This according to Editor & Published:
NEW YORK Maureen Dowd’s column in The New York Times today, in which she quoted former Bill Clinton supporter David Geffen offering a few caustic comments, has incited a strong Hillary Clinton campaign attack on Geffen — and the candidate he now favors, Sen. Barack Obama.
Then Obama’s team fired back.
“Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, itâ€™s troubling,â€ Geffen had said.
Nothing new, there, we know the Clintons are squirrelly in many respects but to hear Hollywood bigwigs trashing them in the press is unprecedented.
Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson released the following statement this morning: “While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign’s finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband.
“If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.
I doubt we’ll be seeing Obama bite the new hand that’s feeding him. While Hollywood is NOT middle America, it is a deep bank account which candidates make numerous large withdrawals from during campaign season.
The high road:
“While Democrats should engage in a vigorous debate on the issues, there is no place in our party or our politics for the kind of personal insults made by Senator Obama’s principal fundraiser.”
Clearly there is a little jealousy on the part of Hillary since if there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats seemed to agree on was that Hillary all but locked up the Democratic nomination.
The bitterness behind the scenes is something I’d love to see. The closed-door meetings where Hillary and advisers discuss the “Obama issue” and how to destroy him.
The War Room | Election 2008 has extensive analysis of Obama’s $1.3 million fundraiser.
Hot Air has video of Obama responding.