UPDATE 2:25 p.m.:
UPDATE 2:05 p.m.:
Christy Hardin Smith of Firedoglake
Whatever anyone may think of Sen. Clinton, she clearly prepared for this interview. She had a command of facts and voting records, and managed to slip in a “you can’t just vote present” zinger at Sen. Obama with a smile on her face… . Her ability to turn Russert’s policy and political strategy questions right back at him made me laugh out loud more than once. And his frustration at not making inroads with any of his carefully edited gotcha attempt clips was visible in the crestfallen and constipated look on his face throughout.
UPDATE 2 p.m.:
Obama’s firing back
Obama said Clinton misrepresented his record of consistent opposition to the war.\
“What we saw this morning was why the American people are tired of Washington politicians and the games they play, said Obama, during a conference call, as he accepted the endorsement of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri. “She started this campaign saying that she wanted to make history and lately she has been spending some time rewriting it.”
UPDATE 1:50 p.m.:
Jeremy Dibbell at the Moderate Voice
Hillary Clinton’s “Meet the Press” appearance this morning was one of the most overt displays of the old Clintonian attack politics I’ve seen in this campaign. Her blatant and transparent attempts to blame Obama’s campaign for”deliberately distorting” unfortunate remarks she, her husband, and others associated with her campaign have been making in recent days were, frankly, sickening and unworthy of a candidate for high national office.
UPDATE 1:40 p.m.:
blogosphere goes wild
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.:
Associated Press account
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested Sunday that Barack Obama‘s campaign had injected racial tension into the presidential contest, saying her comments about Martin Luther King’s role in the civil rights movement had been “distorted” by Obama’s supporters… .\
Both New York Sen. Clinton and her husband, the former president, have engaged in damage control this week after black leaders criticized them for comments they made shortly before the New Hampshire primary last Tuesday.\
The senator was quoted as saying King’s dream of racial equality was realized only when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, while Bill Clinton said Illinois Sen. Obama was telling a “fairly tale” about his opposition to the Iraq war.\
The former president since has appeared on several black radio programs to say he was referring to Obama’s record on the Iraq war, not on his effort to become the nation’s first black president.
“Meet the Press,”
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HRC … said a remark she made about Martin Luther King Jr.’s success turning on President Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act is also being mischaracterized.\
“I think it such an unfair and unwarranted attempt to misinterpret and mischaracterize what I said,” she told Russert.\
She said that, “This is an unfortunate storyline that the Obama campaign has pushed very selectively.” …\
“If you are running for president based primarily on a speech you gave in 2002, and speeches you have given since most notably at the 2004 Democratic convention, then I think it is fair to say we need to know more beyond the words,” she said.
— Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington Times