Bill Clinton voiced his abiding anger at the media’s coverage of him and his wife in Durham, N.H., today, and suggested that media bias will force Clinton to go negative on Barack Obama.
He also expressed his frustration that his wife is perceived by voters as divisive through, he said, no fault of her own.
Clinton, like his wife, is traveling New Hampshire taking questions from voters, and he spoke at the University of New Hampshire in Durham in response to a plea from a woman who said she’d like it “if you and Clinton joined Barack Obama in putting the Republicans on notice” that it was time to “change the game” and end the “meanness” and “manipulation” in politics.
Clinton replied that he liked the idea — in theory.
“I think we can change it as long as you have access to information by people who are committed to judging everybody by the same set of rules and following the same set of rules,” he said. “According to the most recent media analysis, that’s not what’s happened so far, but yeah, I think it should be done.”
Clinton also let his audience glimpse the scars of his White House years.
“Nobody would like it better than us if you could get that personal vilification out of there, because nobody’s been vilified more than we have,” he said, after noting that he thought Hillary and McCain could run a respectful campaign. “One of the problems with laying down and turning the other cheek is McCain had one dose of it. They gave it to us for eight years.
“And the fact of the matter is, independent voters think you’re polarizing if someone else attacks you, even if that someone is Rush Limbaugh, even if you’ve been totally exonerated of every single charge ever leveled against you, which Hillary was — and some people forgot to tell you about that,” he said, jabbing again at the press.
Hillary’s coverage may not be as glowing as Bubba’s always has been, but it’s been generally favorable. I mean, her campaign fundraising scandals which included the disgraced Norman Hsu (who was just sentenced to three years in the slammer, BTW) didn’t go far in the press, even though we know that if it were a Republican it’d be big headline news and the top story on the front pages and nightly newscasts respectively every night. She runs her media-control machine with an iron fist so that nothing but the most carefully crafted messages are conveyed.
For the most part, what’s reported about Hillary is what she wants the media to write about her. It’s so typical of Bill Clinton to blame outside forces (read: the media) for the possibility that his wife will have to “go negative” against Obama. He’s employing the standard Democrat tactic of blaming everything and everyone but the main culprit behind Hillary’s loss last night: Hillary herself. Bottomline: she ran an ineffective campaign in Iowa, losing the much-coveted womens vote to Obama, and coming in third behind a complete loser like John Edwards.
Watch for the Hillary campaign to pull out all the stops between now and New Hampshire, where she knows an Obama win would most certainly give him momentum going into Nevada and South Carolina and Super Tuesday in the coming weeks.
And speaking of “O”-mentum, James Taranto wrote an interesting piece today about what an Obama victory in the general election would mean for racial politics, both Democrat and Republican. Consider it a must-read.