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Hillary Ad Features Bin Laden, Media Yawns

From a strangely un-outraged New York Times:

On Eve of Primary, Clinton Ad Invokes bin Laden


April 22, 2008

BLUE BELL, Pa. — The six-week Pennsylvania primary drew to a contentious finish Monday as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton invoked images of Pearl Harbor and Osama bin Laden in a television advertisement that questioned Senator Barack Obama’s ability to lead in a crisis.

As she sought to spark a comeback in the Democratic nominating contest, Mrs. Clinton warned voters not to “take a leap of faith or have any guesswork” when they cast ballots Tuesday.

The Obama campaign accused her of employing “the politics of fear.” …

Mr. Obama, after three days of criticizing Mrs. Clinton with some of his sharpest language of the campaign, did not directly engage her. But his campaign quickly responded with an advertisement of its own that asked voters: “Who in times of challenge will unite us — not use fear and calculation to divide us?”

As she spoke Monday in her father’s hometown, Scranton, Mrs. Clinton reinforced the message of her advertisement, arguing that Mr. Obama was untested. “I don’t want you to take a leap of faith or have any guesswork” about the next president, she said. “We’ve had enough of that,” she added.

Her commercial was the first in which a Democratic candidate had used Osama bin Laden in the presidential race, although Republicans, including Rudolph W. Giuliani, have done so. In her commercial, Mr. bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is featured along with grainy images of the stock market crash of 1929, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the fall of the Berlin Wall and Hurricane Katrina

Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman, responded that Mrs. Clinton was invoking Mr. bin Laden “to score political points.” He added, “We already have a president who plays the politics of fear, and we don’t need another.”

As Obama supporters worked to drum up support, they said they were still hearing rumors that Mr. Obama was Muslim and questions about his patriotism. At an evening campaign stop, a voter asked Mr. Obama how he could allay such concerns.

“It frustrates me that people would even have a question about something like that, because they don’t ask the same questions of some of the other candidates,” said Mr. Obama, who told a story about an American flag he received at the funeral of his grandfather, a World War II veteran. “If they don’t vote for me, it should be because they think Senator Clinton or Senator McCain have better ideas. It shouldn’t be because they think that I am less patriotic or because they question what my religious faith is.”

He sat beneath a blossoming dogwood tree, surrounded by about three dozen people who had been invited by the campaign, and took questions about the economy, education and foreign policy. He did a series of television interviews but did not take reporters’ questions.

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” he said when asked about former President Jimmy Carter’s meeting with Hamas officials.

Remember how loud the Democrats screamed when any Republican even dared to hint at 9/11 in their campaigns?

Of course this isn’t the first time Hillary has used 9/11 in a campaign ad.

But the Democrats would be nothing if not for their blatant and ceaseless hypocrisy.

“I don’t want you to take a leap of faith or have any guesswork” about the next president, she said. “We’ve had enough of that,” she added.

No, we don’t have to guess what we would get with Mrs. Clinton. We know all too well.

And that is precisely the problem.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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