As is becoming par for the course this campaign, Hillary Clinton is quickly turning around the latest controversy into a fund-raising appeal.
Over the weekend, retired Air Force General Merrill A. McPeak, an adviser to rival Barack Obama, compared former president Bill Clinton to Joe McCarthy for, in McPeak's view, questioning Obama's patriotism. Clinton's campaign said her husband's remarks to veterans in North Carolina on Friday had been misconstrued.
And this afternoon, Clinton campaign manager Terry McAuliffe sent a pitch to potential donors that begins: "Dear Friend, Do you think Bill Clinton is like Joe McCarthy?
"Of course you don't. Neither do I. But Barack Obama must because this past weekend, his campaign compared President Clinton to Joe McCarthy. Joe McCarthy!" the fund-raising appeal continues. "Ever since we won in Ohio and Texas we have been seeing these kinds of personal attacks from the Obama campaign....Well I'm not going to stand for it, and neither should you. There's no better way to fight back than to show your support for our campaign in the face of these attacks."