Thursday, December 20, 2007


I'm incensed by some of the Clinton campaign's tactics, but hey, Jake Tapper, when did doing something like this become evil?

Clinton Launches Obama Attack Web Sites

Clinton Campaign Registered Names of Two Web Sites to Attack Ill. Senator

ABC News has learned that the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has registered the names of two Web sites with the express goal of attacking her chief rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

... and are domains hosted by the same IP address as official Clinton Web sites, such, which was launched with much fanfare this week.

... Clinton has attacked Obama for having occasionally voted "present" as an Illinois state legislator when it came to contentious legislation.

...The Obama campaign referred to the websites as "politically motivated attacks in the eleventh hour of a closely contested campaign" and defended Obama's "present" votes....

Oh my God -- a "politically motivated attack." I'm shocked -- there's politics going on here!

Christ on a pogo stick -- I don't think I've ever seen a campaign in my million years on this earth in which a candidate who was actively an officeholder wasn't criticized for missing votes (which were inevitably missed because the candidate -- duh! -- was running for office). It's always done and it never works -- no candidate ever suffers for being attacked this way. What Clinton's doing is just a variation on that (and it's a somewhat more valid issue to raise because Obama was actually available to vote). How is it an act of viciousness?

Read the New York Times article about Obama's "present" votes and decide whether you care -- but Tapper shouldn't get the vapors over something like this, and neitrher should anyone else.


UPDATE: Thanks for the link, Don, but, um, can you read? I don't think my post says what you think it says.

Oh, and sound effects from the witch in The Wizard of Oz -- gosh, what an original, witty idea.

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