Why isn’t that great, Clinton is going to take Obama’s word for it, you know, she’s going to trust that he’s being honest when denying he’s muslim.Ã‚Â Of course the first part of this has to do with the fact that it’s not a smear, others have pointed this out.Ã‚Â But it’s not about that, it’s about the continued use of this lie by the right as a means to scare more Americans over things that just aren’t true.Ã‚Â So why would Clinton want to say something like this rather than just “reject” or “denounce” the rumor itself.
Ben Smith at Politico posted about this yesterday and he includes the youtube clib and transcript (behind the cut).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You don’t believe that Senator Obama’s a Muslim?Ã¢â‚¬Â Kroft asked Sen. Clinton.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Of course not. I mean, that, you know, there is no basis for that. I take him on the basis of what he says. And, you know, there isn’t any reason to doubt that,Ã¢â‚¬Â she replied.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You said you’d take Senator Obama at his word that he’s notÃ¢â‚¬Â¦a Muslim. You don’t believe that he’sÃ¢â‚¬Â¦,Ã¢â‚¬Â Kroft said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“No. No, there is nothing to base that on. As far as I know,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It’s just scurrilousÃ¢â‚¬Â¦?Ã¢â‚¬Â Kroft inquired.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Look, I have been the target of so many ridiculous rumors, that I have a great deal of sympathy for anybody who gets, you know, smeared with the kind of rumors that go on all the time,Ã¢â‚¬Â Clinton said.
As Smith puts it, it is something we can expect a lot more of if Obama is the nominee, but this would be the case for any Democrat.Ã‚Â John Kerry, war hero, who would have thought he’d be smeared as he was?Ã‚Â I don’t know if anyone saw that coming.Ã‚Â For me, I think at least these are things that are already being anticipated and acknowledged.Ã‚Â It’s the fact that Obama has the capability to inspire people beyond these tactics and he’s shown that both Republicans and Democrats are tired of being manipulated by our politicians through fear and would rather vote for hope.
The painful irony for the Clinton camp’s talk of how hope and words mean nothing?Ã‚Â Bill Clinton argued for hope just four years ago when Kerry/Edwards were running to unseat the Bush/Cheney nightmare.Ã‚Â Why didn’t hope prevail then?Ã‚Â I don’t think even Kerry bought his own line and I feel it was the combination of the candidate (and his mishandling of the swiftboaters) and the fact that at the time, Bush was still a fairly popular President.Ã‚Â Oh and stealing Ohio of course.
So here it is, Bill Clinton on thinking and hope in 2004…
“If one candidate is trying to scare you andÃ‚Â the other oneÃ‚Â is trying to get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other oneÃ‚Â is appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope.”