloves off more than ever when it comes to the Hillary Clinton campaign now. A recent report indicates that the smear against Obama having gone to a Muslim school came from a Hillary Clinton campaign worker, not the GOP. So this is now the second instance of personal attack politics coming from the Clinton side against Obama.

(5) Republicans and conservative talk show hosts will likely have a field day with this.
Each instance that surfaces of mega-hardball Clinton camp tactics will be used to say “Aha! See! They haven’t changed.” It’s hard to imagine Clinton running as a less-polarizing figure since voters who don’t like her or who have been skeptical of her will not like her more if they see her campaign doing slash-and-stab political tactics against Obama.

How big a bungle is this?

Even sampling some of the sentiment in the blogosphere confirms that the Clinton campaign could wind up literally winning the battle and losing the war — particularly in terms of imagery and eventually party unity.

The Clinton camp has issued a statement saying the comments weren’t officially authorized — but to many in the press (and many voters) who know how politics works, they will assume rightfully or wrongfully that this is a classic case of the use of a surrogate coupled with a statement of “plausible deniability.” Bottom line: the septic tank has been emptied — and not by the Republicans.

UPDATE:Shaheen has now issued a formal apology, saying he regrets his comments and they weren’t authorized by the campaign. But many will NOT buy it: (a) the sleaze was still shoved out there (b) there is no report yet that the Hillary Clinton campaign has dismissed him, (c) the Clinton camp’s own statement doesn’t totally repudiate the use of the issue, the points made by him, etc. Even with the apology, it still appears part of an effort to get an issue out into the press and to voters. It will likely not help Ms. Clinton with independent voters, either.

A SAMPLING OF WEBLOG REACTION:

Andrew Sullivan:

The hints were there already, but now a Clinton surrogate is flaying Obama for his refreshing candor about past drug-use. Again: this is the politics of fear. Check out the classic Clinton defensive crouch with respect to the GOP..But it’s a sign of how worried they are that their coronation has turned into something a little more complicated.

Roger L. Simon:

Now the Clinton folks are about to attack Obama for drug use. Well, gag me with a coke spoon! If this doesn’t win the hypocrisy sweepstakes, what does? All they are doing is reminding us of one of Bill’s most famous myriad howlers – “I tried it but I didn’t inhale” …. right up there with “I didn’t have sex with that woman.”

BarbinMD at Daily Kos:

It’s hard to say which is the most offensive part about this “concern” from Shaheen. Perhaps that he ignores that it was Obama himself who opened the door when he wrote his autobiography, and that he has used that chapter in his life to convince young people that drugs are a waste of time…Or perhaps it’s that Shaheen talks about Republican dirty tricks as he himself is engaging in them….So, the comments were not authorized or condoned, but then again, they weren’t condemned, were they? And will Billy Shaheen, who is no political innocent, pay any price for his comments? Or was this a directed hit from a floundering campaign?

Riehl World View:

Hillary is trapped in her past. Forget issues around Bill, the issue will not resonate as it only somewhat did when Bill ran. Obama did what Bill didn’t do in 1992, he neutralized it by confessing in a book and moved on. The American people have too when it comes to past drug use, particularly on the Democrat and Liberal side. Hillary has now waded into the heart of the politics of personal destruction. She, of all people, will get stuck in that swamp, particularly as Iowa voters detest negative politics. With Oprah this weekend … geesh. Hillary’s polling must have shown she needed to throw a bomb. She has. And it will explode in her face.

Truthdig:

Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire campaign co-chair issued a sleazy attack on Barack Obama on Wednesday, which he tried to pass off as an exploration of “openings for Republican dirty tricks.” It’s a tactic we’re likely to see more of as the candidates jockey for position and one-time front runners get desperate.

Right Wing Sparkle:

Remember when Novak said the Clinton campaign had something on Obama and Obama diffused it by saying he wasn’t playing that game? The Clinton campaign has something on Obama, but they don’t want to be the ones to put it out there and they are just simmering for it to get it out.

I think it would be sweet for Romney, McCain, Thompson, Giuliani, and Huckabee’s campaigns to all come out and say, “We promise we will not be asking those questions in the general election. We understand Obama’s past discretions and considered it done.”

Wouldn’t that be delicious?

