Obama Team Member Calls Bill Clinton Another Joe McCarthy
Merrill “Tony” McPeak (pictured), a former chief of staff of the Air Force and currently a co-chair of Obama’s presidential campaign, said he was disappointed by comments Clinton made while campaigning for his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a speech Friday in Charlotte, N.C.
“I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this (G-damn)country and were devoted to the interest of this country,” Clinton said (Zing!). “And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.”
McPeak learned of the remarks while at an Obama rally in Salem, Ore. Afterward, he called Clinton’s statement horrible and compared it to McCarthy, the Republican senator from Wisconsin who held hearings on suspected Communist sympathizers in the 1950s.
“It sounds more like McCarthy,” McPeak said. “I grew up, I was going to college when Joe McCarthy was accusing good Americans of being traitors, so I’ve had enough of it.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer rejected the comparison.
Pass the popcorn, Nahanni.