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Clinton N.H. Official Warns Obama Will Be Attacked on Drug Use


Bill Shaheen, Clinton's New Hampshire co-chair. (AP).

DOVER, N.H. -- Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire, raised the issue of Sen. Barack Obama's past admissions of drug use in discussing the relative electability of the Democrats seeking the presidential nomination today.

In an interview, Shaheen said, he remains perplexed about why, at this fraught point in history, voters and the media are not giving more attention to experienced Democratic candidates such as Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden and are instead elevating into the first tier alongside Clinton a pair of candidates with less experience in Washington, Barack Obama and John Edwards. Shaheen also expressed his personal misgivings about whether Obama or Edwards would be electable if they became the party's nominee.

Among his concerns about Obama as the nominee, he said in an interview here today, is that his background is so relatively unknown and that the Republicans would do their best to unearth negative aspects of it, or concoct mistruths about it. Shaheen, a lawyer and influential state power broker, mentioned as an example Obama's use of cocaine and marijuana as a young man, which Obama has been open about in his memoir and on the trail.

"The Republicans are not going to give up without a fight ... and one of the things they're certainly going to jump on is his drug use," said Shaheen, the husband of former N.H. governor Jeanne Shaheen, who is planning to run for the Senate next year. Billy Shaheen contrasted Obama's openness about his past drug use -- which Obama mentioned again at a recent campaign appearance in New Hampshire -- with the approach taken by George W. Bush in 1999 and 2000, when he ruled out questions about his behavior when he was "young and irresponsible."

Shaheen said Obama's candor on the subject would "open the door" to further questions. "It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'" Shaheen said. "There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome."

Shaheen's remarks were some of the most direct to date by Clinton campaign officials in addressing the issue of Obama's past drug use as a potential problem in the general election. This week, the Clinton campaign has been focusing on the broader issue of Obama's electability, arguing that Democrats would be better off nominating a tested candidate like Clinton. The Obama campaign declined to comment on Shaheen's electability remarks.

A CNN-WMUR poll today showed Obama in a statistical tie with Clinton in New Hampshire after the same poll found him down by more than 20 points in September.

--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  |  December 12, 2007; 2:40 PM ET
 
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Bill and Hillary are couple old hippie war protester and back then 99.9% of that crowd was smokin something. Betcha Miss Chelsie has smoked marijuana.

Posted by: Buckeyemikemike | January 14, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that anyone in this country that has the right to vote would waste their chance on an admitted druggie. If you read the book, not only does he admit to using, he says he would have continued using coke if he wasn't broke. This is not the more "recreational" use many have been saying. The man was an addict - there is no casual use of coke.

Maybe the Muslim extremists have a point - if we even consider elevating this person with an admitted serious character flaw to the office of President what are we saying about the character of our country?

Second chances are all well and good, but since when do we not hold our elected officials to a higher standard? How many people have been sent packing from Washington for behaviors that were not even illegal? Can someone explain why suddenly the rules are changing? Please tell me it is not just the color of his skin. Would you honestly overlook the same from Hillary or any other front runner?

Posted by: dmnynkee72 | January 10, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

In one of his books, here's what Obama said about using drugs in HIGH SCHOOL: "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though."


I think Americans, and humans in general, are looking for a presidential leader who is honest, forthright, transcendent and triumphant.

I wonder if Hillary's team realizes how many people experiment with drugs in their youth? Yes, even or esp. in the Ivy League.

If anything, Obama's admission, which he freely made, will make him more relatable.

And he will be respected because he clearly overcame the need for that ...he's clearly not a drug fiend or a drug dealer.

I'm not interested in a President who hasn't made mistakes and overcome them. If one is human, they explore, experiment, discover higher paths, and evolve.

So, if Hillary wants to attack that, it will be to her downfall.

Also, there is a segment of independents I'm sure who detest government regulation of naturally occuring substances like marijuana who will not assign to it a negative image at all, but see it as a symbol of Obama's liberalism.

There are so ways Clinton's attempt can help cement Obama's power, that I'm glad for her desperation.

Posted by: synthiarose | January 6, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

mike:

It will probably work in Iowa, and definitely will work in New Hampshire -- Obama will never be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009 -- best he can hope for is Vice-President (but it seems he's pissed off the Clinton camp too much for that -- how about BILL Clinton for V.P.?).

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

This is a total hatchet job. The reporter fails to point out that Shaheen's comments were likely made in the context of discussing how Kerry's record was distorted by "swift-boaters," how McCain's family was defamed in South Carolina, and how Harold Ford Jr. was racially smeared in Tennessee. Providing context would have softened the comments considerably. So much for "truth telling" in journalism.

Posted by: mike.mslewis | December 15, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I think it's interesting that no one is pointing out the obvious: many candidates in American politics have admitted adolescent drug use, but this is the first time there has been a suggestion -- apparently totally unfounded -- of dealing. Does anyone actually think Shaheen would have said that if Obama wasn't black?

Posted by: rebeccakiley | December 14, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

BIG mistake on Clinton's part to accept Shaheen's resignation.
He is VERY popular in NH, very personable, and I find it hard to believe he would say those things without approval from "above"
I didn't even know anything about the comments until I saw that Shaheen had resigned. He was used, no doubt about it.
I predict this sinks the Clinton tag team in NH primary, for sure. But, what can you expect...this negative stuff shows the REAL HIL, under the makeup.

Posted by: llyonsj25 | December 13, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

There's just not much to pick at where Barack is concerned. His life has been an example for all to follow. And, wasn't it Hillary's husband that 'didn't inhale'?

Posted by: elilyon_33 | December 13, 2007 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Content of Character:

Character and judgment are important in a president; assessing them helps voters know what kind of person they're placing confidence in. Many people say Barack is a good guy.

Are political, humanistic, and Christian morals compatible; and are subtle political deceptions conscionable in a president?

Obama is open about his past drug use:

The cocaine and marijuana issue humanizes Barack's campaign image, in contrast to the "messiah" image in play. Common standards condemn illicit drug use; but recovery reflects improved moral character and judgment, which people may identify with generally--appeals to realists.

The messiah-politician image appeals to idealists who need a superman, an "uber" image of Obama, to buy into the claim he can save them from their human plight--poverty or oppression or degradation and the like--by ushering in an Utopian revolution with the magical legislative power in the pen of the US president; it is a god-king image, which in the idealists' minds endows the man Obama with superhuman powers, a mystical deliverer born to save.

Both aim at votes.

With respect to Obama's moral character, the latter reflects an ends-justify-means morality; fictitious savior image of Obama is "good" because promising Utopia appeals to idealistic voters; the reformed drug user image projects to realists a humanistic morality--people make mistakes, learn, improve character and judgment, a life-long process.

Integrating fictitious and humanistic campaign images reflects Obama's assent to differing moral principles: ends-justify-means and human improvement morality. The former utilizes subtle deception and the latter honesty to capture public trust; one is political morality and the other personal; while Obama's campaign image as a Christian suggests an overriding Judeo-Christian morality.

Posted by: shaunie4u2001 | December 13, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I believe Obama ranks first because very rarely, he speaks the truth. If he did do drugs in his teen years and admits it his opinion does not rattle. It's firm, which I see as an attribute in his favor. Neither teh Clintons nor the Republican Party should touch this point, if they do they deserve to lose.ar1939

Posted by: ar1939 | December 13, 2007 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If anything is true, those who don't know or (deal with) history, especially their own, will be doomed to repeat it. I would rather see a person who soberly accepts past mistakes and rises above them. That is life experience, different from some of us, but similar to a large number of us. I hope he keeps his wits about him, and forgoes the urge to become defensive. He has made peace with the issue. Yes he will have to acknowledge it in the future, but he seems prepared to do so. Those of you who say you will never vote for an admitted past drug user need to ask yourself, who do you want as president... A person who deals with their own issues so they can deal with ours, or a person who's people are allowed to skillfully bring up the "issues" of others?

Posted by: jpv103 | December 13, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

it makes me laugh that this is such a big deal to folks.

Have you head that the effects of Prozac, Paxil, and the other "Anti Depressants" that are so widely prescribed and legal operate the same way as PCP? The lower dosage does not give the Hallucinogenic effect, Just some occasional bizarre behavior.

There are too many other examples of "legal" drugs that have adverse consequence to go through them all. Hypocritical Americans Abound In Society.

The discrimination should be put upon Current Actions and Character. I give Obama Kudos for overcoming adversity. His character seems to me to be generally good where as Hillary's seems to be false; What ever the situation might need.

It really is too bad that Obama is about more Socialism. The Warfare Welfare State will crumble under its own burden.

Ron Paul is the only one I would trust with my money and family's security. He really is for Americans First. He would take the power out of the Special intrest Lobbyists hands and return it to the people.

I Vote For Virtue; I Vote For Ron Paul !!!

Posted by: PainfullyAware | December 13, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

A known drug user president will make the job of parents and teachers impossible for educating kids don't do drugs. People give too much credit for Obama to be candid about his past drug use based on his own words. In this case lying like Bill Clinton and W is far better than a known drug (especially cocaine) user because of the consequences on our nations drug war would be hugely negative. Don't hold truth so dearly, Santa Claus is not real after all, can you call all the parents lying? Some of you past-drug-user parents out there, are you going to be happy that your kids will only have you as a good role model on drug use, they can have a sitting president to look up to do drugs and they can tell their teachers to get off their back and stop preaching and someday I maybe president too? As a parent, I will never vote for a known drug user, especially a cocaine user, republican or democrat, period!

Posted by: lhong_99 | December 13, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked, shocked that the Clinton campaign would 'accidently' leak this information about Obama. It can come as no surprise to anyone that they play dirty, always have. It was just a matter of time.

Regardless, if it is true about Obama, it will of course depend on the answers, won't it? The Clinton machine can't lose on this one.

Posted by: ldavis3 | December 13, 2007 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Clinton just lost my vote.

Now her camp is blaming the republicans for their OWN attacks (some sort of dimensia?).

I would vote for a president who is not scared to openly talk about our drug policy.

Posted by: piper | December 13, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Q. Why doesn't Hillary wear dresses?

A. Her balls get cold.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 13, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Frommaine, actually Repugnantcans are whipping them out in men's restrooms coast to coast. What is it about Repugnantcans and gay sex? They can't seem to get enough...

Posted by: markiebee001 | December 12, 2007 07:15 PM

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Good point. In addition to Liberals I also hate queers and child molesters, regardless of their political affiliation. Thanks for keeping me honest.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 13, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

This type of behavior is precisely why I will write in Obama before I vote for Hillary Clinton. I would rather vote for Edwards, Biden, heck, maybe even McCain. But I'll tell you this, if Hillary is the Nominee, the democrats may lose my vote. And don't anyone DARE to accuse me of "wasting" a vote. A vote for someone who will continue into plunge America into the black hole we're headed (Clinton) is a far worse decision than to vote for who I really believe can do something worthwhile for the U.S. (Obama) I'll see you all here on January 4.

Posted by: Nemotoad | December 13, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Clinton's getting desperate. It's not like anybody believes that "I did not inhale" BS. What's the point of putting a joint to your mouth if you don't? Plus W has had his problems with substance abuse and that didn't change voters' opinions about him.

Posted by: donjaime37 | December 13, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

UPDATEBilly Shaheen issues a lame "apology" this morning. Clinton national campaign spokespersons are saying, "Our bad, oops! We didn't mean it..."

The more negative a campaign goes, the faster it is falling apart behind the scenes and in the polls. Given that Barack Obama "disclosed" this information in a best-selling book many years ago, this is -- an everyone is saying -- a non-issue. Team Clinton fumbles again.

Oh, and to "rahaha" above: Jesus has nothing to do with it. Obama straightened his life out, was HONEST about it (unlike Dubya), and therefore, case closed.

Posted by: jade7243 | December 13, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign is being instructive in this instance; call it negative if you wish but, let's face it, the Clintons know how to win. They are presenting the argument about electability and are giving evidence as to why Obama's general election electability is decidedly suspect. Smart Giuliani campaign managers will constantly bring the subject of past drug use (and possibly past drug sales) to deflect any discussion on real policy issues. The Obama campaign will spend their entire time deflecting or answering questions about his past and will have not real opportunity to present the 'hope campaign' they want to present.

On the other hand, everyone already knows all the skeletons in the Clinton closets. With them, the Republicans will not be able to hide from the policy issues. If they do, the Clinton machine is more than equipped to raise the hardball issues of their own. As said, they know how to win.

I wish this was a different world but its not. No doubt so does Hillary Clinton.

Barak Obama shows no evidence at this point of accepting the terms of modernity.

Talking about the Politics of Hope, the Clintons have been playing this game and have been beaten worse than anyone for nearly 30 years. The fact that they are still willing to be part of the game is the best indication of hope I have ever seen.

Posted by: kevinjhancock | December 13, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Up to this point I have been a Hillary supporter, in part because I think she has more experience than Obama has. I am now reconsidering that position. Obama may have used drugs in his past, but he was honest enough to admit it. As long as he isn't using now, why would I care?? Has he learned from his mistakes? Obviously! Has he matured? Of course! What can a person with that experience bring to the Presidential table? Maybe a more realistic, practical viw of some of our social issues? A departure from the Ivory Tower mentality that plagues our current political body? Ya think? For Hillary to point fingers at someone for drug use more than 20 years ago smacks of desperation, and sleaze. I personally admire someone who is truthful and willing to be held publically accountable for their actions(ESPECIALLY in the political arena). It takes COURAGE and CHARACTER to admit those isseus. Perhaps Obama has less experience.....but these days that could be a good thing. Do I really want to vote for someone who is already so polished in the political machine?? Maybe not. Obama merits closer attention, more consideration from me. Hillary has made a huge tactical error as far as I am concerned, and has shown her true colors as well. Character, character, character.

Posted by: triciaautr | December 13, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

It's simply a non-issue - the same way George Bush's past drug use was a non-issue during the 2000 campaign.

What is a real issue, however, is the electability of Sen. Clinton. She's the only "leading" Democratic candidate to come out on the losing end to all the 4 major Republican candidates in a recent ABC poll.

Though her camp will try to raise this issue with her opponents, it is Sen. Clinton whom I have the greatest doubts about being electable - not Obama and not Edwards.

Both Obama and Edwards came out ahead of all the other leading Republican candidates in that poll. And both of represent a departure, a change, from the divisive politics that has dogged our country for the past 16 years.

She is simply to polarizing a figure to bring our country together. And it's not completely her fault.

Posted by: dred87 | December 13, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Democrats don't care if their candidate was a past drug user. In fact, they probably see that as a positive qualification.

Posted by: pappy1 | December 13, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

As Obama rises in the polls, I expect to see more and more of this trash promulgated by the Clinton Smear Machine. As I have thought all along...Hillary is part of the problem not part of the solution.

Posted by: cjustice | December 13, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

This is why the GOP lives in fear of Hillary.
She is willing to lower herself to their level.

Posted by: WDRussell | December 13, 2007 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Well, the Clintons once again have brought Amercan politics back into the gutter. Instead of debating about healthcare, education, Iraq, the economy, national debt, global warming, and all sorts of other important critical issues, the Clintons now have us arguing about someone's past youthfull indescretions. Perhaps its time to clarify Hillary and her husband's past indescretions -- starting with Lewinsky, Jones, Flowers, then how about Whitewater, Vince Foster, Travelgate and on and on and on. America is sick of dirty politics and sick of Bush and now getting sick of the Clintons. We need change.

Posted by: zb95 | December 13, 2007 7:19 AM | Report abuse

OK I can't spell. How about cuckold.

Posted by: rahaha | December 13, 2007 6:49 AM | Report abuse

If Mr Shaheen and Hillary think that is a fair question, then I believe it is also fair to ask her .. how does being a cucold for 8 years (or more) qualify you to be President?

Posted by: rahaha | December 13, 2007 6:48 AM | Report abuse

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That Hillary's camp is in trouble is understatement. What with the fiasco this past Saturday, dragging her 88 year old mother through the killer storms to stump for her?

Yesterday she had Billy sub for her in NH. a better treat for the audience, but a definite sign on weakness from her.

Their going after Obama's admission for experimenting with drugs, after the previous attacks on his kindergarten essay fell through is not only another shot in the dark, but might open sour memories that they have worked hard to bury.

Hillary is knee deep in quicksand and every move she makes to untangle herself only sucks her deeper into the ground.

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The truth of the matter is that people finally caught up with her lies.

http://www.capitolpoliticking.com

Posted by: GrapevineDaily | December 13, 2007 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Disgusting from Hillary's camp, but why not expect it. Yes he smoked pot and probably inhaled. Big deal. At least he would understand how to deal with other people and cultures, unlike Hillary.


Obama is our *only* hope for someone who can actually deal with most of the world, who now hate us, thanks to warmongers like Bush and Hillary.

Posted by: biobot | December 13, 2007 2:29 AM | Report abuse

With her prospects deteriorating, Hillary responds, as we would expect, with the politics of personal destruction. Apparently she's not satisfied with her 50% disapproval numbers. I can't wait to see her slink back to the Senate in February, as Obama triumphs.

Posted by: eoniii | December 13, 2007 2:12 AM | Report abuse

Hillary has never done drugs and she's the one running for president, not Bill. She has the right to raise questions about Obama's past cocaine and marijuana use.

W. Bush is a drunk, a closeted homosexual and an "ex" cocaine addict and look where it got us. Are we ready to elect another former drug user? Is this the change that Obama offers? Lord help us.

My vote will not be wasted; I am voting for Senator Clinton or I won't vote at all.

Posted by: Spiffy1 | December 13, 2007 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Abhorrent, vindictive, desperate, shameful, devious, condemnable... and typical for the Clintonian machine. Where was all of this serpentine behavior when HRC was leading in the polls, preparing for her inevitable coronation? And before you leap to Obama attacking her, drop your bias long enough to recognize that he attacked her on the issues and her positions... or lack thereof. In fact Obama recently refused to rebuff HRC's mailers against him on Healthcare because he felt pointing out differences on the issues is a legitimate thing to do. This isn't a "revelation," this issue has been known about for years and in the news a few weeks ago when Obama shared the story with high school students. Was there a noticeable, lasting fallout or backlash on the subject after this? No. What does that suggest? That if the Republicans were going to use it then it should have been the Republicans who raised it. Is it a coincidence that everytime there's an issue with HRC's campaign being responsible for airing Obama slurs that the scandal gets regurgitated "unintentionally" in the media while HRC hopes for a desired effect as she claims ignorance, condemns the actions of the culprits and may or may not dismisses them? For all of you HRC supporters, if you can't see now that a vote for HRC means revisiting and reliving the lies, scandals, divisive, secretive, monarchy-minded and retributive nature of the last nearly 16 years, then you are truly blind minions. We've been there and done that with these type of degrading, demoralizing politics. How in all that is right and proper can we think that continuing that in January 2009 is going to be in the best interest of our country?

