PILING ON….Ezra Klein on bittergate:
The Clinton campaign made a huge tactical error in jumping on the “bitter” comments themselves, rather than simply letting the media push them. If Obama had just been answering to the media, it would have been a problem. But when Clinton jumped in, he started being able to answer more attacks from Hillary Clinton.
This really threw me for a loop too. Why did the Clinton campaign do this, and do it so clumsily? The media was doing all their work for them, and if they’d taken the high road (“We should be talking about how to help working Americans, not playing gotcha over a careless remark”) they would have gotten way more mileage out of the whole thing. Piling on was such a huge tactical mistake that it makes you wonder if anybody over in Hillaryland knows how to play this game.