Update: Vid here.
Barack Obama takes on Billy Boy. What else is there for conservatives to do but sit back and enjoy the fight? What shade of purple will Clinton be turning today?
Sen. Barack Obama says he’s ready to confront former President Bill Clinton, calling his advocacy on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign, “troubling.”
In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts “Good Morning America” today Obama, D-Ill., directly engaged the former democratic president on a series of issues.
“You know the former president, who I think all of us have a lot of regard for, has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling,” Obama said during his first morning television interview since coming in second in Nevada. “He continues to make statements that are not supported by the facts — whether it’s about my record of opposition to the war in Iraq or our approach to organizing in Las Vegas.
“This has become a habit, and one of the things that we’re going to have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he’s making statements that are not factually accurate,” Obama added.
Obama apparently was referring to Clinton’s comment that it was a “fairy tale” that Obama has consistently opposed the Iraq war from the start, and that Nevada union officials backing Obama were strong-arming members into caucusing for Obama.
Bill Clinton took on Obama’s record on Iraq at a Dartmouth College event days before the New Hampshire primary, saying it was wrong Obama was able to trumpet superior judgment on Iraq by claiming he had been against the war from the start.
“Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen,” Bill Clinton said.
Bill Clinton was making the case that Obama — just like Sen. Hillary Clinton — had voted to fund the war since he’s been in office.
Obama said the former president has taken his campaigning on his wife’s behalf too far.
“I understand him wanting to promote his wife’s candidacy,” Obama said. “She’s got a record that she can run on. But I think it’s important that we try to maintain some — you know, level of honesty and candor during the course of the campaign. If we don’t, then we feed the cynicism that has led so many Americans to be turned off to politics.”
Juliette at Baldilocks calls it “The Great Identity Politics War:”
The remarkable thing about the statements as a tactic is this: it changes the nature of this war–a war called the 2008 Democrat nomination process, but is one that may be dubbed the Great Identity Politics War when we look back on it.
Obama has–wisely–changed to a more vulnerable target. No longer does the battle pit Man against Woman–one in which the woman is perceived to be the underdog even if the man is black and the woman is white. Now it’s Black Man against White Man–and you know who the alleged underdog is in this battle.
Just remember the nature of Identity Politics Wars; the “weaker” opponent is always the victor.
Unless it’s moderated by a schoolmarm, tonight’s South Carolina/Congressional Black Caucus/CNN Democrat debate should be better than pay-per-view boxing.