Posted by: Eyzwidopn | December 13, 2007 1:28 AM | Report abuse

It's disappointing to see Bill Shaheen lobbing personal attacks at Obama. Though one realizes he is a formidable Clinton surrogate, his comments may very well come back to haunt his wife, former Governor Jeanne Shaheen, who's trying to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator John Sununu next year.

As the chair of the Laconia Democratic Party in Laconia, NH, I've heard from a number of Obama supporters today who are livid about Bill Shaheen's remarks, with many threatening to not support Jeanne next November. Given that Obama seems destined to accumulate 30 to 40 percent of the vote in January's presidential primary, it doesn't make sense that Bill would want to antagonize such a significant share of the party's voters.

Posted by: rontun | December 13, 2007 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Will the NH Officials Attack Hillary on the Sex Scandal in the White House? Or will it be "Hush hush it's Hillary"

How low will the Clinton campaign go?

Someone said, everyone in America should have a night at the movie and watch the movies "Primary Colors."

Mr. Obama was young and admitted it in his book.

Here we have two experienced professionals and obviously they have got this game down to a science, that they know how to make Americans feel they have "a right" to get back in the White House.

First we have him going all over the country promoting the book and campaigning for her. Something has got to be wrong with this?

If she wants to be President of these United States, why is he campaigning so hard for her?

They have an advantage over everyone.

And the fact that they disgraced the highest office in the United States, are we that desperate for them to get back into the White House?

Where was she when all that was going on? If she could not defend us from that, how can we trust her to defend and protect us, if anything major happens to America?

All I am reading from her, is that I did not give anyone permission to release any of these e-mails or comments.

If she does not have any control over the then President, do not have any control over her campaign workers, how will she have control again over the highest office in America?

Are we that desperate, that America will compromise our values and integrity once again?

The world was looking then, and they are watching us again, especially with this Clinton saga.

If the media (i.e., print, television, radio) is not going to hold them to that disgraceful time in America, remember Mr. Former President said "I DID NOT INHALE," they need to back off of any and every candidate running for the Office of the President of these United States.

If they are going to go after one, they need to go after them also.

Otherwise, who are we kidding?

Posted by: vgw22 | December 13, 2007 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Judging by the comments here and my own reaction - the Hillary campaign would be making a serious misjudment to raise this.

It is desperate, dirty and irrelavant.

The repub can't really jump on Barack anyhow - because look who's in the White House and his past.

Barack's candor is something that neither Hillary, Bill or Georgie Boy has ever shown.

Posted by: wildrise | December 13, 2007 12:39 AM | Report abuse

ugh, who cares?! It was 100 years ago...look at our current president!

Posted by: claireer | December 13, 2007 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: creativethought777 | December 12, 2007 11:56 PM | Report abuse

ha ha ha rahaha, i think i will save my born-again card until it is really needed. you born-agains would crack me up if you weren't so scary.

Posted by: johng1 | December 12, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

candor is something completely alien to the clintons. i like obama as a candidate more and more every day. i may just switch from the republican party to vote for him, and to keep the liars out.

Posted by: johng1 | December 12, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

There is a big difference between George W Bush and Obama. In W's case , he was born again when Jesus saved him. So it's a new life and what he did in his previous life is irrelevant. In O's case, from all accounts, he turned his life around on his own. Jesus did not save him and he wasn't born again. He still is living the same life. So, questions to him are perfectly relevant.

Posted by: rahaha | December 12, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

It's high time the media darling Barry Obama answered some questions.

Posted by: Friend1 | December 12, 2007 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Why should Hillary be ashamed? Anyone running for president knows these things are going to surface...Why does Obama deserve a break??? No other candidates got breaks in previous elections.

I WONDER WHY YOU ALL THINK HE DESERVES A BREAK HMMM... CAN'T IMAGINE THAT ONE....

Posted by: creativethought777 | December 12, 2007 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I have one question for Mrs. Clinton. Mam, have you no shame?

Posted by: peace2us7 | December 12, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

First of all I could care less about either one of them.

However, What kind of president rubs elbows with the likes of Al Sharpton at the Apollo Theatre, and has someone like Chris Rock(racist comedian) introducing him? This was the only decent people he could find to support him when he came to NYC? sheesh what credibility(sarcasm)

Not only that, but he told his mainly all black audience at the Apollo theatre completely different things than he told the multi-cultral nation that he wants to be president for.

He has Oprah Winfrey chearing him on as well, Lets not forget her comments about the "white minority rule" in Africa.

I really don't have time for a president who supports Idiocracy...and is still playing the race card even when it's not applicable.

He also continues to make shrewd comments about Jena, La concerning the "Jena Six" without even having a handful of FACTS. He is labeling an entire American town as racist for an incident caused by a common thug.. who in the end was advised to plead guilty because he actually had a wreckless past and did assault a student.

I guess considering Obama's past he'll have sympathy for every wreckless thug that walks... and will be calling in AL and Oprah to support him since ... he has no REAL connections in Politics. Imagine the mess he'll make on a global scale. He really just needs to back off.

I suggest you really start checking into the man you're wanting to elect for president.

I don't have a tolerance for racism on any level.

Come on people elect REAL leaders...not people from a three ring circus sideshow.

We have a country with real issues... this is not a celebrity contest.

At least Hillary has been around the political block enough to know what's going on. Obama would have to borrow her rolodex...you people need to think about that.

Personally I prefer a republican.

Posted by: creativethought777 | December 12, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Previews of comming attractions. This sleazy lawyer's wife has announced that she will run against Sen. John E. Sununu.

Posted by: actust | December 12, 2007 11:32 PM | Report abuse

WaPo -- Time to take this story off as the headline story. It's not the top story on your page. It's not even a story. Trying to make hay out of something publicly disclosed 10+ years ago, as if it were new and shocking, isn't a story, it's creative writing.

Posted by: xcrunner771 | December 12, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

This is so awful. What a disgrace. How dare they.

Posted by: empireport | December 12, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton's are so disgustingly desperate; it is sad. That their dynasty dreams are going to end in this sort of low politics is perhaps fitting but still depressing.

Posted by: Trumbull | December 12, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

If ONE MORE IDIOT suggest that Obama take a VP slot I'll just scream! What is wrong with you people. Is not being the BEST person for the job good enough. Or is it something else? You wonder why minorities say, do and believe what they do about opportunities in this country. If minorities are not equal just be upfront and say it. The only thing that exceeds the IQ's of most of you in this great US is your RING SIZE! This is truly sad

Posted by: mike_j | December 12, 2007 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Hillary stop being infantile and relying on others to do your dirty work. If you have something offensive, unreasonable, and blatantly negative to say about Barack Obama (or any other candidate for that matter), stop hiding behind your surrogates and say it yourself. It's juvenile and totally irresponsible.

Posted by: madler3586 | December 12, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

So, is she suggesting Obama may be at risk of doing blow while in office? I suppose that's just as dangerous as receiving it while in THE office. FHRC!

Posted by: dick | December 12, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Billary and Shaheen, thanks for trying to win our votes this way! Attacks on Obama warms my heart and really makes me want to caucus for you here in Iowa... [sense the sarcasm???]

Then there's this statement from HRC's camp: Senator Clinton is out every day talking about the issues that matter to the American people. These comments were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way.

1) Billary is *NOT* out talking about the issues, she's attacking Obama daily!
2) Shaheen WORKS for your campaign--don't tell me HRC/Mark Penn/Bill didn't know he was going to shoot off his mouth about this, this has been planned all along. Just the other day HRC says this innuendo "we don't know everything about Obama."

The Billary calculating machine continues... I just can't support it continuing in the White House again.

Posted by: OceanDog | December 12, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

what a laugh! hillary has never come clean about a criminal real estate deal, and wants to bust a city boy for using blow. I can just imagine the next headline from the old fart former first lady "Obama listens to that long hair rock music." I've been open to Hillary for the past several months, but this closes the door for me. HRC, go back to the 50's with your Stepford buddies!

Posted by: dick | December 12, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY- A candidate who INHALED!!

BRAVO--You have our vote!

Posted by: misssymoto | December 12, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA!!

FINALLY! Someone who smoked a little something that was SMART enough to actually INHALE~~As you have so candidly said--"Wasn't that the whole point??
Bravo- You have now earned my VOTE.

Love your honestly and forthright nature--THAT is what America needs right now, more than anything else. We are tired of the BS and lies.....Thank you!!

Keep on Rockin' in the FREE WORLD!!

Posted by: misssymoto | December 12, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Typical Clinton campaign manuever here. Novak reported six weeks ago that the Clinton camp had the goods on Obama about drugs, but "wouldn't use it" in the campaign.

Everyone knows the Clintons have teams of detectives digging dirt on their rivals; then leaking the goods to the media through normally "anonymous" sources. This is their modus operandi.

Obama is a decent guy and really doesn't deserve this. But that's why nice guys don't run for president. Is our country better for it? Think about that before pulling the lever for Hillary this primary season.

Sincerely,

(a random conservative Republican voter)

Posted by: timothe | December 12, 2007 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I am so delighted to see Obama sit by and watch the Clinton campaign implode. The political hacks like Billy should take notice... give 'em enough rope and they hang themselves. Obama's non response automatically puts him on the high ground. Hillary's snarling desperation becomes more strident all the time. Her nomination assures a Republican in the White house.

Posted by: rdtippy | December 12, 2007 10:29 PM | Report abuse

This just throws into stark relief something that has been disturbing me about the Clinton campaign for a while.

If folks like Mr. Shaheen really find the 'Republican attack machine' so objectionable, it would be nice if they weren't so good at impersonating it. First we have campaign operatives distributing offensive (and racist, IMO) slurs about Obama, now this?

A textbook example of how to 'raise questions' about an opponent, without doing anything as crude as a full frontal attack. Straight out of the Rove playbook, Billy, and saying the Republicans would do it too isn't good enough.

Posted by: high_windows | December 12, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of being socially responsible...

www.iowacaucus08.com/myspacecontroversy.html

Posted by: rlynn | December 12, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

In tomorrow night's debate someone should ask Hillary if she killed Vince Foster. That's relevant because the Republicans might use that against her in the general election. Also, lets clarify her husbands sexual exploits in the oval office. Did he really stick a cigar in Monica Lewinsky's vagina? And if so, why?

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Say what? Didn't Bill confess to doing everything except inhaling? I think it would be close to impossible to find a candidate who didn't inhale... and a large percentage of registered voters inhaled. This is the *opposite* of what Clinton's people should be saying.

I want government to stay the hell out of my private life and focus on actual issues, not what someone did when they were in college.

I would rather have a drunk whoring drug addict in office that actually did something about education and health care and poverty and the environment and human rights and this war... then the ex-drunk ex-drug addict we have now.

- Wonka

Posted by: wcmartell | December 12, 2007 9:49 PM | Report abuse

"I BOUGHT DRUGS FROM OBAMA"
Coming up from the Clinton machine .
more details tomorrow.

Posted by: frost | December 12, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

'the Republicans might try to use it against him...' Not that the Clinton campaign, God forbid, would even DREAM of such a thing!!!!

What a pack of hypocrites!

Posted by: thrh | December 12, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess it's true what Hillary said "It Takes A Village To Lynch A Black Candidate".....
Well not exactly her quote but it seems to me that now that she see's that she is no shoe in for the nomination she is pulling out the folks to start doing her hatchet work. Now it begins the darkness starts to envelop the Democratic party. We have in Obama the first fresh face with fresh ideas and an ideology that could rival Robert Kennedy (yea I am old enough to remember) In Obama we have a hope that I have not had in many years; and no I was not proud of Bill Clinton either. We all knew that this day was coming 8 years ago it is no suprise but Hillary did not see Obama in her crystal ball.

Posted by: wayne_duke | December 12, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hillary...whitewater, bill...rape, Ted Kennedy....manslaughter, or....Obama for smoking some dope years ago. If I had to pick one for a neighbor it would be Mr. Obama. However, I do home the dems self destruct, and the next president is named Fred.

Posted by: red13starwood | December 12, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Shaheen's wife is running for Senate. I bet in exchange for this bizzare attack her campaign will, or has, seen some $ from Hil-PAC or one of the Clinton's supporters.

I wonder what mud Hillary will sling when she looses Iowa?

Posted by: StevenAK | December 12, 2007 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I am so ill over this. I just want to puke! Hillary Clinton at this point disgust me. Hillary and Bill are supposed to be political geniuses. I cannot believe they cannot come up with something better than a story in which Obama has admitted to along time ago. This will definately backfire. I hope votes teach the Clintons a lesson and send them packing in shame! Keep your head up Obama!

Posted by: laland69 | December 12, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

what a bunch of folks that have posted on this page, why don"t you Hilliary haters read your stuff?you are supposed to check out every thing before you go slinging mud, have you read the news about little o yet?if not why not?seems like a lot of Hillary news have been read and talked about for what? to put her down, it wasn"t her that done all of the stuff you are talking about anyway- sounds like a bunch of kids oh here, i hope she wins and wins big

Posted by: elliottpearl | December 12, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's sleazy tactics will make me vote against her -- and I'm of the demographic she thinks she has locked up! I wish she and Bill had Obama's honesty. Give me a break. Hillary must be desperate.

Posted by: merrion07 | December 12, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

These negative campaign tactics Shaheen is using is not a sign of how Hillary runs her campaign but really more an expression of the real feeling of concern that exists within the internal ranks of her campaign.

Slip ups seem to be happening across the board for the Clinton camp and as things seem to be getting heated up the exchange will be interesting in the upcoming democratic debate at 2pm EST on CNN in Iowa. Will they be cowards like our republican friends or make a true spectacle?

Great post by an Indian American blogger!
http://usinpac08.blogspot.com/2007/12/clinton-getting-desperate.html#links

Posted by: politicaljunkie1 | December 12, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone ask Bill Clinton if he was a drug dealer when he said he smoked weed?
(but never inhaled, he said)

This Clinton campaign guy's comment reeks of racism.


The Clinton campaign is desperate and OUT OF CONTROL.

Bye Bye nomination.

Posted by: julieds | December 12, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

But Bill is OUTRAGED by her drop in the polls - Are they loosing their grip on the mainstream American media? Call me Chavez.
Who watches that crap today. Go down like Rather boomers.

Posted by: OJ32141 | December 12, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone asked Hillary whether she inhaled? I think I'd like to know.

Posted by: ched | December 12, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

This line of argument necessarily requires Hillary Clinton to make full disclosure of any prior history involving her use or nonuse of drugs.

America is waiting.

Posted by: msutt | December 12, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a flying fxxx....if this stooge who brought this up doesn't get fired

.....it's crap like this that makes politics..and Clinton a dirtball SKANK....who dosn't deserve to be elected....

Tell me what the Fxxx you're goubg to do for me..i don't wanna hear this crap....

Posted by: unc1dmo | December 12, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

To quote a leader from a group which was persecuted under the Roman Empire: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Posted by: tingkun55 | December 12, 2007 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The Clintons' have just opened the door to their murky past that they have been trying to hide this entire election. Everything about them is now fair game.

[Quote] "Regarding Clinton's January 17, 1998, deposition where he was placed under oath, the judge wrote:

'Simply put, the president's deposition testimony regarding whether he had ever been alone with Ms. (Monica) Lewinsky was intentionally false, and his statements regarding whether he had ever engaged in sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky likewise were intentionally false . . . .'" [Endquote]

One of the second tier folks, who has no real shot at winning -- Biden Dodd or Kuncinich -- should go "there" and ask about all the scandals. If Edwards is feeling sufficiently frisky, I would foresee a masterful cross-examination. (In 1999, Edwards Biden and Dodd voted "not guilty" on the charges before the Senate.)

Someone should be smart enough to cut a deal with Obama -- VP slot?? -- and take her down.

Posted by: jade7243 | December 12, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

clawrence3 - You are one of the more sane, illuminated posters. And, I would love some popcorn. Salted. With butter.
This is rather like watching the preview of coming attractions, isn't it? But for so many "DUH" rated movies?

Posted by: democraticjack | December 12, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Stick a fork in Hillary, she's done.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Hilary!!!!!
is this the only way you can win an election, by playing dirty politics?
Shame on you!!!!

Posted by: wtbhawk | December 12, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

In other news, the chairman of some other campaign expressed concern that Hillary will face tough questions about her failing the DC bar exam, how she could stick around after her husband had repeatedly humiliated her and their daughter, and what sort of social disorder could cause her to go through four years of college and three years of law school without smoking pot.
The very fact that the clinton campaign thinks this stuff will do anything other than further alienate primary voters only underscores how utterly yesterday the hillary camp is. Go away hillary.

Posted by: ched | December 12, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Where's that nasty man James Carville at? Are they saving him for after the nominations?

Posted by: jam9663 | December 12, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Actually, coloradodog, all that "Hillary did" was have a State co-chairman point out the reality that the GOP will bash Obama over his drug abuse.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The only thing left for her to do now is the Howard Dean "scream". That should just about clinch it.

Posted by: jam9663 | December 12, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

They really don't have ANYTHING on Obama. Everything they've tried to hit him with has boomeranged back in their faces. Why in the heck, in THIS country, would you try to nail a politician with drug use, particularly when he already disclosed it very publicly?

*The current REPUBLICAN president used drugs and had a DUI, so how the heck can the republicans expect to be successful in smearing Obama with drug use?

*The previous DEMOCRATIC president used drugs, so why would democrats be fearful about it?

Now, I don't just want Hillary to lose anymore, I want her to be humiliated. I hope she even loses NY!

Posted by: writeava | December 12, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

If Dubya had been busted for using drugs as an ADULT, he wouldn't be President now - or would he? Only Dick Cheney knows for sure.

Earth to Hillary:

Are you nuts? You had a chance to be President and you jumped the shark by attacking Obama on teenage drug use.

Put on a dunce cap and go sit in the corner with Rove, Romney and Huckabee.

Posted by: coloradodog | December 12, 2007 8:10 PM | Report abuse

democraticjack -- I believe 100% in what I post -- you want some fresh popcorn?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

It is quite nice to finally see the Kool-aid Democrats say what they are saying about "Billiary"! I remember his crappola we had to put up with ever since he uttered, "But I didn't inhale"....the rot that has rolled from their tongues has ALWAYS been insulting to the average human being. I always remember thinking to myself "Do they actually believe we believe that crap!"
And What's up with the "I'm not a Stand by Your Man....kind of woman" uttered from Hilliary's lips??? Looks like she's sticking to his side like a Siamese twin these days! Hate to Think of that in the Oval office negotiating with dictators from around the world!! I think these 2 lumps of cattle snot should go back to Arkansas where they are so loved and revered by the rest of their family.

I was a Democrat the first time I was eligible to vote. I voted for Jimmy Carter. I believed in him. Hey....what did I know, I was young. Jimmy Carter and Jimmy Carter alone made me see the errors of my ways. I have to admit though, I do not like Bush's stance on immigration. That is a major faux-pax. Maybe this Obama thing can help bring this country together. I'm still votin' republican, but WE DON'T have to hate each other just because we disagree politically. I think the politicians have started this partisan hatred thing to separate us and keep themselves in office, and I think WE THE PEOPLE need to STOP it! We can do that by kicking out all the OLD BLOOD and putting in some fresh faces that REPRESENT US!!! WE THE PEOPLE!!

