Marc Ambinder takes a look at the ‘”Democratic activists” who are “accusing Hillary Clinton of undermining Barack Obama, the party’s most likely presidential nominee” and he finds that Obama and his campaign have “added as much acid to the conversation as Clinton.”
Ambinder is right, Obama and his campaign have added plenty of acid to the conversation. I’ve pointed that out here more than once and so have writers on The Dem Daily. Yet, Obama supporters act so indignant and claim still that he and they are taking the high road…
How dare she? For weeks, the Obama campaign has accused Hillary of scorched-earth politics — of attacking the likely nominee, and by extension her own party. But politics is not a casual sport. This is the hardest job in the world, and nothing about the preparation gauntlet is cruel or unusual.
Obama and his campaign have added as much acid to the conversation as Clinton. His key aides regularly blast her supposed penchant for secrecy, her tendency to lie — or, as Obama himself said, “hoodwink” at every turn. They’ve hammered relentlessly at her exaggerations, they’ve catalogued comments deemed racially insensitive, and they’ve questioned her fitness and judgment and morality. Surrogates have called her a liar, a hysteric, a monster, and worse. Obama has said that Clinton is “willing to say anything to get elected.”
Obama is aiming for her Achilles heel as aggressively as she is aiming for his. Both them are right to do so: Why should Clinton give Obama a pass if she genuinely feels he’s unqualified? Why should Obama give Clinton a pass if he genuinely feels she is a scoundrel? This internal competition will produce a nominee more vulnerable to John McCain, or one who has figured out how to stand firm against Republicans.
The bottom-line here, if we all take a deep breath and play our cards right is that the “risks for Democrats are worth it,” Ambinder notes. It may seem oh so unpleasant now, but with some luck and cooperation among supporters, we could emerge with a tough as nails nominee who will trounce McCain.