clinton backer goes after obama’s drug use

14Jan08

BET founder and prominent Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson said Sunday he is ‘insulted’ with the Obama campaign’s latest criticisms of Clinton, and appeared to take aim at the Illinois senator for his admitted drug use as a young man.

“As an African American, I’m frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won’t say what he was doing but he said it in his book…”

This is not going to be pretty. Not after Iowa. The Clintons are party players and they wouldn’t have gone after Obama, or any other Democrat, in a primary election unless they really REALLY came to a moment of desperation. But Obama has attacked Hillary and he has beaten her in Iowa and that has scared the living shit out of them.

Using a prominent black person, especially this guy, to bash another one, again especially this guy, is the first major Clintonesque moment in this election year. But this stuff is part of their legend. Not this incident itself but this all reminds me of Primary Colors (the Mike Nichols/Elaine May collaboration which was a very thinly veiled film about Bill Clinton’s first presidential primary season in 1992) in that if you are the type of person who loves the Clintons for their core ideology and all the tremendous potential to do good with that office, and I think at this point a Hillary Clinton administration has the potential to make changes the proportion of which would be like a “new” New Deal, but if YOU are the type of person who loves them for all that… you are PRECISELY the type of person who’s going to want to sit in a pickup truck somewhere and put a magnum gun to your forehead over the rest of this stuff.

It’s too bad, really. Because this isn’t the way the democratic primary should be going right now with hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis and this country in deeper economic doo-doo than it has been in in decades. We have a majority in the Congress. We have a CHANCE at the White House. We don’t need Clinton vs. Obama. We don’t need black vs. white, not while the right and the republicans and the conservative talk radio dynasty and Big Energy and the insurance companies AND the pharmaceuticals and the military and security contractors, Halleburton and Blackwater, ALL sit back licking their chops at the potential REALITY of another 8 years of Republicans in the White House.

But like it or not, this is where it is. Hillary Clinton has one thing on her mind now and that is Barack Obama. He tried to throw mama from the train but she hung on. Look out mr. junior senator.

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