Sweet blog column: Obama rejects Clinton's girlfriend offensive.

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WASHINGTON--White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is mounting a "girlfriend" offensive in accusing her all-male lineup of rivals of piling on as she tries to recover her footing from a poor performance in Tuesday's debate in Philadelphia. Chief rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Friday was not buying the gender defense and said he did not wave a race card when he was roughed up in a debate.

Obama said in an interview on NBC's "Today Show" "Well, look, I am assuming and I hope that Senator Clinton wants to be treated like everybody else. And I think that that's why she's running for president."
MSNBC LINK http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21586430/

Clinton is working it both ways--acting tough and then complaining about being picked on. Obama alluded to race--Obama is the only African-American running when he said he just toughed out darts thrown at him.

"You know, when we had a debate back in Iowa a while back, we spent, I think, the first 15 minutes of the debate hitting me on various foreign policy issues. And I didn't come out and say, "Look, I'm being hit on because I look different from the rest of the folks on the stage.

" I assumed it was because there were real policy differences there. And I think that has to be the attitude that all of us take. We're not running for the president of the city council. We're running for the presidency of the United States of America," Obama said.

Obama also said, "No, look, I don't think that people doubt that Senator Clinton is tough. She's used to playing in national politics. And, in fact, that is one of the things that she has suggested is why she should be elected is because she's been playing in this rough-and- tumble stage. So it doesn't make sense for her, after having run that way for eight months, the first time that people start challenging her point of view, that suddenly she backs off and says, "Don't pick on me."

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This is off the topic, but I would like to congratulate Don Imus for getting back on the air come December. It is heartwarming to know that Imus was able to defeat that hateful lynch mob that went after him earlier this year.

While not my first choice, if she's the Dem nominee, I will certainly vote for her, because the Republican alternative is far too scary to even consider.

But, if she's going to play both sides of the board and first distinguish herself as a candidate and not a FEMALE candidate, while also crying, "They're picking on me because I'm a woman!", she needs to hear a little backlash and get her message straightened-out.

Jerry,
Your lack of insight on the Clinton gender issue, and your praise of Imus is, to say the least, disturbing.

Very good, Obama! Right on, I couldn't have said it better myself, and it's true. But not only did you not use the race card when you were attacked at that debate, you are still being attacked every day from every angle, by news media and public alike and you are still not crying afoul and using the race card like Hillary's using this 'girlie' thing gender card here and is being allowed to do all over the airwaves and newssite waves. She needs to be told by someone, maybe her mother, to get a grip and shut up, move on, or get off the train!

I've missed "the girlfriend offensive." Where is it -surely it is a lot more than her Wellesley address. What did she say?

Mr. "politics of hope" is acting like a hopeless whiner. I think he must have been a spoiled child!

Ranman, the truly scary thought is if a socialist/communist like Hillary, Obama, or Edwards gets into the white house. If that happens Bin Laden and his boys will have a field day, and there will be so many government programs jammed down your throat you would take home more money being on welfare than working. Also, the disturbing thing about the Imus issue is that racists like Sharpton and Jesse(Hymietown)Jackson were lecturing people on race relations.

Hey Jerry, you are watching too many movies. Get a life!

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Lynn Sweet

<Lynn Sweet is a columnist and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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