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The Power of Drudge (Revisited)

The power of Matt Drudge was affirmed yet again this morning as a photo of Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) dressed in African tribal garb was featured on his Web site, setting off a furious back and forth between the Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns.

"Clinton Staffers Circulate 'Dressed' Obama" screamed the Drudge headline that accompanied a story that cited an e-mail from a Clinton staffer that read: "Wouldn't we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?"

Given the reach of Drudge -- and his unique ability to drive news coverage, particularly on television -- it wasn't surprising that Obama's campaign quickly released a statement condemning the tactics behind the photo.

"On the very day that Senator Clinton is giving a speech about restoring respect for America in the world, her campaign has engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we've seen from either party in this election," said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. "This is part of a disturbing pattern that led her county chairs to resign in Iowa, her campaign chairman to resign in New Hampshire, and it's exactly the kind of divisive politics that turns away Americans of all parties and diminishes respect for America in the world."

The Clinton campaign -- rebutting the notion that she may be preparing to leave the campaign quietly -- pushed back hard. "Enough," said Clinton manager Maggie Williams in a statement released by the campaign, adding:

"If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely. This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry. We will not be distracted."

It's worth noting, however, that nowhere in her statement does Williams deny that the photo -- as Drudge has suggested but does not prove -- was being circulated by members of the Clinton campaign. Rather, Williams insisted that the photo is not meant to be offensive or divisive. That said, the Clinton campaign argues that Williams's statement should not be read in any way, shape or form as a tacit admission that they are behind leaking the photo to Drudge.

The Clinton campaign has spent weeks decrying the allegedly adulatory press coverage that Obama receives and trying to cast it as a double standard. This photo and e-mail could be seen as an extension of that argument, as the original alleged Clinton staffer's e-mail notes that if Clinton had appeared in similar garb it would have received wall-to-wall negative coverage in the news media.

Whether it was meant to be a political tactic or not by whoever sent it, the photo is certainly being played in that context. Any political junkie worth his or her name knows that as soon as the photo appeared on Drudge it would almost certainly become the daily talker on every cable news station in the country -- ensuring that hundreds of thousands of people would see the Obama image just eight days before the critical Ohio and Texas primaries.

Is it an attractive side of politics? Absolutely not. Could it work? In the decade The Fix has spent watching politics up close, it's hard to remember a time when an attack that walked the fine line between acceptable and not didn't work in some fashion.

The next 24 hours will be crucial in determining the story's staying power. It could well dissipate into the ether as tomorrow's debate in Cleveland between Obama and Clinton takes over the coverage. Or it could blow up as a major issue in that debate. Time will tell, but what we do know is that -- yet again -- Matt Drudge has affirmed his place as a major factor in presidential politics.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2008; 3:37 PM ET
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Posted by: axbhd7dick1rff4 | March 9, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"He clearly belongs on the ratings-rich Fox, since he is as iconoclastic and reasonable as most are there. "

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Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 26, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama?What has he done except talk? Hitler did that.How did he get elected to the senate? He is reported to be the most liberal in the senate. He is a socialist. Has the country been so dumbed down by government handouts and the creation of millions of demos on welfare that a majority of people want the government to take of them? Pity the new minority-the tax payer.
This want bring back Manufacturing companies.It will drive more away. It's insane.

Posted by: 1uncle | February 26, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

How interesting all the comments from morons attacking Drudge or the great Lou Dobbs, rather then the issue of the photo. For the record, Dobbs is one of the few bright spots on the Clinton News Network, and there isn't a shred of bias in him, not compared with DNC operatives like Wolf Blitzer or Anderson Cooper. No wonder his is the only show that gets ratings! He clearly belongs on the ratings-rich Fox, since he is as iconoclastic and reasonable as most are there.

And Drudge has a proven record of accuracy, going back to when he was the only media source standing behind the existence of the spoiled dress. Indeed, Drudge broke that story and was widely ridiculed for it...until it turned out to exist. That's ten years of sublime fairness and accuracy, to a degree we will never see from the lefist MSM. God bless you both, Dobbs and Drudge!

Posted by: celent | February 26, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

As far as the photo - The Obama campaign had to know the images were out there. Did HRC campaign circulate it - Or, since the Republicans are secretly meeting to figure out how to inject their "swiftboats" into the campaign, maybe this is one of their trial balloons.

Either way, it's HIS image - If they can't deal with this without whining ... how will they take on the Republican Rovian Slime Machine.

Posted by: RainDodger | February 26, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

from Optimyst, yesterday at 5:14 PM:

"The upside of this is that Obama gets "vaccinated" against similar slime from the republicans."

Yes. If this came from HRC's camp, I hope she stays in the race as long as she can. Better to have all this crap come out now, rather than October.

If it came from the Repubs -- trying to hurt both HRC and Obama -- that's fine, too.

Someone posted above that this kind of stuff should be ignored. I wish it could be. But after what happened to Kerry by the Swiftboaters, I don't think anything like this can be safely ignored.

Obama cannot afford to take the high road when stuff like this gets thrown at him. His campaign is doing exactly what it must: IMMEDIATELY and Forcefully denounce such tactics.

Obama supporters take heart: all this serves to make him stronger.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 26, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice to know why the media is silent on Obama's silence on his endorsement by Farakhan. If the likes of Cafferty were journalists, sure they would have made this a ticker now just like they do with anything that concerns Hillary or her husband. Just like her Speech on Foreign affairs was deliberately ignored by the media as "touting" her credentials. If the media does not thoroughly investigate Obama's Muslim past or ties to Farrakhan it would be doing a diservice to those who died on 9/11. A word is always enough for the wise. To Hillary, soldier on. At least I know some die-hard Obamabots who are not so sure of him now after the recent revelations (which, by the way, seem clearly to me to have been put out by Republicans using Drudge who never critises McCain, and capitalising on the blindness of Obama's campaign to frame it on Hillary). If the Democrats can put forward the man, and Americans elect him, after all these qustions, it would be tragic indeed.

Posted by: gisomonuwa | February 26, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The fact is, Clinton has a major battle on her hands and although she is working hard, the facts remain the facts;

Barack vs Hillary Analysis
The Home Stretch- Hillary's Personal Alamo:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=53

She is set to lose both Ohio and Texas.

Posted by: davidmwe | February 26, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I agree with johnsonc2

This should be given the same treatment Donnie Deutch suggested for Anne Coulter.

It should be ignored and trivialized.

Let's Move Forward!

Posted by: chadibuins | February 26, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

So, if you agree this is not an attractive side of politics, why not condemn it completely? Why give it legs and not acknowledge that it definitely came from Clinton's campaign. You will note how carefully they parse their words. This is just a mini-swift boat hit - and it came from a person who has decried "the politics of personal destruction." She should be booed off the stage tonight.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | February 26, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Umm it's pretty clear that Clinton aides DID send it. CC makes that clear in the article... the Clinton spokesman wouldn't deny it, then got all huffy wondering why anyone's paying attention to Drudge.

The only question is intent. It seems pretty obvioius that they're trying to insinuate the 'Hussein' angle (makes one wonder if the Clintons aren't responsible for all those insiduous "He's a muslim and doesn't say the Pledge" emails floating around, actually) or to make him look more 'black' to drive away as many non-AfricanAmerican voters as possible. Despicable really. And to think I once admired the Clintons.

Posted by: harry.fuchs | February 26, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

...AND the rest of the mainstream media are idiotic lemmings for not corroborating the sources - anonymous "Clinton aides sent...blah, blah, blah"

the Obama campaign have become experts in playing the race and the "Muslim" card and then blaming it on the other campaign.

Do you think it'll be nice to have a President who calls everyone racist when his administration is criticized?

Posted by: bbln | February 26, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Republicans sent the photo. But the media is certainly taking the bait. They showed it about 6 times during the Situation Room today.
The photo has to be bad...it has to be really bad for Obama, not because he looks Muslim, but because he just looks really goofy and stupid.

Posted by: badger3 | February 26, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Forget the photo -- what about the horror of the missing flag pin! Of course, I'm talking about Senator McCain. Why does he hate the American symbol of freedom so much that he refuses to wear it on his lapel? Snarking minds need to know. http://roadkillrefugee.wordpress.com/2008/02/26/does-mccains-lack-of-patriotism-keep-him-from-wearing-an-american-flag-pin/

Posted by: roadkillrefugee | February 25, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton is getting more and more despicable.

She whines that she's more experienced than Obama and she deserves to win.

Why didn't she whine on behalf of Joe Biden (the one with the most experience) who couldn't get beyond 5% in national polls? If this were an experience election, he would have at least been in Hillary's spot facing off against Obama right now.

The truth is Hillary is lucky enough to be in second place right now because her husband was president. She's lucky enough to be a senator because her husband was president.

