Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I READ THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WITH ALARM:
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Some in Party Bristle At Clintons' Attacks
Anti-Obama Ad Heightens Unity Fears
By Alec MacGillis and Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, January 24, 2008; A01
DILLON, S.C., Jan. 23 -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign aired a new radio ad here Wednesday that repeated a discredited charge against Sen. Barack Obama, in what some Democrats said is part of an increasing pattern of hardball politics by her and former president Bill Clinton.
The ad takes one line from an Obama interview -- "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years" -- and juxtaposes it with GOP policies that Obama has never advocated.
"Really?" a voice-over says. "Aren't those the ideas that got us into the economic mess we're in today? Ideas like special tax breaks for Wall Street. Running up a $9 trillion debt. Refusing to raise the minimum wage or deal with the housing crisis. Are those the ideas Barack Obama's talking about?"
The Clinton campaign argued that it was simply quoting Obama. But in the original context, Obama was describing the dominance of Republican ideas in the 1980s and 1990s, without saying he supported them, and asserting that those ideas are of no use today.
Feeling stirred up I wrote the following response toÂ the Hillary Clinton Headquarters:Â
To whom this concerns:
I like Hillary and would like to vote for her - however:
I find the attack on Obama re the remarks made about Reagan petty, tortured, innacurate, stretched and unworthy of her stature. Please, please, please, haveÂ Senator Clinton Â concentrate on what her enlightened and progressive ideas and how she plans to implement them. This high road approach plus her obvious experience should be enough to beat Obama.
If she insists onÂ taking the low road,Â I predict she will lose the election and deservedly so. If I readÂ it right the majority of the country is hungary for civility - at least respectfulness that is organic, authentic, andÂ consistent not just trotted out when it seems politically expedient.
Gibbs A. Williams Ph.D - a concerned voter
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