Clinton machine set to launch web war on Obama

posted at 12:18 pm on December 20, 2007 by Bryan

ABC has posted a story about two domains that the Clinton campaign has bought. They’re both aimed at Obama, but they’re also a tell as to who Clinton thinks her stronger primary opponent is. No shock, it’s Barry O, and she’ll use the web sites to label him a coward.

It’s the first time this election cycle a presidential campaign has launched a Web site with the express purpose of of launching serious criticisms on a rival.

Votingpresent.com and Votingpresent.org are domains hosted by the same IP address as official Clinton Web sites, such TheHillaryIKnow.com, which was launched with much fanfare this week.

The Clinton campaign intends to use these new Web sites to paint Obama as cowardly.

Clinton has attacked Obama for having occasionally voted “present” as an Illinois state legislator when it came to contentious legislation.

That first sentence in the quote is wrong. Edwards had a site up about Hillary’s agricultural habits called Plants4Hillary, that lasted all of a day. But it was an attack site connected to an official campaign. ABC even notes the Plants site, but doesn’t consider it a “first” for some reason.

Obama can easily turn this back on Clinton by arguing that her vote in favor of the Iraq was was cowardly. He can argue, persuasively to the Democrat base, that she went with the majority when she should have taken a brave stand against the “rush to war.” (Hillary’s problem on Iraq has always been that the hardest intel on WMDs was developed during her co-presidency so she can’t just dismiss all of it as “lies.”) Obama wasn’t even in the Senate at the time of the 2002 force authorization vote, so Clinton can’t hit back against that charge very effectively, either to tar him as a pacifist or for having cast yet another dodgy vote since he didn’t cast a vote at all. His Teflon coating remains unscratched, even though the “present” votes are a fair issue to bring up.

So, like her previous efforts to hit Obama, these websites are likely to backfire on her. The glacier just can’t sink him without taking some damage herself.

There is a third website in the Clinton arsenal that may also prove to be counterproductive.

Clinton’s campaign has also introduced, quietly, a Web site called Attacktimeline.com, which Clinton officials say chronicles the ways Obama and Edwards were criticizing her publicly long before she began returning fire.

That sounds as if it’s not unlike an Obama site, noted in the ABC story, that catalogs Hillary’s hits on Obama. Meh.

Update (AP): Yeah, but come on. If she launches Islamicmanchuriancandidate.com now, all she has to do is apologize later.


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Obama should reap the benefits of Clinton’s and Edward’s attacks. Maybe then Silky will go the glue factory where he should have gone a long time ago, and Hilldawg will attend to her snuke and her garden.

MadisonConservative on December 20, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Votingpresent.com and Votingpresent.org are domains hosted by the same IP address

Did ABC note that the WhoIs search clearly reveals the registrant as “Hillary Clinton for President”?

amerpundit on December 20, 2007 at 12:21 PM

Again? Every attack she has made on Obama so far has backfired in her face. I guess we shouldn’t expect her to learn from her mistakes…we should probably hope she doesn’t.

Jay on December 20, 2007 at 12:30 PM

and Hilldawg will attend to her snuke

Could you translate for the non-midwesterners? I think I would like it though.

JiangxiDad on December 20, 2007 at 12:31 PM

I love it when the Dems eat their own. Buon appetite.

pistolero on December 20, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Could you translate for the non-midwesterners? I think I would like it though.

JiangxiDad on December 20, 2007 at 12:31 PM

*cough*

MadisonConservative on December 20, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Every attack she has made on Obama so far has backfired in her face.

Hillary Clinton = Wile E. Coyote

beep beep

pistolero on December 20, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Bill scans his non-disclosure contract with Hillary and sweats.

Limerick on December 20, 2007 at 12:38 PM

MadisonConservative on December 20, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Thanks. I was amazingly close.

JiangxiDad on December 20, 2007 at 12:43 PM

If ABC News wants to look like a serious organization they really need to get rid of the comment section right next to all there ‘news’ stories. That’s why other news sites have blog sections for. Sorry, off topic, but it just really annoys me.

terryannonline on December 20, 2007 at 12:46 PM

This morning I read a (granted, consider the source) MSNBC piece on Obama’s “Present” votes; in it, an Illinois political observer stated that voting “Present” was a common tactic in that state’s legislature used to protest bad bills. Not that I’m defending Obama, though. It still looks like a cowards way out of a sticky political situation, and one that I don’t think would play well in executive leadership, whether domestic or foreign.

Frozen Tex on December 20, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Who’s running the Clinton campaign, Crusty the Clown?

Oh nevermind, these people vultures live and die on the politics of personal destruction.

They. Can’t. Change.

fogw on December 20, 2007 at 1:29 PM

You’re trying to take control of everything, but that dream of yours is going to end.

Hey woman, you throw the dirt, cos you aint got nothing else to use.
That’s a dead end road that leads nowhere, so just make whatever hay
Between here and there.
Theres a hole in your heart where the sliming comes from,
You took Husy’s money till it ran out and played to win,
Ha ha woman its a crying shame,
But you aint got no one else to blame.

E-evil woman, e-evil woman, e-evil woman, evil woman

You came in with another big frown,
Got some dirt too hot to settle down,
But a fool and her lust for power soon go separate ways,
And you can only find so many fools lyin in a daze,
Ha ha woman what you gonna do,
You destroyed all of what little virtue that the lord gave you,
Its so good that youre not getting any gain,
So you better get yourself on board that very last campaign train.

E-evil woman, e-evil woman, e-evil woman, evil woman
- Electric Hillary Orchestra

MB4 on December 20, 2007 at 1:38 PM

Hillary is calling plays from Alan Keyes playbook.

Ok, maybe that is a stretch, but Alan Keyes made Barack’s ‘present’ votes a big part of his campaign to win 29% of the Illinois vote for US Senate.

Come to think of it, 29% is right around Hillary’s Iowa numbers at the present.

gabriel sutherland on December 20, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Frozen Tex: Obama voted ‘present’ on three “born alive” bills before the Illinois Senate.

The Clinton campaign probably thinks he should have voted ‘No’ on these bills as they sought to protect babies already delivered.

gabriel sutherland on December 20, 2007 at 3:04 PM

ditchthebitch.com?

mojo on December 20, 2007 at 4:31 PM

imabitch.com was taken? or neverhada.org?

right2bright on December 20, 2007 at 6:11 PM