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Friday, April 04, 2008
Notes of a Former Clinton Defender
Using this blog, I have had considerable success addressing many of the right-wing operatives were responsible for some particular noxious smear campaigns against Bill and Hillary Clinton during the 1990's. I challenged Matt Drudge about his libel of former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal. I had an on-air confrontation of Bill O'Reilly about his boss Roger Ailes' attempts to implicate the Clintons in Vince Foster's death. I confronted Rush Limbaugh about his lies about Al Gore. I turned the tables on Sean Hannity's attacks on Bill Clinton's sex life and also used Hannity's radio show to address Jerry Falwell's dirty tricks against the Clintons. I have successfully engaged in "hacktivism" against Fox News, Fox News operatives (click here, here, and here), as well as against anti-Clinton Scaife operatives, Christopher Ruddy and Joseph Farah, who were major players in what journalist Trudy Lieberman called "the Vince Foster Factory." I exposed Ann Coulter's book Slander as a literary fraud. I know all about the anti-Clinton right's mendacity and wild conspiracy theories.
During the past several years, particularly during the 2008 primary campaign, Hillary and her campaign has begun to work with many of these operatives as a part of her "kitchen sink" strategy to win the Democratic nomination:
Why are the Clintons and their campaign consorting with this assortment of lowlifes and paranoids? I can only speculate. One of the ironies of this is that Hillary unwittingly gives credibility to the paranoid rants by Limbaugh and company that she will do anything to gain power.
What Hillary and her people have done is unconscionable. I realize that in practical politics, it is sometimes necessary to associate with some unsavory characters but couldn't the Clinton people at least think back to what these people put Vince Foster's family through during their time of mourning?
Not only is it unconscionable but from a strategic standpoint, it's horrendous. Hillary's campaign got chummy with these right-wing operatives because they believed that they would help her win the nomination. It ain't gonna happen. Anyone who knows elementary math knows that Hillary's chances of garnering the nomination have been close to nil for the past few weeks. Hillary receives nothing by becoming chummy with people who have run roughshod over the American political process, destroyed lives, victimized people in mourning, encouraged the undermining of American elections, and debased American journalism. On the other hand, these bottom-feeders have benefited immeasurably by having a Democratic presidential campaign accord them legitimacy. The point is that any progressives who think they can work with the likes of Scaife, Ailes, Limbaugh, and Moon are kidding themselves. They are people who need to be discredited, marginalized, and defeated.