Hillary has very little experience. She's a phony. What experience she has involves failure--ie. HillaryCare--which by the way hasn't changed much.

Posted by: MNobserver | February 25, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I guess if I ever have the chance to go visit Germany, I better not have a picture taken of me wearing liederhosen. Some moron will say I'm a NAZI.

Posted by: texascorvette | February 25, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

"The Clinton campaign has spent weeks decrying the allegedly adulatory press coverage that Obama receives..."

Yes.

This reminds me of a phrase Bush 1 came up with in his run against Clinton 1.
"Annoy the media. Vote Bush."

It didn't help him out much.

Posted by: MNobserver | February 25, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

and what is wrong with Mr. Lou Dobbs??? My uncle Cletus once got beat up by a Mexican truck driver. The only reazon he was in this country was he was hauling cantalopes from Mexicali to Fort Wayne, In near wear my uncle lives under NAFTA. There are too may Mexican truck drivers on the road these days and Hillary is against NAFTA.

Posted by: murph21 | February 25, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama people get over yourselves. In my DC social group, people wear their national/ethnic dress all the time. Anglo's like myself wear African/Indian/Asian outfits, too.

From what I have read on the web, this was an invitation only/very small group event where the picture was taken. Chances it was a Hillary supporter who released the pix is small indeed.

Posted by: blm1804 | February 25, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago Hillary Clinton accused the Obama campaign of using Karl Rove tactics. Sending a photo to Drudge and then accusing the Clinton campaign of sending it is a favorite Rove tactic. He did that sort of thing time and time again. One one occasion he apparently bugged his own office and then accused the opposition of doing it. The real question is why is the Obama campaign using these tactics?

Posted by: billintex | February 25, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

what is all this name calling and 'moron' talk on here??? The small town where I come from everyone respectz the other. Just because Obama is wearing Dubai diapers doesn't mean you have to be mean to people who won't vote for him because we don't want another 911!!!

Posted by: murph21 | February 25, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

This concerns Lou Dobbs of CNN, the pathetic racist bigot. He is one of the most biased reporters on CNN. This idiot thinks that his strategy to run for President as an Independent will work only if he attacks Whites, Blacks and Latinos who support Obama is delusional. He thinks the average CNN viewer is as stupid as he is. The last time Hillary threw the plagiarism charge at Obama, Lou Dobbs spent half his airtime on it. The same today, he spent an inordinate time to cover a smear campaign by Hillary and her team. By giving this much of coverage to an insignificant smear tactic, Lou Dobbs thinks that he could somehow influence voters that Obama is a Muslim is somewhat naïve and shallow. CNN should look at Lou's antics seriously otherwise it stands to lose it credibility and revenue. There is a movement going on the Hispanics community, a sizable chunk of CNN viewers that's actively seeking to have Lou Dobbs sacked from CNN because of his racism and patronage of white supremacist groups. CNN should not give Lou Dobbs time to air his racist agenda free on cable network. If he wants to propagate his agenda he has to pay for it on other networks such as FOX and Rush Limbaugh radio show.

Posted by: sbgamatt | February 25, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

i guess we'll just have to call today the Moron Thread. i guess it's the cranks that the mention of Matt Drugs brings...

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

There is one reason and one reason only that this picture of Obama surfaced at this point. It is intended to reinforce the widespread internet rumors that Obama is a Muslim. There are many Americans who would NEVER vote for a Muslim, that is a simple fact. I find the Clinton campaign's response disingenuous. They are desperate and will resort to any tactic to try and claw their way back into the race.

Posted by: jimd52 | February 25, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is like Brittany Spears, only he's less amusing and less often correct. Drudge is the National Enquirer for traditional media types like Chris and others too lazy to do anything other than be stenographers.

Drudge is like a car accident, you cant look away but you feel nauteous when you look.

Everytime you refer or link to Drudge a little angel loses its wings.

If only Drudge would come out of the closet and introduce us all to his boyfriend(s), then all of his Republican friends would disown him and we could go back to real news and real reporting.

Posted by: AjaxtheGreater | February 25, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

chadibuins-

I am afraid...I'm so confused now. I really liked Obama but if he is really a simpathizer with that camel-humping Al Qaada I just can't vote for him. I'm thinking either Hillary or Mcain will be my choice now (and all my relatives if I can convince them too!)

Posted by: murph21 | February 25, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I do not think it is wise to blame HRC.

Despite presumptions, etc--fingers should not be pointed without verifiable proof.

As I said before Let's Move Forward.

Posted by: chadibuins | February 25, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I must admit that even I am surprised at this latest tactic. However, I really shouldn't be. I dont think HRC knows (or even cares) how divisive this is and I don't think she realizes how much this will hurt her even if she gets the nomination. People who are voting for Barack won't vote for her. Independants won't vote for her, Blacks won't vote for her, white men won't vote for her so in essence, by these tactics, she is sealing her own fate.

Posted by: dml48221 | February 25, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I've been hearing about this photo all day, but one thing I have not heard is PROOF that this came from the Clinton campaign. Some (hopefully not most) Obama supporters are so eager to believe anything that makes Clinton look bad that they'll believe Drudge, of all slime, over a fellow Democrat!

If this did come from the Clinton camp, it would be a stupid move, because Obama supporters seem to be so sensitive to any perceived slight to His Hopefulness that it would backfire. Just ask Olbermann, who saw fit today to question a convoluted joke setup by Jon Stewart at the Oscars in which he used Obama's middle name, and an SNL skit that lampooned the media's Obama swoon. Hey Keith, here's a newsflash: SNL has been making comedy for over 30 years now by exaggerating current trends. If they get a laugh out of how worshipful media types have been towards Obama (and you're in the front of that line), it's because there is something to it.

Posted by: citizenjane | February 25, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama's camp afraid of this picture? Is he trying to hide something? For goodness sake, the man is running to be our President, and this picture is a campaign issue.

We are talking about electing someone to have life and death decisions over us. This flap confirms for me how immature and unqualified Obama is to be President.

Posted by: EWard2 | February 25, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

It turns out the photo (accompanied by an appalling story) appeared in the National Examiner on Feb. 4, 2008. My guess is that the plan was for it to go viral on its own. When that didn't work (it had to be scanned first, as the NE doesn't have a website - major oversight), they fell back on their "ooh! ooh! we're such victims!" technique.

I look forward to Jon Stewart dressing up in 'traditional clothing' during a show this week. (Except I think he'd resemble Johnny Carson's Karnak more than he would Obama.)

Posted by: TomJx | February 25, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

Have you ever wondered why you allow Matt Drudge to rule you world? You are an enabler, with the rest of the MSM. If you did not lend credence to this nonsense, it would stop. But you continue to make an excuse for yourself, that it would happen anyway. This is similar to what a drug addicts family concludes.

It is time to look in the mirror.

Posted by: onwaj6 | February 25, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

We have to keep in mind Obama is now running against two candidates..
and that there is no political party more adept at sliming their opponents than Republicans.

Wish Chris would have noted that about 4 mos ago??

Maybe Chris is part of the problem--media bias against the Clintons!

Posted by: vammap | February 25, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Some news agencies are reporting that the Clinton camp has denied circulating this. I could see some ignorant person who wanted to hurt Obama doing it but I'm not seeing proof that this was linked to Clinton at all. No professional campaign would do something so juvenile. Dust for prints - they might just belong to the guy in the photo. He's no saint.

Posted by: Susan9 | February 25, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

murph--if you look I never accused YOU of being ignorant, I said I thought your statement was a joke.

If it is not, then I encourage you to read the second part of my post and not give into fear.

Obama is not Osama-and quite frankly it is an insult to suggest such.

Posted by: chadibuins | February 25, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm just saying that the last thing in the world we need for president is a Muslim. Draw your own conclusions.
signed: Cyrano

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Then why bring it up? More sleaze from the RepubliCON party.

Posted by: camera_eye_1 | February 25, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Cyrano has his views: I'm not accusing any one in particular of being a Muslim. I'm just saying that the last thing in the world we need for president is a Muslim. Draw your own conclusions.
signed: Cyrano

Posted by: Cyrano | February 25, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Just beacuse me and my family don't want another 9/11 to happen doesn't mean we're iliterate morons or Republicans. I completed 12th grade and I have alwwayz voted Democrat because I believed they were the party that best rpersented me...not anymore.

bsimon and claudialong--Again, I agree with what you have stated so far.

As far as Murph whoever, I am sure that must be a joke--even Zouk didn't jump on that diatribe.

