Bill Clinton Defends/Hurts Hillary
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.
Bill Clintonâ€™s suggestion that his wife faced a Republican-style â€œSwift boatâ€ attack during and after the last Democratic debate drew a rebuke yesterday from Senator Barack Obama, who said, â€œI was pretty stunned by that statement.â€
The comments by the former president, at a postal workersâ€™ convention in Nevada on Monday, came as he discussed efforts by the moderators and Senator Hillary Rodham Clintonâ€™s Democratic rivals at the debate on Oct. 30 to get Mrs. Clinton to give a quick and clear answer on the issue of driverâ€™s licenses for illegal immigrants.
By invoking the so-called â€œSwift boatâ€ 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. Clintonâ€™s campaign, said Mr. Clinton had not been referring to Democratic candidatesâ€™ criticisms of his wife but to Republicansâ€™ criticism of her debate performance.
Here’s what he said…
â€œWe listened to people make snide comments about whether Vice President Gore was too stiff,â€ Mr. Clinton said, â€œand when they made dishonest claims about the things that he said that heâ€™d done in his life. When that scandalous Swift boat ad was run against Senator Kerry.â€
â€œWhy am I saying this?â€ he continued. â€œBecause I had the feeling that at the end of that last debate we were about to get into cutesy land again.â€
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.