Obama continues with his negative character attack ads

As I had pointed out in one of my earlier dairy, Obama started his first negative attack ad. Now, he is continuing the pattern with airing more negative ads, this time on Hillary's character in Iowa. This has to stop or atleastplaying field should be leveled. Obama cannot keep saying he will change the textbook and yet keep running character assassination attack ads.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hC_S HOU54gsBDaS3aaQaLt_qw4bQ

Clinton makes nice, but Obama questions her character

5 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- New campaign advertisements Monday painted Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as warm and loving, but her surging White House rival Barack Obama countered by raising fresh doubts about her character.

First signs of a soft focus came last week, when Clinton's 88-year-old mother Dorothy Rodham and daughter Chelsea appeared with her on the campaign trail.

In an accompanying ad, Rodham said of her daughter: "what I would like people to know about Hillary is what a good person she is."

On Monday, Clinton's campaign debuted a new website, "theHillaryiknow.com," featuring short films apparently designed to soften the former first lady's image.

One man, Joe Ward, looks straight into the camera, and tells how Clinton helped him when he couldn't afford the 400,000 dollar cost of bone marrow treatment for his 13-year-old son Joe.

"How do you thank someone for saving your child's life?" sobs Ward.

"It's the human aspect that she showed us, it wasn't the politician," he said, in a quote summing up the aim of the new ads.

Clinton's supporters say that despite her status as one of the world's most famous women, few people have any idea of her true character, arguing she has been sullied by years in the political crossfire.

In another ad, Shannon Mallozzi told how Clinton helped her through the trauma of finding out her young daughter had an incurable brain disease.

"'You are not one mother, I'm a mother too and I want to help you,'" Mallozzi, who joined Clinton on the campaign trail in Iowa Monday, quoted her as saying.

Obama hit back at Clinton with his own new advertisement in Iowa on Monday, stressing his leadership credentials, and leaving no doubt he was taking a shot at her character.

"His candor is refreshing;""His scrupulous honesty is far more presidential than the dodging of other candidates,"a narrator says, in a script pieced together from newspaper and magazine assessments of Obama.

"For Barack Obama, it's not politics as usual. It's change we can believe in."

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Re: Obama

I say, let him.  I think it makes him look bad, actually.  I think he has become over-confident lately and you know the saying- 'hubris before the fall.'

by reasonwarrior 2007-12-17 11:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama

The article you are sighting is that reporters interpretation of a new ad Obama has in Iowa.  The interpretation of the reporter is COMPLETELY false.  I saw the ad and it is full of NEWSPAPER articles opinions of Barack Obama.  He does not even mention Hillary in his new ad.  When his ad states he is honest that reporter assumes he is saying Hillary is dishonest.  Hillary supporters are obsessed with everytyhing Obama does.  His ad repeated GLOWING newpaper articles about himself and is NOT an attack ad against Hillary.  

by allmiview 2007-12-18 01:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama

then why the outrage over Clinton's oppo piece on Obama, it was "full of newspaper clippings" as well.

HYPOCRITE

by sepulvedaj3 2007-12-18 04:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama

I have no problem with Obama launching "character" attacks on HRC. I also have no problem admitting that's exactly what he is doing.

Call me back when Obama gratuitously brings up a Clinton scandal.

She explicitly says he's "naive and irresponsible" he implies that she's dishonest.

Seems fair by me.

by General Sherman 2007-12-18 04:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama

BO=Cockiness!

by lonnette33 2007-12-18 04:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama continues with his negative character at

I actually thought this was a joke diary having seen Obama's new ad (on the evening news last night).  No mention of HRC, just glowing praise from newspapers, including DMR.  The only way you can say this is unfair is to conclude its unfair to talk about your own character because juxtaposed to HRC its an indictment of the Clinton scandals.  That is a stretch even if true.

by Javier Doval 2007-12-18 02:47AM | 0 recs
Will Iowans think that is different?

Is going on the negative attack against a rival a new breed of politics?

I wonder.

by dpANDREWS 2007-12-18 03:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Iowans think that is different?

