Stop Them Before They Co-President Again [‘Stumped’ opinion]
Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2008 | Andres Martinez
Posted on 01/29/2008 2:15:16 AM EST by yorkie
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Is there any reason, other than the dynasty issue, which should preclude Senator Clinton from continuing to pursue the nomination?
— Galen White Kentucky
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that the specter of dynastic rule — the prospect of two families monopolizing the White House over three decades — was the most problematic aspect of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. I got hammered by readers — deservedly so! — because I assumed she would drop out of the race.
Well, let me hammer back. I was wrong to say the prospect of a Clinton dynasty was her candidacy’s biggest problem. The bigger problems may be lying, cheating and lack of discipline.
The lying and cheating first: I know politicians always bend the truth a little, and overlook nuance, in characterizing their opponents’ past positions or utterances. But Bill and Hillary Clinton crossed the line with what they said about Barack Obama, and their cynicism reinforces public perceptions that these two will do or say anything to move back into the White House. It is hardly becoming behavior for a former president — or for a candidate who wants to change the ways of Washington, for that matter.
Bill Clinton’s offhanded, what-do-you-expect preemptive belittling of Obama’s win in South Carolina (by invoking, apropos of nothing other than skin color, Jesse Jackson’s wins there in the 1980s) was a devious attempt to pigeonhole Obama as the “black candidate.” But what was glaringly dishonest was the Clinton camp’s attempt to turn Obama into a Republican mole simply because he dared say
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