Generally, I write this type of post calling out some Republicans on their more hypocritical mutterings; it pains me to now have to write it about a Democratic campaign.
Earlier today, Samantha Power, an unpaid foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign, resigned from her position because of the uproar over a comment that she made.
She referred to Hillary Clinton as a 'monster' in this interview published in a Scottish newspaper.
The comment that caused the furor -
"We f***** up in Ohio," she admitted. "In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win.
"She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything," Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.
There's no question that the comment *was* inappropriate, and the resignation an appropriate punishment/corrective action.
However, the Clinton spokesman leading the attack on Obama for Powers' comment, Howard Wolfson, had earlier in the week equated Senator Obama to former independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
Starr was the partisan witch-hunter/attack dog that the Republicans set on the Clintons during the 1990s. In short, he truly *was* a monster, rampaging across the fields of democracy, intent on only achieving his goal of smearing the Clintons without regard to the relevance or even truthfulness of his accusations.
Senator Clinton's response was to rationalize, not apologize.
From the Washington Post -
Asked to compare Power's calling her a monster with her adviser saying Obama was acting like Ken Starr, Clinton said "One is an ad hominem attack and one is a historical reference."
To both campaigns - the Republican campaign is over, and all attention will be on you. *Nothing* is going to slip by unnoticed, especially if you are going to call out your opponent over every single word uttered by a minor staffer.
Expect to be held to the same standard.