With her campaign tottering on the brink of disaster a few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton set an increasingly desperate course in pursuit of her presidential aspirations. She participated in and condoned the smearing of her honorable opponent, by joining Republicans and their media whores in a full-scale war of trivial pursuit. She has sifted through Obama's every word in search of nuggets to exploit, painting a grossly distorted picture of a dedicated public servant, casting doubts about his integrity and patriotism, and demonstrating to my complete satisfaction that there is nothing she wouldn't do to win the nomination. Her campaign has been an ugly, vicious affair, a steady stream of lies about Obama and about her own meager accomplishments as First Lady.
A similar criticism can be directed at the campaign currently being run by Richard Moore. As is the case with Clinton and Obama, there is barely a whit of difference between Moore and Perdue when it comes to substantive policy issues. As a result, the fight shifted early into the gutter, with Moore boldly questioning Perdue's long-standing commitment to abortion rights. It stayed in the gutter until recently when Perdue wisely shifted strategy with a promise to go positive. Many have questioned her motives, but I'm willing to take her explanation on face value: she heard from too many of us that we were sick and tired of all the damn mud-slinging.
Having bet his candidacy on a campaign manager who specializes in tearing down opponents, Moore has had little choice but to continue to follow in Hillary's dirty footsteps. With his latest parsing of her record, Moore attempts to paint Perdue as out-of-touch on racial issues, an assertion that seems especially bizarre in the face of a recent endorsement from Harvey Gantt.
Many believe that negative campaigns work, and there is ample evidence to support that belief. But when a commercial makes assertions that fly in the face of reality to score political points, it's time to call it what it really is: a lie.
Hillary Clinton has been telling lies about Barack Obama. In the vast wasteland of racist America, those lies have taken root and spread. I do not want a person in the President's office who has been willing to run that kind of campaign. And sadly, Richard Moore has been telling lies about Beverly Perdue. He knows she is strongly pro-choice, and that she is not a closet racist. And yet he allows Reiff to demonize her in hopes of turning the tide. I do not want a person in the Governor's office who has been willing to run that kind of campaign.
Hillary Clinton and Richard Moore both could have won my vote, but instead they pushed me away by running vile campaigns. What a waste.