Okay folks, if you didn’t know it by now, Obama has done drugs. It’s not even an open secret. He talked about his past drug use in his books.
He also isn’t afraid to talk about it when somebody asks on the campaign trail. I think that shows he can display the type of candor we should expect from a leader.
Apparently somebody within the Clinton campaign thinks otherwise.
DOVER, N.H. — Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in New Hampshire, raised the issue of Sen. Barack Obama’s past admissions of drug use in discussing the relative electability of the Democrats seeking the presidential nomination today. […]
“The Republicans are not going to give up without a fight … and one of the things they’re certainly going to jump on is his drug use,” said Shaheen, the husband of former N.H. governor Jeanne Shaheen, who is planning to run for the Senate next year. Billy Shaheen contrasted Obama’s openness about his past drug use — which Obama mentioned again at a recent campaign appearance in New Hampshire — with the approach taken by George W. Bush in 1999 and 2000, when he ruled out questions about his behavior when he was “young and irresponsible.”
Shaheen said Obama’s candor on the subject would “open the door” to further questions. “It’ll be, ‘When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'” Shaheen said. “There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It’s hard to overcome.”
Yeah, boy, I can see the questions now. Especially since he just wrote them for the Republicans. And Shaheen really thinks that Obama should have been coy and unspecific like Bush than be upfront and admit his mistakes?
Excuse me, but didn’t Hillary’s husband talk about his drug use? And sure, he got nailed for it, but only because he told a half truth. Still, that guy became President. Twice.
I don’t know why the Clinton camp is letting these folks talk about Obama like this. It’s just dumb. It makes them look petty and pushes Barack further above the fray.
Maybe that’s why Bill is getting involved with the campaign.