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Clinton and Obama Feud

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Posted on Feb 21, 2007
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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have finally dropped the smiles and gone after one another, albeit over a non-issue. The spat started after David Geffen, a former Clinton backer turned Obama fundraiser, called Hillary “polarizing” and overly ambitious.

After the Obama campaign refused to denounce the remarks, Hillary said she didn’t want “Democrats or supporters of Democrats to be engaging in the politics of personal destruction.”

Some harsh words have been expressed by both camps, not to mention David Geffen. Here are some choice examples:

David Geffen: “It’s not a very big thing to say ‘I made a mistake’ on the war, and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can’t.”

Phil Singer (Clinton’s deputy communications director): “A day after Barack Obama goes out and eschews the politics of slash-and-burn, his campaign embraces the politics of trash.”

Barack Obama: “It’s not clear to me why I would be apologizing for someone else’s remarks…My sense is that Mr. Geffen may have differences with the Clintons, but that doesn’t really have anything to do with our campaign.”


BBC:

It was sparked after Hollywood mogul David Geffen hosted a fundraiser for Mrs Clinton’s rival and called her overly ambitious in an interview.

Mr Geffen, who once backed Bill Clinton, also claimed the former first lady might be a “polarising” figure.

However, Mr Obama’s camp has refused calls to denounce the remarks.

A spokesman for the Obama campaign noted that the former first couple did not complain when Mr Geffen raised millions of dollars for Mr Clinton’s presidential campaign and was entertained at the White House.

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By cube3u, February 22, 2007 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment
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The Queen of Clean now wants to enforce niceness on supporters?  All of us?  Or perhaps just the ones who get negative comments published in the NY times and raise 1.3 million?  If I raise $500 amongst my friends for Obama and provide some negative comments in a Letter to the Editor to my local paper, should I plan for my encounter with the “nice” enforcers?  Should Obama plan on apologizing for my words?

Senator Clinton loses this one…..

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By Dennis D, February 22, 2007 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment
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I sincerely hope that these two aren’t the best the Democratic party has to offer. The GOP must be salivating watching Tweedledum and Tweedledee go at it.

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By PeaceNik, February 22, 2007 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment
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Time for Dems to start looking deeper down the list.  People should take a really good look at Bill Richardson.  Not a rock star, but LOTS of experience.  Much more than Barak, Hillary, or John Edwards.

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By Casey, February 22, 2007 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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That little incident shows that she is absolutely terrified of running against Obama.

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By Quy Tran, February 22, 2007 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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Who cares ?

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By John Lowell, February 22, 2007 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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Perfect. Two of Washington’s now most prominent paramecia in a fight to the death over whose personal ambition matters more to schlubs who’ve never learned to avoid ending a sentence with the word “at”. I swear, life lasts too long.

John Lowell

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By Jon B, February 21, 2007 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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What a hypocrat Hilary is. Saying that she didn’t want to engage in the politics of personal destruction, she went on to accept the endorsement from South Carolina state Sen. Robert Ford, who said if Barack Obama were to win the nomination, he would drag down the rest of the Democratic Party because ‘he’s black’.
It’s racial division right there and Hilary takes it gladly. Boy, this is carpet low. Btw, this Carolina senator Tom is really something.

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