(From Peggy Noonan, WSJ) Mr. Obama takes the pummeling and preaches the high road. It's all windup with him, like a great pitcher more comfortable preparing to throw than throwing. Something in him resists aggression. He tends to be indirect in his language, feinting, only suggestive. I used to think he was being careful not to tear the party apart, and endanger his own future.
But the Clintons are tearing the party apart. It will not be the same after this. It will not be the same after its most famous leader, and probable ultimate victor, treated a proud and accomplished black man who is a U.S. senator as if he were nothing, a mere impediment to their plans. And to do it in a way that signals, to his supporters, How dare you have the temerity, the ingratitude, after all we've done for you?
the hard-fought White House race resurrected a familiar story line for the former first lady though with a new twist: Hillary Clinton vehemently defending her spouse -- except this time she's the candidate.
While his wife travels to California and Arizona, the former president was out on the trail on Tuesday in South Carolina, where her campaign is counting on his popularity among African-American voters.
Bill Clinton has been widely described as an invaluable weapon in Senator Clinton's campaign, but critics say he runs the risk of turning into a liability if he carries his strident advocacy too far.
Senator Clinton, who referred to her husband as a 'tremendous asset' in the debate, defended her 'vigorous campaign' as merely asking the kind of questions that the Democratic nominee will face in the general election against the Republicans.
'I think it is important to analyze the record that is all I am saying. If we don't air it in this primary process I think we are not doing our party any service,' she said. 'The Republicans are not going to have any compunctions about asking any of us anything.'
Daschle said the attacks on Obama from Clinton's campaign were potentially damaging for a party anxious to take back the presidency after two terms"
Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.
I would love to see Michelle and Bill debate this issue.