The Talking Dog (a TMV co-blogger) has a must-read post on his site, written in his inimitable style. A tiny piece of it:

This smear is, of course, a trial balloon at this stage, but an interesting one, coming from the spouse of Bill “I did not inhale… or have sex with that woman” Clinton. It’s certainly understandable why Hillary Clinton– who is in a dead heat with my college classmate Barack (no, I didn’t know him then, and indeed, no one I know knew him, which makes it somewhat difficult for me to comment on his drug use from 1981 to 1983, anyway)– would feel the need to try and go dirty at this stage. We are around 3 weeks from the Iowa caucus with all-important New Hampshire right after. Both are states where Sen. Clinton has not only failed to put away Obama, but she is actually slightly behind him, to the extent that the current polling means anything (though, the two are within margins of error), but the momentum is the wrong way for her. (Blame it on Oprah!)…

Anyway, go ahead, Senator Clinton, and attack Senator Obama on his drug use… that’ll be bound to score points in the “Live Free or Die” state. (To quote Dick Cheney… “big time”.)

Donklephant’s Justin Gardner (also a TMV co-blogger):

Excuse me, but didn’t Hillary’s husband talk about his drug use? And sure, he got nailed for it, but only because he told a half truth. Still, that guy became President. Twice.

I don’t know why the Clinton camp is letting these folks talk about Obama like this. It’s just dumb. It makes them look petty and pushes Barack further above the fray.

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  1. Hillary’s deputy campaign manager Bob Nash was up to his ears smuggling
    cocaine into the USA in the 1980′s
    (he was not the only one!)

    From Robert Morrow Clinton expert Austin, TX 512-306-1510

    Hillary’s deputy campaign manager Bob Nash – along with Bill Clinton, Bill’s buddy Dan Lasater, Buddy Young, Bush #41, Oliver North, William Casey, Barry Seale, Felix Rodriguez – was up to his ears smuggling cocaine into the USA during the 1980′s. Bob Nash also became head of ADFA, the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. ADFA was 1) a slush fund for Bill to reward his biggest political supporters with business loans and 2) it was used to launder drug money for the CIA and Bill Clinton’s friends.
    Buddy Young in 1985 told Mike Harari (Mossad) that Bob Nash was Bill Clinton’s ” ‘yes’ man. Personally I think he is a mistake!” [recorded by CIA agent Chip Tatum 3-26-85]. Hillary said in March, 2007, as she appointed this corrupt flunky and “yes man” Bob Nash as her deputy campaign manager: “I am honored and thrilled that Bob is joining my campaign. Bob and I have worked together for 25 years. I look forward to working together again as we listen to the ideas, concerns, and hopes of all people across America.”
    This is the same Bob Nash, Hillary’s deputy campaign manager, who on Dec. 9th desperately sent a memo looking for dirt on Obama. HILLARY’S DEPUTY CAMPAIGN MANAGER BOB NASH IN THE 1980′S WAS TAKING A SUITCASE FULL OF CASH AS “KICKBACKS” FOR COCAINE DRUG SMUGGLING PROFITS!! The main qualification to be an insider for Hillary or Bill is to be a corrupt flunky who will do anything legal or illegal, ethical or unethical, right or wrong to advance Hillary’s or Bill’s sick pursuit of power. It certainly is not even the ability to write a grammatical letter or email as this pitiful effort shows: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.....#more-3253
    The biggest scandals are always bipartisan. Do you ever wonder why Bill Clinton and Bush #41 are such good buddies? One big reason is that they have each other by the short hairs on the Iran-Contra scandals of the 1980′s. After Congress passed the Boland Amendment in 1982 (to go into effect fall, 1983) the Republican Reagan Administration worked hand in hand with the “moderate” Southern Democratic Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton to supply the Nicaraguan contras with weapons and to smuggle cocaine back into the USA, as a funding mechanism for the Contras.
    The great American patriot Oliver North was the one setting the whole damn thing up and Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas and his aides Buddy Young and Bob Nash were completely involved in this CIA weapons-to-Contras and cocaine into the USA drug smuggling operation. Former CIA agent says Oliver North’s Enterprise not only set up the cocaine factories and ran the Columbian cartels, but was also responsible for masterminding massive amounts of narcotics into the USA. http://www.scribd.com/doc/5047.....nterviewed

    While Nancy Reagan was saying “Just say No,”
    Bob Nash, Bill Clinton, Bush #41, Oliver North,
    et alia were saying “Just bring in the blow”

