VIDEO - The Hillary Ad That Provoked the White House
Everybody is talking about the new ad for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) that calls struggling Americans and returning veterans "invisible" to President Bush. The White House excoriated the ad as "outrageous," "absurd," and "unconscionable." Retiring political guru Karl Rove called Clinton "fatally flawed" as a candidate. Commentator Pat Buchanan said on MSNBC tonight that the ad will hurt Clinton with independents and moderates.
Here is the ad:
It's a good ad. Is the reaction from the White House really about the substance of the ad, or is it (as some have suggested) more that the GOP really, really hopes Clinton will win the nomination, and they know that an attack by Bush and Rove will only help her with Democrats? Certainly, the Clinton campaign wasted no time in sending out an email to supporters crowing about the attacks:
Within hours the White House was on the attack -- calling our ad "outrageous," "absurd," and "unconscionable." What's outrageous is the White House attacking Hillary for standing up for ordinary Americans who are invisible to this administration, from Americans without health care to single mothers to veterans returning from Iraq. ...It's an interesting question.
"The White House just attacked me a few minutes ago saying how dare I say that Americans weren't visible to the president. I've said it and I will keep saying it because I happen to believe it."