Saturday, December 15, 2007
A Recipe for Smear
Day 1: Say something nasty about someone's past. Get media coverage.
Day 2: Resign for saying something nasty about someone's past. Repeat smear. Get more media coverage.
Day 3: Have your boss issue a statement and hold a press conference about how he or she regrets her former employee's smears from two days ago. Repeat smear. Get even more media coverage.
This is exactly what the Clinton campaign did to Barack Obama last week, and it's hard not to believe that they didn't know exactly what they were doing. The smear made the news cycle for three consecutive days, and there might be more today.
I guess some people call this good politics, but not me.
It's not the politics of keeping hope alive, it's the politics of keeping smears alive.