Posted by: gregh3 | December 12, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Good catch, targetaudience -- like I said above, the GOP candidate won't even have to write his own campaign ads next year -- here's some more rope, Dems . . .

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

AGAIN, just for my own sanity; what was the smear Mr. Shaheen made? Hmm?
You might also note, that Mr. Obama brought up the subject of electability FIRST.
I, honest to God, pray that most of the nasty drivel being posted is just people with a snarky agenda and not posted by people who actually believe what they post.

Posted by: democraticjack | December 12, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

caracraic - "Sorry, I just don't buy that but more importantly - what about Obama's record. In addition to the drug use, he admits that he has few if any records from his tenure as Senator in Illinois and there are countless records of votes during which he merely voted present. On what issues did he merely vote present. Why can't this man take a definitive stand on anything or show a track record of taking on tough decisions."

He, along with several others in the Illinois Senate, had a policy of voting "present" on wedge-issue bills that were proposed for scoring political points. It was a way to make the point that they weren't falling for election-year political ploys.

I think he's done a fine job of taking a stand on tough issues like Iraq and Iran when other candidates were too weak to stand up to the administration.

Posted by: pastor_bob | December 12, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

But did Obama inhale?

Posted by: adm19103 | December 12, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

was Obama a druggie or a dealer of crack cocaine?

Posted by: frost | December 12, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Stop for just a moment and take stock of this whole leadership debate...look at the total ineffectiveness of Congress and the Senate. No matter who is elected President they still have to deal with the sorry lot of legislators.

What we really need is someone that can whip that sorry bunch into a "working" body again.

Oh wait...that would be us!!!

Hillary...can't trust her! Besides we've been over exposed to that whole regime.

Posted by: jam9663 | December 12, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Stop for just a moment and take stock of this whole leadership debate...look at the total ineffectiveness of Congress and the Senate. No matter who is elected President they still have to deal with the sorry lot of legislators.

What we really need is someone that can whip that sorry bunch into a "working" body again.

Oh wait...that would be us!!!

Hillary...can't trust her! Besides we've been over exposed to that whole regime.

Posted by: jam9663 | December 12, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama was never accused of rape. Hillary's husband was and he NEVER DENIED IT. The accused rapist will lead the nation with his wife is she is elected. Explain to me which is worse a man admitting to a youthful indescretion or a man accused of rape, undefended by his wife, not answering the charge? Will the Republicans make hay with that?

Posted by: rosemaco | December 12, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama was never accused of rape. Hillary's husband was and he NEVER DENIED IT. The accused rapist will lead the nation with his wife is she is elected. Explain to me which is worse a man admitting to a youthful indescretion or a man accused of rape, undefended by his wife, not answering the charge? Will the Republicans make hay with that?

Posted by: rosemaco | December 12, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

If she's going to go after Obama over drug use then maybe Hillary Clinton, the same who appears in this picture, should affirm that she has never used illegal drugs: http://encyclopediadramatica.com/images/8/8c/BillHillary1970.gif

Posted by: targetaudience | December 12, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

A Democratic Party politican slings mud at a fellow Democrat and blames it on unknown future Republicans. Pretty laughable.

Posted by: rob3 | December 12, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

johnswa - "I DON"T KNOW HOW TO INHALE"

That's priceless, dude. Breathing is certainly difficult...

Posted by: pastor_bob | December 12, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could say that past drug use is a non-issue for me. But the truth of the matter is that it is. I wouldn't have had as much of a problem with his discussing it before an audience of adults but to bring it up in the presence of kids. I think that it sends the wrong message to tell kids that - Hey! You too can drink and drugs and otherwise spend important years of your life in a fog and what the heck - run for President and on pure charisma win the confidence of the American public. Sorry, I just don't buy that but more importantly - what about Obama's record. In addition to the drug use, he admits that he has few if any records from his tenure as Senator in Illinois and there are countless records of votes during which he merely voted present. On what issues did he merely vote present. Why can't this man take a definitive stand on anything or show a track record of taking on tough decisions. Frankly folkes - What change has he actually proposed other than a health care policy that won't even meet the needs of so many. Just seems like its a case of his smiling pretty for the audience and calling in big names to create an impressive show. All show with no proven backbone just doesn't get it for me.

Posted by: sjbj2322 | December 12, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

This has been bubbling under the surface ever since Obama announced: http://time-blog.com/real_clear_politics/2007/01/obamas_drug_use.html

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Hillary constantly refers to the "Repulican Attack Machine" that has been out to get her and hubby since day one. The Clinton attack machine makes everyone elses look lame.
Here we go again - the 90's all over again.
Uhhhh - "I did smoke pot but I never inhaled" - "I did not have sexual relations with that woman - my cigar did"
Put these two back into the White House and they will balance the national debt by "borrowing" our Social Security funds once again. Bush - Clinton - Bush - Clinton ????
Don't think so.

Posted by: OJ32141 | December 12, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain's campaign brought up the drug abuse issue as well, responding to Obama's anti-funding vote back in May:

"While Senator Obama's two years in the U.S. Senate certainly entitle him to vote against funding our troops, my service and experience combined with conversations with military leaders on the ground in Iraq lead me to believe that we must give this new strategy a chance to succeed because the consequences of failure would be catastrophic to our nation's security."

An aide added: "Obama wouldn't know the difference between an RPG and a bong."

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Flyer90 | December 12, 2007 07:45 PM

Yeah, Obama will surely beat Bush in the election with those!

Posted by: accentmark | December 12, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Candidates tend to greatly exaggerate their
accomplishments and experience. As far as I can see, there are three candidates who are sufficiently experienced to be president: Dodd, Biden and McCain but they don't have a chance. They actually might be able to comprehend the world. Hillary has no useful experience except staring disapprovingly at Bill during his for behaving like a 16 yearold. Unfortunately, the media needs to sell stories and stars to make hoards of money nd it largely decides elections. We get candidates with hoardes of media consultants who manipulate this game. These pols worry more about their image like some kind of fashion show, spewing meaningless trivial drivel. Taking tough stands on issues is not for them. Actions do speak louder than BS. The political system is broke.

Posted by: KRittenmyer | December 12, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Was this the smear HRC was holding back that Novak reported?

Posted by: accentmark | December 12, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Good point, democraticjack -- someone above actually believes that U.S. Senators are TESTED for drugs before they report to work each day?! "Here Senator Kennedy, please pee in this cup." Although, I'd bet that Larry Craig would volunteer for that job in a heartbeat!!!

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

What difference does it make what someone said in kindergarten? What someone did as president does make a difference. Something never mentioned is the phone sex, most of you should know what that is, or can easily learn. Your president, the one some of you want back in the White House, spent considerable time engaged in one handed phone calls, or perhaps used a speaker phone, while the pres you now want, knowing all about him, denied his activities. I'll take the kid who dreamt of being Pres in kindergarten.

Posted by: rsye42 | December 12, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

What is significant is that these low IQ people who post here are also eligible to vote. It is a miracle that the United States survives as a free nation.

Posted by: hymandd732 | December 12, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The Current Occupant was at least a heavy drinker, if not an alcoholic for years. In the 2000 campaign Bush's people refused to say whether Bush had ever used cocaine. Instead they named a year (don't remember which) from which point forward they assured us the Current Occupant had not used cocaine.

Obama should find that transcript or video and make a similar assurance about himself. Even I'll listen to RUSH the day Obama does that!!

Posted by: Flyer90 | December 12, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Good point, democraticjack -- someone above actually believes that U.S. Senators ask TESTED for drugs?! "Here Senator Kennedy, please pee in this cup." I'd bet that Larry Craig would volunteer for that job!!!

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 7:45 PM | Report abuse

A major study determined that over 70% of Americans are below average intelligence. The comments here support that study

Posted by: hymandd732 | December 12, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Come on, it's TRUE!!! You KNOW the Republicans are going to find and play every single trick in the book!!! Obama would be mincemeat by the Republican Attack Machine!!! He does not have the 15 years of experience of getting hit as Hillary has!!! He just is not tough enough to take it, much less be President of the United States!

Posted by: AlwaysforHillary | December 12, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

What about the rumor that Hillary murdered Vince Foster? It is a rumor but we should at least discuss it since the Republicans will no doubt go after her on that issue in the GE. Right? It's better that we bring it up now as democrats instead of letting the republicans do it.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

How low can The Clinton top democrat go, lower than a snakes belly it appears.
To accuse Obama at this late stage of drugs is about how the Clinton crowd is looking for any accusation whether true or untrue to throw a wrench into the Obama camp.
It now shows through as to what Hillary Clinton is like and how she would govern if elected, another likeness to Bush, supporting lies upon lies, the one who agreed with Bush to go to war with Iraq, then swallowed her words when it comes to shoooting for Predidency, no thanks Hillary Clinton,your husband was never like that.

Posted by: tom_e_atkins | December 12, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Billy Shaheen just doesn't get it, he wonders why voters and the media are not giving more attention to experienced Democratic candidates such as Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden and are instead elevating into the first tier alongside Clinton a pair of candidates with less experience in Washington, Barack Obama and John Edwards...

The electorate (both parties) is just plain fed up with these traditional members of Congress and are exploring anything new.

Look at the current approval ratings.

Posted by: philcannon | December 12, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama can easily turn this to his advantage in the general election -- evangelicals love redemption.

Also, Obama's candor on this subject is another example of why this country needs him. If a candidate cannot acknowledge past mistakes -- like voting for the Iraq war -- then voters are going to take everything they say with a grain of salt. Candor begets credibility.

Posted by: rhettm2 | December 12, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

99% of all child molestation occurs under ALCOHOL influence
99% of all domestic beatings occur under ALCOHOL influence
MARIJUANA has caused ZERO deaths directed to it's use.
I'd like to see these fatcat hypocrites bare their liquor filled souls and then criticize Obama for leveling with people and treating them like adults. Screw Hillary and the other lying hyenas. arack might just get my vote for showing the deceit in every other candidate!

Posted by: elliot.enteract | December 12, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The level of hysteria in these comments is only slightly higher than the level of ignorance contained in most of them.
Senator Obama's past drug use was disclosed by SENATOR OBAMA, not Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton is still standing after 15 years of lies, rumors and attacks and she is still the national frontrunner. Can Mr. Obama stand up to the same level of scrutiny? THAT was the question raised by Mr. Shaheen.
Pay attention folks.

Posted by: democraticjack | December 12, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Hillary is going to come forth with the essay Obama wrote in kindergarten. I want to compare it with all the essays my kids wrote in kindergarten. The rest of you need to dig your kid's kindergarten essays out to compare. I'm sure most of them go: A, B, C, D, and so forth. Just one more lie from a lieing campaign.

Posted by: granny73 | December 12, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama was a major drug dealer in High School. The Clintons have seceral customers to whom Obama sold drugs too.

They have pictures of Obama praying facing Mecca.
They have proof of Obama meeting Iranians and receiving money from them.

Posted by: frost | December 12, 2007 7:18 PM | Report abuse

DING DONG THE__ITCH IS DEAD!

Posted by: daaviles | December 12, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

This is a bogus desperate attack by the Clinton campaign. This is something that happened in Barack's early years and something he has admnitted to many times in his book and publicly. In fact, he is quite proud of the fact he was able to overcome the problem and excel to where he is today. Obama has been honest and straightforward about it, something the Clinton's have a hard time comprehending.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I pledge to never, ever vote for a Republican in this universe or any other. They are total dicks. Every. Single. One.
But, unlike the Dems, they keep them in their pants. Posted by: Frommaine.

Ah, Frommaine, actually Repugnantcans are whipping them out in men's restrooms coast to coast. What is it about Repugnantcans and gay sex? They can't seem to get enough...

Posted by: markiebee001 | December 12, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Hillary has no qualifications to be a presidential candidate. The fact that she is an option for Dems shows how little they have to offer. Bill Richardson is the best Dems have and believe me as a NM resident I can tell you he sucks. Look at the 500 million spent on a commuter train few will use while the rest of the states infrastructure goes down the tubes. Ann Coulter is so correct when she says, "If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans."

Posted by: BelenGadfly | December 12, 2007 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Legalize it - don't criticize it
Legalize it and i will advertise it

Singer smoke it
And players of instruments too
Legalize it, yeah, yeah
That's the best thing you can do
Doctors smoke it
Nurses smoke it
Judges smoke it
Even the lawyers too

Posted by: winstonsalem | December 12, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse


I think Sheehan's point was that Obama has been getting a pretty easy ride in the media and not been vetted. This drug use issue will be brought up by the Republicians if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

There is a difference between Clinton's marijuana use and Obama's cocaine use in that the former is a misdemeanor and the latter a felony. The Republicans will surely exploit that.

These sorts of things should be brought up now before the general election.

Posted by: grzz_76 | December 12, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I guess when your butt is about to be whipped in the primary a desperate candidate will say anything about an opponent. It's too bad the Shaheen's don't realize how unelectable Shillary really is.

Posted by: gearyc1017 | December 12, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they have someone to whom Obama sold drugs to.
Rumors have it that Obama was a major drug dealer in school
Or maybe they have someone who sells drugs to skinny Obama.
For sure this Muslim Messias is going to be taken apart piece by piece by the Clintons.

Posted by: frost | December 12, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Your mention of Obama's "refreshing candor" is biased and obtuse. Clearly it was out there and it had to be made by Obama as a preemptive strike. It was something Obama just HAD to do.

As a parent hoping to represent many other parents do you think this confession was made from a sensibile concept of parental
morality and/or common sense?

If you can't see the GOP go over this one in every way possible just think moms and dads. Who did he buy it from and how did he get it and did he swap or sell? This will be among many other issues for the GOP barkeeps to swill who have been trained as mixologists by Rove and other GOP attack meisters.

To think that Obama will be more electable than Hillary Clinton is beyond naive.

Posted by: morris1030 | December 12, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

The Hillary campaign is claiming the remarks made by New Hampshire co-chair Billy Shaheen were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way.

-- and the lies continue to flow.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

"On the Tavis Smiley show Obama admitted he never would have admitted his cocaine use (in his book) if he'd known he'd be running for president."

Oh, but wait Josey...that flies in the face of the last embarrassing attempt to smear Obama, that he has been running for president since he was in kindergarten.

Tsk tsk...when dumb smear contradicts dumb smear.

Posted by: billyf65 | December 12, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Here is the response from the Obama campaign:

"Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the 'fun part' of this campaign, and now she's moved from Barack Obama's kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls. Senator Clinton's campaign is recycling old news that Barack Obama has been candid about in a book he wrote years ago, and he's talked about the lessons he's learned from these mistakes with young people all across the country. He plans on winning this campaign by focusing on the issues that actually matter to the American people."

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Gawd, is that the best Hillary can come up with? Everybody who works in United States Government gets drug tested and Hillary knows that because she was drug tested before she officially took her Senate office, and so was Barack. So Hillary already knows Barack is skweeky clean. Just goes to show, she's got nothing on Barack!

Posted by: lindalovejones | December 12, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The GOPer's are praying that HillBill is the Demo candidate. They are so beatable by even the weakest GOP candidate. Obama would be harder to defeat.

Posted by: rlpm345 | December 12, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

People that live in glass houses, should dress in the basement Hillary. Having your brother-in-law Roger score drugs for the users that attended your parties in Arkansas, makes it unbelievable you would attack Obama for doing what 90% of college attendees have done, experiment with drugs in their youth.

Posted by: jameschirico | December 12, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

chicka boom chicka boom don't you love it

chicka boom chicka boom don't you just love it

Posted by: 1bighat | December 12, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

The Shaheens are representative of New Hampshire's southern border people; the bunch of new people who live and think in Massachusetts Middle Mind but moved across the border to New Hampshire to avoid taxes. It was these demographics which brought the Shaheens to New Hampshire government and it brought the end of New Hampshire's traditional regional character coming to expression in politics. This trashy slander belongs in old school Southie politics and so do the sleazy Clintons and their insidious New Hampshire apparatchiks.

Posted by: quigleydude | December 12, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Up here in NH,Bill Shaheen is known as "Mr. Sleaze"
What Obama needs to do is travel the country with Billy Dale.
Remember him?
He was the guy who worked in the White House travel office when Clinton was elected.
Remember how Hillary tried to get him convicted of a crime because he wouldn't easily accede to her demands that he quit so she could put her own hacks in the job?
Yeah that's how Hillary treats the little guy.
She is a danger to the US Constitution and should be defeated resoundingly!
Go Barack !! Go Barack!!

Posted by: RichardJFlorinoJ | December 12, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Clinton sleeze politics rises to the occasion yet again. It's sickening. This cr*p is why many people hate politics.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Question for the Hillary Campaign:
If Hillary gets elected to the White House will she return the silverware?

Posted by: ddaniel | December 12, 2007 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Really, Barack's apparently just Avon Barksdale in disguise.

Posted by: bogus | December 12, 2007 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Obama's drug use it would be naive even stupid to sugggest that the GOP has not developed an arsenal of weaponry aimed at all the weak spots in Obama's past and present.

Obama's admission of cocaine and grass use was a premptive attempt which cannot work. Forget NH, if he nominated he will be eaten live by GOP. The are kvelling as Hillary hate escalates and hopefully they will have an easy target in Obama.

His votes as State Senator in Illinois were far more liberal than his current positions presumably. He sells change and hope, but his healthcare plan is a far cry from what he wanted way back in ILL,

There is also the matter as to who his politico buddies were and why, etc. It doesn't take much imagination to see the GOP asking who he bought drugs from, and who he may havve sold drugs to.

Forget the Oprah fiasco. It probably buys him votes, but it's pretty sleazy to have the Queen of Giveaways, protector of South Africa, Lady of the Books, film producer, and stealth president intrude herself into a caucus prior to backing a nominated candidate. If it buys votes in our celebrity crazed culture it will do perhaps for the primaries.

Imagine however, the absolute joy experienced by the GOP if Obama becomes nominated! Hillary hate will have succeeded and we can await at least 20 more years of Imperial GOP rule as the Democrats shoot themselves once again.

I am not even going to the Muslim and other extremely divisive issues inherent in regarding Obama.

Posted by: morris1030 | December 12, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

This is very likely to backfire on Hillary.
People don't like the negative attacks, and it should be beneath Mrs. Clinton for her, or her surrogates, to pursue the nomination in this manner. Barack Obama, whether electable or not, has more charisma than Hillary has, and does not take the patronizing and talking down stance that Hillary often does. I think Bill Clinton is great, but Hillary needs to start showing some charisma, and soon. I'd also like to see how Mrs Clinton claims 35 years experience when in reality she has about the same as Obama. Being first lady doesn't count, although I sure wish Laura were making the decisions in the current White House.

Posted by: bfjam | December 12, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm done with HRC.

DONE.

