Exactly how stupid does Hillary Clinton think we are? Her campaign sent a picture out to reporters of Barack Obama dressed in a traditional Somali outfit while on a tour of Africa a couple years ago on the pretense that if that was Hillary in the picture it would be on the cover of every magazine. This was an obvious attempt to get that picture out there to help reinforce the false perception that Obama is some sort of secret Muslim.
But to make things worse, when the Obama campaign responded and called it exactly what it was, her campaign manager feigned total innocence and shock that Obama would suggest that being dressed in local garb might be a bad thing:
“Enough,” Williams said in the statement. “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.”
Well yes, Hillary Clinton has had those pictures taken too, but she hasn’t had coordinated campaigns by her enemies claiming that she’s secretly a Muslim. And Obama didn’t release those photos. If the Clinton campaign really believed that those photos don’t matter, they wouldn’t have sent them to reporters. They did so for one reason and one reason only: to back up the Obama as Muslim claim.
They know damn well that a single image can override the evidence in the minds of millions of people and they want that image distributed as widely as possible. This is dirty politics, plain and simple, every bit as bad as Bush and Rove’s vile push poll about John McCain fathering a black child in 2000. It is designed solely to play into the fears and prejudices of the ignorant. And this after Hillary Clinton compared Obama to Karl Rove the other day. Pots and kettles, Hillary, pots and kettles.
And I love the fact that Hillary is saying she doesn’t know anything about this, but the campaign isn’t denying that it came from them. That’s called plausible deniability, only it isn’t really plausible at all. These things don’t get sent out from campaigns by accident, they get sent out intentionally and with much planning.
I hope this disgusting bit of politics backfires on her so badly that the entire party turns against her and not only does it insure that she won’t get the presidential nomination, but that it ends up costing her the Senate seat as well.