Clinton Surrogates

This Sunday on Meet the Press, Hillary Clinton offered the following on campaign tactics:

You know, I think that we don’t want anyone, any of our supporters, anyone–and that’s why in my campaign, any time anybody has said anything that I thought was out of bounds, they’re gone, you know? I have gotten rid of them, I have said that is not appropriate in this campaign.

The same day, Clinton backer Bob Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, took aim at Obama’s adolescent drug use:

As an African American, I’m frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won’t say what he was doing but he said it in his book.

Johnson later tried to reel in the statement, with a laughable claim that only perpetuated the cycle:

My comments today were referring to Barack Obama’s time spent as a community organizer and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect.

Not only is “community organizer” a completely illogical fill-in to his initial statement, but Johnson repeated the folly of past Clinton surrogate, Bill Shaheen, without even a mild rebuke from the campaign. Going back to the Meet the Press transcript, Hillary said she’d fire those who said anything “out of bounds.” As Johnson is still working with the campaign, she’s tacitly approving his actions.


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