November 18, 2007


Obama stands by his pre-emptive strike (Carrie Budoff Brown, Nov 18, 2007, Politico)

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) stood by his pre-emptive strike on Sen. Hillary Clinton over an online column that said she was sitting on “scandalous” information about him, saying today that “our campaign will not tolerate this type of slime politics.”

“I really value my reputation and my character and my family,” Obama told reporters before a campaign appearance here. “In the era of the blogosphere, we have seen what happened with John McCain in 2000, what happened with John Kerry in 2004. If you don’t get on this stuff quickly, then it starts drifting around, and that is not something I am going to accept.”

The contretemps began Saturday when syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak reported that “agents” of Clinton’s campaign uncovered dirt on Obama but had decided not to use it.

Obama then took the unusual step of releasing a six-paragraph statement that accused Clinton of dirty tricks, and called on her to “renounce these tactics.”

One of the worst-kept secrets in Washington is that Newsweek has a bombshell sex scandal story on a 2008 candidate that they are--for whatever reason--not publishing. It would explain a lot if it's about Senator Obama.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2007 4:13 PM

Don't worry, Drudge will get to it.

Posted by: ic at November 18, 2007 6:26 PM

They better be careful what they say. The swiftboaters were right.

Posted by: erp at November 18, 2007 8:06 PM

Hmmm, I figured it was the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter story.

Posted by: PapayaSF at November 19, 2007 1:13 AM

I've seen speculation that the Newsweek story is about Hillary. One point in that theory's favor: Newsweek does have a history of covering for the Clintons.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 19, 2007 9:59 AM

Good, keep sitting on it. The closer to November, 2008 it comes out, the better.

If Hillary, the weekend before the vote would be nice.

Posted by: Bob at November 19, 2007 10:50 AM