Clinton Attacks Democratic Activists

By MichaelJames

Apr 19, 2008 12:16pm

A year ago, at a virtual town hall sponsored by the liberal group MoveOn, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., lauded the group.

"You’ve been asking the tough questions; you’ve been refusing to back down when any of us who are in political leadership are not living up to the standards that we should set for ourselves," she said. "I think you have helped to change the face of American politics for the better."

What a difference a year — and access to a private fundraiser — make.

Yesterday the Huffington Post’s Celeste Fremon posted comments Clinton made after Super Tuesday at a small private fundraiser in which she disparaged the group and Democratic activists in general.

"Moveon.org endorsed" Obama, she said, "which is like a gusher of money that never seems to slow down. We have been less successful in caucuses because it brings out the activist base of the Democratic Party.

"MoveOn didn’t even want us to go into Afghanistan," Clinton said — falsely, according to the group. "I mean, that’s what we’re dealing with. And you know they turn out in great numbers. And they are very driven by their view of our positions, and It’s primarily national security and foreign policy that drives them. I don’t agree with them. They know I don’t agree with them. So they flood into these caucuses and dominate them and really intimidate people who actually show up to support me."

- jpt

UPDATE: The wise Marc Ambinder reminds me that Moveon was first formed to protest the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton.

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