In 2008, Hillary Clinton mocked Obama in the same vein she now mocks Sanders

Thanks to Alternet for this tidbit about Clinton’s dirty pool against then-candidate Obama in the 2008 election cycle:

In the first primary state, her supporters — backed by New Hampshire Democratic Party officials — pressured poll workers to remove observers stationed by the Obama campaign . . . That tactic came after the Clinton campaign sent a mailing targeting women that said Obama would not ‘stand up and protect’ a women’s right to choose because he had voted ‘present’ — but not yes — on a few abortion-related bills in the Illinois legislature.

Also in 2008, Hillary Clinton offered Republicans ammunition to use against the President during his tenure, which they have, in fact, “re-purposed” well.  In fact, she used nearly identical language against then-candidate Obama in February 2008 as she’s using now against Bernie Sanders – mainly that his talk of change is pie in the sky and unrealistic.  Thanks to Politico for this:

There’s a big difference between us [Clinton and Obama] — speeches versus solutions, talk versus action . . . Speeches don’t put food on the table. Speeches don’t fill up your tank, or fill your prescription, or do anything about that stack of bills that keeps you up at night.

And thanks to CNN for this – Hillary Clinton mocking change candidate Obama in February 2008:

Now, I could stand up here and say, ‘Let’s just get everybody together. Let’s get unified . . . The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect . . . Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be.  You are not going to wave a magic wand to make special interests disappear.

Hillary’s love-fest with President Obama started waaaay after this – like, around the time she declared for the 2016 election and, most recently, in her lavish praise of the President 21 times in the last debate (thanks to Slate.com for this info) :

Everybody remembers the later wild allegations made by Sarah Palin about Obama’s ‘palling around with terrorists.’ But this is how the whole smear started, during a Democratic debate in Philadelphia way back in April when Sen. Clinton seemed to know a huge amount about former Weatherman Bill Ayers and his supposed closeness to Obama (who had been 8 years old when Ayers was doing his revolting stuff) . . . ‘Clinton’s staff was surprised; Ayers hadn’t been part of her prep. But Hillary had a number of friends—among them Sid Blumenthal, whose nickname was ‘Grassy Knoll’—regularly feeding her on the sly negative tidbits of dubious veracity about Obama. (In getting ready for that night, Hillary casually mentioned to her aides that she’d heard that Obama’s mother was a communist.) [Emphasis mine.]

 

Game Change provides more evidence of the Clintons’ shocking behavior during the 2008 campaign.

The inevitable grumbling and grunting about the use of unattributed quotations in Game Change , the engrossing new campaign book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, has been accompanied by a more or less grudging general admission that nobody cited in these pages has so far complained of being misrepresented.

For the record, Sid Blumenthal is still friends with the Clintons today; his name was even invoked during Clinton’s Benghazi hearings.  Although she denied that she invited emails from Blumenthal, her emails to him indicated that she encouraged him to keep feeding her “notes and intelligence.”

In May 2008, Hillary Clinton claimed that then-candidate Obama was failing to attract white voters, but later denied this comment was racially divisive.  In an interview with USA Today, Clinton gave us this:

I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on . . . .

Citing an Associated Press poll, Clinton went on to say,

. . . Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me . . . There’s a pattern emerging here . . . .

And in January 2008, during a 3-way debate, Clinton, in defense of her progressive street creds, minced no words vilifying President Obama’s time spent practicing law in Chicago:

I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner city Chicago.

Suddenly, associations matter (but not hers, with Wall Street).  And yes, there certainly is a pattern emerging here.  Clinton’s claimed love for President Obama comes at a time when it’s politically expedient to declare it.  But in 2008, she and Bill Clinton race-baited, misrepresented, lied, and spread rumors about President Obama’s faith and so-called “terrorist” associations.  The common narrative – that all of that is behind the President and Clinton, and shouldn’t be re-visited – misses the point.  There are numerous instances where Hillary Clinton leveled mud balls at President Obama’s reputation, and it’s only now – when she’s found a way to hide her disdain for him and embrace him instead, to use as a political tool against Bernie Sanders – that she claims that she’s supported him all along.

Let’s let Hillary Clinton herself tell us why she shouldn’t get our vote:

I think elections are about the future.  But how do you determine what will happen in the future?  Well, you have to look to the record.  You have to look to what we say in campaigns and what we have done during our careers.

We looked at what she said in the 2008 campaign (and what she’s saying in this one).  We’ve looked at what she’s done during her career.  The question remains:  Will the American people buy her political pandering and flip-flops this time?