“NAFTAgate” started out as a slightly surreal meta-story, one in which one campaign (Clinton) attempted to tar another campaign (Obama) for operating as campaigns often do:* demagoguing an issue while tacitly admitting that they’re, well, demagoguing it. Now the Clinton campaign will have to explain why they demagogued Obama on NAFTAgate while also telling the Canadian government to take their stand on NAFTA itself with “a grain of salt.”
Can’t wait for the next conference call!
* Yes, yes, the HRC folks think every instance of Obama behaving like “traditional politician” is in itself worth attacking him for. I am less convinced of that in general, but this doesn’t mean that Obama should be given a pass when it comes to untangling a seemingly contradictory set of messages… just as Hillary should have to explain hers.