by Marshall Cobleigh
The duplicity of the Shaheen's in their latest caper in an effort to help their candidate Hillary Clinton comes as no surprise to veterans of the New Hampshire political scene. We have seen for years Jeanne Shaheen crusading incessantly against sexual predators because her pollster Mandy Grunwald tells her that its good politics while her trusted confidant and political hatchet man Ray Buckley makes knowingly false charges about her opponents.
The ever familiar pattern of the Shaheen's of saying one thing then changing their story is before us once again. After he got caught with his dirty pool tactics about Barack Obama, Bill Shahenn piously stated "I have made the PERSONAL decision that I will step down as the Co-Chair of the Hillary for President campaign." Now comes Hillary herself declaring on MSNBC "We asked him to step down." Whose lying Bill? You or Hillary?
Bill Shaheen also declared in his so called apology "my remarks were in no way authorized by Senator Clinton or the Clinton campaign. Senator Clinton has been running a positive campaign focused on the issues that matter to American families."
Come on Bill Shaheen. You are smarter than that! Your long time friend and former political ally Ned Helms said "a disturbing pattern has emerged, first about Obama's presidential aspirations as a kindergartner, then the e-mails on the Muslim religion and now on past drug use." "When you see a pattern of people making statements, then a follow-up statement that it wasn't authorized, it doesn't take a genius to see there's a thread going on here."
If Bill Shaheen's allegations about Obama's youthful drug were not a deliberate plan why did Hillary's pollster and chief campaign advisor Mark Penn use the cocaine word twice about Obama in an appearance on MSNBC.
Perhaps another Jeanne Shaheen ally, Senator Martha Fuller Clark had it right when she said "The political textbook says when you are not doing well in the polls you attack your opponent."
Or was Hillary herself telling the truth when she said "the fun part of the campaign was to criticize other candidates."
Noted UNH pollster Andy Smith summed it up pretty well when he said "It remains to be seen how seriously the Shaheen episode plays into the Clinton pattern of negative dirty campaigning and a campaign that says one thing and does another thing and then does another thing."
New Hampshire voters will not be amazed at the latest contremps from the Shaheens. We are used to Jeanne Shaheen never taking a stand unless told to do so by her pollster and only on a safe issue. The only time that they take a stand is to let their hatchet men falsely attack their opponents. Then she claims that she had nothing to do with the attack.