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The gloves come off: Clinton vs. Obama

It was only a matter of time before the bloated, full-coffered Clinton camp, frustrated at the charisma and gaining support for Barack Obama, was going to erupt when a large donor switched camps.

The reaction to mogul David Geffen holding a fundraiser for the Illinois Senator’s presidential bid (and personally donated $2,300)  made them come unhinged. Geffen said this about the Clintons:

Once a strong Clinton supporter, Geffen has decided to support the Illinois senator in the primaries, calling him “inspirational,” and praising him as someone who isn’t from the “Bush royal family or the Clinton royal family.”

Geffen called Sen. Clinton “smart” and “ambitious” but also “an incredibly polarizing figure.” The entertainment mogul also took aim at her husband, by calling former President Bill Clinton”reckless” and someone who can lie “with such ease, it’s troubling.”

Geffen also said that he didn’t think “Hillary Clinton can bring the country together during a time of war, no matter how smart or ambitious she is.” Ouch. So the volley from Camp sHillary was this ridiculous statement:

“By refusing to disavow the personal attacks from his biggest fundraiser against Senator Clinton and President Clinton, Senator Obama has called into serious question whether he really believes his own rhetoric,” states a press release at Senator Clinton’s website. “How can Senator Obama denounce the politics of slash & burn yesterday while his own campaign is espousing the politics of trash today?”

It didn’t help matters that Clinton accepted the endorsement of South Carolina State Senator Robert Ford. Obama’s camp noted that the pol unleashed this impressive “South Rises Again” comment.

“We aren’t going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters,” Obama communications director Robert Gibbs said. “It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom.”

…”It is also ironic that Senator Clinton lavished praise on Monday and is fully willing to accept today the support of South Carolina state Sen. Robert Ford, who said if Barack Obama were to win the nomination, he would drag down the rest of the Democratic Party because ‘he’s black.'”

Wow. It’s going to get really interesting, isn’t it?

And if you want to see how low she can go even as she calls for taking the high road (I’m going to run a positive campaign about the issues that affect the people in our country), how about this murky swipe at Edwards and Obama on the war while she was in South Carolina — and get this, she doesn’t have to ovaries to call them out by name. (The State):

In response to an audience member’s question about the war – one of eight she fielded – Clinton said America faces a dire threat from terrorism.

“To underscore a point, some people may be running who tell you we don’t face a real threat from terrorism,” she said. “I’m not one of them. We have serious enemies who want to do us serious harm.”

I’d swear she has the same key in her back that Dear Leader had in his, turned every time by Rove to make him say “9/11” whenever unfavorable news hit the airwaves back in 2004. I call BS — name them and defend your comment, sHill.

Her campaign is going downhill fast. 

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