This is abhorrent, Rove-in-SC2000 level filth. She not only lost my vote in the primary, she lost it in the general.

Posted by: bogus | December 12, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, somebody forgot about not engaging in "the politics of personal destruction". I am not voting for him and I could care less if he used drugs. What does this have to do with him running for President? Like she didn't smoke pot or drop acid during the 60's??? How else could she have put up with such a pig of a husband?

Posted by: ttraider88 | December 12, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

This is a perfect example of the Clinton campaign engaging in THE POLITICS OF FEAR.
Our country deserves better, and that is why I fully support Senator Obama.

Posted by: akiraboch | December 12, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

So I guess this now means Hillary's husband's sexcapades are fair game. How about Bill's inserting cigars in Monica Lewinsky's vagina? You think that might be an "opening for Republican dirty tricks"? Hillary's campaign tactics makes me want to puke. I will never vote for that woman.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey Clawrence3...I wouldn't vote for Hillary if she was unopposed...She is DISGRACEFUL.Go OBAMA

Posted by: daaviles | December 12, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

CBS GOT HOLD OF THIS AND WAS REHASHING IT NOW: OH NO

DID OBAMA ATTENDED A MUSLIM MADRASSA FOR 4 YEARS?

A.- YES HE DID

WAS OBAMA S FATHER A MUSLIM FROM KENYA?

A.- YES HE WAS

DID OBAMA'S PARENTS MARRIED?

A.- THERE IS NO RECORD OF THE ACT, SO THEY DIDN'T .

DID OBAMA ATTENDED A CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN INDONESIA?

A.- YES HE DID, HE TRANSFERRED FROM MUSLIM SCHOOL TO CATHOLIC BUT WAS REGISTERED AS "MUSLIM"

DID OBAMA RENOUNCED HIS MUSLIM RELIGION?

A.- THERE I S NO RECORD OF THIS ACT, SO HE IS STILL A MUSLIM IN THE EYES OF ISLAM

WHY OBAMA DENIES HE'S A MUSLIM ?

A.-OBAMA MIGHT BE PRACTICING MUSLIM DECEPTION, WHICH IS MANDATED BY ISLAM TO GAIN POWER.

DID OBAMA USED COCAINE IN HIGH SCHOOL?

A.- HE HIMSELF SAID SO TO HS STUDENTS

DID OBAMA WENT TO REHAB FOR COCAINE AND CRACK USE?

A.- THERE IS NO RECORD OF OBAMA DOING REHAB, SO HE'S STILL ADDICTED AND USES DRUGS.

WHY IS OBAMA SO SKINNY?

A.- LOSS OF WEIGHT IS A SIGN OF COCAINE AND CRACK COCAINE USE

DID OBAMA MET WITH IRANIAN AGENTS SECRETLY AND RECEIVED 200 MILLION DOLLARS TOI RUN FOR PREZ?

A.- IT'S ONLY A RUMOR, BUT AFTER THAT OBAMA BOUGHT A 1.6 MILLION MANSION WITH THE HELP OF A

SYRIAN MUSLIM, TONY REZCO.

COULD OBAMA AFTER ELECTED PRESDENT BECOME MUSLIM AGAIN?

A.- YES, THERE IS NO LAW THAT SAYS YOU CAN'T

SO OBAMA COULD BECOME A MUSLIM PRESIDENT AND ALIGN AMERICA WITH IRAN AND ALQAIDA? .-

A.-YES HE COULD.

COULD OBAMA THEN TRY TO MAKE AMERICA A MUSLIM NATION ?

A- YES IF HE DISSOLVES CONGRESS AND ELECTS A MUSLIM MAJORITY .

THEN MUSLIMS COULD START ONVERTING ALL CHRISTIANS INTO ISLAM?

A.- YES THEY WOULD HAVE THE OVERNMENT HELP AND ALSO THE POLICE AND TROOPS

WILL CHRISTIANS AND JEWS BE THEN BUTCHERED IF THEY RESIST CONVERSION?

A- MUSLIMS HAVE A RECORD OF KILLING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO ACCEPT ISLAM IN TURKEY 10

MILLION ARMENIANS WERE BUTCHERED AND BEHEADED BY MUSLIMS.

SO OBAMA COULD MEAN TE END OF FREEDOM IN AMERICA?

A.- YES,

Posted by: frost | December 12, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama's biggest strength is that he is charismatic, likable and has a positive agenda. Voters will forgive a troubled past if they like the candidate. Just take a look at President Reagan who was divorced and an actor, Bill Clinton and his women problems and George Bush with his alcoholism. They all won despite having character flaws. Hillary is showing her desperation as the polls show a race that is becoming closer. Her real problem is that she is running a passionless campaign. She needs to junk the technocratic approach and get real.

Posted by: steven08817 | December 12, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Clawrence3,

I knew, and know, that Billy Shaheen was Hillary's co-Chair and never said he
wasn't.

What I did say was that New Hampshire would have had a better Governor if they'd dredged up some whalesh-t from the bottom of the sea, molded it into a human form, and sat it down in the Guv's chair.

Billy seems to have been formed from the same substance.

Posted by: norriehoyt | December 12, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

The headline should be:
Clinton Camp attacks Obama on Drug Use
Because that is what they are doing.
It's a back door attack
By not bringing it up they are bringing it up.
I don't know if I want another sneaky president. We Don't need another Karl Rove type administration....

Posted by: bcgolds | December 12, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I think we call this triangulation. By referencing the dirty Republicans, the slickster in New Hampshire (a confessed attorney) gets in the issue of Barack Obama's youthful missteps, which I consider age appropriate sins of a lesser magnitude than President Clinton's sexual escapades in the Oval Office, for beginners.

I consider myself a Conservative, I am a proud NRA member, and gratefully, a Navy veteran (USNR). I think the young man with the Harvard education is poised, well spoken and brilliant. He is also, in my opinion, a socialist, conspicuously limited in experience that would matter (e.g. military service), and confuses air with soil.

But, he is to be commended for his honesty, which distinguishes him from his anxious political rivals within the Democratic Party's elite inner circle.

Posted by: garygrimm | December 12, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

clawrence3: Yeah, I will never vote for her. If she wins, I probably won't vote unless there is a reasonable alternative candidate. Rumors just out that Al Gore and Bloomberg may run as Independents. That would change everything.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

What does that say about us if Hillary Clinton is the best we can find to lead us. Clinton has yet to make a case that she is a leader, let alone a leader who will bring about change. Her sleazy campaign style indicates that she simply represents more of the same slimy politics.

Posted by: mperloe | December 12, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, Bill didn't inhale ( BS) and Hillary's brother gets a pardon for trafficking cocaine. Looks like she is and expert on drug abuse in the home.

As a doctor, the marijuana is still just a political issue as long as the liquor, cigarette,and drug lobbies can keep it illegal to protect their industries. Marijuana is not harmful, but, cocaine is. Just because someone has done some illegal activities in their youth does not mean a person can lead a productive life. Example, Bill Clinton smoked dope, had illegal sex in the oval office, pardoned criminals who were involve with him, and how many close people that had negative information on the Clinton's have mysteriously died?? Hillary sucks, and will turn AMERICA into a Socialist country. GOD SAVE AMERICA. Can I say that, GOD.

Posted by: drjgtown | December 12, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

MAKE NO MISTAKE - SHAHEEN AND CLINTON - THESE PEOPLE ARE THE DINASAURS WE NEED TO DEFEAT!

GO OBAMA IN '08!

Posted by: onestring | December 12, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is not from Arkansas. Bush was a big drug user when he was younger, to the point of being an addict. Obama did some experimenting with drugs but was not an out of control addict like Bush. I would wager that Bush's drug and alchohol use had a direct negative impact on his actions as president. Comparing Bush's drug use to what Obama, and probably most other politicians, did in his past. is like comparing WWII to Granada. I believe in forgiving mistakes but a recovering addict in the whitehouse (Bush) was going too far.

By the way there have been some very interesting studies of Presidents and other powerful people, and their drug use. It seems that probably most very powereful leaders were using some sort drugs WHILE IN POWER, not just before. It also appears that their drug use can be tied fairly clearly to their actions while in power. Nixon, Kennedy, Hitler, and many others had known drug and alchohol use issues while in office. Even Bush senior had an incident where his doctors pumped him up on drugs so he could get through a meeting. He ended up falling out of his chair on TV.

Posted by: bjuhasz | December 12, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

tradina and CleverGirl_DC -- I hear ya 2 -- will you join with me in pledging to NOT vote for Hillary Clinton if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

zb95 -- I hope the Washington Post goes out of business too -- will you join with me in pledging to NOT vote for Hillary Clinton if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican I would find Obama harder to compete against... fearing some Democrat would whip out the race card.

Posted by: g_jang | December 12, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

This is very disappointing. I was going to support Clinton and Obama until I was forced to make a choice. Now I think I will send all my money to Obama. He's going to need it if Clinton is going to play dirty like this.

Posted by: CleverGirl_DC | December 12, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

hurleyboo and ninjah -- I hear ya 2 -- join us in out pledge against Hillary Clinton!!!

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I personally thought it was interesting that Shaheen is raising questions about Edwards' electability when polls consistently show that Edwards does the best among all of the Democrats against the Republican candidates.

Posted by: tradina | December 12, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

tallik -- I hear ya -- will you join with me in pledging to NOT vote for Hillary Clinton if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I am now MORE LIKELY to vote for Obama. Federal drug laws *desperately* need reform. If anyone is going to take the first step in that direction, it's probably someone who has been there.

Posted by: ninjah | December 12, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

tja133 -- that Obama campaign response does not answer the questions -- here they are one more time: 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Why is this cr*p on the front page? I guess the "Obama is a radical muslim" story did not work so now this. The Washington Post is sinking to new lows. You people should be ashamed to attempt to make this non-story politcal dirty trick into a legimate issue. Pathetic. I hope you paper goes out of business.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

norriehoyt and retrosexy -- last time I checked, Bill Shaheen is the State's CO-CHAIRMAN for Hillary. Sounds like more than "a blip" top me.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

So I guess then that HIllary should get ready to be asked about her husbands infidelity and how she dealt with that?

Posted by: Dlarosa13 | December 12, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Hillary has no viable alternatives to Obama. The Clintons NEVER had any viable alternatives, except their brand of Marxism. Hillary has NO ROOM to speak ill of anyone. She has plenty of skeletons in her closet. Although the drug use question is a fair one, what about the myriad of Hillary scandals, i.e., Whitewater, Vince Foster, the missing billing records, the questionable campaign funds, and on and on. It's time for Obama to shine the light of truth on Hillary, and watch her scamper for the nearest, darkest corner.

Posted by: fmartinez_8 | December 12, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The 'Fun part of the campaign'

"Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the 'fun part' of this campaign, and now she's moved from Barack Obama's kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls.

"Senator Clinton's campaign is recycling old news that Barack Obama has been candid about in a book he wrote years ago, and he's talked about the lessons he's learned from these mistakes with young people all across the country.

He plans on winning this campaign by focusing on the issues that actually matter to the American people," said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe."

Way to go David Plouffe !!! And thanks for organizing the Change Rocks show in Chicago!!! You did a fantastic job!!!

Posted by: tja133 | December 12, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

This is what we get from "The best person of her generation."?

Pretty crappy standard bearer for the generation that marched with MLK.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Lioness -- that really doesn't answer the questions: 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

If this cadre of Democrats are representative of "The Voice of America" we must destroy the transmitting antenna at once! The Islamic World Destiny movement, tutored in every Madrasa and Mosque, will be overwhelmed with recruits to attack the declining noble, honorable and responsible resolve of the USA. The Old Sailor. San Diego Ca.

Posted by: SAILOR1 | December 12, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

What is up with the Clinton team? How can a slanderous comment about Obama and drugs possibly help the Clinton campaign?

Everything this team says or does seems to reflect more on the worst attributes of the Clintons than anything else. To me there's is something refreshingly candid about a candidate admitting to experimenting with drugs, as opposed to, say, telling the world that he tried marijuana but "didn't inhale."

It is now clearly obvious that the Clinton team is truly desperate due to their candidate's plunging poll numbers. But instead of going out with a good clean fight, they are tarring and feathering themselves in the process of trying to tear down their opponents.

Ugly and ultimately self-defeating.

Posted by: tallik | December 12, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt anything Obamma has done questionable in his life can be held in a cup compared to a lake full of dirty trick, immoral acts, crooked deals, lying , cheating , sexual attacks, selling this country to the highest bidder that are Clintons badge of honor. Why is there never any journalist ever willing to question the Clintons.

Posted by: hurleyboo | December 12, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Bill Shaheen?!?!? a 'Top Clinton advisor'?!?!
As someone that lives in N.H., I can say that this guy is only even a blip on the
Clinton radar because his wifey ran and won for Gov. of the state. She was a horrible gov. but the Republicans had no one to counter her for 3 terms...all the while she
sat back and did nothing, and when she did do
something finally, she said it was 'for the children'. (sound familiar? straight out of
the Dem playbook) When pressed on an issue, she created a fact finding 'commission' that didn't have to report until AFTER the election...these people have no scruples...
BTW, I saw the line waiting to get into the Verizon arena to see Obama/Oprah on Sun....I've seen no such lines for any Hillary event (and I've seen 2 unfortunately), granted it was Oprah, but still..

Posted by: retrosexy | December 12, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm a liberal Vermont Democrat who lives three miles from the New Hampshire border. Jean Shaheen was the dumbest and most obtuse Governor I've ever seen. Even more than Hillary, she decided matters by sticking her finger in the wind.

The Republican, conservative N.H. legislature passed a law abolishing the death penalty. She, a supposedly liberal Democrat, vetoed the bill. What an immoral, stupid duffus she was.

Husband Billy seems just as obtuse. He thinks mentioning Obama and drugs in the same sentence will help Hillary in New Hampshire.

Dream on, delusional Billy. You should know, but seemingly don't, that libertarian N.H. and VT voters don't give a hoot about what anybody smokes or ingests.

A large proportion of N.H. voters will applaud Barak for using whatever it was he was using.

Jean and Billy should move to the Bible belt.

Posted by: norriehoyt | December 12, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's See...how can we count the number...of people who have died who have known the Clintons.

All the people they had audited by the IRS who did not agree with them.

Death threats to family members.

Oh, did I mention the deaths...so many killing themselves by shooting themselves in the back of the head or left-handers killing themselves with their right-hand.

Clintons are scarry and sleazy.

No thanks. I'm a conservative and I do not agree with Obama...but Clinton pointing out faults...is like a drunk pointing out another drinker.

Please, I agree...they need to go home.

Posted by: hgmf51 | December 12, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Smokescreen -- will you join with me in pledging NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

lenmac5 -- it's lower than the belly on a cockroach -- will you join with me in pledging NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

How low can that woman go?

Posted by: lenmac5 | December 12, 2007 05:43 PM
____________________

Not low enough to please Bill...

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

TO Alec MacGillis:

I found it - here is Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's response:

"Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the 'fun part' of this campaign, and now she's moved from Barack Obama's kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls.

"Senator Clinton's campaign is recycling old news that Barack Obama has been candid about in a book he wrote years ago, and he's talked about the lessons he's learned from these mistakes with young people all across the country.

He plans on winning this campaign by focusing on the issues that actually matter to the American people," said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe."

Posted by: Lioness1 | December 12, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt anything Obamma has done questionable in his life can be held in a cup compared to a lake full of dirty trick, immoral acts, crooked deals, lying , cheating , sexual attacks, selling this country to the highest bidder that are Clintons badge of honor. Why is there never any journalist ever willing to question the Clintons.

Posted by: hurleyboo | December 12, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

clawrence3

Are you a Democrat?

ANd please stop spamming the board with BAD advice.

Thank you

Posted by: kimoco2 | December 12, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Holy smokes (pun intended)! How do you "abuse" drugs, beat the crap out of them? Next thing you know Shaheen will pull out Tom Lehrer's old recording of the "Old Dope Peddler".

Went to archives of this "rag" and found the following from March, 2007. Seems that "Bombastic Billy" wants a job from Hillary (no cheap cracks, folks!). Here's the link.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2007/03/bill_shaheen_brokering_middle.html

Law practice not doing too well, Billy?

Remember folks, Bubba didn't have sex with that woman, and that woman and that woman. Didn't have time to inhale either!

Plop, plop fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is.

Posted by: Smokescreen | December 12, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: benvos329 | December 12, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Obama thanks you Billy Shaheen for the warning. He'll think on it again when he prepares for the presidential run and Hillary is back to carpetbagging-it in New York.

Posted by: rimbaud1 | December 12, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

nhorvath1 -- I hear ya -- will you join with me in pledging NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Ah,the most brilliant woman on the face of the earth strikes again.You know,the one that managed that fabulous health care initiative.You know,the one that "handled" the Monica and Paula Jones affairs(this great work almost cost President Clinton his presidency).Oh I could go on. If you have a few minutes and want to walk down the old Clinton memory lane,just Google "Hillary scandals". It will blow your mind.
The mere suggestion that Hillary attack Mr. Obama(or anyone for that matter) about anything is beyond pathetic.How low can that woman go?

Posted by: lenmac5 | December 12, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

lkaplan8 -- I hear ya -- will you join with me in pledging NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Gutless!

Instead of coming out to directly criticize Obama, her spokes person says "that's what Republicans will say" ... and then goes on to say it.

So her campaign leader smears Obama and puts hands it to Republicans.

Hillary, you're not fooling anyone--the mud is on YOUR hands, the muck rake is in YOUR hands--this wasn't as brilliant as you think.

So much for ending the politics of hate ...

Posted by: nhorvath1 | December 12, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

ayost -- I hear ya -- will you join with me in pledging NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout you do that and come back and tell us liberals all about how much better things are in the world where they think the earth is 4500 years old? Please. I'm begging you.

Posted by: issima_50 | December 12, 2007 05:39 PM
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There are liberals on this board?! Christ I thought I smelled something.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The more I read the comments here, the more worried I am about this nation and the ridiculous priorities people are holding.

come on....the current president is an alcoholic, and DEMOCRATS are attacking Obama?

Wow.....

Posted by: kimoco2 | December 12, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

dotmike -- I hear ya -- will you join with me in pledging NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

A stupid political move by the Clinton campaign. How does HRC have any credibility on drug use when Bill Clinton admitted that he "didn't inhale". This will rebound on them. No need for Obama's campaign to respond on this one.

Posted by: lkaplan8 | December 12, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey bondud --

Checked the divorce and unwed parent stats in red state America lately? Checked the education rankings of the red states? How 'bout you do that and come back and tell us liberals all about how much better things are in the world where they think the earth is 4500 years old? Please. I'm begging you.

Posted by: issima_50 | December 12, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS !

HOUSE FALLS ON HILLARY....Developing

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

LOL, issima_50 -- Bush won re-election with something like 2% of the African-American vote -- you really think the next GOP candidate is going to do that much better by NOT attacking Obama?! LOL

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I just don't understand what the Clinton campaign's point was with all this. Aside from using their tried and true method of attacking a Dem by pointing out attacks that Republicans could make if they were so inclined, bringing up Obama's drug use plays into the very worst impressions people have of Clinton.

