I know you are, but what am I?
Remember that whole kerfuffle about Obama’s people talking to the Canadians and saying “Don’t listen to what we say about NAFTA”? Conventional wisdom has it that this gaffe, and the way the Obama campaign handled it, cost him votes in Texas and Ohio.
A storm of reports in the Canadian media say that the Nafta-gate flap last week involving Barack Obama was started by a key aide to Canada’s prime minister – who told journalists that Hillary Clinton’s campaign – not Obama’s – had contacted the Canadian government to play down its Nafta-bashing.
The Canadian Press wire service – the equivalent to AP – reports that Ian Brodie, chief of staff to Stephen Harper, was talking to journalists last week: “Brodie was asked about remarks aimed by the Democratic candidates at Ohio’s anti-Nafta voters that carried economic implications for Canada.” It quotes a witness who reported Brodie’s remarks:
“He said someone from (Hillary) Clinton’s campaign is telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt … That someone called us and told us not to worry.”
Here’s today’s splash in the Globe and Mail, which begins: “The leak of a confidential diplomatic discussion that rocked the US presidential campaign began with an offhand remark to journalists from the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Ian Brodie.” It goes on:
Mr Brodie … stopped to chat with several journalists, and was surrounded by a group from CTV…. The conversation turned to the pledges to renegotiate the North American free-trade agreement made by the two Democratic contenders, Mr Obama and New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
Mr Brodie, apparently seeking to play down the potential impact on Canada, told the reporters the threat was not serious, and that someone from Ms Clinton’s campaign had even contacted Canadian diplomats to tell them not to worry because the Nafta threats were mostly political posturing.
Meanwhile, back at the Official Clinton Let’s Elect John McCain Headquarters, the so-called Democrats that populate Camp Clinton were getting ready to link Tony Rezko and Barack Obama together like Laurel and Hardy, like Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Hillary Clinton’s response?
Clinton was shown the photo during an interview on NBC’s Today Show this morning but told host Matt Lauer she did not remember meeting Rezko.
“No, I don’t,” Clinton told Lauer. “You know, I probably have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures.”
“I don’t know the man. I wouldn’t know him if he walked in the door. I don’t have a 17-year relationship with him,” Clinton added.
Does that response ring a bell? Maybe this is why:
“The president has taken tens of thousands of pictures. This does not mean he has a personal relationship with each individual that is in those pictures.”
The guy in the photo with George W. Bush is Jack Abramoff.
The guy in the photo with the Clintons is Tony Rezko.
The distancing disclaimers are nearly identical.
So, Hillary…..are you SURE you want to go down this road?