The Swiftboat Card

I guess this is the term for the 2008 Democratic party… The latest is Barak Obama claiming that reports of the Hillary camp having dirt on his, could lead to her swiftboating him… Well sorry Obama, as I said in a previous post, the swiftboat actions against John Kerry were totally different, it was a group of soldiers that served with Kerry who disputed his recollection of the events surrounding his service records. This in no way equates to that, unless when revealed it turns out Hillary has a group of people that worked with you that dispute the events you recall about a series of events… Or is there something you know about in your past that you lied about and think that maybe Hillary has found a group of people that are going to publicly dispute it and demand that you release documentation you have access to in order for you to prove yourself…

Swiftboat, Swiftboated, Swiftboating, Swiftboatily, Noun, Verb, Adjective…

Welcome to the 2008 elections where everyone can be swiftboated for a price…

(CNN)–Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called on his rival for the nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, to put to rest a report that agents of her campaign are spreading word of an alleged scandal involving Obama.

“She of all people, having complained so often about ‘the politics of personal destruction,’ should move quickly to either stand by or renounce these tactics,” Obama said in a statement released by his campaign on Saturday.

Obama’s comments stem from a newspaper column by the journalist Robert Novak published Saturday. Novak claimed that surrogates for Clinton have mounted a word of mouth campaign among Democratic circles regarding scandalous information the Clinton campaign has about Obama. Novak said that experienced veterans of Democratic politics believe the Clinton campaign is withholding the release of the information because it wants to avoid a re-play of the 2004 nomination fight, when attacks on each other by Richard Gephardt, and Howard Dean were credited with assisting the rise, and eventual nomination of another candidate, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

” The cause of change in this country will not be deterred or sidetracked by the old ‘Swift Boat’ politics,” the Illinois senator went on to say in the statement. “But in the interest of our party, and her own reputation, Senator Clinton should either make public any and all information referred to in the item, or concede the truth: that there is none.”

“We have no idea what Mr. Novak’s item is about and reject it totally,” Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer told CNN Saturday. “Instead of pointing fingers at us, Senator Obama should get back to the issues and focus on what this election is really about.”

“Once again Senator Obama is echoing Republican talking points, this time from Bob Novak. This is how Republicans work,” Singer went on to say. “A Republican leaning journalist runs a blind item designed to set Democrats against one another. Experienced Democrats see this for what it is. Others get distracted and thrown off their games. Voters should be concerned about the readiness of any Democrat inexperienced enough to fall for this. There is a campaign in this race that has engaged in the very practice that Senator Obama is decrying, and it’s his.”

“The Clinton campaign has admitted that they do not possess the ‘scandalous information’ in question and we take them at their word,” said David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager in a statement on Saturday. “But what we don’t accept is their assertion that this is somehow falling for Republican tricks. This is exactly the kind of smear politics, Democrats need to fight back on, regardless of the source or the party. Democrats should know that when Barack Obama is their nominee, he will not allow the ‘Swift boat’ politics of fear and diversion to prevail in this campaign.”

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– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

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One Response

  1. I must agree.

    I hate how the Democrats have taken a term like swiftboating and have applied it to every instance of mud-slinging.

    Its obnoxious.

    -Eric Palmieri

    http://www.ericpalmieri.com

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