January 25, 2008

A TAD TOO SUBTLE:

Some fear the other Clinton's behavior may hurt Democrats: Critics say the former president's forceful campaign approach -- including face-offs with reporters and criticisms of Obama -- may be just a preview. (Peter Nicholas, 1/25/08, Los Angeles Times)

While touting his wife's credentials, the former president has tried to redefine Obama as a more calculating politician than voters might suspect. And he makes plain he is nursing grievances about how the campaign has unfolded.

Talking to a TV reporter in Charleston, S.C., the other day, Clinton accused the Obama campaign of orchestrating a "hit job" on him. He did not spell out what that meant. But the comment was the latest in a series of criticisms he has lobbed at the Illinois senator.

He clearly was peeved by Obama's comments about President Reagan. In a newspaper interview last week in Nevada, Obama opined that Reagan had changed the nation's "trajectory" more than Clinton or President Nixon had.

Clinton took that as an affront. "I thought we challenged the conventional wisdom in the '90s," Clinton told reporters at a restaurant here.


Folks can hardly be expected to see Mr. Clinton's attempts to move the country--and his Party--towards Thatcherism as a challenge to the conventional wisdom.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2008 7:22 AM
Comments

He did too. Up till then the CW was that the president wasn't engaging in an intimate act with an intern* while in the oval office talking on the phone with world "leaders." Otherwise, it was business as usual.

*Kennedy used professionals.

Posted by: erp at January 26, 2008 4:23 PM
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