Hillary’s opening salvo in NH is “I’m the only candidate who can withstand scrutiny.” Rather makes Bill Shaheen’s “unauthorized” statement to the same effect that resulted in his resignation from the Clinton campaign seem not so uncalculated, no? So what’s she got on Obama and when will we see it magically appear? A day before NH? My guess is a few days before Super Tuesday, since she’s now adopting a “modified Giuliani strategy” of saying that she’ll be in the race to that decisive day. As Carville famously said about Bill’s detractors, to the effect of you can get anyone to say anything when you troll a $100 bill through a trailer park (although those allegations turned out to be accurate, but that’s fodder for another post), the same is doubly true when you’re trolling for a drug pusher or addict. So what is it Hillary? Based on Shaheen’s premature slip of the tongue, I’d say it involves drugs, probably crack or coke, in college or law school. And if you’ve got dirt of this sort, don’t you owe it to the American people to let it into the sunlight now so that the veracity of the “sources” can be vetted and verified? And what’s worse: collegiate drug use or a lifetime of political sleaze? Politics is changing in America, I hope for the better and maybe the conventional wisdom of an 11th hour unverifiable revelation on a candidate won’t work anymore. I say “revelation” because it won’t have Hillary’s fingerprints on it–it’ll just coincidentally support her “scrutiny” argument about Obama. Maybe an 11th hour revelation on Obama will be enlightening–not about Obama, but about Hillary. Why doesn’t Obama just get in front of it now and lay his cards on the table? Sunlight is the great disinfectant of American politics. Any Hillaryites care to disagree?
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