That Las Vegas debate, which was moderated by George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC's This Week, inspired a more trivial angle from ABC and CBS. Both picked up on the soundbite by Hillary Rodham Clinton criticizing that old bugaboo "the politics of personal destruction." As CBS' Gloria Borger asked: "What is that about?" The answer was a column written by Maureen Dowd of The New York Times that quotes the Clintons' onetime big-money show business backer and Lincoln Bedroom sleepover guest David Geffen sniping at his former First Friends. Borger called it "a juicy divorce in Hollywood" when Geffen transferred his backing from the Clintons to Barack Obama.
So now candidate Obama stands accused of being a hypocrite and a negative campaigner because a couple of columnist's snippets of political gossip are attributed to a Tinseltown supporter. When a Clinton campaign spokesman leveled that charge, ABC's Jake Tapper (subscription required) pointed out that Geffen "has no official role with the Obama campaign."
"The campaign came early and it has gotten ugly early too," concluded Tapper. The coverage is coming early and it is getting silly early too.
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