by D. Cupples | During an press interview, Barack Obama campaign adviser Samantha Power called Hillary Clinton a "monster" and said other personally oriented things. Naturally, Power has apologized for the remark.
Ironically, the woman who made the dehumanizing remark is a Harvard professor, whose specialties include international human rights -- though, apparently not diplomacy. Isn't de-humanization at the roots of human rights' deprivation?
Apparently, the Obama campaign wasn't kidding when indicating that it would take the gloves off after Hillary's wins in Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas. There's nothing like an opponent's victories to piss someone off.
Some of Hillary's supporters in Congress have called upon Obama to kick Ms. Power out of the campaign.
Why? The woman does have a First Amendment right to say such things -- and if Obama wants an emotional adviser who can't control her tongue, it's his right to make that choice.
The New York Daily News calls it "a major embarrassment to the Illinois senator who promised voters he wouldn't engage in the politics of personal destruction."
Let's give Obama a break on this one: candidates can't control what their more feverishly zealous advisers, surrogates or supporters say. All the candidate can do is privately set the tone and hope that staffers, et. al., will follow.
UPDATE: Ms. Power resigned from Obama's campaign (Associated Press)
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