TOP DEMOCRATS TO CLINTON: “CHILL, BILL”
Clinton had referred to Obama’s claim that he opposed the Iraq war from the start as a “fairy tale,” noting Obama has voted to fund the war as a senator. Clinton also has claimed Nevada union officials were pressuring their members to vote for Obama.
Clinton’s “fairy tale” remark drew fire from black political leaders who suggested it was a racially charged dismissal of Obama’s candidacy, a claim Obama himself later disputed. He also refered to an Obama presidency as “a roll of the dice.”
(Clinton and Senator Kennedy during happier days. Image: Boston Globe.)
Meanwhile, Newsweek, citing anonymous sources, reported yesterday on its Web site that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) have told Clinton “heatedly” in phone conversations that he needs to tone down his attacks on Obama. Newsweek reported that Clinton, Kennedy and Emanuel had all declined to comment.
Newsweek noted that while Bill Clinton is seen as a huge fund-raising draw and brings Democratic starpower to the campaign, he’s been losing his temper with the media and raising concerns that his long-term image as a statesman may be harmed.
“This is excruciating,” the magazine quoted a “member of the Clintons’ circle” as saying. “But the stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s worth it to tarnish himself a bit now to win the presidency.”
(Editor’s note: This tension creates an interesting dynamic, as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and other members of the Kennedy family have endorsed Hillary Clinton. As of yet, Senator Edward Kennedy is declining to endorse any candidate in the race.
But if I were to wager a guess, I might think that Senator Kennedy is only enchoing the feelings of many Democrats when he expresses disdain for the tone of recent attacks on Obama. Stories like this breaking on MLK day only serve to remind us that the media simply can’t resist any opportunity to stir the pot, even on a national holiday to honor the memory of a fallen civil rights leader.)
Story from The Boston Herald. Copyright 2008 Herald Media.