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A major catfight is breaking out among Democrats supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton and those supporting Sen. Barack Obama. A few weeks ago I told you about how this was starting to bubble up in a rather ugly way, and here it is again today.
After last night's Hollywood fundraiser for Obama, in which Hollywood mogul David Geffen played a major role, there was some grumbling from the Clinton camp, which has always viewed Geffen's money and Hollywood money as their own and not to be shared with upstarts like Obama.
Today mogul Geffen spoke out in the New York Times column of Maureen Dowd. He attacked Hillary Clinton as a polarizing figure who cannot bring the country together and praised Obama as a uniting figure. He said Republicans believe Hillary will be easiest to defeat. He said the Clinton political organization will slime Obama, adding: "That machine is going to be very unpleasant and unattractive and effective." And regarding the Clintons themselves he said: "Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease. It's troubling."
This did not go down well with the Clinton people, who today demanded that Obama cut ties with Geffen and anybody in Hollywood who shared his views, and return any money coming from Geffen and anyone who would say such things about the Clintons. Spokesman Howard Wolfson said: "How can Sen. Obama denounce the politics of slash and burn yesterday while his own campaign is espousing the politics of trash today?"
Obama himself then said the following: "It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom." Obama also threw another elbow, saying Hillary had not yet disavowed the support of a South Carolina politician who said Obama couldn't win the White House because he's black. By the way, that politician is himself black.
Then Geffen issued a statement today saying he's an Obama supporter, and get this: "My comments, which were quoted accurately by Maureen Dowd, reflect solely my personal beliefs regarding the Clintons."
Ouch. Hillary, you're up next.
I told you a few weeks ago when this race started an almost visible turn toward nasty that things were going to get way, way rougher. I was right, and I predict it's going to get much worse. The civil war on the left has been joined, and it is very uncivil. Watch this space for more.
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