As far as what si wrong with being Muslim--well nothing, except to jingoistic, intolerant people who unfortunately tend to stand behind the flag with "support our troop" ribbons believing stories of how all the founding fathers were tried and true evangelicals as well. It always amazes me these same people (and I was raised among, and used to be one) never seem to have a moral problem with all these people owning slaves (because that was the norm back then) but yet cannot believe upright Jefferson wouldn't have fathered children with Sallie Hemmings, or perpetuated seperation of church and state.

Homer and Bullfinch don't have as many myths as these people!

Posted by: murph21 | February 25, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

PRESUMABLY, AS HE WAS IN SUDAN AS PART OF A CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, THE OTHERS WERE GARBED IN SIMILAR COSTUME. SO WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF THE OTHER CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN IN TRIBAL DRESS?

Posted by: mo-lama | February 25, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse


someone here mentioned schizophrenic and hillary in the same sentence.

that makes me think.

hillary the other day in the texas debate said such nice words about obama.. how she was so proud to be on the stage with him...

and then today, it is like hillary became mrs jeckyll... ATTACKING him...

i don't think i want a schizo president like hillary. there's too much at stake.

we already have bush, and i swear to God, i think he is truly insane.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | February 25, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I wrote earlier about earlier "releases" of this photo, starting from a post on Free Republic, that got picked up by other blogs, before Drudge "broke" with it.

Now I find it curious that posts on Newsweek are identical, word-for-word, with some posts here in this WaPo forum. All are full of rage at Hillary. One has the same username on Newsweek as on the Post, and the others have different names. See this and compare comments:

http://www.blog.newsweek.com/blogs/stumper/archive/2008/02/25/breath-relax-the-drudge-dressed-obama-photo-in-perspective.aspx

Now, I'm just an individual following politics, not a campaign worker or volunteer. I follow some forums and blogs, and comment on some. My comments are impromptu, often elicited by previous comments. But would I prepare a lengthy response and copy and paste it onto multiple websites? And would a number of other people, with similar views, do likewise with their scathing comments for the same story?

I think this is an orchestrated disinformation campaign. What kind of person goes onto multiple blogs and posts, verbatim, the same thing? I would tend to thing it's the GOP, purporting to be Obama supporters, and gleefully sitting back and watching the ensuing fight among Democrats. But the way the Obama campaign leaders jumped so forcefully on this gives me doubts. They chose to re-word Drudge's "circulated photo" into "released photo". The former could indicate a matter internal to the Clinton campaign that somehow got to Drudge, the latter is an accusation of deliberately feeding it to the media as a campaign tactic. Obama's team didn't say "this is uncalled for and we ask Hillary to look into it", no, they went all guns blazing with accusations when they don't even know if they are correct - unless they are protesting too much because it was a ruse.

Either way, I'm sure the Republicans are enjoying this.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of nothing about nothing. I guess there is a reason why I don't pay attention to Drudge.

Posted by: bradcpa | February 25, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Cali -

Though I find you to be largely a toxic presence, and I'm pretty sure you know how to do basic internet reserach, I'll indulge you.

One Obama Accomplishment: Coburn-Obama Transparency Act of 2006. Helping to make your government more transparent so that you can be a more affective citizen.

Posted by: baumann.50 | February 25, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

ABUSE = ABUSER ACCUSES THE ABUSE!!!

The above is textbook psychological abusive behavior.

Whenever Hillary says "Karl Rove" - it's to me code for:
"I use Karl Rove tactics, and will then accuse you of it!"

Karl Rove? Ma'am thou doth portest too much!!

Posted by: OBAMA08 | February 25, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse


Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced her Latino campaign manager, Ms. Patti Solis Doyle, with longtime aide Ms. Maggie Williams, her current African American campaign manager. It seems as if Ms. Clinton's campaign courts which ever ethnic group can provide the campaign with votes that it needs at critical junctures in the campaign to win. Hence, out with Ms. Doyle and in with Ms. Williams. In addition, fronting Ms. Williams as the "talking head" for the campaign on such issues as approving the circulation of pictures of Senator Obama in African attire is designed to mute any perception voters may develop regarding insensitive campaign tactics that have now taken on a more divisive, angry, mean spirited tone reflective of sore losers who may attempt to inflict as much political damage as possible on the front runner while contemplating the odds of withdrawing from the race. In the infamous words of President Clinton to the reporters in South Carolina and Senator Clinton to Senator Obama, SHAME ON YOU TWO... too!

Posted by: mrosegunn | February 25, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

again . . .who cares if it is the Reps, or Rove himself.

not like we expect better from them.

let's move forward

there is nothing illegal or immoral about wearing traditional African garb, or being a muslim or being a liberal. Lets call all this what it is veiled or not so veiled) attempts at racism and intolerance.

This is not who we really are as a people or a nation, despite the worst among us . . . let's move forward!

Posted by: chadibuins | February 25, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

The power of the Drudge Report? Huh? Are you kidding me? This report is a load of garbage. This just plays right into Obama's hands. This is like throwing oil into a dying fire. Hillary's Mark Penn is stupid or what? This strategy shows how desperate the Hillary campaign has become. She is pulling down the house with her downfall. When can this woman wake up? Sleazy, slimy and despicable tactics like these are not going to win her votes. This is more than silly season in politics. This is just shameful. To most men she reminds them of their ex-wives. Vindictive and vengeful!!

By the way, Hillary has to fire Mark Penn immediately. Strategy after strategy has not worked. There is so much divisiveness and anger well inside the Clinton camp. Hillary should fire Mark Penn before March 4th if she wants to win the nomination. Top people in her team are getting tired of Mark Penn and are taking days off before a crucial primary. She has to act quickly to rejuvenate her team otherwise she will be thrashed on March 4th.

Posted by: sbgamatt | February 25, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh and McCafferty from CNN had a very good point. He wonders why it took the Hillary camp until 6:00 to make a statement that they didnt do it. Reasoning for this because she knew it would have been on the news all day and her little dirty low life trick would have worked to her advantage. Ask yourself why she didnt respond immediately to the photo when Mccafferty said he had it at 6:00 this morning...she didnt make a comment for 12 hours later. Nuf said.

Posted by: Webster51 | February 25, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I think all you people are missing something...if and I say if...the republicans are behind this photo..did it ever occur to you that the republican party would rather have Hillary as the nominee because they know full well the republican party hates the Clintons..and the republicans for Obama would vote for McCain...and many Obama voters would do so also. Is a win win situation for the republicans. Hillary would get beat bad by McCain. Why do you think McCain is only putting Obama down and not Hillary in the news..he knows his chance is increased two fold if Hillary wins. Duh...hellooooo but I also wouldnt put this past Hillary either. She would stoop to something like this as she has already proven.

Posted by: Webster51 | February 25, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign are adding new meaning to the "desperate times..." saying. Obama handled this well, take the high road. Like when people are shouting at you, you lower your voice. My right wing friend for years has referred to the Clinton mafia. I am beginning to understand what he meant.

Posted by: bfjam | February 25, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

and who cares if it was Hillary or not.

Lets move forward.

Obama campaign shuld have borrowed from his debate, and dismissed any motive as silly--taken the picture and made it there on and then moved forward helping our country.

Posted by: chadibuins | February 25, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

bsimon and claudialong--Again, I agree with what you have stated so far.

As far as Murph whoever, I am sure that must be a joke--even Zouk didn't jump on that diatribe.

As far as what si wrong with being Muslim--well nothing, except to jingoistic, intolerant people who unfortunately tend to stand behind the flag with "support our troop" ribbons believing stories of how all the founding fathers were tried and true evangelicals as well. It always amazes me these same people (and I was raised among, and used to be one) never seem to have a moral problem with all these people owning slaves (because that was the norm back then) but yet cannot believe upright Jefferson wouldn't have fathered children with Sallie Hemmings, or perpetuated seperation of church and state.

Homer and Bullfinch don't have as many myths as these people!

Posted by: chadibuins | February 25, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm convinced the Clinton campagin is off-the-charts schizophrenic, with apologies to people who suffer from schizophrenia.

I just sent my donation to the Obama campaign.

Posted by: wsealsjr | February 25, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

The cornered rat and her bigoted surrogates once again lash out in crazed desperation. It is time to exterminate this despicable, bitter bunch of losers once and for all. Their vile, craven tactics have descended to a level of utter revulsion. Get real, it's over & get lost.

Posted by: ccoblas | February 25, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

This is the Clintons' camp MO. Smear Obama, then attack him for defending himself, or disputing said smear tactic.

They've done this before.

For God's sake, Hillary, just DROP OUT.

For the good of the Democratic party, drop out, and STOP doing the republican attack machine's dirty work! (on second thought, the republicans tactics aren't as dirty as the Clintons)

Posted by: julieds | February 25, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"Moslem" is not a dirty word.
"Moslem" is also not OBAMA's religion.

