Yesterday, Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisor resigned, after referring to Hillary Clinton as a monster. Here’s what transpired, point by point:
- Samantha Power, in an interview with The Scotsman, uses the word “monster” and immediately tries to amend her statement:
She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything.
- 8:56 a.m. — TPM reports that Power has apologized.
- 10:42 a.m. — TPM reports, the Clinton campaign says that Obama must fire Power.
- 11:50 a.m. — TPM reports that Power has resigned.
I would describe this as a tempest in a teapot. I think it was necessary for Power to resign, because Obama can’t be seen to engage in ad hominem attacks — it’s contrary to his core message.
So Power (a) immediately attempted to retract the statement; (b) apologized for it; and (c) resigned over it.
If anything, this is overkill.
But don’t you feel sorry for Hillary? — she’s such a victim:
Just one day after Senator Obama promised to begin attacking Hillary, a senior Obama advisor has called her a “monster.”
That’s right — a “monster.”
At the same time, Senator Obama’s aides have begun rehashing the old negative attacks of the 90’s against Hillary.
This is not the politics of hope — it’s the usual attack style politics that we have seen time and time again.
And it must stop.
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Ah yes, rehashing the attacks of the 90s. A Clinton spokesman claims that Obama is behaving like Ken Starr. Why? Because Obama insists Clinton should make her income tax returns public (as Obama has done).
It’s a matter of transparency, which is a fundamental principle of democracy:
Ms. Clinton’s refusal to release her returns is exactly contrary to her campaign’s argument that Mr. Obama has not been “fully vetted,” as campaign adviser Harold Ickes said Monday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. When it comes to Ms. Clinton, Mr. Ickes said, “There’s nothing left to vet.” Really? Then show us the tax returns.
There’s nothing Ken Starr-ish about demanding that a presidential candidate release her tax returns:
It has become a given that presidents and vice presidents release their tax returns; why shouldn’t the same be expected of someone applying for the job?
So who is invoking the attacks of the 90s here? The Clinton campaign, which is appealing for the sympathy vote. Remember how badly Ken Starr treated Bill? Now Barack Obama is doing it to us.
David Corn splutters in disbelief:
How can the Clintonites justify tossing questions about Rezko at Obama but decrying his questions about her tax returns, equating his queries with Ken Starr’s inquisition into Whitewater and Monicagate?
Playing the victim. Clinton strikes another blow for feminism: Boo hoo, Obama was mean to me!
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