First, Obama wrote his book about 15 years ago before he had ever held elected office. By having it out then I think it makes him look less calculating, and more like someone who has not been planning to run for President their entire life, which is in distinct opposition to the consistent stories about Hillary positioning herself for this run in everything she has done.

Second, the openness that Obama's admission shows brings up questions of Clinton's evasiveness, and the public's impression that she can't give a straight answer on anything. It also brings up comparisons of Bill's famous "I didn't inhale" answer in 1992 that is the epitome of Clintonian attempts to have it both ways.

Posted by: ayost | December 12, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what I can say that others before have not already said. I am a Republican and will vote MCCain for no oher reason then he is the best qualified to protect this nations security. At this point nothing else really matters.

To the Honorable Senator Obama I offer my respect to him and his family and hope he realizes Americans see through the Clintons. I see Senator Obama as a bright light in a very dark Democrat party turned bitter by the Clintons. Obama is the Democrats only decent and respectful canidate.

Posted by: nhra7670 | December 12, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

this is below the belt and pathetic!

stick with the issues, Clintonites!

Posted by: dotmike | December 12, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

red13starwood -- are you SURE the drug abuse is in the past? Will he at least answer: "When did you last abuse drugs?"

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

>>Give the GOP one week of ads (in late October) in swing states with this issue and the election will be decided and handed to the GOP nominee.

She's a much easier target than Obama. The last thing the Republicans want to do is pile on a person who is a minority -- they know they can't afford to alienate black voters too much by seeming to persecute Obama. She on the other hand, is the target of choice for them -- they know they already have a whole lot of people predisposed to detest her, and all they need to do is make them detest her more than they detest the Republican nominee and BINGO! People in blue states, particularly on the coasts, have lost track of just how unlike them the rest of the country is. That's dangerous. Even people who aren't for Obama usually can't really say WHY, on the other hand, and he doesn't inspire the loathing that she does even among Dems. Frankly, I almost wish she'd keep it up -- she's not nearly as smart as people say she is or she'd stop this nonsense right now. Go for it, doll!

Posted by: issima_50 | December 12, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

zoot1 -- you think I'm voting for HILLARY?! Perhaps you missed above where I took the pledge NOT to vote for her?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Liberals also slam people faster on a personal level just like you just did because they cannot win in the realm of ideas- they have to go personal and nasty...FAST!

Posted by: bondud | December 12, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with Obamas drug use in the past? If Teddy Kennedy can get away with sinking Mary Joe in his car, and walk away without so much as slap on the wrist...and still whine and moan in the congress for decades....i see no problem with Congressman Obama's past drug use. I had much rather have someone whose past drug use, or drinking was behind them, than a man responsible for the death of his girlfriend.

Posted by: red13starwood | December 12, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with Obamas drug use in the past? If Teddy Kennedy can get away with sinking Mary Joe in his car, and walk away without so much as slap on the wrist...and still whine and moan in the congress for decades....i see no problem with Congressman Obama's past drug use. I had much rather have someone whose past drug use, or drinking was behind them, than a man responsible for the death of his girlfriend.

Posted by: red13starwood | December 12, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

kimoco2 -- who know what they say about giving Dems enough rope, right? At least Ronald Reagan had it right with his 11th Commandment.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

im sure if Hillary ever used Cocaine, she never SUCKED.

Posted by: phindley | December 12, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny that a high ranking official in Hillary's campaign would bring up Obama's or Edwards' lack of experience. Hey why not extol the virtues of a plagarist like John Biden? What experience does she have besides 6 years as a senator -- about the same as Obama or Edwards? Oh yes, she was first lady for 8 years, just like Laura Bush. But on the other hand, she did handle all those bimbo eruptions pretty well, except for Monica. What a joke.

Posted by: dannitt100 | December 12, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Married (very happily) for 31 years-2 (very successful) kids- thank you very much. LIBERALS are the divorced ones-no moral compass. I feel sorry for them.

Posted by: bondud | December 12, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

gvmaes -- don't forget: "Did Obama have sex with that WHITE woman?"

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I took a bong hit a few minutes ago and dang if Hillary doesn't look like a hottie. I think drug users are MORE likely to support her. She should stop slamming recreational drug use.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign leaders should ask Mr. Shaheen to resign from their campaign, just as they asked the two Iowa Clinton campaign officials to step down earlier this week for their irresponsible distribution of racist anti-Muslim emails.

Posted by: tja133 | December 12, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This is not Rove's playbook, the Clinton's wrote THE "scorched earth" playbook of dirty politics. Shaheen's been trained by the grandaddy of slimers, Sidney Blumanthal.

Posted by: accentmark | December 12, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

clawrence3:

If your postings are the best that the Clintons can come up with, they're in worse shape than I suspected. You would qualified for a HUAC job back in the McCarthy days: "Are you now or have you ever been...." Not sure that your remarks qualify you for much else.

Posted by: zoot1 | December 12, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

bondud

I bet you are single, or divorced.

Posted by: kimoco2 | December 12, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

so, sesquashneaux. don't kid yourself. just like most leftist loon libs you have a selective memory. remember, j-j-j-j-j-jim-jim-jimmy carter? and do you think anyone gives a rats ass if you like rep.? and, DO YOU REALLY THINK JULIANY IS GOING TO LOSE BY JUST ONE VOTE! listen, whatever drug, drugs your taking there are plenty of places where you can get help. see--ya!

Posted by: philntoot | December 12, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

carlhgray -- the GOP won't even have to write the copy -- just re-run video of Hillary Clinton pointing it out ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry. The guy is "African American". To think that he wouldn't have done drugs is foolish. There are so few African Americans that haven't.

ANd that he is dumb enough to tell kids that he did it... tells you he has no moral compass where drugs are.

So do you vote for an ex-druggie that's proud of doing drugs or a person who would rip the jugular out of any oppnent she comes across?

Posted by: pmatos1 | December 12, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I would vote for a Rat's butt before I would vote for ANY phony Democrat. BTW Swift boaters only told the truth about John F Kerry. Too easy. Women should not be allowed to vote-most don't get the need for defense-never have. All you female Oprah watchers should stay HOME on election day.

Posted by: bondud | December 12, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Folks, this is the PRIMARY...

Are some of you suggesting many or most Democrats would not vote for a candidate that tried drugs in their teens?

Really?

And even in the general, do you honestly think that this would prevent someone from getting elected?

At the very least, I am disappointed to see the 'swift boating' by Democrats against Democrats. Regardless of who is doing it.

Posted by: kimoco2 | December 12, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Please no more dirty tricks from the Clinton people. And why is Sheehan being so disingenuous as to feign wonder about why Dodd and Biden aren't top tier candidates? Is he working for them now? Why is he attacking Democratic voters that way? Is that the new Clinton strategy: attack voters for preferring who they prefer?

Posted by: jwendland | December 12, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Folks, this is the PRIMARY...

Are some of you suggesting many or most Democrats would not vote for a candidate that tried drugs in their teens?

Really?

Posted by: kimoco2 | December 12, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Did Obama "inhale"?

Did Obama "have sex with that woman"?

Hey, what's good for the "first Black President" should certainly be good for the second Black President.

Posted by: gvmaes | December 12, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

zrarieh -- I guess the first response would be to point out that he's not running for re-election this time around.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

For those who joke about inhaling and the Clinton past, remember that as voters we are judging SENATOR Clinton, not president Clinton. She has never inhaled, blew lines, or shot up. Can Senator Obama claim this? No. Give the GOP one week of ads (in late October) in swing states with this issue and the election will be decided and handed to the GOP nominee.

Posted by: carlhgray | December 12, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Look John McCain already alluded to this when his staff said Barak Obama can't tell a difference between a Bong and a flak jacket. Can you not see an add by 527 .? This is Obama.This is Obama on drugs.Lets say Barak got busted and jailed as a teenager.Do you think he would be a candidate for President.?

Posted by: ashabell | December 12, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

merilynn -- will you join me in pledging NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

If you think the great economy and the lack of terrorism is just a happenstance then vote Democratic or for a weak Republican.-you can all see how it will change. Lucky us.

Posted by: bondud | December 12, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

No punch is too low or candidate to "high" for Clinton to give up her predestiny! This is old news.

One would have thought that with all the indiscretions in the Clinton family past (anyone remember all those Rose Firm documents mysteriously found in the White House??), Hillary wouldn't go there, that perhaps we could finally get beyond the "drugs as a bar to the presidency" stupidity that the moralists pound away on.

But lo, here comes Clinton the Moralist.... She, Romney & Guiliani will do anything, say anything to get elected. Reason enough to vote for someone else!

Posted by: lovinliberty | December 12, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zrarieh | December 12, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have a black gangsta rapper just out of jail for manslaughter coked out of his mind rolling around on the floor of the Oval Office with his ho's and homeboys as the Whitehouse Chef cooks up another batch of meth for his Cabinet than to have Her Thighness anywhere near the Whitehouse.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton Machine is just what we thought it was. Dirty politics and a filthy group of political slime. America, this is what you will get with the Clintons. It's no wonder that voters are dumping Hillary and moving toward Obama.
Go Barack, go !!!

Posted by: WashingtonPete | December 12, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

After this latest dirty, cheap trick by Hillary's camp, I'm throwing my support 100% to Barack Obama, the next President of the United States. This ugliness will backfire in a major way! OBAMA 08!!!!

Posted by: merilynn | December 12, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

If Hillary Clinton is the nominee, I fully expect her to give a concession speech too . . .

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I THINK THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN GUY IS 100% CORRECT. I MEAN WE KNOW WHAT'S IN HILLARY'S BACKGROUND, BECAUSE THEY'VE PLAYED THOSE OLD BROKEN RECORDS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT'S IN THESE OTHER CANDIDATE'S BACKGROUND'S. YOU CAN BE ASSURED THE GOP WILL USE EVERYTHING/ANYTHING LIKE THAT TO WHOEVER GET'S THE NOMINATION. AND THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE VERY CONCERNED WITH THE, "IF IT'S SOMETHING NEW, IT SELLS, FACTOR." ASK SWIFT BOAT KERRY ABOUT THIS. DEMOCRATS ARE NOT VERY BRIGHT, IF I HAD TO GUESS, RIGHT NOW, I'D GIVE OBABMA THE NOMINATION, AND THEN IF HUCKUBEE GET'S THE GOP NOMINATION, HE WILL KILL OBAMA IN A GENERAL.

Posted by: JeffE3 | December 12, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, thank you, zoot1 for taking the pledge (that's only TWO out of the hundreds of "disgusted" Democrats posting here). As for your allegation that I am "trolling" are you seriously refuting all the double-blind scientific studies that clearly show past drug abuse is indicative of future drug abuse?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It's days like this that make it possible for me to imagine Hillary Clinton's concession speach. Ahhhhhh....the day is drawing ever so near...

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, let's bring it on! And bring too the Mena, Arkansas drug ring while Bill was governor and the real story behind Castle Grande and Whitewater. And the real reason why Bill gave back Elian Gonzalez to Fidel. And let's bring up the fact that the biggest flow of drugs into the Black community came through Cuba, and now Venezuela with the "wink and a nod" from the usual suspects of the "Black leadership". Yeah, bring it on!

Posted by: ajamoros | December 12, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The drug thing (selling esp.) strikes of racism. ALL DEMOCRATS are racist. The whites AND the blacks. The white Dems think that blacks need affirmative action to get ahead (too stupid), the black Dems think whites are weak and dumb (crackers). GWB raises a black woman higher than any other President and HE gets the racist charge. Imagine. BTW Barak Hussien Obama will NEVER get my vote. He is too much of a light weight in this age of terrorism.

Posted by: bondud | December 12, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

let's bring out Hilliary being a lesbo, Bill never released his medical records because he snorted his nasal cavities away.
how many FOB's are dead? Do the clinton's really want to go there?

Posted by: dokey | December 12, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Another embarrassing attack by someone I thought I could get behind. Hillary, and her campaign's continuous attacks on other Democrats have done for me with her.

Her once "perfect" campaign has fallen off the tracks badly, and it looks like they are going over the cliff.

I'm just glad she's not a Republican. It looks like she'll say and do anything to get elected.

Who needs to worry about Karl Rove when Hillary is your opponent.

Posted by: sbickle | December 12, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"donj -- well, for starters, past drug abuse is indicative of future drug use, so it's at least relevant to ask "When was the last time you abused drugs?" You certainly don't want a President of the United States all coked up and ready to launch nukes, do you?

Posted by: clawrence3 | December 12, 2007 04:29 PM
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Is this supposed to be serious? That is depraved, and underscores how low Clinton's people will sink in trying to justify this outrageous attack. There's absolutely nothing to support an inference that he's used anything since his adolescent years, and clawrence3 has sunk as low as Shaheen has in trolling that out for consideration.

What it tells me is that the Clintons are consummate spoilers - if they can't have this all for themselves, they'll make it impossible for anyone else to step in as a Demo candidate. I have never voted for a Republican presidential candidate since I first became eligible almost 50 years ago, but there is no way I will ever vote for HRC.

Posted by: zoot1 | December 12, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Clinton falls further every time she tries to turn people against Obama.

Posted by: lwrzesin | December 12, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Hilary Clinton just lost this independent voter, by hiding behind Shaheen to trash Sen Obama. What nasty politics, just like the Bush campaign in 2000 against Sen. McCain.

Although I am not for Sen Obama, at least he is honest. I wasn't for Bush either but he fessed up to an earlier drinking problem.

Posted by: Curly2 | December 12, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that if you all would just sit down and drink a nice cup of warm blood with Hillary you would see things here way

Posted by: don1956 | December 12, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"Republican dirty tricks" = Democrat double talk. Unless I read something wrong in the piece, it is Shaheen/Clinton raising the drug issue for its impact now, not the Republicans raising it at all, let alone in the General Election (unless this article just escaped backwards in some sort of time-warp).

Posted by: dmcgar | December 12, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, I love it when Dems hurt other Dems. Reps make the same dumb mistake. When will these pols realize that after the primary season, members of the same party will have to play nice, act like they like and respect each other, and work together. Thanks, Hillary, for ammunition to be used next summer.

Posted by: jerrypomeroy | December 12, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's Christmas List:

Boob job
Face lift
Liposuction
Scruples
Edible Panties (for Huma)
Saltpeter (for Bill)
Mud (for Obama)

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Like I said, keep it up, Dems -- the GOP won't even have to write their own campaign ads.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine when he is inaugurated! Every young man and woman no matter what race, creed or color could truly grow up and say "One day I will be president!" This is the only man who can unite this country. I challenge anyone who has gone to see him and heard him speak to tell me he didn't make a profound impression on you. Elect Obama in 2008. It is the first step to healing this country and the first step back on the road to sanity.

Posted by: gtownes | December 12, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Obvious sign of Clinton desperation. It ain't the Rebubs throwing the mud--it's Shaheen. Pathetic. Voters will see through this lame attempt.

Posted by: nospam3 | December 12, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Since Obama has been quite open about this, including a clear admission of prior drug use in his books, not to mention honest responses to this question in Iowa, this "attack" is likely to boomerang. The contrast between Obama's candor and the Clintons' evasiveness on every subject, including questions about drug use, makes them look quite bad, and more than a little desparate in the bargain, especially since he has put this behind him already.

Posted by: jdrawn | December 12, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

1morething -- "The question is: IS HE ON DRUGS NOW?" Well, will he answer THAT question at least?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? Mr. Obama's past drug use is the LEAST of the things voters should be concerned with. I think what's more scary is his relative eagerness to cede credibility to ruthless - albeit tinpot - dictators that are sworn enemies of the country he, as president, is sworn to defend (not to mention nationalizing over one-seventh of this same country's economy).

Posted by: simones | December 12, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't give Obama so much credit for coming clean. He knew that if ran for Pres his prior drug use would be public knowledge so he got it out there early.

Posted by: jgfieldsolemiss | December 12, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

My last comment has anyone seen Hillary's beautiful assistant after the News paper accused them of having a lesbian afair 10 days ago? She has disapeared, and the Media had Bily Bob warn them not to persue the story! She probably will be in Fort Marcie part like Vince Foster a possible Arkanside, where did she go, spread the message we want to know, that Obomas answer where is she?

Posted by: dcsdcs222000 | December 12, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Any past drug use in your past Hillary? What about sexually transimitted deseases? Then we can all ask when, where, and how.

Posted by: kevinmday | December 12, 2007 04:59 PM
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And, don't forget: "did you ever sell sex?"

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

sequoia -- I didn't ask whether you would ever vote for a Republican -- could you try answering one of the questions I have asked you?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I Vote For Virtue; I Vote For Ron Paul !!!

We are being Bankrupted by Socialism and War.

All Empires Of The Past Have Gone The Same Way.

Save The Republic; Vote For Ron Paul !!!

Posted by: PainfullyAware | December 12, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Clinton has a lot of nerve. Your Husband is a womanizer and you want to throw dirt on someone else.

How about he ask her - why she continued to live with a man that is an Adulterer?

She really needs to think twice about pulling out any skeletons on anyone.

No one cares if he did drugs while in college. He said he did, he didn't lie or cover it up. The question is: IS HE ON DRUGS NOW?

In here situation - what kind of judgement are you using to let your Husband tell the american public a bald face lie, and you didn't do anything about it.

If we are looking at lack of judgement. How many women does she plan on "FORGIVING" him for? At some point, knowledge of his philandering becomes complacentcy. Who is Hillary tryin to fool?

Posted by: 1morething | December 12, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

OK, since she brought up the subject of another candidates health record maybe its time she finally released her own. Any past drug use in your past Hillary? What about sexually transimitted deseases? Then we can all ask when, where, and how.

Posted by: kevinmday | December 12, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I HAD respect for Hillary before this. If not for Obama she would have had my vote. If any one of those Repugnicans DARED to try to raise this up it would blow up in their faces so quickly it wouldn't be funny. All Obama would have to do is look the American Public in the eye (as he always does) and tell the truth. It would also help him with young people who in college experimented (like who hasn't?). This is a non-issue and Hillary is sounding more and more like a Repugnican. I loved Bill Clinton, but this is too much! OBAMA-2008!!!!!

Posted by: gtownes | December 12, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse


I pledge to never, ever vote for a Republican in this universe or any other.

They are total dicks. Every. Single. One.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 04:56 PM

But, unlike the Dems, they keep them in their pants.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

First off, I love how Clinton is doing exactly what she says the Republicans will do. I won't know what to do it she gets the nominee.

Second, since when is Clinton the most electable candidate?? I guess the Clinton camp overlooked the hoardes of polls that show her losing to the GOP frontrunners, while Obama wins the same matchups? They just decided to make it up? What is wrong with these people...

Make the right choice people.. Obama 08.