As Bill Clinton said a few years ago (before his "Jesse Jacson" melt-down!):

There are fanatics in Judaism, Christianity, Islam:
- A Jew assassinated Rabin of Israel.
- A Christian assassinated JFK.
- A Moslem assassinated Sadat of Egypt.

I actually think:
OBAMA LOOKED HOT!

Posted by: OBAMA08 | February 25, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"Moslem" is not a dirty word.
"Moslem" is also not OBAMA's religion.

As Bill Clinton said a few years ago (before his "Jesse Jacson" melt-down!):

There are fanatics in Judaism, Christianity, Islam:
- A Jew assassinated Rabin of Israel.
- A Christian assassinated JFK.
- A Moslem assassinated Sadat of Egypt.

I actually think:
OBAMA LOOKED HOT!

Posted by: OBAMA08 | February 25, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

if the clinton machine were to wrestle the nomination away from obama through some backroom wheeling & dealing she'll lose in a landslide to mccain.she'll have to come to blacks saying you don't have a choice but to suuport me.shame on her if she were to think this.blacks will sacrifice living under a mccain's presidency for the next 4-8 years.we'll show she and bill you mess with one of us you might as well mess with us all.we have already shown this when they became negative in south carolina.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | February 25, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama sympathizers, want to get even, go google ugly Hillary

http://images.google.com/images?gbv=2&q=ugly+hillary+clinton

Posted by: rfpiktor | February 25, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

one accomplishment by barrack obama is that he has managed to give the people of america FAITH in their country again... at a time when we are at an all time LOW from the sleaze and corruption of the republican bush administration. that's just ONE.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | February 25, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

cali_snowboarder here you go....do a little research.....
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/03/AR2008010303303.html

Judge Him by His Laws
By Charles Peters
Friday, January 4, 2008; Page A21

People who complain that Barack Obama lacks experience must be unaware of his legislative achievements. One reason these accomplishments are unfamiliar is that the media have not devoted enough attention to Obama's bills and the effort required to pass them, ignoring impressive, hard evidence of his character and ability.

Since most of Obama's legislation was enacted in Illinois, most of the evidence is found there -- and it has been largely ignored by the media in a kind of Washington snobbery that assumes state legislatures are not to be taken seriously. (Another factor is reporters' fascination with the horse race at the expense of substance that they assume is boring, a fascination that despite being ridiculed for years continues to dominate political journalism.)

I am a rarity among Washington journalists in that I have served in a state legislature. I know from my time in the West Virginia legislature that the challenges faced by reform-minded state representatives are no less, if indeed not more, formidable than those encountered in Congress. For me, at least, trying to deal with those challenges involved as much drama as any election. And the "heart and soul" bill, the one for which a legislator gives everything he or she has to get passed, has long told me more than anything else about a person's character and ability.

Consider a bill into which Obama clearly put his heart and soul. The problem he wanted to address was that too many confessions, rather than being voluntary, were coerced -- by beating the daylights out of the accused.

Obama proposed requiring that interrogations and confessions be videotaped.

This seemed likely to stop the beatings, but the bill itself aroused immediate opposition. There were Republicans who were automatically tough on crime and Democrats who feared being thought soft on crime. There were death penalty abolitionists, some of whom worried that Obama's bill, by preventing the execution of innocents, would deprive them of their best argument. Vigorous opposition came from the police, too many of whom had become accustomed to using muscle to "solve" crimes. And the incoming governor, Rod Blagojevich, announced that he was against it.

Obama had his work cut out for him.

He responded with an all-out campaign of cajolery. It had not been easy for a Harvard man to become a regular guy to his colleagues. Obama had managed to do so by playing basketball and poker with them and, most of all, by listening to their concerns. Even Republicans came to respect him. One Republican state senator, Kirk Dillard, has said that "Barack had a way both intellectually and in demeanor that defused skeptics."

The police proved to be Obama's toughest opponent. Legislators tend to quail when cops say things like, "This means we won't be able to protect your children." The police tried to limit the videotaping to confessions, but Obama, knowing that the beatings were most likely to occur during questioning, fought -- successfully -- to keep interrogations included in the required videotaping.

By showing officers that he shared many of their concerns, even going so far as to help pass other legislation they wanted, he was able to quiet the fears of many.

Obama proved persuasive enough that the bill passed both houses of the legislature, the Senate by an incredible 35 to 0. Then he talked Blagojevich into signing the bill, making Illinois the first state to require such videotaping.

Obama didn't stop there. He played a major role in passing many other bills, including the state's first earned-income tax credit to help the working poor and the first ethics and campaign finance law in 25 years (a law a Post story said made Illinois "one of the best in the nation on campaign finance disclosure"). Obama's commitment to ethics continued in the U.S. Senate, where he co-authored the new lobbying reform law that, among its hard-to-sell provisions, requires lawmakers to disclose the names of lobbyists who "bundle" contributions for them.

Taken together, these accomplishments demonstrate that Obama has what Dillard, the Republican state senator, calls a "unique" ability "to deal with extremely complex issues, to reach across the aisle and to deal with diverse people." In other words, Obama's campaign claim that he can persuade us to rise above what divides us is not just rhetoric.

I do not think that a candidate's legislative record is the only measure of presidential potential, simply that Obama's is revealing enough to merit far more attention than it has received. Indeed, the media have been equally delinquent in reporting the legislative achievements of Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, both of whom spent years in the U.S. Senate. The media should compare their legislative records to Obama's, devoting special attention to their heart-and-soul bills and how effective each was in actually making law.

Charles Peters, the founding editor of the Washington Monthly, is president of Understanding Government, a foundation devoted to better government through better reporting.

Posted by: FebM | February 25, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"Can someone please name ONE single accomplishment of Barack Obama's? I'd love to know. I'm dead serious."

He hasn't accomplished a g0ddamn thing, because he hasn't been around long enough to be tainted by the politics of desperation and selfishness.

The answer to that question is insignificant compared to what the answer will be in eight years. If you must have an answer, though, Obama's greatest accomplishment is the 64 OUNCE CAN OF WHOOP-ASS HE HAS OPENED ON THE CLINTONS AND THEIR POLITICS OF FEAR, SELFISHNESS, AND DESPAIR!

Posted by: bondjedi | February 25, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please name ONE single accomplishment of Barack Obama's? I'd love to know. I'm dead serious. Anyone? Bueller?

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | February 25, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

switching to McCain indicates a Dem preference. I know you can't see anything that doesn't fit into your polluted world view, but you are embarrassing yourself today with such outright ignorance.

Are we still in a recession despite no evidence of such? Are we still in global warming despite the freezing? are we still losing the war? Are we still looking at the inevitable hillary?

drindl, the bloggers need access to your wisdom. Please post your answers every hour as they seem to change around a lot.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 25, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

From ABC News, after Hillary laughed off suggestions that what remains of her campaign "leaked" the photo:

"(Clinton) then turned the tables on her Democratic rival and accused him of using the controversy surrounding the alleged leaking of the photo to distract the public's attention from deficiencies in his platform and experience."

I guess Mrs. Clinton thinks that the only reason for Obama-mania is that America can not take its eyes away from perceived platform and experience deficiencies.

Robert Shapiro, one of OJ Simpson's attorneys and Clinton family moral equivalent, noted after The Juice's acquittal that, not only did OJ's defense play the race card, but "it dealt it from the bottom of the deck." Shapiro's approach seems high-minded and fair compared to this Clinton tactic.

Texans, take note: this is how the Clinton clique regards your intellectual and critical abilities. Do not be surprised when the Clintons claim a link between Obama and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Posted by: bondjedi | February 25, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

someone should post that photograph of hillary with those two black labs. never before, and never since, have i seen dogs smile like that. amazing.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | February 25, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

One minute Lieberman is the VP candidate, the next, he is out of the party.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 25, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

vegasgirl1,
'I am not joking!!!We can't have someone be President who follows Ozama ben Ladin! Me and my family love the US of A and we wont let this happen here. I know that you are from 'Sin City' but you should still have some valuez please. I am switching my vote to MCAIN.'

i sure hope this is a joke, but probably not. perhaps it is in fact typical of your basic illiterate semi-moron of the republican party.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

OK, time's up

According to my moonbat sources, it is still and always will be time to:

Raise taxes
eviscerate the military
surrender all wars
increase the government in size and cost, ignore productivity


I am still checking on the minute by minute changes on other policies. this year NAFTA is bad, but it was the claim to fame of the last Lib. Welfare reform is still considered good but as you know Obama has not said anything about it, nor about anything really.

this just in, pakistan, our ally, is to be invaded and Cuba, Iran and N Korea are to be beggged foregiveness from. this may seem backwards but what do you expect from the "holiday from history" party. the Seinfeld party - about nothing.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 25, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

So if Hillary has worn traditional garb of so many cultures, there must be photos of it out there. Have they not surfaced? If the media prefers Obama so much, why haven't they dug up these photos of Clinton and drawn unflattering attention to them?

