Watching the Today show this morning (something I never do, but a visiting friend watches it), the top news story of the morning was not deaths in the Iraq War, a shooting at a Jerusalem seminary or bad economic news. It was Andrea Mitchell's story on an Obama adviser calling Clinton a "monster" that will stoop to anything in an interview with a Scottish newspaper (she asked for it to be off the record- oops).
In the story, probably spoon fed by her buddies in the Clinton camp, Andrea Mitchell reports that Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize winning author (the brilliant A Problem from Hell I read in 2003) and Harvard professor "posed for Men's Vogue."* She also points out that Power said the Obama campaign effed up in Ohio, which is a correct assessment. Deep within the story it is mentioned that Clinton's people had compared Obama to Ken Starr the day before.
While I think it is unwise to tell a reporter Clinton is a monster, I understand the frustration surrounding the Obama camp, trying to be above the gutter politics of the Clintons who will stoop to anything to win, even sacrificing their party and unity in the process. However, it is an indication of the media's connection to the Clintons (and not to Obama) that this is a lead story while the Starr comments were buried in the evening news. Plus, does this even compare to the outrageous comments of Bill Clinton and other Hillary supporters?
It is ridiculous that Obama is held to such a standard unlike any politician in history. She can snipe and stab in the back, yet he can not point out her record. She can bring up race as an issue or play the Muslim card, while her supporters intimate that he has smoked crack in the hood. She can use her husband's speeches and follow the commercials of failed presidential candidates (the tacky 3AM phone call commercial copied Mondale in 1984) while telling us he is a plagiarist. Yet, he is unable to respond to her attacks without playing her game (read David Brook's ridiculous assessment in today's New York Times).
While he is talking about a new kind of politics, it is still politics and Obama is not running for the office of Jesus. Heck, he is not even running for the office of Gandhi or MLK Jr. You cannot be president without getting a little dirty.
My advice to Obama is play hard ball, just be truthful. Show us you can be tough and right!
* please notice the article she "posed for" from Men's Vogue. It is a profile piece (don't all profiles have a posed picture?). Read this and be impressed with her. It is a testament to Obama that she is on his team.