Posted by: sweetemotion131 | December 12, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

At some point Obama just needs to say, over 70-percent of the US population has admitted partaking in some form of drug use. so what's the issue? when is our politics gong to get beyond 1950's BS.

I'm 40 yrs old and i bet i can find any drug that i wanted in a matter of hours. when i was 21, i could do it in a manner of minutes and have never done cocaine. but why sit here and deny that the stuff is not all round us.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 12, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

PREDICTION:

Obama's lead in the NH polls reaches 38% by Friday!

Thanks Hillary!

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU, dcsdcs, for finally answering the question -- so, that's ONE, do I hear another?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I pledge to never, ever vote for a Republican in this universe or any other.

They are total dicks. Every. Single. One.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"... not giving more attention to experienced Democratic candidates such as Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden and are instead elevating into the first tier alongside Clinton a pair of candidates with less experience in Washington, Barack Obama and John Edwards."

Let's change that statement to something equally truthful:
"... not giving more attention to experienced Democratic candidates such as Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden and are instead elevating into the first tier candidates with less experience in Washington, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards."


Posted by: judgeccrater | December 12, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It'll be a mistake to attack a person for something they have been totally honest about where no other high profile politician has been as honest. Especially in the one area where everyone knows that they are not being honest. Bill Clinton tried to be honest about his use but fell short, the only thing that hurt Bill about his admisssion was the fact that everyone could see he wasn't being completley genuine. He didn't inhale, total lie. Obama speaks the truth, and i care more about the truth than someone having a spotless past.

Posted by: formlessness | December 12, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bill Richardson & Chris Dodd, will you rebuff the fact that Hillary and company are tearing down the Democrats in Thursday's debate - or will you cowards remain silent like the hacks you really are. Perhaps Richardson can kiss son Obama & Edwards "A" like he kissed Hillary's in the last debate. We will see your true character Thursday night, you pansies.

This is the epitome of dirty politics. The kindergarten story isn't working so they resort to innuendos that only give ammo to the Republicans. Polarizing she is... This is how Hillary brings Dems and Reps together by attempting to destroy her own.

Posted by: czlong | December 12, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It looks as though Clinton is going to row the swiftboat for the Republicans.

There is a generation gap here. Obama is young, and that is a good thing for the country. but very probably quite capable of defending himself.

Posted by: gwennms | December 12, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I heard a rumor that Hillary's husband was accused of sexual harrassment from several of his employees. Just a rumor...

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hillary should release her own health records. Is there any truth to the rumor that both she and Bill were treated for cocaine overdoses while in Arkansas? No? Then she needs to prove it by coming clean. Two candidates can play this game. Oh yeah; hasn't it been alleged that the Clintons were some of the biggest cocaine smugglers in U.S. history? Ever hear of Mena, Arkansas?

Posted by: kevinmday | December 12, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

paganindisguise -- no need to assume that -- I would have answered any simple question you posed (had you extended the same courtesy to my questions -- don
't worry, neither you nor Obama are under no obligation to answer questions ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what bothers Shaheen more, the drug use or the candor (something the Clintons lack!). Sen. Obama has told his story of drug use as a teen as a way to educate young people and inspire them to value their lives and use their gifts in service of community. As the parent of teenage boys, I appreciate Sen Obama's honesty and example.

This attack on Sen Obama is just another example of why the Clintons are so disliked and divisive. Democrats, let's stop glorifying the Clinton days--lots of scandal and conflict and dirty politics. I am ready to move on to something better. Sen Obama, is the candidate with integrity and vision. This is what we need now!

Posted by: tekemos | December 12, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Okay people, did I miss something here. America is one of the biggest consumers of illegal drugs in the WORLD. You have to have a very good job to pay for drugs so I imagine the Clintons, including the daughter, Obama, Huckabee, Romney, Rove, Bush 2, Thompson, Edwards, Ron Paul, Guiliani, and McCain and whoever is running have all used drugs. Of course OBAMA is the only one to openly admit that he has used drugs, which essentially takes it off the negative campaign table.

Hillary is desperate!! and pathetic!!

Posted by: gametheory | December 12, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse


clawrence3 - what the hell are you talking about Obama is "abusing drugs". Obama's past drug use is not relevant.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I pledge I will never ever vote for Hillary Klintoon for President or even dog catcher because she isn't qualified even to be be a dog catcher! She might be good a forth rate Ambulance chaser, na she would screw that up too! what an abosolute waste of human debris Bill and hill!!!

Posted by: dcsdcs222000 | December 12, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Makes me MORE likely to vote for him, candor is a GOOD thing.

Posted by: merganser | December 12, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Republicans nominated GW Bush overwhelmingly instead of the more "moral" John McCain. They were willing to overlook Bush's past indiscretions because he made it clear in his campaign narrative that faith had transformed him into a better man.

Republicans (and people like me) might attack Obama on guns, the Iraq surge's success, abortion, gay rights, etc., but they won't worry much about the fact that he used drugs at some point in the past. In the end, they'll appreciate the fact that he's not a talking head or idealogue and they'll vote for him over Hillary Clinton in a heartbeat.

America still remembers the "vast right wing conspiracy" nonsense that Hillary spouted and they remember her failed healthcare initiative and her husband's use of the Oval Office as a place to carry out lewd behavior and then lie about it.

Unless they find out Obama was smoking in the Senate chamber, I don't think they'll complain much about his experience as a lost young black man without a father. I think it's a strength, not a weakness.

Posted by: benvos329 | December 12, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Clinton staffers circulate rumors that Obama is a secret Muslim. Billy Shaheen then sheds crocodile tears for Obama, who experimented with drugs. Who will front for Hillary next to encode dire warnings about their racism as a reason Americans won't elect a black man?

Posted by: FirstMouse | December 12, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This is not new stuff, folks- Hillary is following Nixon..

www.clintonreport.com

D

Posted by: dsnyder586 | December 12, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse


broken record clawrence3 -- enough with your stupid pledge already. It really is asinine. If Hillary is the nominee, even skeptical Democrats will hold their noses and vote for her. Like you'll have to do for any of your dud candidates against the Dems. You can't possibly be pleased with any of them...

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Do a google search on 'Clinton cocaine'. I'm sure you'll see Obama is not the one who the Republicans have ammunition on. And are they forgetting our current president used cocaine?

So far the Clinton campaign hasn't found much negative stuff in their vetting of Obama, which shows that the republicans will have nothing to go negative on. This is a great sign, it really shows that Obama is a lot more electable than Hillary.

So Hillary, what will be your next shot? Will you tell us that Barack has not one, but TWO black babies?

Posted by: julia1 | December 12, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

sequoiaqueneaux -- would you "care less" if Obama was currently abusing drugs?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't like Hillary or Obama, but you folks that want Hillary as President are walking down the primrose path. The woman has ZERO qualifications except this kind of stuff: Mud slinging, covering up for sexual harassment of women on the job, digging up dirt on opponents. What you see is what you get with Hillary: A whiny, vapid, superficial, power mad POLITICIAN

Posted by: wellworn444 | December 12, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Another WaPo whooper of a lede. The front page touts "Drug Use Could Haunt Obama"

Didn't the editors learn from the "Muslim Ties" lede to think before they post?

Their choice of language completely skews the story and buries the real lede -- "Clinton Operative Prepares Drug Attack." Which does appear on the jump.

Geez, how'd these guys make it out of Journalism 101.

Posted by: swjunkmail | December 12, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

in politics when your hands drip inocent blood you lose GOD'S favour and goodwill.it was never in GOD.S PLAN for any man to take life from another human being.GOD sees through decit and treachery and can never allow it to happean again. genocide in Rwanda is on the hands of those who hard the power to stop it,but plainly did not and cared less that it was an african problem.but God CREATES even those we despise and he loves them because they' re his own creation.to challenge GOD again wont simply work for Bill AND HILLARLY.THEIR FILES IN HEAVEN ON WRONG DOING ARE RATHER TOO HUGE TO HAVE HIS FAVOUR.PRY FOR THESE DESPERATE SOULS!!!!

Posted by: nasonmsoni | December 12, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

hscott -- are you suggesting he's answered the following questions already: 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?' Which book and page number, please.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Clinton is as bad as Nixon. Lie and when someone tells the truth -- something she is incapable of -- smear them. Karl Rove didn't stoop to THIS.

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 12, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Billy Shaheen, give me a break. If Obama is so irrevelant why in the world did you bring up the drug issue?
Dodd and Biden? they couldn't get from 1st to 3rd if they cut across the infield.
People want CHANGE, any more of Clinton is too much.
Go Obama.

Posted by: bantem109 | December 12, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

clawrence3 -- I must assume you see no canker of racism behind Shaheen's statement. That is what has turned my stomach in this article. Please quit attempting to disregard my gut reaction to an odious insinuation.

coloradodog -- my apologies for mistakenly attributing a comment to you earlier.

Posted by: paganindisguise | December 12, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

So now the Clinton support team says there's a problem with being honest . . .
Need we hear more?

Posted by: ricknej | December 12, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I support anyone running against Hillary! WAIT! That's everyone!

Well everyone except Bill Richardson who is auditioning for Vice President. Imagine how confused Hill will get when she says Bill and someone actually answers! Tacky Ticky Tacky

Posted by: rileywrites | December 12, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

shinestx or dcsdcs -- will you take the pledge?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

How clever of Clinton's campaign to have their N.H. surrogate pose such questions regarding Obama in the guise of their concern that Republicans may ask these questions and, in the process, getting such items out in the public. How very clever indeed.

Posted by: andrewgerst | December 12, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

kentbents -- will you take the pledge?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Funny. I do not think Obama needs advice from the people who do worse in the polls the more they campaign.

Welcome to the new century, Hillary Clinton. We are all adults and can admit we inhaled. If you cannot handle this much truth, you certainly do not deserve to be my president.

Posted by: pdmccormick | December 12, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

getinthek -- will you pledge NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee? Do you think it would have been "racist" or "unreasonable" to have asked GWB the same exact questions in 2000? Somehow, I doubt it.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse


clawrence3 - actually, yes I do think they are stupid questions. I don't think Bush's drunken, coke-head past was an issue and I don't think some recreational partying decades ago matters at all re: the issue facing our country. I couldn't care less!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Shaheen, Mr. Shaheen, this is Mr. Cohen don't you know that the problem with Hillary and the fact that she can't buy the nomination is not so much the advertising "message" you folks and Slick Willie seem so engaged with these days---it's simply the product ---stupid!

One of the things Americans hate is the idea of one family double dipping on the Treasury. Just think if Hill is elected you will have her pulling down the annual salary of the chief executive and when she retires we will have to double their retirement money, secret service etc. Don't be so greedy.

Oh and another thing--why is it Hill and Bill seem obsessed with the worship of --linskys? Hill with Saul Alinsky--the Socialist Firebrand, and Bill with Monica Lewinsky the hottest little piece that Bill ever shared a pizza with on the Oval Office rug.

Posted by: wcg1 | December 12, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, someone who once did drugs could never become president.

Sincerely,
George W. Bush and Billary Clinton

Posted by: tsr712 | December 12, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign is downright racist to suggest that Obama sells drugs. I was thinking about voting for Hillary several months back, but these senseless attacks have changed my mind. I am voting for Obama instead.

Posted by: getinthek | December 12, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Rafferty -- he has not yet answered these questions: 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Lets ask Bill Clintoon about Cocaine and his 2 dry outs in the 80's and The amount of Cocaine going through Mena Arkansas 100 million dollars a month. Hillary is dealing low blows to someone who admitted he tried drugs, it's going to fail because it makes Hillary look desperate! Oboma wins in NH Iowa and ten of the first ten primaries! She is the sleaze of all sleaze, with disaproval ratings up to 55% and Bill Clinton telling voters she is the one isn't working, no one believes them! Billy Bob had 5000 people show up at a Hillary rally that is so pathetic! Hillary is the big looser of 08! Why would anyone vote for a victim of gender that has to use her astranged husband to strengthen her as a candidate implying she is to weak to be president, and the abosolutely horrible baggage she brings with her, Hsu will be huge he has turned on Hillary and I think idictments will be brought up on Hillary after she looses the primaries!
Bill and Hill are the worst low life scum sucking pukes that have been in the modern political arena!

Posted by: dcsdcs222000 | December 12, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

BARACK OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE IN HIS LIFE AND THE DRUG ISSUE IS A NON ISSUE.

IF ONE HAS READ HIS TWO BOOKS, IT'S ALL THERE - OPEN AND HONEST. I ADMIRE HIM GREATLY AND WOULD BE SO PROUD TO HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO WAS BORN IN HAWAII, RAISED PARTLY IN INDONESIA AND KANSAS, USA, AND WITH FATHERLY TIES TO AFRICA.

Posted by: hscott | December 12, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is showing her fangs to those who, up till now, willingly turned a blind eye to the Clintons' slime-ball politics. I'm Obama's girl or I'm nobody's girl.

Posted by: shinestx | December 12, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

How about "Obama was selling crack to other students while attending the Muslim bomb-making school."

I don't think Hillary has the smallest clue how to run the Executive Branch.

Posted by: kentbetts | December 12, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

sequoia -- you probably think "'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'" are stupid questions too . . .

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

nbadger320 - He not only hid it from his daughters he lied on the campaign trail when he was asked if he'd ever been arrested besides his Yale "prank." He said he'd never been arrested any other time.

He lied about it. And he refused to answer questions about his drug use. Don't try to make it into anything other than what it is/was - he did the same things others have done. I assume you have no problem with him being president. So don't wave your double standards around like a flag.

Posted by: donnola | December 12, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

jules1269 -- I agree that Obama IS an excellent role model for our youth -- do you think it is unreasonable to ask him these questions?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

the only U.S. Presidents elected with less GOVERNING experience were George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Grant, and Ike -- guess what they were doing instead?
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Bonking slaves, drinking - hardcore, and killing Nazis. Two out three ain't bad.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What nonsense! Who cares if he experimented with drugs 25 years ago!

If we really wanted to keep this as a litmus test, then we would probably limit our list of presidential candidates to the first ten names in the Salt Lake phonebook.

More importantly for the Clinton campaign, Hillary experimented with giving the president authority to send our troops to Iraq and foolishly voted for the Kyl-Lieberman act, effectively giving the president authority to do the same in Iran.

Posted by: phil.james | December 12, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

paganindisguise -- whether you can imagine him being asked questions about his own coke dealing, do you think those questions would have been "unreasonable" to ask of GWB in 2000?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse


Exactly, clawrence3 so stop asking such a stupid question. I PROMISE to vote FOR Hillary Clinton if she becomes the (D) nominee, though I prefer Obama, Edwards, Richardson, Biden (and Gore).

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

tadlad -- the only U.S. Presidents elected with less GOVERNING experience were George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Grant, and Ike -- guess what they were doing instead?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

This is so pathetic. So desparate. Downright pitiful. He has told the truth and will continue to respond with truth no matter who raises the point and therefore, it is insignificant. People will bore of it trying to be made an issue and whomever that tries to use it as a weapon will deflate any power that they perceive it has.

Posted by: Rafferty | December 12, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

coloradodog -- I don't object to questioning any candidate about past drug or alcohol use. I do object to the sly racism interjected by the "did you sell drugs" query. I cannot imagine that GHWB would have been asked, "Did you sell alcohol to anyone?"

Posted by: paganindisguise | December 12, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, sequoia, which is why this debate is pointless.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Not only will I pledge not to vote for Hillary Clinton in any election, I'll go one step further. I will personally print reams of toilet paper with her face on it to stock in my house for the 4 years of her administration. At least she will give me some measure of joy every day as I smear her in my own way.

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

donj -- well, for starters, past drug abuse is indicative of future drug use, so it's at least relevant to ask "When was the last time you abused drugs?" You certainly don't want a President of the United States all coked up and ready to launch nukes, do you?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Obama is electable! He has served his constituents in Congress. He's not just jumping off a school bus for crying out loud. It's not like there weren't other presidents that had less experience than he already has proven.

Hillary is a dirty-handed schemer... and she has YEARS of experience at it. No doubt, the term "electability" is a term the Hillary campaign is throwing around like confetti, because it's their only game card.

Frankly, everyone is tired of all the typical game playing that the older nominees have been a part of (i.e. Hillary and Edwards). Shaheen, Dodd, and Biden are also part of that ridiculous Congress group.

Note: I haven't chosen a candidate from either party to support. I'm not taking sides yet. I may even vote for Romney. Who knows.

Posted by: tadlad | December 12, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse


Well, clawrence3 -- Hillary isn't my first choice but despite her flaws I'd MUCH rather see her in the White House than any of the clowns the Republicans are putting up. Don't expect Democrats to flock to the GOP after the worst (R) president in the history of the US and the weakest Republican field in a generation.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

cseaman or coloradodog-- will you pledge NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

What does Obama's past drug use have to do with his ability to fix social security?

What does Giuliani's position on abortion have to do with his ability to fix healthcare?

What does Romney's Morman faith have to do with his ability to fix immigration?

How does the way Edwards coiffs his hair have to do with his ability to successfully fight terrorism?

Our country is faced with some gigantic problems. Why can't the politicians focus on solutions? I'm not encouraged with any of them.

Posted by: donj | December 12, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I'll take honesty over subterfuge and lies any day of the week.

Posted by: Annie-Jazzy | December 12, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

paganindisguise -- do you think those would have been "unreasonable" questions to ask of GWB in 2000?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Hillary just "jumped the shark" Like McCain in the Baghdad market in a flack jacket tying up hundreds of troops for his visit, Hillary just bit it big. She's no better than the Rovian sleeze swift-boaters. No more dynasties, no more Clintons nor Sons of Bushes.

Posted by: coloradodog | December 12, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama's drug use is a non-starter. Clinton will lose simply because she is a sour old dog reminiscent of the face of Dorian Gray. She cannot hide the vicousness and anger that lies just beneath her jowly surface. We all see it and there's nothing she can do to hide it anymore. She's a bitter scorned wife. Time for her to divorce Bill and move on.org

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

sequoiaqueneaux -- nope (of course, I'm not here complaining about any of those other "clowns"). I just want to see how far the anti-Clinton sentiment extends, that's all.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"...'It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?' Shaheen said."

How offensive! Just because Sen. Obama is black does not make him a drug dealer. Good heavens, that comment left an incredibly sour taste in my mouth.

Posted by: paganindisguise | December 12, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Let's review past history. Bill was a user but did not inhale, and Bush was also a substance abuser, so what's the big deal?

Posted by: jwyounge | December 12, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Really, this is pathetic. Hillary (or at least her campaign manager) should disavow these scurrilous comments. It's especially smarmy and condescending to our intelligence to say that Sen. Obama should expect these types of questions from "Republicans" -- when in reality it's Hillary's surrogates making the attacks.

Posted by: cseaman | December 12, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

How do you "raise" an issue that Obama has himself discussed openly, in print, ten years ago? Was this the big "secret" the Clintons told Bob Novak they had? I hope they don't tell anyone that Barack is black. Or that Barney Frank is gay. Ssssh.

