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Why Democrats Don’t Like Hillary’s Attacks on Obama

Jonathan Alter has an excellent piece in Newsweek Online tonight, including this perceptive line why so many Democrats — most of whom adore Bill Clinton and fondly remember his presidency — despise the Clinton campaign’s attacks on Obama:

Democrats of all stripes now have a psychic interest in Obama’s success. Even if they’re not for him, they’re proud of him and of themselves for being in his party. They will not appreciate efforts to take him out, which puts the Clinton campaign in an excruciating bind. The harder they hit Obama, the more they reinforce the impression that all their campaign is about is a grubby struggle to keep their power in the Democratic Party. Many Obama voters I spoke with in Iowa like Hillary personally but resent this sense of entitlement.

Bill Clinton’s attack on Obama today, for example, doesn’t sit well:

“It is wrong that Senator Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgment and how he had been against the war in every year, enumerating the years, and never got asked one time–not once, ‘Well, how could you say that when you said in 2004 you didn’t know how you would have voted on the resolution? You said in 2004 there was no difference between you and George Bush on the war. And you took that speech you’re now running on off your Web site in 2004. And there’s no difference in your voting record and Hillary’s ever since.'” Mr. Clinton said at a town-hall style meeting Monday afternoon at Dartmouth College. “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairytale I’ve ever seen.”

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