    I am a Republican and when I found out how bipartisan and pervasive this Republican-Democrat, Bush-Clinton corruption was and is, I just wanted to vomit. It is like being kicked in the stomach.
    The airbase at Mena, Arkansas – a secluded airport in western Arkansas with HUGE landing strips and close proximity to Central America was a key maintenance and outfitting base for this operation.
    The CIA drug cocaine drug smuggling operation was generating about $10 million per week in cash or about $500 million per year. And it went on for years. A couple or several BILLION dollars of drug money was made by the CIA drug smugglers with the help of Bill Clinton and his aides.
    Charles Hayes who helped to run these operations at Mena, Arkansas says that he personally saw Barry Seale give BOB NASH a suitcase full of drug money as a payoff or kickback. Barry Seale was a CIA agent, DEA drug informant the greatest drug smuggler in US history. Bob Nash – now Hillary’s campaign co-chair – was one of wild Bill’s closest aides. Here is the interview (7-14-92) with Charles Hayes, the man who ran operations at Mena: http://www.idfiles.com/menatarget2.htm

    Q. Was there money laundering involved in the Mena operations?
    A. Yes, the main thing about Mena was the political power and money associated with it.
    Q. Was Stephens Inc. involved in the money laundering?
    A. Yes, and so was the Northrup Company, all the way up to Kenny Northrup.
    Q. Were Kenny Northrup and Robert Chasin involved in the money laundering?
    A. Yes.
    Q. Would it be correct to say that the Mena operations generated 100,000,000 per week?
    A. No, that’s too high.
    Q. Would it be correct to say that the Mena operations generated 1,000 per week?
    A. No, that too low.
    Q. Would it be correct to say 10,000,000?
    A. That’s about right.
    Q. Was there DOD involvement in the Mena operations?
    A. Yes, it could not have happened without DOD involvement.
    Q. Do you know Larry Nichols?
    A. Yes.
    Q. Larry Nichols denies that he has ever met you or Clay Lacy.
    A. Nichols and Lacy have had their pictures taken together. Larry certainly knows me. If you had robbed Fort Knox, and I knew that you had done it, would you admit to knowing me?
    Q. Do Lacy and ADFA have connections?
    A. Yes, Lacy is associated with ADFA.
    Q. Do you know Wooten Epps?
    A. Yes.
    Q. Do you now Bob Nash?
    A. Yes, I was personally present when Barry Seal gave Bob Nash a suitcase full of money. I don’t take payoffs, and don’t like those who do.
    Q. Did you know that Bob Nash is currently president of ADFA?
    A. You’re kidding.
    Q. No, I have interviewed Bob Nash in his office at ADFA.
    A. I never thought he would get that far.
    Q. Do you know Don Worthy?
    A. Yes.
    Q. Is it correct to say that Don Worthy has an involvement in the Mean operations?
    A. Yes, a very important involvement. You are getting close to the head of the octopus with Don Worthy.
    Q. Do you know Bob Neal?
    A. Yes.
    Q. Is Bob Neal associated with an underground complex at the Hope, Arkansas Airport?
    A. I don’t believe he owns it. You are getting into an area that I won’t talk about. It’s the subject of an investigation.
    Q. Do you mean the recently renewed FBI investigation?
    A. (Laugh) No, that’s like putting the robbers in with the gold. There is another investigation that I’m talking about.
    Q. Is it correct to say that the Arkansas State Police are involved in distributing cocaine derived from the Mean Arkansas operations?
    A. Very definitely, and federal people as well.
    Q. Do you know Buddy Young?
    A. (Pause) I won’t talk about Buddy Young?

    You can bet anyone in the inner circle of Hillary or Bill is a very or completely corrupt person. The fish rots at the top and it is only natural that Hillary and Bill would hire people as corrupt and immoral as they are.
    There are a lot of good books and web links about the CIA, Bush #41′s and Bill Clinton’s involvement in drug smuggling into the USA to support the Nicaraguan contras in the 1980′s. And like Bob Nash, you can bet that some of the participants were siphoning off “kickbacks” and “payoffs” for themselves. I highly suggest reading Terry Reed’s book Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA : http://www.amazon.com/Compromi.....038;sr=8-1
    It ought to be called “Corrupt” because that is exactly what those folks are. Is there anyone in the house who is tired of “Bush Clinton Bush Clinton Bush Clinton Bush Clinton Bush Clinton?” CAN I HEAR A WITNESS? Email me if you agree. There are a bunch of other super books where you can read about the bipartisan Bush/Clinton drug scandals of the 1980′s:

    1) Powerburns: Cocaine, Contras & the Drug War by former DEA agent Celerino Castillo, III
    2) Dark Alliance by Gary Webb
    3) Barry and the Boys: the CIA, the Mob and America’s Secret History by Daniel Hopsicker
    4) Whiteout by Alexander Cockburn
    5) Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America by Peter Dale Scott and
    Jonathon Marshall
    6) Lost History by Robert Parry
    7) The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran-Contra Insider by Al Martin

