While mulling Hillary Clinton’s surprise win, the pundits might want to consider her turn to negative campaigning. Arianna Huffington has collected some of the more distasteful examples, including a direct mailer to New Hampshire women that falsely portrayed Barack Obama as soft on choice (he has a glowing rating from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood).
Let’s take a look at the dirty laundry list. ...
2. Obama is too conservative. In a sleazy direct mail letter sent to New Hampshire voters, Clinton tried to twist Obama’s record on abortion, saying he has been “unwilling to take a stand on choice.”
Really? Tell that to Planned Parenthood and NARAL, both of which have given Obama 100 percent ratings for his support of abortion rights. I asked NARAL about this mailing. “We are fortunate to have such strong pro-choice candidates like Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as former Sen. John Edwards and Gov. Bill Richardson, running for president,” Elizabeth Shipp, NARAL’s political director emailed me. “We are confident that any one of these candidates would protect and defend a woman’s right to choose, if elected president.”