Thursday, December 13, 2007

Hey Hilary, What's That Smell? The Scent Of Desperation.

[Racial Disparities Week Continues at]

As you guys know, a few months ago I threw in the towel on the Barry 4 Prez tag, partly out of the sad feeling that America wasn't ready for a qualified Black(ish) President, and partly because I was disappointed at the non-assertive campaign Obama was running. I mean, damn bruh, we're warriors: that lay back in the cut, non-threatening Negro role won't cut it.

Fast-forward a few weeks: Scrutiny of frontrunner Hilary Clinton is heightening, Obama is on the offensive for a change, he pulled the Oprah card early, and now Iowa and New Hampshire both look winnable. Well, on paper at least, you know how reliable those polls are. Just ask Howard Dean.

Quick, cue the Tired Smear Campaign.
A top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said Wednesday that Democrats should give more thought to Sen. Barack Obama's admissions of illegal drug use before they pick a presidential candidate.

Obama's campaign said the Clinton people were getting desperate. Clinton's campaign tried to distance itself from the remarks, and the adviser said later he regretted making them.

Bill Shaheen, a national co-chairman of Clinton's front-runner campaign, raised the issue during an interview with The Washington Post, posted on

Shaheen, an attorney and veteran organizer, said much of Obama's background is unknown and could be a problem in November 2008 if he is the Democratic nominee. He said Republicans would work hard to discover new aspects of Obama's admittedly spotty youth.

"It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?"' said Shaheen, whose wife, Jeanne, is the state's former governor and is running for the U.S. Senate next year.

"There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome," Shaheen said.

New polling shows Clinton and Obama basically tied in New Hampshire. A CNN-WMUR-TV poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire shows Clinton at 31 percent support, Obama at 30. The same poll had Obama trailing by 20 points in September.
This wouldn't be the first time the Clinton campaign tossed a low blow at Obama, nor is it the first time his one time drug use has been raised. Let's not forget the allegations of terrorist training Islamic influence while living in Indonesia. And then there was that very odd "we've got some info, but we ain't tellin' what it is (yet)" incident a few weeks back. But given the fact that this race is seemingly tightening by the day, I'd say recycling old news is a harbinger of things to come.

This "allegation" is odd for a couple of reasons. One, the story broke earlier in the year and barely registered a blip on the radar. Two, Obama admitted the drug use himself in his well written but excessively wordy biography Dreams From My Father, a book he wrote while Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and ostensibly before he had formed any real political aspirations. Having read all 4,000cough...dry...cough exciting pages of the book, I can tell you that the blurb being picked apart is completely out of context.

This admission was hardly a paragraph in the 38,200 page tome, as Obama admitted to experimenting with marijuana and a "lil' blow" as an identity confused high school senior in Hawaii. I could be forgetting something, but the ensuing 167,000 pages didn't mention this "drug habit" any further, so I think it's fair to assume that Young Barry was no different that any other teen, yours truly included, who tried things and decided they weren't for him as he matured into an adult. Regardless, Obama is in his mid-40's now, so that was nearly 25+ years ago. Unless someone can dredge up more recent evidence of substance abuse, I'd say this is a non-issue. How often do you hear George Bush's drinking problem dredged up? Rudy Guiliani married his cousin once, but you don't hear him being pegged as a serial incestor. Why the double standard for Barry?

I guess what really pisses me off is the oft repeated allegation that if Obama used drugs, then he must have sold them too, because hey, that's what black men do. When the story broke earlier this year, I heard scores of talk radio hosts and callers echo this sentiment. I can't help but notice that Bill Shaheen. Clinton's co-chair dropped the same subliminal. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.

[Editor's Note: Shaheen just stepped down. Hilary made the right call.]

I've made no bones about my support of Obama for President, heck I even gave him his own tag, an honor only previously bestowed upon the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and that legendary arbiter of jurisprudence, Judge Joe Brown, so clearly the guy has something going for him. No, he isn't perfect, but what candidate is? If you dig in everyone's past you'll find a bone or two in the closet, and I mean everyone, not just politicians. I give him credit for proactively admitting his flaws as opposed to denying they exist even after all other involved parties have gone upstate. Then again, that's just my opinion.

Anyways, keep an eye open in coming weeks for more pithy allegations. As I've always said; if the man had an illegitimate kid in Hawaii, some well hidden youth charges, or a white chick on the side, this would be the time for such a skeleton to emerge.

But by reaching for straws and recycling old news, I can only assume Hilary hears footsteps.

Speaking of white chicks on the side, here's a mildly controversial skit from MadTV, since I think it's always good to end on a lighter note. Hey, I thought it was funny.

