Daily Revolt

December 12, 2007

Clinton Campaign to Attack Obama on Drug Use

The Clintonistas are so desperate they've decided to go really dirty negative. That should not be a surprise. What is a surprise is that they are not hiding their intentions:
Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire, raised the issue of Sen. Barack Obama's past admissions of drug use in discussing the relative electability of the Democrats seeking the presidential nomination today.

[...]Among his concerns about Obama as the nominee, he said in an interview here today, is that his background is so relatively unknown and that the Republicans would do their best to unearth negative aspects of it, or concoct mistruths about it. Shaheen, a lawyer and influential state power broker, mentioned as an example Obama's use of cocaine and marijuana as a young man, which Obama has been open about in his memoir and on the trail.

"The Republicans are not going to give up without a fight ... and one of the things they're certainly going to jump on is his drug use," said Shaheen, the husband of former N.H. governor Jeanne Shaheen, who is planning to run for the Senate next year. Billy Shaheen contrasted Obama's openness about his past drug use -- which Obama mentioned again at a recent campaign appearance in New Hampshire -- with the approach taken by George W. Bush in 1999 and 2000, when he ruled out questions about his behavior when he was "young and irresponsible."

Shaheen said Obama's candor on the subject would "open the door" to further questions. "It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'" Shaheen said. "There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome."

This is why they are desperate:
A CNN-WMUR poll today showed Obama in a statistical tie with Clinton in New Hampshire after the same poll found him down by more than 20 points in September.

This follows the recent firing of two Clinton campaign workers who were passing along e-mails suggesting Obama is a Moslem. You would think they'd be a little more cautious in using such tactics. Not the Clinton gang.

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