February 25th, 2008
07:53 PM ET

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Candidate Scorned!

I sure hope Hillary's red-suited rage this weekend was manufactured. Otherwise, her campaign has gone from Silly Season to Crazy Town with Hillary Clinton running as its mayor. She claims to be the steady, tried and tested Democratic warrior who can take on the Republican hordes come September. But if this weekend's performance - careening from boiling rage to brittle sarcasm after lavish and loving praise of Obama in Thursday's debate - is any indication of how she handles stress, Democrats should be afraid. Very afraid. And what should make them terrified is the prospect of six more months of these antics.

In the past week we've seen Hillary level petty charges of plagiarism, heap scorn in a vitriolic press conference. "Enough with the speeches and the big rallies!" (My personal favorite quote of the campaign so far.) And now today, according to a banner headline on the Drudge Report, her campaign was circulating pictures of Obama wearing a turban in a desperate bid to revive the false allegation that Obama is Muslim. After first issuing a non-denial deflection early in the day, the campaign is now disavowing any involvement with the provocative pic. But remember when Clinton-supporter Bob Kerrey gleefully pointed out to our very own John King that Barack's father was a Muslim? "Not that there's anything wrong with that." [quotation mine.] One can't help but see a tendril of smoke rising out of this latest political fire.

Democrats should be terrified that such tactics will work. Just like The New York Times hit piece on John McCain last week, no matter how many times the target explains otherwise, some proportion of the voters will believe the false impression that is being created. And while Hillary is busy tearing down her opponent with thuggish and churlish attacks, she threatens to tear apart her party, and in the process make herself the least likable candidate to grace the national stage.

Is this really what Democrats want for their party, their nominee whichever of the two they choose, for six more long months? Because believe me, the other side is enjoying every minute. I'm reminded of the words of one, mustachoied, curly headed anchorman named Ron Burgundy: "You stay classy San Diego." Wise words, indeed.

-Amy Holmes, 360° Contributor

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