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Live from DNC: Stoking the Clinton-Obama Drama

The story of dissent within the Democratic ranks being pushed by the media is utterly overblown.

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Taylor Marsh

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August 25, 2008 - 6:35 am
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Aug. 25, 09:38 am

Ah yes, another day, another story about the infighting between the Clinton and Obama wings of the Democratic Party, and John McCain’s team is making the most of it. Because, in actuality, though the traditional media want to make this out to be something else, this is what this is about. There are two equally passionate groups inside the party today. But the Politico piece making the rounds isn’t interested in this story, which is at the heart of what’s going on. What they want to do is stoke the psychodrama battle. Tensions boil between Obama and Clinton camps, screams the Politico:

The former president is disappointed, associates said, because he is eager to speak about the economy and more broadly about Democratic ideas — emphasizing the contrast between the Bush years and his own record in the 1990s.

This is an especially sore point for Bill Clinton, people close to him say, because among many grievances he has about the campaign Obama waged against his wife is a belief that the candidate poor-mouthed the political and policy successes of his two terms.

Some senior Democrats close to Obama, meanwhile, made clear in not-for-attribution comments that they were equally irked at the Clinton operation. Nearly three months after Hillary Clinton conceded defeat in the nomination contest, these Obama partisans complained, her team continues to act like she and Bill Clinton hold leverage.

Considering all the emails I’m getting from the McCain camp, you have to wonder if they’ve placed moles in both Democratic camps in order to get this story written, which will be parroted by the cable talking heads. McCain’s people, a.k.a. Bush’s people, also released two ads trying to stir this one up. “Passed Over” and “Debra” are sure to be classics that would make Richard Nixon proud. Debra Bartoshevich was a Hillary Clinton superdelegate to the convention, until she was stripped of that status after she announced that she would be supporting John McCain.

But really, can you just imagine what Politico would have written about JFK and LBJ? Brother Bobby boils over as brother Jack gives the nod to LBJ? Or maybe Will brothers come to blows over LBJ?

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