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No, They Didn’t Circulate That Photo…

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And no, one of their top surrogates didn’t just say that Obama was wearing his “native clothing”…

Nope, nothing to see here. Move along…

But the funny thing is, even the studiously objective 2008Central.net says Hillary and company aren’t responsible for what she said…

She (probably inadvertantly) kept referring to Obama’s Somali dress as his native dress. There is no way the Clintons want her to take this angle; they are not going to win because of it, or gain a single point, even.

Folks, at a certain point you have to stop saying the surrogates are dumb and start laying the blame on the campaign. These people are hand picked to go out there and speak on behalf of the candidates with prepared talking points. They’re not random politicians who are just winging it. That’s not how this system works. At least not usually. And this surrogate has been all over the talk show circuit, so any suggestions that she’s not seasoned are a bit naive.

Also, while I understand moderate bloggers tendency to want to be fair and give the benefit of the doubt, in doing so they’re giving the Clinton camp an open door to say or do whatever they want as long as it’s not traceable back to the campaign itself. Personally, I think that’s a bad policy for our corner of the blogosphere because one of the main reasons we exist is to hold these politicians accountable.

Food for thought…

UPDATE:
Christopher Orr shares my sentiments…

At this point, it seems to me there are really only two plausible interpretations: Either Stephanie Tubbs Jones is an imbecile, and the Clinton campaign is enormously unlucky that it keeps looking as though they’re trying to paint Obama as an exotic, probably Muslim foreigner. Or the Clinton campaign is trying to paint Obama as an exotic, probably Muslim foreigner, and they think they can get away with the smear as long as they add, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

At this point, I’m afraid I know which I believe.

Me too.