Bill Clinton To Obama: Man Up, Dude

Bill Clinton in Parkersburg, WV, according to press accounts:

"If a politician doesn't wanna get beat up, he shouldn't run for office," he said. "If a politician doesn't wanna get beat up, he shouldn't run for office. If a football player doesn't want to get tackled or want the risk of an a occasional clip he shouldn't put the pads on."

Jake Tapper picks up on something else:

"I don't give a riff about all this name-calling that's going on. They've been going on ever since Iowa. I've heard them say all these things about her.... Apparently it's okay to say bad things about a girl,"

To interpret: those who complain about the tenor of the Democratic Primary are just whiners. And by extension, so is Obama. Is there some subterranean machismo/peacock feather displaying going on here, too?

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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