Clinton's Collateral Damage

She rescued her campaign by getting tougher on Obama, but Democrats worry how the war of attrition will hurt their party

Todd Heisler / New York Times / Redux

Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton addresses her supporters in Texas after winning the state's primary.

An Arkansas state legislator once said of Bill Clinton that he would pat you on the back while he urinated down your leg. The corollary for Clinton's wife Hillary could be that she will tell the world how honored she is to share a stage with Barack Obama even as she's gearing up to smash him. When it comes to politics, the Clinton philosophy is simple: It's war, and wars are for winning. Bill put it this way, back in 1981: "When someone is beating you over the head with a hammer, don't sit there and take it. Take...

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