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Laff Riot: Hillary Assails Obama’s Character

From her minions at the Washington Post:

Losing Ground In Iowa, Clinton Assails Obama

By Anne E. Kornblut
Monday, December 3, 2007; A01

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Dec. 2 — With a new poll showing her losing ground in the Iowa caucus race, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) mounted a new, more aggressive attack against Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Sunday, raising direct questions about his character, challenging his integrity and forecasting a sharp debate over those subjects in the days ahead.

Clinton has hammered Obama recently over his health-care proposal, arguing that he is misleading voters because it omits millions of people and would not lower costs. But Sunday, in a dramatic shift, she made it clear that her goal is to challenge Obama not just on policy but also on one of his strongest selling points: his reputation for honesty.

“There’s a big difference between our courage and our convictions, what we believe and what we’re willing to fight for,” Clinton told reporters here. She said voters in Iowa will have a choice “between someone who talks the talk, and somebody who’s walked the walk.”

Asked directly whether she intended to raise questions about Obama’s character, she replied: “It’s beginning to look a lot like that.”

The Obama campaign quickly fought back, and the candidate himself called the new effort a sign of desperation. A new Des Moines Register poll released Sunday finds Clinton three points behind Obama, within the poll’s margin of error, among likely Democratic caucus-goers.

“I think that folks from some of the other campaigns are reading the polls and starting to get stressed and issuing a whole range of outlandish accusations,” Obama said. His advisers — and some of hers — believe that if Clinton loses the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, her status as the front-runner nationally will evaporate…

The new Clinton strategy, acknowledged by her senior advisers as an intentional pivot, carries significant risks and could produce a potential backlash if voters perceive her as growing too negative. The Register’s poll also found that Clinton was seen by Iowa voters as the most negative of the Democratic contenders

Clinton, campaigning across Iowa on Sunday, appeared to be spoiling for a fight with her chief Democratic rival in national polls — even at one point describing the battle as “fun.”

“I have said for months that I would much rather be attacking Republicans, and attacking the problems of our country, because ultimately that’s what I want to do as president. But I have been, for months, on the receiving end of rather consistent attacks. Well, now the fun part starts. We’re into the last month, and we’re going to start drawing the contrasts,” she said.

That drew a swift rebuke from Obama. “This presidential campaign isn’t about attacking people for fun, it’s about solving people’s problems, like ending this war and creating a universal health care system,” he said in a statement. “Washington insiders might think throwing mud is fun, but the American people are looking for leadership that can unite this country around a common purpose.” …

Sunday, however, marked the first time that Clinton raised the character question so bluntly on the campaign trail. In a question-and-answer session with reporters after her first stop, she said that “you can’t get a straight answer” from Obama on health care.

Clinton advisers said they make no apology for going on the offensive after months of criticism by both Obama and Edwards. “Senator Obama is a fabulous orator, but we need more than words,” Wolfson said in an interview. “We don’t need someone who says one thing and does another, somebody who talks a good game but doesn’t have the courage of their convictions. And on issue after issue, Senator Obama says one thing and does another.”

Talk about the pot calling the kettle half-black.

She said voters in Iowa will have a choice “between someone who talks the talk, and somebody who’s walked the walk.”

When has Hillary ever walked any walk?

Sure, Mr. Obama has not done much in his brief political career. But at least he got elected on his own, and not because of having been married to the former President of the United States.

As we all know, Mrs. Bill Clinton only got hired by the Rose law firm because she was married to Arkansas’s Attorney General. She only made partner, when he was elected Governor.

Without Bill Clinton we would never have heard of her in a thousand years.

Unmentioned above, but in the same discussion, Hillary flak Wolfson even had the chutzpah to call out Mr. Obama on his fundraising improprieties.

The Hillary campaign could teach the Kodak company a thing or two about projection.

And through it all, as always, Mrs. Clinton portrays herself as the real victim:

“I have said for months that I would much rather be attacking Republicans, and attacking the problems of our country, because ultimately that’s what I want to do as president. But I have been, for months, on the receiving end of rather consistent attacks. Well, now the fun part starts. We’re into the last month, and we’re going to start drawing the contrasts,” she said.

Isn’t it reassuring to see that attacking Republicans is one of things Mrs. Clinton wants to do as President?

How very Presidential of her.

And speaking of Dr. Freud, as Carl Bernstein pointed out in his fawning book “A Woman In Charge,” Mrs. Bill Clinton has always had a very fragile psyche. (Indeed, psychological problems appear to have run rampant in the Rodham family.)

But it is beginning to sound like Hillary is actually mentally unstable.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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