Obama-Clinton Feud is Back (Updated)
[Guest post by DRJ]
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, the Politico reports the Obama-Clinton feud has reignited. Bill Clinton wants to talk about himself and his economic legacy but his assigned topic is national security and Obama’s role as Commander-in-Chief:
“That puts [Bill Clinton] in a terrible bind, because you can’t give a ringing endorsement when you’re talking about foreign policy,” a longtime Clinton adviser said. “Obviously, the hard thing to talk about with Obama is commander in chief, of all his many talents.”
“You don’t rah-rah about commander in chief. You rah-rah about hope and change and a new party and all that. So no matter what he does, somebody will find fault with it.”
Hillary Clinton is reportedly handling the transition better than husband Bill but Obama staffers are also irked:
“Some senior Obama supporters are irritated at how they perceive the Clintons fanned — or at a minimum failed to douse — stories that she was not even vetted as a possible vice presidential nominee. This is because she told Obama she preferred not to go through the rigorous process of document production unless she was really a serious contender, an Obama associate noted.
One senior Obama supporter said the Clinton associates negotiating on her behalf act like “Japanese soldiers in the South Pacific still fighting after the war is over.”
Comparing the Clintons and their supporters to diehard Japanese soldiers is not the way to win friends (or enemies) and influence people. Nor is it a good defense to admit Hillary was never really a “serious contender” for Vice President. I guess when Obama said Hillary would be on anyone’s short list, he meant anyone’s but his.
UPDATE 8/25/2008: The Politico’s Ben Smith reports Hillary has decided she will not instruct her delegates how to vote:
“Speaking to reporters after her address to the New York delegation, Clinton offered delegates no instruction on how to cast their votes, Amie Parnes reports.
“I will be telling my delegates that I will vote for Barack Obama,” she said. “How they vote is a more personal decision. They want to have their chance to vote for me. That is what traditionally happens … some people are having to make up their minds because there are arguments pulling them both ways.”