Democratic Swords Are Out

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

And now it begins.  Clinton vs. Obama.  The attacks have started:

Further proving that the Democratic presidential candidates are already pulling out their swords — even over the most minor of matters — the Clinton campaign is up in arms over comments that Hollywood mogul and Obama supporter David Geffen made to the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. In a statement, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said, "While Sen. Obama was denouncing slash-and-burn politics yesterday, his campaign’s finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Sen. Clinton and her husband. If Sen. Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign, and return this money."

So what exactly did Geffen — who holds no formal role in Obama’s campaign — say to get the Clinton camp so wound up? It was apparently this in Dowd’s column today: "’It’s not a very big thing to say "I made a mistake" on the war, and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can’t,’ Mr. Geffen says. ‘She’s so advised by so many smart advisers who are covering every base. I think that America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms.’" More from Dowd: "Did Mr. Spielberg get in trouble with the Clintons for helping Senator Obama? ‘Yes,’ Mr. Geffen replies, slyly. Can Obambi stand up to Clinton Inc.? ‘I hope so," he says, ‘because that machine is going to be very unpleasant and unattractive and effective."

Obama has responded to Clinton’s "outrage":

“We aren’t going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters. It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom. It is also ironic that Senator Clinton lavished praise on Monday and is fully willing to accept today the support of South Carolina State Sen. Robert Ford, who said if Barack Obama were to win the nomination, he would drag down the rest of the Democratic Party because he’s black.’"

I agree with MyDD’s take:

Look, it’s obvious that this is a fight between rich elites and pundits who think the public doesn’t matter and isn’t paying attention. That’s not where the country is anymore. Just stop it.