They are just going to end up looking foolish. I hope Barack says "yes, I've already discussed this openly and honestly. I did inhale. Is there a point?"

Maybe the Obama campaign should "raise" the issue of Bill Clinton's infidelity. That is greater cause for concern. Does anybody really believe he won't cheat again? That he hasn't cheated already?

Imagine being the HR director at the White House who gets to interview interns for First Laddie Clinton. Are they going to have to hire only men because Bill can't keep his hands off the women? (Hey, who's to say that in a pinch the male interns wouldn't do? He's an open-minded guy.)

Seriously, Hillraisers, Bill and Hillary have more baggage than the Queen of England on a 3-month safari.

They really need to focus on why Hillary would be better and stop rummaging through Obama's kindergarten essays or trying to create "secret scandal" out of something anyone can find in the public library or their local bookstore. It's not working, and it only makes you look sad.

But if you must, go ahead. Obama really doesn't have to do much at this point except keep smiling and letting Hillary dig herself in deeper.

Tomorrow;s Headline: Obama refused to make macaroni decorations as a child: obvious terrorist.

Posted by: xcrunner771 | December 12, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

And Hillary will attacked for Bill's impeachment, travelgate, filegate, Monicagate, phone-tap gate, bimbo intimidation gate, NO EXPERIENCE gate, did she take a drag and not inhale too?, etc.

Knock it off. The Clintons and their cronies keep digging in that bag of dirty tricks and it explodes in their face every time because you're an untrustworthy group of people.

I haven't forgotten, as well as many Americans have not forgotten, that Hillary and Bill and their cronies disparaged and promoted hatred for an entire religion.

We all knew the Clintons were behind those Muslim emails.

Now here comes Shaheen with his drug selling innuendo. Be careful Clinton folks. You're treading a very thin line. If you think this type of behavior is going to benefit you with the Democratic party or the American people, you're wrong.

Posted by: ItsTimeToTurnThePage | December 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Bob -- no one is accusing Obama of being "too open" here.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse


clawrence3 - will you promise to NOT vote for any of the Republicans clowns if Obama is the nominee?

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

oh oh oh i know......if you don't inhale or snort then it's okay...right??? Gimme a break.......don't even try to dredge this out Hillary...I appreciate HONESTY in a candidate for a change. I think he is an excellent role model for our youth. Julie from West Virginia

Posted by: jules1269 | December 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Hillary should be more concerned about Bill Clintons past rather than OB's admitted drug use.I admire OB for his candor he knew this would come out so it kinda takes the heat out of it.Hillary should be more WORRIED when somebody in the press asks her if her husband Bill raped Wonita Broderick.I believe that is a bit more serious.And she says she stands up for women WHEN???????????????????????????.

Posted by: calfarmli | December 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Sleazy Hillary Attack Machine goes into action!!! How predictable! Same old, same old... We deserve and need better. Obama for President!

Posted by: floyd | December 12, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's drug use was a minor item when you consider that Bill Clinton was pardoned by Jimmy Carter for clinton's Draft Board evasion.

Posted by: jimjjnn35 | December 12, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

kendeb I totally agree with you that the Clintons would have someone killed to get where they wanted, and it's scary.

Lpar - if you think Obama is naive, then you haven't thoroughly looked at where he stands on issues and the plans he has for healthcare, education, SS, etc. I highly recommend that you get yourself educated about his platforms by visiting his website at www.barackobama.com. since you are not happy with any of the candidates, at least know that what Obama speaks is the truth and he is the most honest politician to come through in a long long time. If you don't like anyone's experience, about taking a look at their judgment...I think you will be pleasantly surprised by Barack Obama.

Posted by: kkhowells | December 12, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Dubya's past drug use was no problem for voters in 2000 and 2004. When was the last time he used them? By his actions, I appears to be very recently or maybe his brain is so French fried by past cocaine use and alcoholism this explains his delusional lack of judgment.

Posted by: coloradodog | December 12, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Shaheen really went off track and right into the gutter on this one. Having someone from the Clinton campaign suggest that Obama or anyone else has been too open about his past is patently absurd and a really poor read of the American people. We're fed up with politicians like Bush and Bill Clinton, who lied time and again while seeking the presidency and while in office. Minor misdeeds from Obama's long-ago past are barely relevant in the first place and that he had the good sense to acknowledge youthful drug use is a sign of good judgment as well as honesty. We could use a lot more of that in public office today. As for Dodd and Biden, the first one hasn't set the world on fire despite coming from an influential and wealthy political family and the latter has a history of stealing other people's speeches and making weird comments -- that's why no one is paying attention to either one. Obama is a bright guy who has had reasonable success in politics and is open, honest, and independent. Hillary Clinton should give that a try and tell her advisors to shut up about Obama.

Posted by: Bob22003 | December 12, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

daaviles -- will you pledge NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't "open the door" to anything, quite the opposite. Obama's candor leaves the dirty trick machine with nowhere to go, no "dark secret" to suggest. It isn't the sin that the public objects to, it's the lie to cover the sin. Of course, "candor" is a word seemingly alien to the Clintons and their ilk, it's not surprising they wouldn't understand this.

Posted by: petekwando | December 12, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I will vote for Barack... just because he HAS used.

Posted by: donspecht | December 12, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

miraclestudies -- will you pledge NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"I tried it I didn't like it and I didn't inhale" Now there's HONESTY...Do we as a nation really want the Clintons anywhere near the White House...they are both disgraceful, shameless, corrupt opportunist. Fooled us once (1992), fooled us twice (1996), fooled us a third time (2008)? I don't think so!! We're a much smarter electorate then that, despite what the Clintons think.

Posted by: daaviles | December 12, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

yogeshina -- so, you are doing nothing worse than Mr. Shaheen, right? What's your gripe then? Don't underestimate the Comeback Kid(s).

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

You know someone's in big trouble when their "best" defense only brings laughter and ridicule back on themselves, doncha?

Ya' think Hill's really having "fun" with this part of her game?

I, for one, thank God she's so lousy at it (and that Barack's that much better at telling the truth).

This older white woman is 100% for Sen. Obama (and 100% against the hypocrite).

Posted by: miraclestudies | December 12, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Hillary must be getting as desparate as some pundits are saying. Particularly intriquing is the statement asking why the vastly more experienced Biden et al hadn't become first tier vice the inexperienced Edwards and Obama. The pot is calling the kettle black here. The only reason she's where she is, is her "marriage". She certainly hasn't distinguished herself as a Senator. I am the father of four daughters and would never want my children to put up with what she has. How she can call herself a feminist is totally beyond me. She presents the worst example I can think of in my generation.

Posted by: swo735 | December 12, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton's need to inhale, relax and tell the truth once in awhile. Keep telling the truth Obama, this tactic by the Clinton's will boomerang. The Clinton's are over exposed already.

Posted by: notabeliever | December 12, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH

HILLARY CLINTON CLOSET WICCAN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIoMsqEYyUU

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

RedSoxJK -- will you pledge NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the general election if she's the Democratic nominee?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

If HRC campaign will read this blog they will get it that their days are over. Interesting that Hillary will like to get credit for all the perceived accomplishments from Bill Clinton years but won't release any documents about them.(they won't be released until 2012 according to letter written by Bill)Don't you think Republicans will be all over that..! Hillary should also realize that the negative aspects of Bill's years will also be targeted by republicans if she ever became nominee - like Monica scandal and his lies and parsing of words..! On other hand Obama has nothing to fear.

Posted by: yogeshina | December 12, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

i need to make one more very vital point. the clinton's, "jus'luffs de black folk"! what a crock!

Posted by: philntoot | December 12, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Is Hillary being attacked by the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy? My God i can't believe it.

Posted by: savage22 | December 12, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse


mike_j wrote, "Poor Bill, by the time your wife is through,the few people left that like you are going to hate you too! Great Campaign!"
____________

Few people? I don't know on what planet you live, but actually, Bill Clinton is quite well liked here and around the world.

I'm just sayin'.


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

If this isn't complete desperation from Hillary, I don't know what is. THIS is exactly what voters are sick of and why they like Obama. He is a human being who has made mistakes and admitted them. She is a tired, negative hack who lies and attacks using the same old political playbook. I hope Obama keeps taking the high road and ignores this -- VOTERS SEE THROUGH the Hillary attack machine and we are sick of it! I was planning to vote for her, but have firmly decided to go with Obama.

Posted by: RedSoxJK | December 12, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

P.S. -- I agree with markiebee001 that Senator Obama will be re-elected in three years (although I doubt she meant it that way). Keep it up, Dems -- the GOP won't even have to write their own campaign ads.

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Is this the best the Clinton camp can do? How about Hillary's past? The Republicans would have more of a field day with Hillary than they would with Obama. Hillary and her camp need not worry about Obama, because they are contributing to their own demise. It appears by the polls that Hillary is being exposed for who she is, day by day.

Posted by: markwi279 | December 12, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope Al Gore runs.

Posted by: steven09 | December 12, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he's claiming the evil Republican's are going to do exactly what he is doing while he is doing it. And liberals eat this stuff up. No wonder we as a nation are so behind the world in grade school education. What ever happened to critical reasoning?

www.bothinonetrench.com

Posted by: RayRobison | December 12, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

These attacks are truly shameful. The Clintons are two of the most corrupt individuals out there, and it iwas downright crooked for her to attack Obama for his previous indiscretions. I would much rather elect a man with convictions and a positive message than a person with nothing but negative smear tactics. Hillary Clinton has always had a "better than thou" attitude and this is just one example!!

Posted by: getinthek | December 12, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Now tell me again, how long did it take Hillary to find those billing records? I agree there is much unknown about Obama and many questions will certainly come to light, but on the other hand there is so much known about Hillary that brings up a thousand more questions! I certainly think perhaps it's time that Presidential candidates be required to take hair follicle drug tests prior to any primary or election. I am amazed we ask young kids playing high school sports to take random drug tests and we ask our Military Service People to submit to random drug tests but the people who seek the highest office in the land we do no more than ask "have you smoked a doobie lately?". You see, these politicians think it is appropriate to ask you or I to submit to random drug testing for our jobs...but become distraught that we would ask the same of them! It's kinda the way Leona felt about paying taxes...."only the little people pay taxes". These trolls sort of sicken me to my stomach. It certainly makes one wonder "Are they as smart as a fifth grader?" Watch closely those who call the others dumb....or dirty.
They believe that if they make you look bad that makes them look good. Don't ya hate that?

Posted by: charlespiercey | December 12, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

These Clinton-haters don't understand. I tried pot once and didn't inhale BECAUSE I've never smoked or done drugs. I tried it (once) because I was in a group and the others thought I was a narc and or something dangerous to them. I DON"T KNOW HOW TO INHALE, I guess the Clinton-haters do. Tony Johnson ps Hillary experience started with being a consul on the watergate hearings

Posted by: johnswa | December 12, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

LOL, DanFromTX -- you really think some Hillary flunkie pointing out once that the GOP will certainly bash Obama on this is the same thing as the GOP bashing Obama for MONTHS AND MONTHS?

Posted by: JakeD | December 12, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Poor Bill, by the time your wife is through,the few people left that like you are going to hate you too! Great Campaign!

Posted by: mike_j | December 12, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

the clinton's aren't personally going to attack obama. they can't. that would be political suicide. it's going to be done by the like's of this piece of crap shaheen and all the other pin head peon's that are willing to do the clinton's dirty work. you can bet your little bippy the washington post, the new york times and the rest of the media clan are going to be at her beck and call. with relish. hitlery rotten clinton cannot, cannot in anyway shape or form attack obama. she'll lose the black vote and she's politically astute enough to know that. it's going to get dirty and these two, the clinton's, take a back seat to no one. if someone's head needs to be lopped off, no problemo'. ask vince foster! as you can see it's already started and this is just the tip of the ice berg!! if i were obama i'd go ahead and kiss my ass goodbey now.

Posted by: philntoot | December 12, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton smoked marijuana, but did not inhale. Al Gore admitted to marijuana use. Bush was cited for drinking and driving among other things. Mrs. Clinton is Bush lite. She was for the Iraq War, but her president husband says he was against the war. She had provided Bush cover for attacking Iran. She was for the Patriot Act. When left on her own, she chooses incorrectly and tries to nuance her stance. She picked on Obama for writing an essay as a child about being president, then said (after being chastised) that it was a joke.

If you want someone with experience. Stick with Dick Cheney. He has more experience, but no wisdom. If you want to look at the president elected with the most experience, look to Dick Nixon (Congressman, Senator, Vice President) before becoming president.

Mrs. Clinton has virtually no experience other than her Senate career. She has guessed wrong multiple times. So, she will attack Obama on something he did in his youth. Let her husband release the White House papers if she wants to gloat about her experience. She is NOT some pure thing she wants us to believe.

Posted by: goldberl | December 12, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

or maybe it was bill's girlfriend who did this...whoever that is this week.

Posted by: edvanrensyahoocom | December 12, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

As a Democrat I am embarrassed by the Clinton's and Hillary's campaign. They should crawl back under the rock they came from.

Posted by: anthmroy | December 12, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse


This is soooo not an issue for most voters.

Some recreational drug use as a young person?!? OHMIGOD!!! How shocking.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | December 12, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

It's not amazing that Obama, who is being honest about his stupid youth, is a front runner. What's amazing is that the Clinton's are once again able to lie their way to the front -- "they lie with such ease" -- when American had a front seat for 8 years of their lying, cheating, despicable ways. WAKE UP FOLKS!!

Posted by: ncl387 | December 12, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

If there was ever a campaign that should know that past drug use ain't gonna cost you an election anymore, it's Hillary's. Obama has handled this question very well in the past, especially compared with Bill's '92 effort. In fact, when I heard Obama talk about this in the past, it crossed my mind that he might have all of Bill's stengths and not all of his weaknesses.

This is nothing but another tactical error on the part of the Clinton campaign...no wonder Bill's pissed at them. They are pushing undecideds toward Obama.

Posted by: steve.waterman | December 12, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I encourage the Clinton campaign to continue these efforts, as they remind us just how sick we were of them only a very short time ago.

Obama's candor on this issue and many others is part of his tremendous appeal. Rather predictable that Hillary and her cohorts do not consider such to be a virtue.

Posted by: RicardoMalocchio | December 12, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

This is very dumb from the Clinton camp.

Posted by: leyeajibola | December 12, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

hillary's girlfriend, martha stewart must have put her up to this...

Posted by: edvanrensyahoocom | December 12, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I think there is fire where there is smoke and if any partisan Democrat is not concerned about this, they should be!

Posted by: paynecarriere | December 12, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone truly surprised

Posted by: gilwhitlock | December 12, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

This is good for Obama, because when he wins big in the primaries in January it will prove the republicans (Hillary Clinton) can't bring him down.

This helps Obama's electability by proving that old news, really is old news.

Clinton has no chance in the general election, none.

Posted by: DanFromTX | December 12, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

kendeb:

Your characterization of the Clintons is inappropriate and mean-spirited. Arkansas trailer trash do not deserve such an unfair comparison.

Posted by: Bobarian | December 12, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Yet another example of "politics as usual" from the Clinton camp. Is this what America needs at this time? Or, like many Americans are coming to realize, do we need fresh ideas, new blood? That explains why Biden, Dodd and Edwards are lagging behind. Go Obama Go!

Posted by: Frommaine | December 12, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying this Clinton/Obama feud.

Here's my question: Remember when Senator Biden was characterized as insensitive for calling Senator Obama "clean and articulate"? How long will it be before Senator Clinton or someone on her campaign staff utters a similar "insensitive" remark?

Or worse.

Posted by: don.b.lopez | December 12, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The past two presidents have acknowledged drug use in their past, and it hasn't had a major impact on either. Frankly, our current President governs as if he is currently on drugs, so I would think that the GOP would be hard-pressed to really harp on someone for doing it in the past...

Posted by: rosemergy | December 12, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

What a sleazy way to attack Obama while keeping Clinton's nose clean! Rather than directly throw mud at him, Clinton instead says that "the Republicans will throw mud." By taking this approach, Hillary gets the mud out there while seeming to be innocent.

Posted by: klt | December 12, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Chris. I think you are wrong about Obama's campaign saying nothing.

I believe Bill Burton said something about it yesterday. He said he found statements about Obama's electability "amusing" coming from someone who has a 50 percent unfavorability rating in the polls.

Sorry, I don't know the link!

Posted by: Lioness1 | December 12, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

****By the way, is she saying that someone who used drugs as a young person is unqualified to grow, mature, become an adult, and lice a life of opportunity????

EXACTLY why this police officer put down his guns and picked up his musical instruments. My CD is called 'Blaming America First,' and Hillary always blames someone else. (Track #5'Hillaryous')

How did she back Bill?--we all know about his drug use. How could she back her brother's pardon for trafficking?

Hear my music and you will experience authentic questioning of a Leftist group from Hillary to Ward Churchill--they lack authenticity, and I nail them--in song @

www.conservativemusiconline.com

Posted by: Truscott1 | December 12, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

And Clinton may lose my vote in the process. This is ridiculous and in no way has any affect on someone leading the country. He experimented, put it behind him, and has succeeded in every way possible. Bad move by the Clinton campaign, especially if she is looking for votes by 20-somethings.

Posted by: fthomasclem | December 12, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

NH Freedom to Marry coalition endorsed Edwards today.
http://nh2008.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-hampshire-freedom-to-marry.html

Posted by: JoseyJ | December 12, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Clinton's is using her surrogates as cover to slur Obama. She's conveniently using "Republican tactics" as an excuse to use those tactics herself. This is a defamation of the character of a good man and good father who is an asset to our country. Hillary needs to call of her dogs.

Posted by: FURTG | December 12, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

A page from Hillary's Diary

Dear Diary,
I am having the worst month ever!
I've told the peasants that I am going to be the next anointed President and they are just not listening! How dare they challenge me?

I'm using the exact same Search and Destroy Playbook that Bill used, but these peon scums aren't buying it this time. What is wrong with them?

Bill could always look the American People straight in the eye and lye to them without question,
but when I do it - I get busted.

Bill used to get Campaign money straight from Communist China,
but when I do it - My money man lands in jail.

I'm using all the latest catch phrases to beat down the general population when they voice their true opinions by calling them "Racist, Bigots, Homophobes, Extremists, but they just won't shut up.

And now my "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy " line isn't even working when I smear my Democratic Opponents and blame the Republicans.

I've even played my Gender Card and that blew up in my face - It's not fair I tell you - (Stomp -Stomp) It's just Not Fair!

This is all Bill's fault!
Boy when he gets home, I'm going to throw a lamp at him (And this time, I won't miss!)


Posted by: Valquardsen | December 12, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This woman is priceless. For some who claimed to be the victim of a "vast right wing conspiracy", her camp seems to have the same playbook.

Obama, take the high road and keep doing what you're doing. People see right through this woman and she'll continue to trip herself up.

Posted by: jphen | December 12, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Clinton campaign has nothing left but this. Why would anyone want to vote for her?