Sorry, Hillary, you can't have it both ways. Either the media has left these photos of you alone, or you find them offensive to your campaign. And if they're not offensive, why is the Clinton campaign leaking the Obama photo to Drudge?

The Clintons really *will* do anything they can to win an election...but they're about to lose one. This reeks of pathetic desperation. So much it may jeopardize any future bid she might want to make. I'd think she'd want to lose gracefully and preserve her respect and chits for another day. She's just getting sadder and sadder.

Posted by: jon.morgan.1999 | February 25, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

even john mccain beleives in global climate change. poor flat earth zouk. sad case.

Unlike drindl and her pack of jackels, some of us are capable of independent thought. we don't need to go to the Daily Kos to figure out how to think.


but if john Mccain thinks it, it must be right, is that what you mean?

Poor confused moonbat drindl, can't get her arguments to stay consistent.

One minute we're in a recession, the next, less than half predict one. One minute the war is lost, the next we won so evacuate. One minute the economy is down, the next it is time to raise taxes. One minute Hillary is inevitable, the next Barack is substantial. One minute it is global warming, the next - record cold. one minute bj clinton is the savior of the Dem party, the next carter is enviable and bj is a racist bum.

check back at 6:50

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 25, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Obama is connecting with his African heritage. It is respectful of his heritage and of the society that produced his father and of the place where his grandmother (and presumably other relatives) reside.

Why this photo has become controversial is beyond my comprehension.

Posted by: robertjames1 | February 25, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

"Wow!
I didn't know Obama is a Muslim. This really concerns me. I have a lot of kinfolk in Texas and Ohio I need to tell about this right away to not ever vote for him or anyone like him. he looks like Ozama Ben ladin!!! I don;t wont another 9/11 to happen..."

Posted by: murph21


Uh, you are joking with this post, right?
I sure hope so.

vegasgirl1,
I am not joking!!!We can't have someone be President who follows Ozama ben Ladin! Me and my family love the US of A and we wont let this happen here. I know that you are from 'Sin City' but you should still have some valuez please. I am switching my vote to MCAIN.

Posted by: murph21 | February 25, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

even john mccain beleives in global climate change. poor flat earth zouk. sad case.

'If Obama has nothing to hide and has told the truth about his Muslim past then he should not be upset. If he his trying to hide something then no wonder he is upset.'

are repulicans really this stupid? oops, never mind.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama is ripping apart the Democratic party before our very eyes. Republicans are crossing over in the open caucuses to wreak whatever havoc they can, and it's working.

Hillary leads among the popular vote so far, among all DEMOCRATS. DEMOCRATS support Hillary. Obama is riding the backs of two-faced Republicans, who are eager to "help" him out.

And once again, GOP mouthpiece Matt Drudge is nothing but a shameless enabler of it all.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | February 25, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing harms Hillary's campaign more than Obama's. It's a news photo of the Senator graciously wearing the traditional Somali garb given to him as a guest. No one in the Obama camp would ever have had an issue with this photo had it not been obvious what the intent was by sending it to Matt Drudge. It's not the photo that's upsetting... it's the intent behind it. The American public are smart enough to figure this out... and it makes Clinton look bad. Really bad.

Posted by: DogBitez | February 25, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

If Obama has nothing to hide and has told the truth about his Muslim past then he should not be upset. If he his trying to hide something then no wonder he is upset.

Posted by: Lavrat2000 | February 25, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama faith is Christian not Muslim. And, not all Africans are Muslim.

If the picture had been released by Senator Obama because he wanted to show his African heritage there is no problem. Because it t was made public during a presidential primary election cycle there is problem.

The Clinton's are playing, in desperation, the race card, again.

Shame on you Hillary, Bill and all your supporters and staff.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | February 25, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"Wow!
I didn't know Obama is a Muslim. This really concerns me. I have a lot of kinfolk in Texas and Ohio I need to tell about this right away to not ever vote for him or anyone like him. he looks like Ozama Ben ladin!!! I don;t wont another 9/11 to happen..."

Posted by: murph21


Uh, you are joking with this post, right?
I sure hope so.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 25, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I wear my Norwegian costume to show my pride of heritage. In addition I have a flag from Norway and I practice the language. I believe that makes me a more complete citizen of the United States of America. All citizens should be permitted to do the same.

Posted by: PatHSvopinor | February 25, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

uh oh i think a saw bill clinton wearing a shetland sweater when he met with gerry adams... snooze.

Posted by: jacade | February 25, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Maggie dear, now that that Spee-yannish dame's out of the way, said Waddlin' Wanda's worn the traditional clothing of many nations. Instead of using that as a defense, the "Tear BAG" ought to hector the husband with it; he's known rarely to bathe or change his shorts.
!CUIDAO CON LA CLINTONA! !MANDONA_Y MARICONA!

Posted by: sawargos | February 25, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

On a low news day I was looking for something interesting to read about campaign 08. While I've learned to avoid certain silly, junky news sites (like fox.com), I otherwise point-and-click fairly indiscriminately, and I did so today. That brought me here, and I'm very unimpressed. I'm adding Chris Cillizza to the list of places to avoid. It'll be easy to remember to avoid his blog because his name sounds like 'silly'. But I like a lot of other blogs and columnists associated with the Washington Post

Posted by: Felipe_M | February 25, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that was an "I Dream of Jeannie" summer-stock revival in Kenya? Or maybe a Kenyan salute to Tony Curtis on the 60th anniversary of "The Thief of Baghdad?" Talk about change: those duds looked like leftovers from Sam Jaffe. They had to do SOMETHING, since Bob & Bing and Abbott & Costello were SO very long ago.


Posted by: sawargos | February 25, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: The original email to Drudge, accompanied by the photograph, read: "Wouldn't we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?"

But Sen. Clinton's new campaign manager Maggie Williams argues: "Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely."

So which is it? The photos are published widely or the press won't publish them?

These folks should get their stories straight before they go out and make official statements.

Posted by: patgilford | February 25, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

So the Hillarrhoids are complaining the "Tear BAG's" not getting the covers like Obama? How about putting Ankleless Annie in a see-through burqa ... wanna bet there'd be as many takers for her in the souq as there have been for Condi, Our 'Yacinth (Karen Hughes), Cheney's other daughter and Headscarf Hannah (Nancy Pelosi)?
A query (BACK, Rosie & Ellen!), though: what's BO doing in Somali garb? His dad's from the other side of Kenya, the Luo people on the NE shore of Lake Victoria. In Kenya the Somalis, who inhabit the eastern portion of the country (next to guess where), are feared by all as MEAN m..., er, marauders!

Posted by: sawargos | February 25, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is deadset on destroying the democratic party. This shameful act is them trying to smear muslim Americans who wear that garb as if to say anyone dressed in that garb is deadset on doing harm to this country. Is time party leaders tell the Clintons to get out of the race before they destroy the democratic party. This should be their last shameful act in this campaign!

Posted by: lumi21us | February 25, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow!
I didn't know Obama is a Muslim. This really concerns me. I have a lot of kinfolk in Texas and Ohio I need to tell about this right away to not ever vote for him or anyone like him. he looks like Ozama Ben ladin!!! I don;t wont another 9/11 to happen...

Posted by: murph21 | February 25, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

optimyst writes
"I guess she saw this as her only chance and was willing to trash the Clinton legacy rather than go out gracefully. How sad."

Perhaps thats not what's happening at all. Perhpaps, instead, Senator Clinton is diving on the proverbial grenade. Knowing she can't win, she is selflessly sacrificing not only her own political future - but her husband's legacy as well (with his approval & assistance). They are rooting out all the possible lines of attack in the general election & airing them now. By November, the silly somalian outfit is old news & therefore useless to the 527s looking to keep the GOP in the White House.

Either that, or they're extremely desperate...

Posted by: bsimon | February 25, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why anyone would give Matt Drudge the time of day. I'm sure this is just some Republican ploy to pit the two Democrats against each other. I saw nothing wrong with this photo and it makes no sense that it came from the Clinton camp as I've seen many photos of her in ethnic garb.

I am, however, a little amazed at the reaction of the Obama camp. There seems to be a pattern (not addressing the Black State of the Union) of Obama distancing himself from his "blackness" unless he's campaigning in highly African American populated areas. Just an observation.

Posted by: brigittepj | February 25, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what scumbag Matt Drudge (who is the last person to singeling out anyone else's flaws, condsidering his own immensely hypocritical lifestyle) thinks or does? Like Limbaugh, he is highly overrated.

