Turning Up The Heat or Taking The Low Road?
Is HillaryCo getting a little desperate? (updated)
"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."
Hmmm. Going after Obama’s strength — honesty. That play sounds familiar.
"There’s a lot that voters don’t know about Barack Obama," Wolfson said on CBS‘s "Face the Nation."
Yikes. We’ve seen this kind of sleazy smear by innuendo from Wolfson before, during the phony OMG-Obama-will-meet-with-dictators! controversy.
Politics is a contact sport, but tactically, I don’t think this is going to work for Hillary. It plays into Obama’s efforts to paint her brand of politics as the kind we want to leave behind, and by making the attack personal, it drags her down from her inevitable front-runner perch.
Via TPM, Robert Reich weighs in:
I just don’t get it. If there’s anyone in the race whose history shows unique courage and character, it’s Barack Obama. HRC’s campaign, by contrast, is singularly lacking in conviction about anything. Her pollster, Mark Penn, has advised her to take no bold positions and continuously seek the political center, which is exactly what she’s been doing.
All is fair in love, war, and politics. But this series of slurs doesn’t serve HRC well. It will turn off voters in Iowa, as in the rest of the country. If she’s worried her polls are dropping, this is not the way to build them back up.