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Obama criticized the Clintons for invoking bin Laden ‘to score political points’

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

With Vice President Joe Biden’s comments yesterday — and the release of a new web video today — the Obama campaign is using the killing of Osama bin Laden for political purposes.

And if you think it’s inappropriate, then you actually agree with … Barack Obama.

Almost four years ago, Obama criticized the Clintons for invoking bin Laden “to score political points.” As AFP reported on April 22, 2008: “… Obama’s camp accused Clinton of trying to scare Americans, after the release of a dark new campaign ad featuring Al-Qaeda kingpin Osama bin Laden.” And the Boston Globe noted that: “The Obama campaign accused Clinton of fearmongering with the ad.”

Obama, himself, noted in a debate that, “[W]hen Senator Clinton uses the specter of a terrorist attack with a new prime minister during a campaign, I think that is part and parcel with what we’ve seen the use of the fear of terrorism in scoring political points. And I think that’s a mistake. Now, I don’t want to perpetuate that.”

But he is perpetuating that — not by bragging about killing bin Laden (though that might be unseemly) — but by questioning whether or not Mitt Romney would have done the same. I think there is an implicit fear factor he’s hitting on — sort of like what the Clintons tried to do to Obama.