This from ABC News:
ABC News has learned that the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has registered the names of two Web sites with the express goal of attacking her chief rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
It’s the first time this election cycle a presidential campaign has launched a Web site with the express purpose of of launching serious criticisms on a rival.
Votingpresent.com and Votingpresent.org are domains hosted by the same IP address as official Clinton Web sites, such TheHillaryIKnow.com, which was launched with much fanfare this week.
The Clinton campaign intends to use these new Web sites to paint Obama as cowardly.
Clinton has attacked Obama for having occasionally voted “present” as an Illinois state legislator when it came to contentious legislation.
As of this time, neither url contains an actual page, they’ve just been registered. I believe we’re seeing the relative calm before the storm if Obama wins Iowa. At that point, the sea will part and the attack from Hillary that Obama hath wrought will be intense.
Obama’s camp has responded:
The Obama campaign referred to the websites as “politically motivated attacks in the eleventh hour of a closely contested campaign” and defended Obama’s “present” votes.
“Over more than a decade in public office, Barack Obama has successfully led the way on difficult issues from welfare reform, to the reform of a broken death penalty law in Illinois to a battle for long-overdue ethics reforms in Washington,” said spokesman Bill Burton.
No doubt there will be many “politically motivated attacks” from Clinton to Obama, that’s the nature of the game. I’m just waiting to see if “drug use” get whispered again by a Clinton campaign official.
Of course, Obama struck first in this area of attack websites:
A Clinton campaign official argued that Obama’s campaign has a website called HillaryAttacks.BarackObama.com, which catalogues criticisms Clinton has made about the Illinois senator.
Apparently new attack websites are the way to attack your opponent now instead of calling them out directly. How boring.