Thursday, September 13, 2007

See the difference?

This is what class looks like:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney denounced a Web site that was bitingly critical of GOP rival Fred Thompson's personal life and political career, calling it "juvenile and offensive."

"There's no place in politics for those kind of hijinks," the former Massachusetts governor told The Associated Press in a telephone interview as he campaigned in Midland, Texas.

Now off-line, was the creation of Wesley Donehue, a business associate of Romney's top political operative in early voting South Carolina, Warren Tompkins. Romney's campaign insists that neither Romney nor Tompkins knew about the site or approved of its creation.

Said Romney: "The Web site is obviously juvenile and offensive. It was not done by anyone employed by my campaign, and Mr. Tompkins indicates it was not done by his firm, that the person who put it up was acting on his own. I've said I do not want to have that person in any way associated with my campaign."

As soon as he found out about the website Romney denounced it and made it plain that he did not want the person responsable to be involved with his campaign in any way.

Now, this is what a total lack of class looks like:

September 13, 2007 -- Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday found herself positioned firmly to the left of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding that disgusting New York Times/MoveOn "General Betray Us" attack on Gen. David Petraeus' integrity. [. . .]

At issue was the MoveOn ad, published in Monday's Times, attacking Petraeus' honor as a man and as a soldier.

How disgusting was it?

Even Pelosi, one of the most left-wing speakers ever, said she'd have "preferred that they won't do such an ad."

But Clinton not only couldn't bring herself to criticize it, she also attacked Petraeus' honesty: "The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief," she huffed to the general Tuesday.

And she slammed him (and Ambassador Ryan Crocker) as "de facto spokesmen for a failed policy," pointedly refusing to criticize the ad - which called him an outright liar who'd "betray" his nation.

See the difference? Mitt Romney thinks that honor and integrity are more important than gaining political advantage. Mrs. Clinton and her husband think those things are weaknesses which an opponent can exploit.