Clinton says she's ready to lead from day 1. Obama is already leading this country. Look at the republican debate today. They are sounding more and more like Obama.

Posted by: DanFromTX | December 12, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Another desperate move that won't win a vote let alone convince me to switch my vote. Clinton is sounding desperate and shall i say desperado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Obama is the best democrats can offer.

Posted by: gbuze007 | December 12, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Paul08 = legalized cocaine! woot!
Should be a winner with young Obamamaniacs.

Posted by: JoseyJ | December 12, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"If he can't deal with this, he'll lose."

rdklingus - Obviously, Obama is and HAS dealt with this issue, forthrightly and on multiple occasions. The American people aren't stupid and frankly, must not be too concerned about past drug use anyway considering the current President's past. There is an enormous difference between trying pot and coke during your high school years and picking up a DWI in your forties with toddlers at home. So, please explain how this "vast right wing conspiracy" will possibly spin this? Clinton is the one bringing it up, not them, I imagine they're all smart enough to know better.
Obama told HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS about his drug use - where are the skeletons? Where is the "not dealing with it?"

Posted by: squintz | December 12, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Hillary politics = Karl Rove politics.

I'm sure the WaPo will acquiesce.

Posted by: yiannis | December 12, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Shaheen, et al, had best worry about how Hillary will deal with being "outed", her long-time relationship with Huma Abedin, and other lesbian "bimbo eruptions".

Posted by: lonewolf | December 12, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Billy wants wifey to go to the Senate with Hillary's help. Problem would be that Clinton has no coattails. Obama was honest and admitted past mistakes. If Billy want to inject this into the NH campaign, so be it. It will backfire.

When you lead has evaporated try anything. Typical Clinton supporters. Hillary's a smart woman and a formidable campaigner and why she tolerates these types of cretins is beyond me as they do nothing but hurt her.

Ok, Billy, fact time! Clinton has only 6+ years in elective office that is less than anyother candidate other than Edwares. Fact is she authored a "mandated" health plan in 1994 that no one supported and crashed. Fast forward to 2007 and she's back with a version of Romney's "mandated" Massachusetts one that all of NH has seen crash and burn.

Furthermore, we have Clinton's judgement in questions. Gave Bush a blank check on Iraq and now Iran. Billy, what about the recent report stating there is no nuclear weapons program, at present, in Iraq. Some judgement.

Bottom line is there maybe a drug problem here, but it's not Obama. Billy, what are you smoking and didn't you notice that your state's new Democratic congressman are backing Obama? Your Democratic Governor John Lynch showed up to welcome Obama on Sunday.

Folks, the past is over; go for the future. The Democratic Party has Obama, Edwards, Biden, Dodd and Richardson who all get the fact that this is 2007 not the 1990's. The NH voters will decide and I trust them. That's more than Billy does.

Posted by: Smokescreen | December 12, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

GO HILLARY!!!!! Staight to HELL!

Posted by: mike_j | December 12, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bill Richardson & Chris Dodd, will you rebuff the fact that Hillary and company are tearing down the Democrats in Thursday's debate - or will you cowards remain silent like the hacks you really are. Perhaps Richardson can kiss son Obama & Edwards "A" like he kissed Hillary's in the last debate. We will see your true character Thursday night, you pansies.

This is the epitome of dirty politics. The kindergarten story isn't working so they resort to innuendos that only give ammo to the Republicans. Polarizing she is... This is how Hillary brings Dems and Reps together by attempting to destroy her own.

Posted by: czlong | December 12, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Its great to watch how these demo sleeze campaign sharks "attack" without "attacking".

They did the dame thing by claiming that Huckabee has a glass jaw and they can't wait to have at him. They only need to raise reasonable doubt about any of Hillary's competitors to ensure her victory. Kind of like OJ's lawyers.

Who could possibly vote for this woman. You clearly need to have your head examined.

Posted by: mike | December 12, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is a tested candidate? She's won a grand total of two elections in her life. That's tested? Obama's won three and in another three years will win another one. What the heck kind of twisted logic to Hillary supporters continue to use with her "experience." As a first lady she is no more experienced than other first ladies who served two terms with their husbands. As a senator she has been average at best. Someone please name me one piece of substantive legislation that Hillary has AUTHORED and passed. Please, someone do some homework and get back to me. I did, and I can't find it. Thankfully her senate record is not locked up.

Posted by: markiebee001 | December 12, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

That's hilarious!

A candidate with a 50 percent unfavorability rating having the gall to say that another candidate is unelectable!

As for Obama's pas - which he has been open about from the start - where does a candidate with a shady past and shady business dealings think she is going to go?

I almost hope that Hillary continues with her dirty tactics at tomorrow's debate. It will be her undoing. The undoing of a non-viable, unelectable candidate.

Posted by: Lioness1 | December 12, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

CHUTZPAH! It's called CHUTZPAH!! The Clintons going after Obama over drugs is the height of hypocrisy. Hasn't anybody seen the Clinton Chronicles?? -- http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6470450895164255089&q=clinton+chronicles&total=59&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0
--Now there's a story about drugs!! Watch this and decide if you want another dose of these sociopathic and pathological liars in the White House.

Posted by: williamsieger | December 12, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Karchtrader,

What is your position in what you called the 'culture wars?'

Posted by: uncrichie | December 12, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

On the Tavis Smiley show Obama admitted he never would have admitted his cocaine use (in his book) if he'd known he'd be running for president.
So - it's not like Obama was "out front" on this.
Cocaine and Lieberman - not a great combination for a presidential candidate.

Posted by: JoseyJ | December 12, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Past drug use is a non-issue for me. Quite frankly, I applaud Obama for dropping the charade and pretend to be "Holier than Thou." Will I vote for him? Probably not, but his drug use history has nothing to do with it. I seriously hope Hillary Clinton's camp will focus on other issues - important ones - where Obama is vulnerable.

Posted by: cipote10 | December 12, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Not being a Democrat, I personally don't like any of their candidates for a number of reasons, Hillary Clinton should looking out from behind the bars for some of the acts she committed, dating clear back to her days in Arkansas. Barack Obama is so naive about the ways of the world and politics that he won't realize that Hillary has done him in until the deed is done. The Republicans are equally bad in the choice of candidates. Forget Guilanni, the Democrat in drag. No way "Jose" on McCain, the supporter of Jose's amnasty. Romney doesn't do much to inspire my confidence in government. Haven't yet decided on Huckabee, but he may well be the default candidate. If a good Independent Candidate were to emerge, I would support them in a heart beat. To answer the original question, voters are tired of the established and entrenched politicians in Washington who represent their own interests, as opposed to those of the people who elected them. Any new candidate not tarnished by the Washington image, is a welcome alternative.

Posted by: Lpar | December 12, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

tbartlett2, if you had any kids, would you tell them everything that you've done that you were ashamed of. i know a dwi is bad, but can you compare that to have 5+ women accuse you of rape when you were the Gov of a state?

Posted by: lnbadger320 | December 12, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The only ones who will get baited into this issue will be those who choose to fight the culture wars over and over. Their vote is already cast.

Posted by: karchtrader | December 12, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Way to stay positive Hillary!! This is disgusting and a transparent Wolfsonian response to HRC collapsing in the polls.

I guess we don't have to wait for the Republicans to pull out the smear campaigns when the Clinton team is only to happy to step up with them.

I hope it blows up in their face.

Posted by: cg_tgt | December 12, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt in my mind that either one, Bill or Hillary, would have no problem having a person killed if they had damming information that would keep them getting into the Whitehouse. I sure Vince Foster could attest to this if he could. These people are pure evil,period, and will stop at nothing to obtain their goals.

Posted by: kendeb | December 12, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Hillary still hasn't released her medical records. As Bill's betrothed, what might she be hiding?

Posted by: uncrichie | December 12, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Clinton fatigue already.

Posted by: akonitum | December 12, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Well this is cute, but unsurprising. Clinton's camp desperately tries to scare Democrats into voting for Hillary by warning that Obama's past drug use will be used against him by the GOP. Unfortunately for Hillary, Obama fessed up to this a long time ago and artfully turned what she sees as a weakness into an asset.

Americans like people who treat them like adults, which Obama has done all along and will continue to do. That's the appeal of his candidacy: Telling us what we don't want to hear.

This is yet another sad attempt by Hillary to use the tired, worn out political playbook that is increasingly antiquated and irrelevant.

Posted by: JohnY63 | December 12, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

So Hillary's not just an Iraq/Iran imperial warrior; she's also committed to another failed war, the War on Drugs.

Pretty sad, for a woman who's married to former doper Bill Clinton (and told him to lie about it).

Character will out, and Hillary's deeply-ingrained duplicity is on display for all to see.

Posted by: mannfm | December 12, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

One word for the rabid Clinton attack dogs and their kennelmaster in chief: "Shameless"

Posted by: jschauff | December 12, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Ah, so the "fun part" of the Hillary campaign starts getting into gear. It will backfire, by emphasizing exactly the aspects of her personality that people aren't comfortable with in the first place.

Posted by: Oomingmak | December 12, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This is shameful. If she has any class, Sen. Clinton will apologize for this. Otherwise, I want her to return the $1K I donated to her campaign.

Posted by: adisamuse | December 12, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Slick Willie's wife should and will be asked if she believes any of the many accusations by the many women against slick willie.She will and should be asked why she has a burglar on her staff who steals sensitive documents and puts them in his underwear.

Posted by: vendador | December 12, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Ask Obama: "Did you ever move drugs through Mena Arkansas?".

Posted by: seidy68 | December 12, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing compared to what the GOP will do if Obama is the nominee, so stop your shocked and angry attacks on Clinton. Obama needs to recognize that the free ride he's been getting will change once he moves from challenger to front-runner. The GOP is not going to buy into the Oprah "he's the ONE " adoration society. If he can't deal with this, he'll lose.

Posted by: rdklingus | December 12, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ask Obama: "Did you ever move drugs through Mena Arkansas?".

Posted by: seidy68 | December 12, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ask Obama: "Did you ever move drugs through Mena Arkansas?".

Posted by: seidy68 | December 12, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This reeks of fear and desperation.

Posted by: tcmorrison | December 12, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Y'all better be careful what you say about the Clintons....you could be find yourself lying next to a cannon in Rock Creek Park with a gun in the wrong hand.

Posted by: rg5h | December 12, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with most of the comments here. I am a registered Rep, but Obama owning up to his mistakes (which might be the first time in electoral history) along with some of his political ideals is making it harder and harder for me to vote Rep (and the "Your a morman!!" "Well... Your a Christian!!!" arguements aren't helping either). I think this will back-fire on Hillary and wind up helping Obama... imagine a President in office that actually tells the truth?!?!

Posted by: stelex109 | December 12, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

NOW you see what this 'positive campaigner' does when the voters want someone else. Lap it up, lefties!

EXACTLY why this police officer put down his guns and picked up his musical instruments. My CD is called 'Blaming America First,' and Hillary always blames someone else. (Track #5'Hillaryous')

How did she back Bill?--we all know about his drug use. How could she back her brother's pardon for trafficking?

Hear my music and you will experience authentic questioning of a Leftist group from Hillary to Ward Churchill--they lack authenticity, and I nail them--in song @

www.conservativemusiconline.com

Posted by: Truscott1 | December 12, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Dodd and Biden do have so much more experience then Hillary and Obama, so it is a mystery to why they are not considered first tier canidates. And to echo other comments at least Obama was honest about his drug use and people respect honesty in a canidate. The Clintons have yet to realize this or they are just so used to deception and double talk that they can't stop even if they wanted.

Posted by: tobias2012 | December 12, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

With all the excess baggage that the Clintons' carry let them go negative and then let the sharks loose. They are ripe for the picking and I would let them have it with both barrels. Then poor Hillary can play the victim card again and the Slick Meister's face can turn red and the veins bulge. Name them for what they are; Arkansas trailor trash.

Posted by: kendeb | December 12, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This attack is right out of the Karl Rove playbook. After playing the victims of the "vast right wing conspiracy," for years, the Clinton's have again proven themselves to be the hypocrits that the Republican's have always maintained that they are. In Shaheen's comments, I see the same "win at any cost" mentality that have characterized many of the Republican campaigns in the past. Remember John Kerry in 2004 and John McCain in South Carolina 2000? This type of negative innuendo and half-truth deserves to be punished severely at the primaries and caucuses.

Posted by: sbrandt | December 12, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Politics: Y.C.M.T.S.U. (but they do!!!)

Posted by: decker2k | December 12, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Drug use as disclosed by Obama is only an issue if his brain is so softened by it he does not ram this story down Hillary's turkey neck . It is likely conservative voters are not going to have a conservative candidate on either ticket and will decide to be a part of history , rebel against the party that has abandoned them and vote for Obama .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | December 12, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

When one of the major questions about the Clintons is their honesty and integrity, why bring up a topic that will surely remind everyone of Bill's I didn't inhale defense? They'd be better off going after Obama'a nursery school papers.

I think this guy is doing Obama a favor.

Bush's drug use and DWI didn't hurt him and Clinton's didn't inhale didn't stop him. Why would Obama be hurt for being the most honest?

Posted by: JasonT910 | December 12, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Honesty, Integrity, and Character- which ones do the Clinton's have? -NONE-
The desperation is screeming out of the airwaves and blogs...
Cute that Obama does the best thing possible to the Clinton's--he ignores the child like attacks and turns the rest back on them.
Has anyone read the transcript of her interview with Bartaromo...She can not put together a coherent sentence without a script and does not know her material.
Many candidates have admitted to past mistakes and she won't even release her our papers to try to prove 35yrs of'experience'!!!Please

Posted by: jetlone | December 12, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The whole question about which candidate tried drugs or not is ridiculous. As long as it's history, then what's the big deal? At least half the population has experimented with drugs at one time or another, and most of the other half is probably lying when they say they haven't. Give me a break. And, what's the difference between "ruling out questions" as Bush did and simply saying "No" if asked about giving/selling drugs to others? In Bush's case, many would make that assumption anyway, and in the Obama's case, whose going to have proof that he's lying? It's not like there are surveillance vidoes or credit card receipts. As long as neither is still doing drugs, it is irrelevant, in my opinion.

Posted by: paulsdiner | December 12, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Are the Clinton people the most unethical, slimy snakes on the planet or what? First they put out the word that they have scandalous info on Obama that they're just too righteous to share, then they try to make hay out of what he wanted to be when he grew up while in kindergarten, then they make an issue of his candor on drug use (despite candor being something La Candidate's spouse was challenged on) by whining the Republicans will use it. Are they kidding? Just wait until the Republicans unload on her -- Obama's admission will look like confessing to raiding the cookie jar in preschool.

If the Dems nominate this beast of a candidate, god help us all. I won't vote Republican but I will NEVER, EVER vote for her. Everything she does makes more and more people hate her. Take that to the bank.

Posted by: issima_50 | December 12, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

THE PEOPLE ARE SICK OF THE CLINTONS!!! Go back to Arkansas and vegetate in your liebrary!

Posted by: Chukkal | December 12, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

All Obama has to say, when asked this question by the media or any other Dem , is that he did smoke pot.. but he didn't inhale.. that would immediately bring back memories of Bill Clinton's B.S. staement, and make both Hil and Bill look like hypocrites.

Posted by: furlough1 | December 12, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's experience other than keeping Bill sort of out of trouble is what again? Any candidate on either side would be better.

Posted by: gotbass | December 12, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

hey inbadger320, he hid it from his daughters.....

Desperation doesn't wear too well on Hillary does it?

Posted by: tbartlett2 | December 12, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

the American people are finally seeing through dirty nonsense like this. the clinton's are such a joke. every attack they make reminds us of their many shortcomings and embarrassments over the years as this one just wreaks of 'i did not inhale' and all the other bad jokes that duo played on this country...at this point, i'm more sick of them than i am of w.

Posted by: edvanrensyahoocom | December 12, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope that this officials realizes that African Americans are a democratic constituency.

Posted by: ronec | December 12, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Clinton sleeze once again rises to the occasion. This just validates why we dispise Hillary Clinton so much.

Posted by: zb95 | December 12, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't Shaheen, the well known hack, support Laura Bush for president. After all, she has 8 years experience and no illegal drug use.

Posted by: wallyman | December 12, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This is a sign of desperate campaign.

Posted by: agwandajohn | December 12, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

vbalfour, bush didn't hide the DWI. you dumbass.

Posted by: lnbadger320 | December 12, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Clinton is the most electable dem should be tested for drug use!

Posted by: dcnoel | December 12, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I like Hillary as a senator, but this kind of negativity will certainly sway me. I think she's competent, but she never smiles (like Bill does). Obamma is looking better all the time.

Posted by: had2 | December 12, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to be ready to address this and put it behind him where it belongs. Most of the candidates have skeletons in the closet that can be used against them. The best approach is to be firm and direct, then move on. Unfortunately, a "swift-boat" type attack can be very ugly and he needs to be ready to stand up for himself.

Posted by: roseybear | December 12, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to be ready to address this and put it behind him where it belongs. Most of the candidates have skeletons in the closet that can be used against them. The best approach is to be firm and direct, then move on. Unfortunately, a "swift-boat" type attack can be very ugly and he needs to be ready to stand up for himself.

Posted by: roseybear | December 12, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This is incredible. Here, we have the Clinton campaign raising an issue about Obama's drug history in major media, and then saying the Republicans will use this against him. Clinton's war room is again in action and expect more sleaze coming from them in the coming months.

Posted by: Sigmond | December 12, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama using drugs and being honest about it is something alien to both Bill & Hillary Clinton. The Clintons should try the truth occasionally.

Posted by: tom | December 12, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Was Hilary on LSD when she made those option trades?

Posted by: jim | December 12, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

the clintons are desperate to lose this thing.. i don't blame them.. the last time they were president was no fun.. why do it again?

the only americans that would never vote someone that smoked pot are the exact same folks that will never vote for a "darkie" so i don't see how it hurts him...

americans are not the sharpest knives in the drawer, but even they might see through this ....

the clintons must be nervous about that famous american priggishness. how many big hair bimbos has bill jumped since he left office?

enjoy the election..you're screwed either way...

Posted by: thebigwing | December 12, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

This is a non-issue. Another Hillary attack ("fun part of the campaign") that will backfire. Voters consistently reward openness and forgive past indiscretions. George W. Bush basically admitted cocaine use (wouldn't comment on it) and he was elected by a Christian Conservatives base. Clinton "didn't inhale" and was punished somewhat by his evasiveness. Voters in Iowa hate when candidates go negative. This shows Hillary's desperation for sure.

Posted by: jordanu | December 12, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Pretty funny that a Clinton supporter would have a problem with a candidate's past drug use.

Posted by: gturk | December 12, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

At least he was honest.. instead of saying he didn't inhale, or by hiding his DWI arrest as the President did.

Posted by: vbalfour | December 12, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an admitted past drug user. Asking him how long ago he used and whether he ever sold is not a "dirty trick", it's a perfectly reasonable question.

Posted by: mathisfun314159 | December 12, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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