And to princeps2: Yeah, go ahead and be gleeful now. But the last laugh may just be on you and your right-wing mindless ilk later this year. Come to think of it, you already ARE regarded as a joke by most of the nation.
You don't even merit anger, only pity.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 25, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

This is going to backfire badly. We should see it in the poll numbers in a couple of days. It looks like they decided to go for broke with their version of an "October surprise." They need to move the needle and win big, so it was time to either pack it in or swing wildly for the fences. Undecided voters are going to turn away from Clinton in disgust. I guess she saw this as her only chance and was willing to trash the Clinton legacy rather than go out gracefully. How sad.

And to be clear, this wasn't like the Dukakis tank photo which suggested he wasn't commander in chief material, this was much more sinister, a blatant attempt to link Obama to the false rumor of him being a muslim. One democrat tried to "swift boat" another democrat. There will be consequences.

The upside of this is that Obama gets "vaccinated" against similar slime from the republicans. The "Drudge" crowd isn't for Obama anyway. The real contest both next Tuesday and in the fall is for the hearts and minds of the independents. They want to know who is going to put America back on the right track.

Tomorrow night's debate should be very interesting. If Hillary doesn't lay a glove on Obama, she might not even make it to March 4. Desperation is a turnoff in a presidential candidate.

I am disappointed in Chris Cillizza's commentary. How could this possibly disappear into the ether anymore than Bill Clinton's ill intended comments in NH and SC did? Maybe in elections that didn't arouse the heightened interest of this campaign, but not this time. Americans expect better, and they will reject this tactic.

Posted by: optimyst | February 25, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Clinton needs to go home. Get out of the race. Enough. Goodbye.

Posted by: storyofthefifthpeach | February 25, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 25, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

This latest Clinton campaign trick will backfire just like the rest. They still don't get it do they. We want CHANGE. We are sick of Bush's and Clintons. They are the past. Obama is the future!

Posted by: joy2 | February 25, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

That's a good link, JD; very succinct and easy to read. I hope more folks take the time to check it out.

Posted by: ablackstormy | February 25, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton's shameless attempt to use Islamophobia against Senator Obama shows just how low she will go to win.

Hillary, this is gutter politics lower than whale sh** at the bottom of the ocean.

Posted by: Ted3 | February 25, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Last month, Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, shrugged off manmade climate change as "a drop in the bucket." Showing that solar activity has entered an inactive phase, Prof. Sorokhtin advised people to "stock up on fur coats."

He is not alone. Kenneth Tapping of our own National Research Council, who oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun, is convinced we are in for a long period of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon.

The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbours froze, so did rivers, and trade ceased.

It's way too early to claim the same is about to happen again, but then it's way too early for the hysteria of the global warmers, too.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 25, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average."

so much for global warming. that was a quick fad. Put it on the shelf with pet rocks.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 25, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Chris: remark on whenever Drudge juxtaposes Obama and Clinton, the picture of Obama chosen is generally from a flattering perspective and smiling, placed next to one of Hillary taken with her face contorted in mid-shriek or scowling. The notion that Drudge is doing the Linton camp's bidding is insane. With the Obama in native dress picture, Drudge is merely letting this country know how desperate the Clinton camp is.

Posted by: bondjedi | February 25, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone ever noticed "The Color Purple" of Obama's lips? Talk about technicolor in the White House...

Posted by: NadeemZacharia | February 25, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Hahahhhaaa, I can't wait for the Republicans to finish off Obama. Democrats need to be taught that they are not the natural governing party. Of course, we teach you that every 4 years. But this year is gonna be particularly fun, better than 2004 !!!

Posted by: princeps2 | February 25, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Truth is an affirmative defense to libel. Obama wore the outfit. Candidates have had to deal with unflattering photo-op pics since the beginning of time (well, at least since Dukakis wore that hilarious helmet in '88) and for anyone to claim that Hillary is somehow to blame for Obama's questionable sartorial decisions is laughable.

And on top of everything, DRUDGE -- the GOP's primary online vehicle -- is pushing this so-called story.

Must be a very slow news day.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | February 25, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Just wait till they find out Obama fathered two black children by a black woman!

Re: the Obama picture...it's no worse than Bush holding hands with the Saudi king.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | February 25, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Forget the Karl Rove playbook, Clinton's goin' Atwater on Obama. Nobody puts baby in a corner.

Posted by: jaho | February 25, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

For a relative pittance, they can use the government as a tool to create a regulatory climate that will benefit their particular corporate interests and enrich them personally.

Posted by: ablackstormy | February 25, 2008 04:48 PM

For the economically challenged among you (eg, claudia), this is called rent seeking. Educate thyself

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent-seeking

Posted by: JD | February 25, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

badger 3 wrote:

"Was the outfit superimposed on him in the photograph? What's the big deal? He wore it. Bush was in Africa looking stupid all of last week. Everyone ignored him."

Funny but true. I think it's a mental-health defense mechanism. When I see Bush doing his thing on TV, and then pause to consider that he still has his finger on "the button", a wave of deep depression washes over me that takes only goes away after a generous dose of bourbon. Better (for my liver) to just ignore him.

Posted by: ablackstormy | February 25, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Even if Barack were a Muslim, who cares?

Posted by: kreator6996 | February 25, 2008 04:43 PM

Um, it matters because much of America, rightly or wrongly, considers the wider Muslim faith (not just militant fundamentalists) complicit in aiding of the terrorists against US interests. Much of their responsibility is due to their lack of action to rid their group of the bad apples; much like the Catholic Church gets tarred for the actions of the bad priests, or the Boy Scouts for a pedophile scoutmaster, etc.

It's not right or wrong per se, but it's reality.

And please don't compare this to Bush wearing a diaper or fan belt on his head (anyone get that reference?); Bush doesn't have a muslim-sounding name, and he sure isn't on the ballot.

Posted by: JD | February 25, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

OK! OK! "Wardrobe!" Satisfied? FYI, sometimes I'll put in a small goof in order to find out how many are reading my posts. That's when you'll get reactions. Thanks for your support, fans!

Posted by: filoporquequilo | February 25, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

claudialong wrote:

"Welcome to the Soviet Union!"

I agree with the sentiment, but I think "welcome to the USA" might be more accurate. Under Soviet-style communism, industry was an extension of the government. Under our emerging home-grown American corporatism, the state has become an extension of industry.

Major industrial players work hand-in-glove with key government leaders--not because they HAVE to but rather because they WANT to. For a relative pittance, they can use the government as a tool to create a regulatory climate that will benefit their particular corporate interests and enrich them personally.

The history of the Supreme Court viewing corporations as a type of "artificial" or "juristic" person with rights similar to those of an individual (or "natural" person) goes almost to the very founding of the nation. These views were really solidified about 100 years ago in a series of cases that tested whether the 14th Amendment applied to corporations as well as individual citizens (hint: the SCOTUS said "absotively").

Combine the above with Buckley v. Valeo (1976) when the court affirmed that money = speech, and our current corporatist system became kind of inevitable.

Posted by: ablackstormy | February 25, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Since this first was reported this morning I've received several e-mails of the picture titled "Osama (oops, Obama) Takes the Oath." There's no question it's a Hillarist manuever to defame Obama; could there be any other purpose? Frankly, he looks more at ease in African garb than Ms. Trotsky does in her wardrope from Victoria's Pantsuits. As for Magoo, Romney's supporting him but he needs the latter's tailor urgently.

Posted by: filoporquequilo | February 25, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"I had to go to the HRC campaign web site and read Maggie Williams' statement for myself, because I just couldn't believe that she responded the way she did. She should have fired whoever sent out this photo, because this sort of tactic is almost beneath Karl Rove, even."

Did the thought ever cross your mind that Maggie Williams may not know who sent it out, or even IF it was sent out by them? If she calls Drudge to ask, he's going to claim confidential source. She could have her IT team audit email, but that takes a little time, and if a staffer sent it to Drudge using Yahoo mail, gmail, or other web email, the web traffic logs would have no record of the message contents or the recipient.

People, think first. React later.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 25, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

It will be seen as a cheap and sleazy political attack by the voters and will hurt Hilary. Why else would someone from the Hilary campaign (if it was) release a picture like that? Or it's Rove sowing dissension amongst the ranks.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 25, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing tells me one thing, we have become intolerant, we b-rate every Muslim and that seems just normal. Its pity that we want to hold up human rights everywhere in the world however at home the legal equality on religion and human rights is ignored.

Posted by: dewanitum | February 25, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth does Chris Cillizza feel beholden to the "power of Drudge"? Matt Drudge is a mouthpiece for the Republican party, and nothing but a tabloid journalist, at best.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | February 25, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Even if Barack were a Muslim, who cares?
Many a conserative's racism begins to creap through the more that is brought up.
And from Hilary supporters, as well.

