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Bill Clinton Defends/Hurts Hillary

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Hillary had a really bad debate performance. That was pretty evident. Now she’s having an even worse week because her husband is talking nonsense about the completely fair attacks launched by Obama and Edwards.

From NY Times:

Bill Clinton’s suggestion that his wife faced a Republican-style “Swift boat” attack during and after the last Democratic debate drew a rebuke yesterday from Senator Barack Obama, who said, “I was pretty stunned by that statement.”

The comments by the former president, at a postal workers’ convention in Nevada on Monday, came as he discussed efforts by the moderators and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic rivals at the debate on Oct. 30 to get Mrs. Clinton to give a quick and clear answer on the issue of driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.

By invoking the so-called “Swift boat” advertisements of the 2004 presidential campaign, Mr. Clinton was calling to mind one of the most divisive episodes of that campaign, when the Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry, saw his Vietnam War record questioned by a group called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Is he mental? Seriously, I’m not joking. Because bringing up swift boating is beyond weird. It’s a completely erroneous statement and makes Bill sound like a hack trying to defend somebody who should simply take her lumps and move on. Instead, Bill has made it seem like Hill can’t fight her own fights. That’s not good for a lot reasons, not the least of which is she’s desperately trying to escape his shadow and still has yet to do so.

It gets weirder because Clinton claims he was talking about Republican attacks…

Jay Carson, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, said Mr. Clinton had not been referring to Democratic candidates’ criticisms of his wife but to Republicans’ criticism of her debate performance.

Here’s what he said…

“We listened to people make snide comments about whether Vice President Gore was too stiff,” Mr. Clinton said, “and when they made dishonest claims about the things that he said that he’d done in his life. When that scandalous Swift boat ad was run against Senator Kerry.”

“Why am I saying this?” he continued. “Because I had the feeling that at the end of that last debate we were about to get into cutesy land again.”

Not after the debate, but at the end of the last debate. Could just be semantics, but he do well to just not talk about it because, again, I think he’s ultimately going to end up hurting Hill a lot more than he helps her.