THE PLANK APRIL 18, 2008
New York's John Heilemann reports that former Clinton Labor Secretary, and longtime Clinton friend, Robert Reich is planning to endorse Barack Obama today. Why? Because of the 'bitter' ads Hillary is running in Pennsylvania:
I saw the ads...and I was appalled, frankly. I
thought it represented the nadir of mean-spirited, negative politics.
And also of the politics of distraction, of gotcha politics. It's the
worst of all worlds. We have three terrible traditions that we've
developed in American campaigns. One is outright meanness and
negativity. The second is taking out of context something your opponent
said, maybe inartfully, and blowing it up into something your opponent
doesn't possibly believe and doesn't possibly represent. And third is a
kind of tradition of distraction, of getting off the big subject with
sideshows that have nothing to do with what matters. And these three
aspects of the old politics I've seen growing in Hillary's campaign.
And I've come to the point, after seeing those ads, where I can't in
good conscience not say out loud what I believe about who should be
president. Those ads are nothing but Republicanism. They're lending
legitimacy to a Republican message that's wrong to begin with, and they
harken back to the past 20 years of demagoguery on guns and religion.
It's old politics at its worst — and old Republican politics, not even
old Democratic politics. It's just so deeply cynical.