GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa - Hillary Clinton's campaign is exhibiting signs of a split personality.Misleading tactics and tricks are part of the political process and Hillary should be avoiding them given the negatives she has generated.
Touring Iowa this week, she has criticized Barack Obama only implicitly as she focused on showing a softer picture of herself as a loyal friend and tireless public servant, tearful old friends and grateful constituents by her side.
At the same time, her surrogates and supporters have been increasingly busy sharpening their knives for Obama.
The latest examples: A major union backing Clinton is mailing fliers in Iowa that attack Obama's healthcare plan, but never mention Clinton's name. It quotes John Edwards instead, prompting his campaign to cry foul yesterday. "There have been a lot of misleading tactics and tricks in the last few weeks, but we've just never seen anything like this before," Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, Iowa director for Edwards, said in a statement.
None of this stuff is akin to what Bush did to McCain in 2000. If you don't remember, Karl Rove organized a pushpoll in which people in South Carolina were called and asked what their feelings would be about McCain if they knew he had fathered an illigitimate black child. What really happened was that McCain and his wife adopted a Bangladeshi child who because of her ethnicity had skin a tad darker than the typical Repignofascist. That, of course, did not matter to Karl Rove.
I sincerely hope that Hillary comes in last in the Iowa caucuses and last or close to last in every primary. If she continues to employ Rovian smear tactics, she deserves to be last.