CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Hours after a new poll showed her falling behind for the first time in Iowa, Hillary Clinton launched a blistering personal broadside on rival Barack Obama, calling him a phony and a double-talker.
“There’s a big difference between our courage and our convictions, between what we believe and what we’re willing to fight for,” she told reporters.
“You gotta ask yourself, ‘Who’s really committed here [and] who’s doing it just for political reasons?'”
Asked if Obama has a character problem, she said, “It’s beginning to look a lot like that. You know, it really is.”
The Iowa caucuses, which kick off the election, are Jan. 3, and Clinton signaled that the next month will be a brutal fight.
“Now the fun part starts,” she said.
Obama dismissed her attacks as desperation in the wake of the new Des Moines Register poll showing Obama surging ahead of her in the survey for the first time, 28% to 25%.
“I think that folks from some of the other campaigns are reading the polls and starting to get stressed and issuing a whole range of outlandish accusations,” Obama said in Des Moines.
“Washington insiders might think throwing mud is ‘fun,’ but the American people are looking for leadership that can unite this country.”
Clinton whacked Obama on several fronts, bashing his lobbyist-funded political action committee and challenging his guts over health care – “Sen. Obama got to the brink and blinked.”
Her campaign even dredged up a kindergarten essay Obama wrote titled: “I want to be President” to argue that Obama is lying when he says he hasn’t been planning a White House run for decades, like his rivals.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton laughed that off.
“I’m sure tomorrow they’ll attack him for being a flip-flopper because he told his second-grade teacher he wanted to be an astronaut,” he said.
Now here’s the part when I get comments from Hillary supporters telling me how wrong I am, and the what not. Well, no matter who the candidate is, it looks like a really sore loser.