Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Clinton was told to cast Obama as un-American

The September issue of The Atlantic magazine purports to have the "inside" scoop (by way of leaked office memos) of what went wrong with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The article says that her advisers were at each others throats and the campaign seems to have mismanaged the money flow.

The article also mentions how Hillary "grew angry" during a conference call after the losses her campaign experienced during the Iowa caucuses. Apparently after her outburst there was a lot of silence on the other end (naturally) and she said “This has been a very instructive call, talking to myself” and then hung up! Um, the woman was running for president! I think she was entitled to be frustrated at times. Seems like the usual political campaign shenanigans to me! Or as my late Uncle Joe used to say "nothing more to see here folks - just move it along." Below is an AP story that has more about the article.

Associated Press reports:
(Washington) Hillary Clinton’s top campaign strategist advised her to cast presidential rival Barack Obama as having questionable “roots to basic American values and culture” and use the theme to counter the image that his background is diverse and multicultural. “I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values,” Mark Penn wrote in a March 2007 memo to Clinton. Clinton did not take Penn’s advice, revealed by a report in the September issue of The Atlantic magazine. READ MORE