I don’t know how I missed this for two days, but read Bill’s comments:
“And we need to change the direction of this country,” he continued. “But it won’t be an easy race. John McCain is an honorable man … and he and Hillary are friends. They like and respect each other.”
He then told about how she and McCain had worked together on global warming.
“I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country,” Clinton said, “and people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.
“So that’s my argument for her.” (Emphasis added).
Forget that it sounds like an aspersions against Obama’s patriotism—it’s unambiguous that Bill is saying McCain would be better than Obama. Of course Hillary has said much the same.
Obviously, they’re entitled to that opinion, if it’s what they believe. But if you’re a democrat, would you trust the judgment of someone who says that? Do you think McCain would make a better president than Obama?
Followup: Touché? I don’t think it’s quite the same. I think the adjective McCarthyesque is a bit over the top, just like saying Obama’s tactics are like Ken Starr’s. Both are stupid–nothing in the current primary is that bad. But those comparisons are a rhetorical device, and there’s a clear message in each case. You can separate the message from the exaggeration. In contrast, the Clinton’s really do seem to be saying McCain would be better than Obama.