After finding out in Iowa that baseless mudslinging against Obama isn’t a winning strategy, the Clinton campaign has now resorted to fabricating attacks from the Obama campaign to gain sympathy. Recently, Hillary made a less-than-intelligent claim that it was President Lyndon B. Johnson who was more responsible for civil rights than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. [Martin Luther] King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done.
Right, because when I think of the civil rights movement, I think LBJ. Obviously she was trying to play herself up as the Lyndon Johnson to Obama’s Dr. King, but this was a really dumb statement with the South Caroline primary approaching (Unlike the overwhelmingly white Iowa and New Hampshire, South Carolina’s population is 50% black.) Understandably, several prominent black leaders have taken issue with these remarks. Clinton’s strategy to get out of this mess? Claim that Obama is distorting her words of course! Despite Obama calling such claims “ludicrous” it was enough for BET Founder Robert Johnson, who was already a Clinton supporter, to viciously attack Obama.
“And to me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood – and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book – when they have been involved.”
So without his little attack about Obama’s past drug use, his sentence reads: “And to me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, when they have been involved.” I don’t understand what he thinks Obama was implying! He was so busy insulting Obama about irrelevant facts of his past that he has clearly presented years ago in his book that he forgot to actually say what Obama was apparently implying. The last time somebody used Obama’s past drug use as an attack, he was promptly fired.
Keep an eye out for this strategy over the coming week. Clinton will most likely continue to attack Obama and then quickly take huge offense at the slightest remark from him as to appear the victim. Recently, Clinton said she was proud of Obama only an hour after attacking his voting record.
An hour after slamming Sen. Barack Obama’s voting record on national television, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton went positive and declared herself “proud” of him. The shift might have had something to do with the audience. After appearing on Meet the Press from Columbia, she spoke at Northminster Presbyterian Church here, a small African-American congregation.
So when it’s on national television, she attacks him, but when she’s in front of a black congregation, she’s proud of him. We’ll see if Hillary’s two-faced politics work for her next Saturday in the Nevada caucuses.
Clinton: Obama camp is ‘distorting’ her remarks – [CNN.com]
Civil Rights Tone Prompts Talks of Endorsement – [New York Times]
BET Founder Slams Obama in South Carolina – [New York Times]
Clinton Takes Pride in Obama in S.C. – [Washington Post]