It is no secret that Barack Obama’s campaign is on edge about the prospect of losing the support of Democrats who were enthusiastic about the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
A few here or there are not a concern.
But if leading Clinton backers start to join Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman’s “Citizens for McCain” campaign to attract crossover votes for the Republican nominee, that could be a serious matter.
So, is the co-chair of a student group that backed the New York senator’s in the Iowa caucus campaign of last winter a “leading Clinton backer”?
But the Obama camp will not be wanting to see too many more letters like the one that went out this week from the co-chair of the University of Iowa chapter of Students for Hillary Clinton.
Cody Eliff, the co-chair in question, wrote:
Fellow Hillary supporters…
Hillary Clinton, the woman we admire so much, suspended her historic presidential campaign this past weekend to endorse Senator Barack Obama. She did this to obviously keep her promise to the voters to unite behind the nominee.
Hillary Clinton has received the worst treatment of any candidate in recent history in a primary from a largely pro-Obama media and from supposed liberals supporting Senator Obama. There has been rampant sexism and race baiting going on throughout this campaign. Whether it be the call by Keith Olbermann to have a superdelegate take her in to a room and “only he come out”, or when Chris Matthews insisted Hillary Clinton was not elected to her senate seat on merit, but because her husband cheated on her.
Barack Obama’s campaign and some of his supporters have been very dirty in the way they attacked Hillary Clinton this season. She has been labeled a “monster”, “D-Punjab” (for her strong support from the Indian American community), and has several times been compared to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, all of this from Obama surrogates and advisors. We her supporters have witnessed nasty things on the streets here in Iowa City too; We have been labeled racist, we have heard the word “cunt” used to describe our candidate from supposed liberals, and I was actually called a “fag” by a worker on the Obama campaign, in fact a precinct captain.
Senator Obama is unqualified for the job of Commander in Chief. He has said this himself at a press conference after the 2004 election after winning his Illinois seat. He has said he would invade Pakistan if necessary to attack al-Qaeda elements, which is a bad idea seeing how Pakistan has nuclear weapons and is unstable right now. His remarks on Pakistan sparked rioting there last year.