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Robert Reich (or is that Dick Morris?) Questions Hillary Clinton

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 7:17 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

It’s not good news for Hillary Clinton when Robert Reich (Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor and a longtime Clinton supporter) sounds like Dick Morris, a frequent Hillary critic. Here’s Dick Morris last week on his blog:

How Hillary will go negative

As her once-formidable lead in national polls dwindles and Barack Obama moves ahead of her in the all-important Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton will likely intensify her negative campaign against her rivals.

The Clintons’ political MO has always had a good dose of negative campaigning, especially when the going gets rough. There’s no reason to assume that they will alter their game plan now.”

And here’s Robert Reich on his blog today:

Why is HRC stooping So Low?

I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the stridency and inaccuracy of charges in Iowa — especially coming from my old friend. While I’m as hard-boiled as they come about what’s said in campaigns, I just don’t think Dems should stoop to this.
Yesterday, HRC suggested O lacks courage. “There’s a big difference between our courage and our convictions, what we believe and what we’re willing to fight for,” she told reporters in Iowa, saying Iowa voters will have a choice “between someone who talks the talk, and somebody who’s walked the walk.” Then asked whether she intended to raise questions about O’s character, she said: “It’s beginning to look a lot like that.”

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.”

H/T Instapundit.


6 Responses to “Robert Reich (or is that Dick Morris?) Questions Hillary Clinton”

  1. Hear, hear! Well spotted and agreed.

    Christoph (92b8f7)

  2. You guys and gals have it all wrong. When Republicans do this, it is the politics of personal destruction, and the death of civility from cruel attacks. When Dems do it, it is called different policy positions, or questions about experience. Dems do not attack. It is beneath them.

    JD (2c9284)

  3. Hillary’s releasing shit about Obama’s grade school record when she won’t even release shit about her years in the White House. Truly amazing.

    daleyrocks (906622)

  4. A couple of weeks ago, Hillary Clinton’s camp let it slip out that they had some dirt on Barack Obama, but they were not going to talk about it in the spirit of maintaining “unity”. That kind of reminded me of the old “protection” scheme used by mobsters to protect businesses from….THEM. Well, now the pledge has been broken. Hillary’s campaign, seeing Obama take the lead in the Iowa polls, has now “broken” the contract. Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s campaign whatever, is now charging that Obama is running a slush fund with his so-called Hopefund-using it to reward local Democrats who give him their endorsement. Of course, if you live in Chicago, you probably know that Obama has had a very questionable financial relationship with local racketeer, Tony Rezco. But the mere fact that Clinton would attack anyone for questionable financial dealings is..well, rather stunning in its hypocrisy.

    It doesn’t take a political junkie to know that ever since the days of the Clinton administration, the Clintons have had a series of scandals relating to their sources of cold hard cash. If one wants to claim that Charlie Trie, John Huang, Johnnie Chung, the Riadys and all the others were only connected to Bill, go ahead. But what about the Hasidic Jews in New York who were pardoned by Bill as their community delivered almost all of the their votes to Hillary in her Senate campaign, a community that had previously always voted overwhelmingly Republican? What about this Norman Hsu character, who was recently locked up? What about all those cooks and dishwashers in New York’s Chinatown who have been donating thousands to Hillary’s campaign. Go ahead, Hillary. Throw as mud at Obama as you can-and watch it come flying back.

    This may turn out to be the biggest goof by Hillary since the song and dance she put on about drivers licenses for illegal aliens. Anyway, it looks like the Republicans may be able to sit back and watch the fun as voters are reminded what a vicious and corrupt character Hillary Clinton is (as if it were necessary).

    gary fouse

    fouse, gary c (d43d4a)

  5. Some shit on hillarious

    I almost still hope she get the dems nomination. I think ti could become the largest landslide in the history of the nation, as in ever! AGAINST this bitch.

    Just ask Vince how good she really was.

    Why someone don’t just ask her about her marxist stands is beyond me!

    Oh well.. Gee she did promise to take care of me forever right? Hey Hillary, “show me the money” FIRST!!

    TC (1cf350)

  6. Of course my opinion only but if Hillary stumbles and Obama wins the nomination the GOP may come to wish Hillary had prevailed in the primaries.

    voiceofreason (43f31a)

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