2008 As Long As We’re Holding Candidates Responsible for Every Single Thing Their Supporters Say
posted by March 11 at 16:52 PMon
Let’s have a look at some statements some prominent Obama supporters (most of them official campaign advisors, unlike Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro) have made lately.
Obama LGBT leadership council member Maxim Thorne, dragging up the 10-year-old Lewinsky scandal:
At 3am, Hillary said she and Bill were in bed and she knows of all the calls a President gets at different times of the day and night. Really? So much involvement - so much togetherness. Where was she when Monica was having sex with Bill? …They settled with Paula Jones for the full amount of her lawsuit. I haven’t forgotten and none of us should.
Key foreign policy advisor John Brennan, on telecom immunity:
There is this great debate over whether or not the telecom companies should in fact be given immunity for their agreement to provide support and cooperate with the government after 9/11. I do believe strongly that they should be granted that immunity, because they were told to do so by the appropriate authorities that were operating in a legal context, and so I think that’s important.
Key foreign policy aide Samantha Power:
Clinton is a monster … You just look at her and think, ‘Ergh’. But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.
Power, again, on Obama’s promise to pull one or two combat brigades from Iraq per month, until all combat troops are gone by the end of 2009:
What he’s actually said, after meeting with the generals and meeting with intelligence professionals, is that you – at best case scenario – will be able to withdraw one to two combat brigades each month. That’s what they’re telling him. He will revisit it when he becomes president.
Chief economic advisor Austan Goolsbee: Obama’s anti-NAFTA statements have been “more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.”
Obama foreign policy advisor Susan Rice: “both” Clinton and Obama are “not ready to have that 3 am phone call.”
To say nothing of the time Obama himself referred to Clinton as “D-Punjab,” mocking her efforts on behalf of Indian-Americans.
None of this is to say Ferraro’s comments weren’t outrageous. They were, and she should retract them and distance herself from the campaign. But Ferraro is a Clinton supporter—not, as Eli’s post below flat-out says, a member of the Clinton campaign. If we’re going to hold the Clinton campaign’s feet to the fire over a statement made by a Clinton supporter—well, why not Obama?