Friday, April 25, 2008

After Pennsylvania (continued)

Hendrik Hertzberg in The New Yorker skewers the self-righteous negativity of Mrs. Clinton, and her flawed justification of same (that is, that Obama needs this preview of the GOP mudfest sure to come, while she herself has already faced and survived the worst mud in their arsenal).

Hertzberg writes:

Hillary has her own vulnerability in this general area, and it is larger than the fact, mentioned by Obama in his riposte to her, that her husband, on his last day in office, commuted the sentences of a couple of old Weather Underground jailbirds.... What Obama did not mention was Hillary’s internship, back in the groovy summer of 1971, at the Oakland law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein. Treuhaft ... had left the Communist Party thirteen years earlier, but Walker.... was still a member, and the firm was a pillar of the Bay Area Old Left.

[snip]

My point is that Hillary Clinton has not, in fact, survived the worst that the Republican attack machine...can dish out. We will learn what the worst really means if she is nominated. The Commie law firm will be only the beginning. Many tempting targets—from Bill’s little-examined fund-raising and business activities during the past seven years to the prospect of his hanging around the White House in some as yet undefined role for another four or eight years to whatever leftovers from the Clinton “scandals” of the nineteen-nineties can be retrieved from the dumpster and reheated—remain to be machine-gunned. The whole Clinton marital soap opera, obviously off limits within the Democratic fold, will offer ample material for what Obama calls “distractions.” To take the most obvious example, the former President’s social life since leaving the White House will become, if not “fair game,” big game—and some of these right-wing dirtbags are already hiring bearers and trying on pith helmets for the safari.

Is this a “there” where the Democratic Party really wants to go?

Good question.

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