|Ah, the sweet smell of political napalm in the morning...
The Clinton-Obama avoidapallooza is finally getting good and nasty ... let's review...
Round one: Obama non-fan Maureen Dowd takes notes as former Clinton funder David Geffen goes postal on the Clintons, saying:
"Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling..."Ouch! The Hotline has more Geffen nastiness for those who, like me, are too cheap to pay for Times Select:
Geffen, who is backing Barack Obama, called Bill Clinton "reckless" and clearly is still upset that Clinton didn't grant a pardon to cause celeb native American Leonard Peltier. More Geffen: "Marc Rich getting pardoned? An oil-profiteer expatriate who left the country rather than pay taxes or face justice?"Double ouch!!! What next??? Full-on fisticuffs?
Round two: the Clinton camp demands that Obama denounce mean Geffen comments ... asking, is this the "new politics" you promised??? Barack, we hardly knew ye!!!
Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson issued the following statement today demanding that Barack Obama disavow personal attacks that his campaign finance chair made against Senator Clinton in this morning's New York Times:
"While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign's finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband.
"If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.
"While Democrats should engage in a vigorous debate on the issues, there is no place in our party or our politics for the kind of personal insults made by Senator Obama's principal fundraiser.
Round three: Obama responds, with a hearty, Lincoln Bedroom smackdown:
From spokesperson Robert Gibbs: "We aren’t going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters. It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom. It is also ironic that Senator Clinton lavished praise on Monday and is fully willing to accept today the support of South Carolina State Sen. Robert Ford, who said if Barack Obama were to win the nomination, he would drag down the rest of the Democratic Party because ’he's black.’"Ow!!! It smarts!!!
If this keeps up, Rudy G is gonna have to put that dress on to get Chris Matthews attention!
And by the way, the Hotline blog also has the scoop on Obama's million dollar Hollywood babies ... and Jesse Jackson, too...
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