Will Iowans vote for someone who calls their opponent a crack dealer?

by pastor john 2007-12-18 04:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Iowans think that is different?

LOL.  Link?   Quote?

by dpANDREWS 2007-12-18 04:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Will Iowans think that is different?

well, since no one ever mentioned crack, i guess we will never know

by sepulvedaj3 2007-12-18 04:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama continues with his negative character at

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/i acandorad

How is this a negative ad?

by UWM College Democrat 2007-12-18 03:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama continues with his negative character at

If Hillary is upset with anyone it should be Drudge, who has now had that haggard-looking pic of HRC up for three days.  It is making its rounds on the internet and people are concluding that she has been getting botox injections before the debates.  I am sure it will come up on MSNBC today.

by Javier Doval 2007-12-18 03:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama continues with his negative character at

Honestly, it's disgusting.

She's not the only one with wrinkles on the campaign trail. She's 60 years old for god sake.

I'm not fan of Hillary, but this is blantaly sexist.

I don't feel bad for Hillary, but women in general that have to put up with this.

That said, this may be a good opportunity for Clinton to pull in some votes of women who empathize with her.

by General Sherman 2007-12-18 04:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama continues with his negative character at

Agreed. That should be out of bounds.

by wahoopaul 2007-12-18 05:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama continues with his negative character at

DId you even take the time to read the things in the article that YOU bolded?  Or for that matter watch the ad?

Just terrible...

by Jim Engler 2007-12-18 03:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama continues with his negative character at

This is, indeed, one of those unremarkable swipes that would have the Obama supporters on this board screaming bloody murder if it were aimed in Obama's direction.

by Steve M 2007-12-18 03:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama continues with his negative character at

Wow, what a shock Clinton supporters crying about something that is not an attack while Hillarys surrogates are busy firing away on a daily basis at Obama.  Why are you people not complaining about that?

by Socks The Cat 2007-12-18 04:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Me thinks he doth protest too much.

I think it is rather telling that HRC's supporters interpret a positive ad as an attack.  The only way this is an attack ad is if you think that it draws a contrast with HRC.  This would only occur to someone who already has a lot of anxiety about the character of their candidate.

Now, why would that be?  HRC stands up in Las Vegas and condems mudslinging and personal attacks.  Four days later with her lead melting, she is hurling mud at Obama with both hands.  Now, after two weeks of pounding on Obama directly and through surrogates, she is playing nice and pulling out her mom and her daughter.  

It is all so incredibly fake.  How can any Hillary supporter defend such blatant hypocricy?  The cognitive dissonance must be deafening.

More importantly, Hillary's tactics demonstrate why she is such a flawed candidate.  She lacks authenticity.  The vast majority of Repubs and Indies are prepared to believe the worst about HRC.  That makes her vulnerable to attack.  Attacks will stick.  Most importantly, a substantial percentage of the Dem base shares these doubts about HRC' character.  

HRC is already running behind Obama and Edwards in trial heats against the Repubs.  She has less room to grow, and she will almost certainly hurt down-ballot Dems.

I am not saying that Hillary cannot win.  I am saying she is the most vulnerable of the top Dems, and she is the least likely to build a working progressive majority within the country.

I would take this analysis one step further.  Progressive Dems need to stop HRC.  

Obama has by far the best chance of doing so.  HRC supporters, look at your candidate.  Why shoud Dems take such a risk?  JE supporters, look at your candidates realistic chances.  Intrade gives him less than a 5% chance of winning the nomination.  

Obama is the best Dem to stop Hillary, win a broad mandate, help Dems increase their majorities, restore our countries international image, and build popular support for progressive reforms.

by upper left 2007-12-18 05:28AM | 0 recs
Obama continues with his negative character attack

More from Saint Obama. He's perfect. He constantly tells us. And some daytime talk show hostess has told us he's the Chosen One, just like in the Matrix.

by hwc 2007-12-18 06:14AM | 0 recs
The Messiah?

Funny how only anti-Obama folks continually harp on the "Obama as Christ-like" narrative. Makes you think that they really beleive it.

by General Sherman 2007-12-18 06:20AM | 0 recs

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