Monday, February 25, 2008

Clinton Campaign Shows Disturbing Pattern

Much like Talking Points Memo I decided this story was silly (mainly because it came from Drudge) and should not get all worked up about it. But, seeing the response from the Clinton campaign has angered me deeply and that it has been confirmed. This picture showing Obama in African (Somali) dress is obviously beautiful and heart warming, but the intention is not so. It is an attempt to slime Mr. Obama especially with the recent charges of his lack of patriotism on both the Bill Maher program (who did nothing to stop them - a la Representative Kingston) and now CNN.

To everyone's surprise the Clinton campaign is not even denying they circulated the photo. There are insinuating it is the Obama campaign that is divisive and shameful. There is no question what the meaning behind this photo is and for the Clinton campaign to not even disavow it is dastardly. This is the text of their comment:

If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.

This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry.

We will not be distracted.

The Obama campaign responded:

“On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election. This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it’s exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world."

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