Air America Radio President Mark Green and progressive talk show host Ed Schultz (whose show appears on some Air America affiliates as well as on their XM Radio channel) went toe to toe on Hillary Clinton's whisper campaign against Barack Obama on Thursday's Hardball.
Mark Green was really horrible in this segment. He was snarky and dismissive toward Schultz--likely because of bad blood between Schultz and Air America than any difference in stance. He made a big deal about being neutral -- but defended Hillary Clinton and those in her camp who have been sniping Obama in recent weeks, using some low Republican framing. However, Schultz's point that the cheap shots are turning off younger voters can be shown by her dropping poll numbers.
In his main point, Green is right. This is what primary politics are all about and all of the candidates are guilty of it to some extent. Hillary's getting as much as she's giving. It just doesn't reflect well on her when her surrogates employ Karl Rove tactics (like insinuating blatant lies, like Obama may have been a drug dealer or Muslim) to play to voters' prejudices.