The campaigns for two of the top Democratic presidential hopefuls, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), have begun officially trading barbs with one another today. The war is being waged over statements made, not by the candidates themselves, their staff members or even by bloggers on the payroll, but by their supporters.Howard Fineman has some pundit predictions on who benefits from this dispute. There is also some video there from MSNBC:
Commenters at Clinton’s campaign blog were mostly supportive of the former first lady, but some were less enthused about the campaigns' 'anti-Obama' moves based on what a supporter said.
“Let's stick together during this campaign season,” said a commenter with the handle MaryanneB. “I am a Clinton supporter, but as with any democratic candidate, I will not vote for anyone that slings mud at the other. Mr. Geffen is not Senator Obama and has a right to voice his opinion. Please let us take a step back and remember that these are all qualified candidates. Let us fight the Republican Party not each other.”
Likewise, commenter lisanjazz added, “This might not be a popular post but I think we may be on the wrong side of this one. Geffen's comments were his own opinion and he is allowed to voice that opinion. To hold any candidate responsible for everything their supporters say sounds a little close to Bush type interference to me. I certainly wouldn't expect Hillary to return money from every person who says something negative about her opponents and I just can't justify holding someone else to that standard when the comments don't support my cause.”
Hillary Clinton is upset over criticism from a Barack Obama supporter, media mogul David Geffen, and wants an apology from the Illinois senator. Clinton’s communication director Howard Wolfson talks to MSNBC-TV’s Norah O’Donnell about the controversy.