Clinton Smear Machine in High Gear "Cocaine"
The slime is thick. Hillary and her people insult and degrade Obama while blaming the Republicans. Genius! According to the media. It is so transparent that her nipples are showing(sorry about that thought).
JOHNSTON, Iowa, Dec. 13 -- On a day when her campaign advisers had hoped the final debate before the Iowa caucuses would help Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton reestablish herself as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton offered a formal apology to Sen. Barack Obama and accepted the resignation of a prominent campaign organizer who had raised questions about her rival's use of drugs.
Bill Shaheen, Clinton's New Hampshire co-chair and the husband of former governor Jeanne Shaheen, said in a statement announcing his resignation that his remarks to The Washington Post on Wednesday were "in no way authorized" by the senator from New York or her campaign.
"I made a mistake," Shaheen said, adding that it was a "personal decision" to step aside as co-chairman of Clinton's New Hampshire operation.
Obama advisers were reluctant to let the issue drop, asserting that Shaheen, a close friend of the Clintons, had deliberately put the drug issue into play in the primary in an effort to stem Obama's rise in early-voting states. In his autobiography, the senator from Illinois acknowledged experimenting with marijuana and cocaine in his younger days.
Even after seeking to play down Shaheen's comments, Mark Penn, Clinton's chief strategist, used the word "cocaine" in a television appearance late Thursday. Obama officials seized on it as evidence that the Clinton team was intentionally trying to associate Obama with drug use.
"The issue related to cocaine use is not something the campaign is in any way raising," Penn said on MSNBC's "Hardball."
Still, even as Obama's operatives objected to the remarks, his campaign manager sent out a fundraising appeal urging supporters to show their outrage by contributing to the campaign.
The uproar overshadowed the last Democratic debate before the caucuses. It was held Thursday afternoon under the auspices of the Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Television.