    Also, read “The Crimes of Mena” by Sally Denton and Roger Morris which they had to publish in Penthouse in July, 1995 because the establishment Washington Post spiked this extremely embarrassing story to folks like Clinton and Bush #41. http://www.serendipity.li/cia/c_o_mena.html Another book to get is The Secret Life of Bill Clinton by Ambrose Evans Pritchard. Read that book and you will get a taste on how corrupt the Clintons are. L.D. Brown, Bill’s favorite state trooper wrote a book called Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation in 1999. L.D. tells us wild Bill was fully aware of his very good friend Dan Lasater’s drug involvement in Mena. In reality, Dan Lasater was in charge of laundering the drug money along with the help of ADFA where Bob Nash worked.

    Here are some more good links: http://www.beyondweird.com/conspiracy/cn08-06.html (Terry Reed after he got railroaded by a Clinton-appointed judge); Gary Money by Mark Swaney (1995) http://groups.msn.com/ChaosAcr.....l_topics=1,

    Here is an interview with Terry Reed who reported directly to Bob Nash http://www.theconspiracy.us/9409/0008.html

    Former CIA agent Chip Tatum, has some incredibly good information in his “Pegasus File.” You have GOT to read about Chip Tatum and his experiences with Bush, Clinton and the CIA. This is some of the most enlightening and amazing stuff I have ever read on the internet. Most of the information is from Chip Tatum in 1997.

    http://www.nexusmagazine.com/a.....file1.html
    http://www.nexusmagazine.com/a.....file2.html
    http://www.whale.to/b/guyatt.html
    http://www.deepblacklies.co.uk.....-part2.htm
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/5047.....nterviewed
    http://www.whatreallyhappened......tatum.html

    CIA AGENT AND PILOT CHIP TATUM TAPED BUDDY YOUNG (WILD BILL’S TOP AIDE)
    AND MIKE HARIRI (MOSSAD) ON A COCAINE FLIGHT 3-16-85
    BUDDY YOUNG CALLS BOB NASH A “YES MAN” AND A “MISTAKE”

    http://www.whatreallyhappened......tatum.html This is CIA agent Chip Tatum’s account for 3-16-85:
    We departed the following morning with the passengers listed in Item 19 Remarks section of the Department of Defense Flight Plan dated 16 March, 1985.

    The following conversation took place between Messrs. Harari and Young during the flight to Palmerola Air Base. The passengers were wearing headsets and speaking over the aircraft intercom system due to the high noise level in the helicopter. As the command pilot, I routinely monitor all conversations on our intercom. I did not advise our passengers that I was listening, or that I was recording the conversation.

    Buddy: “Arkansas has the capability to manufacture anything in the area of weapons – and if we don’t have it – we’ll get it!”

    Mike: “How about government controls?”

    Buddy: “The Governor’s on top of it, and if the feds get nosey – we hear about it and make a call. Then they’re called off.” He was looking around the countryside and continued, “Why the hell would anyone want to fight for a shit-hole like this?”

    Mike: Shaking his head in awe, answered,”What we do has nothing to do with preserving a country’s integrity – it’s just business, and third world countries see their destiny as defeating borders and expanding. The more of this mentality we can produce – the greater our wealth. We train and we arm – that’s our job. And, in return, we get a product far more valuable than the money for a gun. We’re paid with product. And we credit top dollar for product.”

    Buddy: Still looked confused.

    Mike: “Look – one gun and 3,000 rounds of ammo is $1,200. A kilo of product is about $1,000. We credit the Contras $1,500 for every kilo. That’s top dollar for a kilo of cocaine. It’s equivalent to the American K-Mart special – buy four, get one free. On our side – we spend $1,200 for a kilo and sell it for $12,000 to $15,000. Now, that’s a profit center. And the market is much greater for the product than for weapons. It’s just good business sense – understand?

    Buddy: “Damn! So you guys promote wars and revolutions to provide weapons for drugs – we provide the non-numbered parts to change out and we all win. Damn that’s good!”

    Mike: “It’s good when it works – but someone is, how do you say, has his hand in the coffer.”

    Buddy: Responding on the defensive,”Well, we get our ten percent right off the top and that’s plenty. GOFUS can make it go a long way.” Mike:”Who is GOFUS?”

    Buddy: “Governor Clinton! That’s our pet word for him. You know they call the President ‘POTUS’ for ‘President of the United States’. Well, we call Clinton ‘GOFUS’ for ‘Governor of the United States’. He thinks he is anyhow.

