Bill Clinton made a statement on the campaign stump the other day that has been distorted by the Obama camp. Go figure… For all intents and purposes the Obama camp always claims to be above the fray, but we know better don’t we.
Karen Tumulty notes a defense of Bill Clinton’s statement coming from “a most unlikely quarter“:
In no way did I interpret Clinton’s remarks as questioning Obama’s patriotism. Clinton was making the case for his wife’s electability against McCain, who last time I checked is the presumptive Republican nominee and her challenger should she win the Democratic nomination. He may have intentionally bypassed Obama in his leap to match Hillary against McCain, but he didn’t say anything that could be construed as questioning Obama’s patriotism. The sequence went as follows: He noted that Hillary polls ahead of McCain in Ohio and Florida and also that McCain leads “Hillary’s opponent” (I quit typing here and don’t recall exactly which states he mentioned in that part of his comment.) His point, obviously, was that Hillary should be the nominee and, in that case, she and McCain would face each other in the final contest.
Here’s the AP story that has stirred the controversy.
Mark Halperin also notes today that Barack Obama, “Blames Clinton for negative turn of race, but apparently missed his own campaign manager talking about Clinton on Friday conference call, where David Plouffe said there’s a “real character gap” and she has a “history of misleading voters.””
It’s getting old, so very old, the feigning of innocence and being above the fray, that comes from Obama and his camp.