Will Hillary Clinton's personal attacks on Barack Obama ultimately hurt her and her party?
Posted Jan. 24, 2008 – Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is the only one in the race for the White House who’s running against an ex-president. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) decided to leave the Palmetto State to campaign in upcoming Super Tuesday states, so she has a bit of a jump on her two remaining rivals – Obama and former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.).
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The question is will the people of South Carolina think she doesn’t see them as super-important because she skipped town and left her husband behind to do her bidding?
Having an ex-president as a spouse has come in handy for the former first lady in recent weeks. When she began the race for the White House, she distanced herself from hubby and telegraphed her independence and electablity on her own merits. But after the defeat in Iowa, things changed, and President Clinton has been a constant on the campaign trail.
I’m not “hatin’” on Hillary, but is she sure she wants to make this race about both of them?
Clinton is a formidable campaigner, and it’s becoming very clear he’s no fan of Obama. His attacks are constant, and they’ve gotten so vitriolic that he’s even been asked to “chill” by the highest ranking Black lawmaker in the nation, U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina.
But so far Bill hasn’t let up.
Go to the next page to read why Bill lashed out at reporter who asked him to respond to comment by an Obama supporter.
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With the Black vote in play in the first southern primary state, its unfortunate that the former president, who has enjoyed an enduring relationship with the Black community, might find his image with Black folks tarnished if he continues to pitch a temper tantrum every time Obama’s name is mentioned.
President Clinton lashed out a CNN reporter Wednesday when she asked him to respond to comments from an Obama supporter, Dick Harpootlian, and former South Carolina State party chair. Harpootlian had likened Clinton’s recent remarks as a way of “suppressing” the Black vote and race-baiting tactics used by the late Lee Atwater, the Republican strategist who fashioned the Willie Horton television ad and is widely credited with harpooning the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, Gov. Michael Dukakis.
Clinton was visibly agitated with Harpootlian’s remark, and he blamed the Obama camp and the media for bringing up race in this campaign.
But if the ex-president is part of a package deal, and in essence is running by proxy, shouldn’t he expect to take the heat for the candidate he’s representing?
The real challenge for Obama, Hillary and voters is to focus on who’s running for president this time around and not on the one who’s had his turn.
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