Last I checked, I didnt realize the "war on terror" was about Christians vs Muslims..

Posted by: kreator6996 | February 25, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone riled up about this?

I don't think he (Obama) is being accused of being a cross-dresser, rather someone that is comfortable crossing into other cultures, party lines and embracing them.

If Hillary's campaign did put this out which we don't know if they did or if it was a rogue individual's act or even a Obama supporter trying to sabotage Hillary, then, they are just showing further the diversity and inclusiveness that exists within the Democratic party.

Perhaps they are trying to show to ethnic voters that Hillary looks better in ethnic outfits or if an Obama supporter put this out, then the same purpose. I don't think we should assume this photo is for sabotage purpose. Kudos to them for thinking out of the turban!

There are many pictures of Hillary wearing other culture's outfits. As a Hillary supporter, the only thing I would be worried about is did Obama see a picture of Hillary in a cultural outfit first and in the tradition of copying ("xeroxing") words from Deval's campaign, did he decide to don this outfit?

The question to be asked is did Hillary wear this first? If yes, then, I would be a bit disappointed that Obama who is running a great campaign is now copying more than just words, but, also outfits! Call it Turbangate!

Anyway, dems are in good shape with either or hopefully as a team Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton, they are both competent and smart, compete hard (even for best dressed, heck in the spirit of Oscars, they should be nominated for best dressed in an ethnic outfit, best dressed in a "pant suit", etc.) and of course have an uncanny knack for style!

Wouldn't be surprised if they appear together on GQ!

Posted by: cheersdk | February 25, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: Democrats who have been found to have dressed in an ethnic costume must fear for their political lives, but Republicans who ocassionally dress in drag have no problem?

Clearly, race is a bigger barrier than sex to political success.

Posted by: Stonecreek | February 25, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This photo's circulation is the work of Matt Drudge and the Republicans, and them only. It is a pathetic and transparent attempt to divide Democrats. Even more pathetic, it appears to be working.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | February 25, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Was the outfit superimposed on him in the photograph? What's the big deal? He wore it. Bush was in Africa looking stupid all of last week. Everyone ignored him.

Also, how do we know the Republicans didn't send the photo to Drudge and blame it on the Clinton campaign? What a great way for the republicans to smear both the democratic candidates. It's shear brillance suggests that only the Republican machine could think of it.

Posted by: badger3 | February 25, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Is any sane person in America really surprised that a desperate Hillary Clinton, who's husband publicly stated HAD to win Texas would resort to gutter politics? Anyone in our country who has watched the Clinton's should know that they will stop at nothing in their win at all costs behaviour to return to the White House. When people are moved by "hope" and "change" a good part of what moves and inspires them is an END to the gutter politics of the past. The best way to send a message that the voters are sick and tired of the mud slinging and politics of personal destruction is to vote against Hillary Clinton. We cannot ever hope for an end to dirty politics if we vote for those who are responsible for the kind of character assassination the Clinton's know so well. If you want a president who can tear people down and divide us vote for Clinton. If you want a president who can inspire us and lift us up vote for Obama.
American must decide between divisiveness and polarization, or hope, change, and working together to solve our nations problems.

Posted by: amitai | February 25, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing wrong with this photo. What I find wrong is the motivation behind the Clinton campaign's decision to circulate it, especially when we're so close to the March 4th primaries.

If there's nothing wrong with the photo, then why is the Clinton campaign trying to make hay with it? Ever since Senator Obama announced his run for the White House, many have emphasized his middle name in an attempt to link him to Saddam. This latest stunt, imo, is just as bad!

So, I took it upon myself to call the Clinton's NYC headquarters to complain, and the woman with whom I spoke was not at all cordial. In fact, she got downright hostile when I told her where I saw the photo (drudgereport.com). Of course, she also failed to understand that this photo is on many other news organizations' websites.

Was she trying to imply that any news organization that criticizes Hillary is unreliable???

Anyone who resorts to such behavior is not fit for public office. Hillary, the time for you to quit is now!

Posted by: LiberatedVoter | February 25, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The Post should be ashamed of indulging Drudge's and the GOP's wishes, by fanning the flames of this purported "story." What a load of garbage. Kudos to the Clinton campaign for taking the high moral ground.

Back to the issues, please.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | February 25, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Mr. C that Drudge is the mack, but the picture-leaking follows Hillary's mock outrage of the weekend as the pathetic whelps of a beaten cur. Best part of the weekend news cycle: watching the Ohio guv behind Hillary during her fake tantrum against Obama. How come he didn't say "Yup! Yup! You go, girl!"

Posted by: bondjedi | February 25, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I had to go to the HRC campaign web site and read Maggie Williams' statement for myself, because I just couldn't believe that she responded the way she did. She should have fired whoever sent out this photo, because this sort of tactic is almost beneath Karl Rove, even.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | February 25, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Ann Coulter wasn't kidding when she said she hated McCain so much she'd rather support Hillary! This little Drudge caper sounds like her. she's famous for slashing, then being shocked, SHOCKED that someone would take offense. Anyway, I am proud to be a supporter of Barack Obama. He shows respect for all cultures and, as president, will restore respect for our country.

Posted by: joy2 | February 25, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This isn't Drudge; the Clinton camp leaked this out and is sending out emails sating that the pic is "disturbing."

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl | February 25, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone riled up about this?

I don't think he (Obama) is being accused of being a cross-dresser, rather someone that is comfortable crossing into other cultures, party lines and embracing them.

If Hillary's campaign did put this out which we don't know if they did or if it was a rogue individual's act or even a Obama supporter trying to sabotage Hillary, then, they are just showing further the diversity and inclusiveness that exists within the Democratic party.

Perhaps they are trying to show to ethnic voters that Hillary looks better in ethnic outfits or if an Obama supporter put this out, then the same purpose. I don't think we should assume this photo is for sabotage purpose. Kudos to them for thinking out of the turban!

There are many pictures of Hillary wearing other culture's outfits. As a Hillary supporter, the only thing I would be worried about is did Obama see a picture of Hillary in a cultural outfit first and in the tradition of copying ("xeroxing") words from Deval's campaign, did he decide to don this outfit?

The question to be asked is did Hillary wear this first? If yes, then, I would be a bit disappointed that Obama who is running a great campaign is now copying more than just words, but, also outfits! Call it Turbangate!

Anyway, dems are in good shape with either or hopefully as a team Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton, they are both competent and smart, compete hard (even for best dressed) and of course have an uncanny knack for style!

Wouldn't be surprised if they appear together on GQ!

Posted by: cheersdk | February 25, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone riled up about this?

I don't think he (Obama) is being accused of being a cross-dresser, rather someone that is comfortable crossing into other cultures, party lines and embracing them.

If Hillary's campaign did put this out which we don't know if they did or if it was a rogue individual's act or even a Obama supporter trying to sabotage Hillary, then, they are just showing further the diversity and inclusiveness that exists within the Democratic party.

Perhaps they are trying to show to ethnic voters that Hillary looks better in ethnic outfits or if an Obama supporter put this out, then the same purpose. I don't think we should assume this photo is for sabotage purpose. Kudos to them for thinking out of the turban!

There are many pictures of Hillary wearing other culture's outfits. As a Hillary supporter, the only thing I would be worried about is did Obama see a picture of Hillary in a cultural outfit first and in the tradition of copying ("xeroxing") words from Deval's campaign, did he decide to don this outfit?

The question to be asked is did Hillary wear this first? If yes, then, I would be a bit disappointed that Obama who is running a great campaign is now copying more than just words, but, also outfits! Call it Turbangate!

Anyway, dems are in good shape with either or hopefully as a team Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton, they are both competent and smart, compete hard (even for best dressed) and of course have a uncanny knack for style! Wouldn't be surprised if they appear together on GQ!

Posted by: cheersdk | February 25, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: washington29 | February 25, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Hillary either has no control over her campaign or she is one slimy closet bigot!

Either way I wouldn't trust her with the controls. Is this how we improve our image with the world? Couple this kind of garbage with her campaign's financial mismanagement and you clearly have someone who should not be the Chief Executive or Commander in Chief. Could someone get the hook. She needs to end this now because its just getting worse by the day.

Posted by: frank | February 25, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

On SUNDAY??
OH No She Didn't.??