    Mike: “That’s your problem in America. You have no respect for your elected officials. They are more powerful than you think and have ears everywhere. You should heed my words and be loyal to your leaders. Especially when speaking to persons like me. Your remarks indicate a weakness – something our intelligence analysts look for.”

    Buddy: “Aw hell, Mike. Everybody knows the Clinton’s want the White House and will do anything to get it. That’s why I’m here instead of someone else. We know about the cocaine – hell! I’ve picked it up before with Lasater when he was worried about going on Little Rock Air Base to get it.”

    A new line of conversation ensued. Harari questioned Young about his knowledge of who the ‘players’ were. He went down a list. He started with ‘The Boss – Clinton’. Here’s a synopsis of the players according to Young.

    Buddy: “Clinton – thinks he’s in charge, but he’ll only go as far as Casey allows. Me and my staff – we keep the lid on things you know – complaints about night flying – Arkansas people are private folks – they don’t like a lot of commotion and Mean just isn’t the right place for the operation. It keeps us busy at the shredder – if you know what I mean. Dan the Man (Lasater) – He does magic with the money – between him and Jack Stevens we don’t have to worry a bit. Then we got Parks – if there’s a problem – he’s the man. We call him the Archer – that’s the codename that Casey and Colby told us to assign to that position. Finnis oversee’s our drop zone. Nash – he’s just the boss’ ‘yes’ man. Personally I think he’s a mistake! Seal and his guys – I like his attitude “and leave the driving to us!” he said, quoting one of Seal’s good ole boy sayings.

    Mike: “You like Seal?”

    Buddy: “Hell! He’s the only one I trust – respect is the word.”

    Mike: “Do you see much of him?”

    Buddy: “Hell, yea. We test drive Clinton’s rides before we send ‘em on, ya know? (He laughed, grinding his hips.) Say – how much coke do you recon you can make in a week?”

    Mike: “One camp can produce 400 keys a week. The others are about half that. But that’s just our operation here. We have other sources in various parts of the world. Why do you ask?”

    Buddy: “What? Oh, the Governor wanted to know our capacity.”

    Mike: “Who else is on the team?”

    Buddy: “Well, hell, I forgot who I told you about.”

    Mike ran down the list from memory.

    Buddy: “Ok, there’s the manufacturers – hell, these two..”

    The tape stopped.

    QUESTION: HOW MANY OF YOU ARE SICK OF BUSH-CLINTON, BUSH-CLINTON, BUSH-CLINTON, BUSH-CLINTON? I SURE AM. Isn’t it time for a CHANGE ELECTION? – Robert Morrow

  2. I daresay this is a defining moment in the Clinton campaign.

    Few politicians have been candid about their indiscretions. George Bush has been insofar as his quitting drinking and Barack Obama insofar as him being involved in drugs at an age when many of his peers were. Both deserve praise and not condemnation.

    What Clinton’s campaign is doing is vile.

  3. It negates all the imagery the campaign did early on to create a more likeable Hillary Clinton.

    Which didn’t fool anybody anyway.

    After this episode it will be difficult for Ms. Clinton or her husband Bill Clinton to ever denounce “the politics of personal destruction” that occured during Bill Clinton’s term as president, or any other instances in the future.

    That certainly doesn’t tally with my experience of politicians generally or what we’ve seen from the Clintons in the past. When her opponents do it, it’s “the politics of personal destruction”. When her supporters do it, it’s getting the truth out, making sure the public has the information it needs to make an informed decision. The Clintons are irony-proof and so convinced of the rightness of their election that they see nothing as hypocrisy.

    The press is likely to take the gloves off more than ever when it comes to the Hillary Clinton campaign now.

    If the press decides she’s the most electable Democratic candidate, the gloves will miraculously come back on.

  4. The only surprising thing is that anyone is surprised. This is classic Clinton campaigning, going clear back to the Arkansas days.

    Sheehan’s “not authorized” comments remind me of the gay general not being “employed by the campaign.” Which was true in classic CLinton-speak. He was working for free.

  5. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

    Obama toyed with marijuana, and already admitted it openly. A huge number of people have toyed with marijuana.

    Hillary Clinton, excuse me, Mom, is trying to present herself as the more mature candidate, complete with a fake “I’m not far left” act. And she attacks Obama for doing what her husband did? And what else did her husband and she do that Obama didn’t do?

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

  6. I thought Mitt Romney already raised this issue and said that Obama should not have been so candid.

  7. I never knew that Obama have drug issues. How did he become a president if he is doing drugs? I know many people who followed a Meth rehab center in California but not only but at least they were usual people you ask nothing from..I cannot understand how can he, as president be under the drugs effect?

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