Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s infamous semen-stained blue dress has emerged as a campaign issue in the increasingly dirty fight for the Presidency between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
An Obama supporter brought the dress into the campaign debate with a blog post that he later removed. He also continued the Obama attack line that former President Bill Clinton’s questions about the Illinois Senator’s patriotism brings McCarthyism into the Presidential campaign.
When DNA tests showed the stain on Lewinsky’s dress came from Bill Clinton’s semen, he retreated from his denials of a sexual relationship with the intern and admitted he lied.
Sen. Hillary Clinton’s aides blasted Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign Monday after a major Obama supporter referenced the blue dress at the heart of former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment scandal.
Gordon Fischer, a former chair of the Iowa Democratic Party and part of Obama’s Iowa support team, also compared Bill Clinton unfavorably to Joe McCarthy.
McCarthy was a senator who was known for leveling accusations that people were Communists or spying for the Russians in the 1950s.
“When Joe McCarthy questioned others’ patriotism, McCarthy (1) actually believed, at least aparently (sic), the questions were genuine, and (2) he did so in order to build up, not tear down, his own party, the GOP,” Fischer, wrote on his blog.
“Bill Clinton cannot possibly seriously believe Obama is not a patriot, and cannot possibly be said to be helping — instead he is hurting — his own party. B. [Bill] Clinton should never be forgiven. Period. This is a stain on his legacy, much worse, much deeper, than the one on Monica’s blue dress.”
Fischer was referring to Bill Clinton’s comments over the weekend that a race between Sen. John McCain and Hillary Clinton would be a contest between two people who love their country. Some Obama supporters — including former Air Force Gen. Tony McPeak — have interpreted that statement as an attack on Obama’s patriotism.
Fischer, who endorsed Obama last fall, later removed the post from his blog and replaced it with an apology.