SHAME ON YOU HOLLARY !!!
For Todays (SUNDAY) Sacrelege, blasphemy, and Atheism..
Mocking the Christian belief in Salvation.
Poking fun and Sarcasm at Believing that Heaven can Open up the sky to those who believe. Laughing at the notion that there are Celestial Angelic Choirs in the Heavens, Hurling sarcasm at those who would believe they can hear. Laughing at Hope.. Laughing at GOD..!!!
Hillary..Can you say Moses?
Did he not part the Red Sea and free his people from the Pharoh?
Who are you Hillary Rodham to tell us all not to believe that all things are possible through our Lord Our God?
It is dillusional to Hope The Lord God would ever extend his ever redeeming, ever forgiving ever everlasting Love to Our Nation? To America and her United States Citizens??
Its dillusional On SUNDAY to think this could be possible ?? 2/24/08
One thing is certain..It won't be possible under your leadership. You are a non-believer.
I suppose that deceased Dallas Police Officers family should abandon any HOPE for his Salvation. His life was lost performing a difficult and demanding job too. There aint NO GOD coming for him either. Right Hillary??
May God have mercy on your immortal soul Hillary Rodham.
SHAME ON YOU HILLARY RODHAM
The Lord works in mysterious ways....
And today God exposed your true dark soul to the world. And In so doing, the Nation and the World will be better served.

Posted by: tsimsis | February 25, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Funny, in the first 15 comments on this blog posting, CC has been accused of being in both the HRC and Obama camps. I'm sure some of the emotional left-wingers on this site think he's in McCain's camp too.

Chris, you ever get tired of this?

Posted by: JD | February 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

'I do find one item in this blog to be disturbing. Since when are people "accused" of being Muslim? Only in an era of Nazism and ethnic cleansing can someone be accused of being a Jew, a Muslim, or a Christian.'

This is America today, my friend. CC, the correct framing for that would be that Obama has been mischaracterized as a Muslim.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27 wrote:

"Taking a simple picture, out of context, can do that."

Yup--anyone remember Dukakis looking like a dim-witted beagle in the infamous "tank" photo?

Images and words taken out of context probably don't change too many minds, but they absolutely serve to reinforce the mindset of the faithful and keep them from jumping ship. If a few uncommitted fence-sitters are also swayed, that's just gravy.

Posted by: ablackstormy | February 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I am really outrage about how hillary is conducting her campainge and tatics. It hurts me to my heart knowing that her campaing has attritibuted to this smear campaing against obama. For those that have never been to african nations. when you visit out of respect and costum you adapt to thier living and traditions.You are to respect their traditions also! It saddens me that Ms.Williams didnt deny the claims that the hillary camp spreaded this. This is an extreme low! i use to be a supporter of clinton and i had much respect for her! End the end she will be the one tearing apart the demorcatic party! In her rally in Rhode island she made this remark:
'"I could stand up here and say, 'Let's just get everybody together, let's get unified, the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing, and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect,' " she said, as people cheered and laughed. "You are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear."
This speech insulted me because i am a catholic christian and bottom line she mocked the HEAVENS and GOD!!! Lets not forget that all faith,hope and love but the greatest above all is love! This my friends is what god brings into our hearts. No matter what religion you belong too, no matter what god you worship,no matter your sex or race is we all need to respect each other! that is why i am ready for change! HIllary please stay on the issues... not with personal attacks.

Posted by: rinny_1983 | February 25, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm just waiting to learn that Bill Clinton has been banished from his office in Harlem. I cannot imagine one African-American, or minority in general, who would still vote for Clinton. If Bill Richardson were the front-runner, would the Clintons bash his Mexican heritage? I wouldn't doubt it now. This photo on top of the Newsday article about her defense of a rapist are the final nails in her coffin.

Posted by: LisaSteiner | February 25, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Last night, CBS's 60 Minutes aired its long-awaited report on Alabama's incarcerated former governor Don Siegelman, featuring allegations that Karl Rove personally told a Republican operative in the state to find evidence that Siegelman was cheating on his wife.

Siegelman, a Democrat, was convicted in 2006 for conspiracy, bribery and fraud. But observers from all sides of the political spectrum are now questioning whether his prosecution "was pursued not because of a crime but because of politics."

Though the report aired last night, it was not seen by everyone who may have wished to view it. In several Alabama locations, "the show was blocked - black screen - during the Siegelman segment of 60 Minutes only." Harper's Scott Horton, who has investigated the Siegelman prosecution and was interviewed for the segment, reports:

'I am now hearing from readers all across Northern Alabama-from Decatur to Huntsville and considerably on down-that a mysterious "service interruption" blocked the broadcast of only the Siegelman segment of 60 Minutes this evening. The broadcaster is Channel 19 WHNT, which serves Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee.'

Now guess who owns that station? Why, it's none other than the Bass Brothers, owners of Harkin Oil, who used to be partners with GW Bush himself, and are Bush Pioneers!

Welcome to the Soviet Union!

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I disagree that this episode helps Clinton. Her big foreign policy speech gets buried, and the discussion of her campaign tactics reinforces her negatives and draws attention to the fact that she is in desperate times.

That being said, there certainly seem to be a lot of Clinton trolls around today spreading some of the most vicious stuff of the campaign.

Perhaps she has decided to go "all in".

Posted by: steveboyington | February 25, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, the photo is nonsense. Anybody who can possibly find anything sinister in this photo has already found something even more absurd to rant about.

The HRC people are behaving like a bunch of middle-school children snickering over a nude baby photo. Mrs. Clinton needs to upgrade the quality of her team.

I do find one item in this blog to be disturbing. Since when are people "accused" of being Muslim? Only in an era of Nazism and ethnic cleansing can someone be accused of being a Jew, a Muslim, or a Christian.


Posted by: Keesvan | February 25, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Chirs,

What is wrong with you? Instead of reporting on the sleazy tactic this was, and sheepishly claiming ignorance as to who was behind it, your loyalty to the Clinton camp compels you to spin this in the most positive light...as yet another alls fair in politics story. You're a joke - cheap political hack.

Posted by: icr7 | February 25, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

About 6 weeks ago, I thiink it was during the Iowa campaign, there was a CNN video of Clinton at some campaign rally. Just in back of her was a lesbian couple, holding hands, and sharing a quick kiss. Nothing outrageous or offensive to most people. But, if they should so desire, some campaign operative could lift that one frame, two lesbian's kissing in public right behind Hillary, and plaster it all over the media. The still would have the appearance of a "clunch" and a lingering kiss by these homosexuals. That would be offensive to most people and would create the appearance, at least, that Clinton's supporters are homosexual activists of the sort that most people don't want wshoved in their face. Taking a simple picture, out of context, can do that. Now, personally, I think the Obama media campaign out to go get that picture and do exactly that, shove it down Clinton's throat (Drudge, too, as one of those gay right activists), until she and he apologizes and stops this sort of garbage.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 25, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

'Time will tell, but what we do know is that -- yet again -- Matt Drudge has affirmed his place as a major factor in presidential politics.'

Only in your nerdy little DC cocktail weinie brain, CC. Most of us don't pay attention to his gutter trash. Obama wears an ethnic costume while visiting a foreign country. Big whoop. Are republicans really this stupid? Oops, never mind.

Posted by: drindl | February 25, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Forget the turban. Follow the money. You at the Washington Post should know that better than anyone.
Or are you all so in the tank for Obama that you get scooped by British papers about Obama's links to corrupt foreign donors with ties to Iraq?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3433485.ece

Posted by: roger32 | February 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton's campaign is beginning to tread a line that may torpedo her future career as an effective power politician. The gritted teeth, us vs. world, tactics may power up her core supporters, but will erode any base she used to have for a future political career of any significance.
She's not going to win the nomination, and toughing it out to the end with these sort of antics, egg tossing and mob whistling will leave her shunned by party leaders for a second go-round, as well as the near term.
I see Edwards having one more conversation with Obama, then endorsing him; Obama being the best chance to retain populist values without them becoming mud-spattered and forever attached to negative politics.

Posted by: dburck | February 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I doubt if Clinton did this. It look more like Obama's campaign did it and blamed Clinton. That what you get from a man of hope and change, Or, maybe it was Lewis Farrakhan who hails Obama as"hope of entire world "

Posted by: jpannebecker | February 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

THe NYTimes reported last fall that Hillary has learned to use the Drudge Report to her advantage. See below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/22/us/politics/22drudge.html?pagewanted=print

Posted by: steveboyington | February 25, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign responded poorly to the incident. The Clinton campaign then responded to the Obama campaign statement very well. None of which will matter. If the Clinton campaign senses they've found something they can 'use', they might harp on the issue, which will cause it to backfire on them. The Obama campaign should let it drop & discuss substantive issues.

Posted by: bsimon | February 25, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and it's easy for Hillary to show up in traditional garb elsewhere because no one has accused her of being a Muslim.

Posted by: certop | February 25, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Why are Clinton folks circulating the photo if they think it ought not to be interpreted negatively?

Posted by: certop | February 25, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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