Clinton Aide Evokes Obama's Past Drug Use [CBS]

Clinton adviser out after Obama comment [AP]

14 AverageComments™:

deedee said...

the prior drug use doesn't bother me. however, if any adulterous skeletons fall out of his closet i will be really, really dissapointed.

JerseyBred said...

How dirty & underhanded is this?

1. Bill Clinton smoked but "didn't inhale" & he was able to serve 2 terms.

2. Bush was an alki & coke head before Jesus came into the pic.

3. & like you said, Giuliani married his 2nd cousin (whom he thought was his 3rd), & as Bill Maher has pointed out before, likes wearing dresses & makeup as a costume & not only for Halloween.

Barack better bring the ammunition & bring up Bill's noninhalation (*SMH*) & his indiscretions with Zippergate going down in the Oval Office. Hill's shook & desperate times call for desperate measures.

Chris N. said...

I'm not sure that the most recent attention on the drug use is as much an indication of a double standard as it is of his rising player (in the political sense) status. The same thing is happening to Huckabee on the other side (and mucho kudos to AB for calling out that rising star light years ahead of any of the major talking heads.)

What interests me more is the calculated, Clintonesque way that these rumors/allegations/reconsituted bits of old news are being couched. "You know how brutal the Republican attack machine will be with information like this." "Can the party afford to give the Republicans this much live ammo?" "We know that it was isolated incidents many years ago, but how will the Rebublicans spin it?"

This approach does two things, it provides Hillary a little more insulation from the negative backlash by playing the concerned mother role. But more importantly, it deflects attention from what's perhaps her biggest vulnerability, that her numbers won't look so good after the primaries, when the voting population isn't dominated by left-wing long-term Democrat stalwarts.

AverageBro said...

@ Chris N.

The same thing is happening to Huckabee on the other side (and mucho kudos to AB for calling out that rising star light years ahead of any of the major talking heads.)

Yeah, I guess I should pat myself on the back to some degree about Huckabee, but reality is, the spin machine is about to end this guy's run before Iowa. He isn't the candidate of choice, just like Barry isn't. This dude better be checking his tire pressure over the next 3 weeks.

@ Jersey

I agree, I'd like to see Obama on the offensive/in attack mode more. The hopeful, non-threatening, harmless Negro role still just doesn't seem natural. To their credit, you could never accuse Jesse, Al, and definitely not Shirley Chisolm of that.

Then again, they didn't have legit chances.

@ deedee

I'm convinced that if any of that's coming out, it'll break in the next couple of weeks. Then again, if they had anything real (as opposed to the Muslim and drug rumors), these cards would have been pulled way back when he was trying to make it to Springfield.

Dude must be legitimately clean.

Anonymous said...

We also endorsed Obama as the candidate for those who work in education. We posted the educational platforms of the leading presidential candidates at and then followed up with our rationale for choosing Obama as the best candidate related to educational concerns:

It may be of interest to readers.

Thank you.

Tom Hanson

AverageBro said...

@ Tom/Anon,

Good stuff. I'd encourage everyone to peep this link and note the differences in Education platforms for Hilary and Obama.

Thembi said...

My favorite Obama mudsling from the Hilary camp was attacking his claim that he has not been planning to run for president until recently using essays that he'd written in Kindergarten and 3rd grade, titled "I Want to Become President" as evidence. No, seriously.:

AverageBro said...

@ Thembo,

Thanks for sharing. That was freakin' unbelievable. I guess even more puzzling is that that article is posted on HER WEBSITE, as if someone would read that and think less of Obama.

I mean, dag, I wanted to be an Astronaut in 2nd grade. I'm not an astronaut today. What friggin' difference does it make?

That link is another must-read, ya'll.

Anonymous said...

Be careful w/ the Whitewater stuff. It was some of the very worst of the Republican smear campaigns. I think David Corn's Hunting the President talks about it in detail.

Your blog is read; take that responsibility very seriously.

deedee said...

enjoy this clip of obama cold CARRYING hillary. she had it coming- set herself up LOVELY for it. what was life like before youtube?

JerseyBred said...

Wow at Thembi's post. That's beyond pathetic. Hillary's scared.

cinco said...

I don't care about his drug use or (any proven) infidelity. I'm concerned about how well he can lead the country. Any political figure that appears too clean- is.

rikyrah said...

I found you through a link at Racialicious.

We have been blogging about this at Jack and Jill Politics.

It's a Southern Strategy that they're running on Barack Obama. But, instead of Alabama and Florida, the states are Iowa and New Hampshire. Same racist underbelly as any other Southern Strategy, and still as odious.


They try and 'Willie Horton' Barack Obama, and think that Black folk are just supposed to fall in line like sheep?

Hell no.

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