A COLONIZED MIND
David Geffen, who's supporting Barack Obama, attacked the Clintons in remarks quoted today by Maureen Dowd. (Read her column free here.) Since then, the Clinton and Obama camps have been sniping at each other; go here for the sad details.
Ever wonder why deep-blue Massachusetts has had so many Republican governors, or deep-blue New York City keeps electing Republican mayors? I've lived in both and I'll tell you: To a large extent it's because Democrats in Massachusetts and New York fight the way Clinton and Obama are fighting; the resulting bitterness makes it easy for the outnumbered but more collegial Republicans to win.
But never mind that. I'm also angry at the content of Geffen's attack. Remember, this is the big Hollywood Democrat. Read what he says, if you haven't already (emphasis mine):
... "Not since the Vietnam War has there been this level of disappointment in the behavior of America throughout the world, and I don't think that another incredibly polarizing figure, no matter how smart she is and no matter how ambitious she is -- and God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton? -- can bring the country together.
"Obama is inspirational, and he's not from the Bush royal family or the Clinton royal family...."
... Can Obambi stand up to Clinton Inc.? "I hope so," he says, "because that machine is going to be very unpleasant and unattractive and effective."
... “Yet another time when the Clintons were unwilling to stand for the things that they genuinely believe in. Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling."
This is one of our guys? This is a Democrat? Reciting every last GOP talking point about the Clintons?
I don't care what you think about the Clintons -- this helps to drag down the whole party and the entire opposition to the GOP machine. The GOP doesn't use these talking points to keep the Clintons out of power; the GOP uses these talking points to keep Democrats out of power. And Geffen (with a big assist from Dowd) is helping them do just that.
Geffen's mind is colonized by Limbaugh/Murdoch/Scaife propaganda. Either that or Dennis Miller is writing his material.