I have, for the most part, tried to stay away from the public primary process.Â There is something about this that makes otherwise reasonable people become the biggest assholes, show the smallest minds, and engage in ridiculous hypocrisies.Â Â To what end?Â I’m really not sure.Â Barring Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich, I think any of the Democratic field would make a fine President.Â (Sorry, Dennis.Â I admire your positions more than any other candidates.Â I just have no faith in your effectiveness.Â And Joe?Â STFU.Â I’m sure I’m not the first person to tell you that.Â Enjoy yourself in the Senate.Â It’s perfect for you.)
That said, we’re now less than a year away from the general election, and the primaries (messes that they are) are mere months away.Â So ‘ll probably start talking about that now.Â To start it off on a somewhat positive note, I’ll highlight something I *like* – one candidate responding to another candidate’s whispering campaign with “put up or shut up.”Â While there’s no shortage of actual dirt amongst politicians, the tendency to traffic in wholly unsubstantiated charges is particularly galling for me.Â So it’s nice to see someone up the ante by trying to bring it out into the open.
Why do you assume the Clinton campaign is running a “whispering campaign”? Because Novak says so? I think he has been forced to back down a bit and acknowledge he has no direct source for his claim.
Perhaps you are the one trafficking in wholly unsubstantiated charges here. (I’m kidding.)
I wasn’t trying to peg Clinton with this (the idea was more to highlight a tactical response that I liked), but that’s a fair point.