...the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to Annoy and Harass the Wives of Democrats Running for President rears its ugly head once again! From the ABC News blog:
Obama, who is vying for the support of women voters who flocked to Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign during the primaries, argued his wife and Clinton have been the target of similar conservative attacks.
"Hillary Clinton was subject to this, others have been subject to this in the past," Obama told Glamour editor -in-chief Cindi Leive Wednesday, "It is part of our political environment that I'd like to change."
Asked whether he blamed Sen. John McCain's campaign for the attacks, Obama said, "I wouldn't say the McCain campaign itself, but I would say that the apparatus of conservative columnists, blogs and the like. Talk shows, talk radio....When you see in the span of two or three or four weeks essentially the same talking points being used on a whole variety of shows or a whole variety of columns, over and over again."
Oh, come on, now. When a man runs for president he'd better expect that adult members of his family are going to be under scrutiny, and are occasionally going to be the subject of news stories or the fodder of late night television jokes. It goes with the territory, especially for spouses of candidates, especially when those spouses are actively campaigning on behalf of the candidate.
If you really want the tone of campaigns to improve, Obama, maybe you'd better quit blaming the mythical "vast right-wing conspiracy" for antagonizing your wife, and just realize that the media as a whole is one big equal-opportunity antagonist, when it comes to candidates and their spouses.
Playing this particular card smacks of desperation, you know. It did when Hillary played it, and it's no different now.