Amusing Democrat foodfight today, as Robert Novak first dropped this item.
Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, but has decided not to use it. The nature of the alleged scandal was not disclosed.Obama followed up with the Swift boat card.
This word-of-mouth among Democrats makes Obama look vulnerable and Clinton look prudent. It comes during a dip for the front-running Clinton after she refused to take a stand on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's now discarded plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) took the rare step of issuing a statement in his own name on Saturday to call attention to a report by columnist Robert D. Novak that New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is sitting on “scandalous” information about Obama.Hilarity then ensued when Clinton's oily operative Howard Wolfson cleverly sniffed out--you guessed it--a Republican plot!
The information was not described and there is no proof it exists.
Obama accused Clinton of “Swift boat’ politics” and vowed he will not be intimidated.
Howard Wolfson, Clinton's campaign communications director, said she has "no idea" what the item is about.Got all that?
"Once again Sen. Obama is echoing Republican talking points, this time from Bob Novak," he said in an e-mailed statement.
"This is how Republicans work. A Republican-leaning journalist runs a blind item designed to set Democrats against one another. Experienced Democrats see this for what it is. Others get distracted and thrown off their games. Voters should be concerned about the readiness of any Democrat inexperienced enough to fall for this. There is only one campaign in this race that has actually engaged in the very practice that Sen. Obama is decrying, and it's his. We have no idea what Mr. Novak's item is about and reject it totally. Instead of pointing fingers at us, Sen. Obama should get back to the issues and focus on what this election is really about."
It goes without saying there's no question the Clintons have some dirt on Obama, being it skirt-chasing or accounts of past drug use. I doubt they'd even touch womanizing--if it ever occurred--for obvious reasons. For that matter, considering allegations of Bill Clinton's past drug use, it's doubtful they'd want to go there, either.
Maybe it's just smoke to get a reaction from Obama. Who knows?
Allahpundit weighs in.
Meanwhile, the CNN debate fallout continues. Doug Ross has a look at all the plants.