HIGHLAND PARK, ILL.-- For years, fund-raising appeals from right wing groups and various Republican party committees invoked the name of Hillary Rodham Clinton in order to raise campaign cash. Add Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to the list, who is doing some Clinton mongering to spur donations.
Early Tuesday morning--hours after the news that Clinton outraised him in the third quarter but most important, has more primary cash on hand (by $2.1 million)--Obama attacked Clinton for taking money from Washington lobbyists and political action committees.
"Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs," said the e-mail, signed by Obama and landing in an in-box at 4:14 a.m. eastern time. Obama happily took donations from Washington lobbyists and PACs for his campaign funds, banning the money only last February when he opened his White House drive.
Obama, who is at peace with Mayor Daley's political machine-- is at war with the Bill and Hill machine.
Obama is increasingly weaving two themes together about Clinton; she is a quasi-incumbent and the Boss of a political machine. Obama writes, "In the face of the most entrenched political machine in Democratic politics, I believe a movement of ordinary Americans can change our country. And you can prove that right now."