by John Hawkins | December 17, 2007 6:15 am
When it comes to dirty politics, you have to go all the way back to “Tricky Dick” Nixon to find someone as adept at as the Clintons.
For example, take the “Obama cocaine” flap. People are very mistaken to simply attribute this to some guy shooting off his mouth by mistake and the Clinton campaign doing what they can to quiet him down.
Here’s how it works.
First of all, you have Bill Shaheen, national and New Hampshire co-chairman, who comes out and says the following about Obama, “Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?”
That’s a day of press coverage for the completely unfounded allegation that Barack Obama may have been a drug dealer.
The next day, Shaheen quits and Clinton apologizes. However, all the news stories have to explain why that happened.
So, there’s day 2 of coverage for the completely unfounded allegation that Barack Obama may have been a drug dealer.
Then, we have a day of people criticizing Shaheen and Clinton for mentioning the story.
There’s day 3 of the Obama the coke dealer story floating around.
But, of course, you can’t forget the week-end shows. Mark Penn, Hillary’s chief strategist, gets asked and again, he mentions the allegation.
So, there’s day 4 of coverage for the completely unfounded allegation that Barack Obama may have been a drug dealer.
Next up, we have a day for people to criticize Penn for his comments.
And we now have 5 days of coverage of an allegation that appears to have no basis in fact.
Add in another day or two for columns, blog posts, and late news articles, and you’ve managed to keep a potentially damaging allegation out there for an entire week.
This dramatically increases the number of voters who know that Obama used cocaine and, because a lot of people probably don’t pay attention, gives say 5%-10% of the population the false idea that Obama dealt cocaine as well.
Why would Shaheen agree to do this? Well today, he gets fired, but tomorrow, once Hillary’s in power and this episode has, for the most part gone down the memory hole, there would probably be a plumb job available for him in return. The Clintons always take care of people who are loyal to them. Ask Susan McDougal and Sandy Berger about that.
PS: This is exactly the same tactic they used with the fake “Obama is a Muslim” stories that they got out there not just once, but twice.
PS #2: Note that the Obama is really a Muslim and a coke dealer stories play to stereotypes about black Americans. So, don’t be surprised if another Clinton employee accuses him of spending his time seducing innocent, white women next. That seems to be about their speed.
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