Thursday, December 06, 2007

Clinton Campaigner Swiftboated Obama

Looks like a Clinton county chairperson was circulating some of those emails the WaPo mentioned last week.

From TPM Election Central:

A day after the Hillary campaign hit the Obama camp for bullying voters in nasty phone calls, the Hillary crew has just acknowledged that an Iowa county chair volunteering for the campaign passed along the now-notorious email that smears Obama as a Muslim by repeating the false claim that he attended a madrassa as a child.

The Hillary campaign confirms that they are asking the county chair to step down from the campaign.

What Hillary and her campaigners don't realize is that as long as Obama is publicly perceived as taking the high road they are going to have to play chess with him instead of fighting the usual mud slinging war. I think he's realized that he can't beat Hillary toe to toe in a slugfest and is trying to force her to play a more subtle game. If she doesn't adapt her tactics her current strategy will work against her. She'll be perceived as ruthless and mean and given the bias against her that'll dissuade voters that only tacitly support her. Its time for her to fight smart rather than hard otherwise she risks losing more support to Obama and second tier candidates.