Hillary Clinton and her surrogates sure feel a strong need to echo right-wing attacks versus Sen. Obama. And that's fine with me. At the end of the day this will teach us that no matter what the Clintons cannot be trusted anywhere near the leadership of the Democratic party in the future. At the same time it also shows us the problems we would have encountered should she have won the nomination. Reacting like a scared ninny to the prospect of Republicans saying bad things about you has been a recipe for Democratic failure for almost half of my life. The Clinton response turns out to be just to echo the right wing without doing anything constructive about it and hope the media gets bored, while the Dean/Obama posture is to return fire until their ships are in Davy Jones' Locker.
The former strategy does its job in saving the Clinton's hides while damaging the Democratic party, while the latter defends the candidate and changes the progressive/Democrat brand from one of weak-kneed fainting back to its historicalstrength of moral character.
So thanks, Sen. Clinton, this has all been helpful in clarifying some things and allowing the scales to fall from our eyes.
From a practical matter no matter what the hyperventilating conservatives and their increasingly similar pro-Clinton partisans wish to believe: Sen. Obama is winning, will win the nomination (assuming likely Clinton-initiated fraud will be nipped in the bud) and will likely win the general election. But we play. We play to win the game.