May 12th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama backer compares Clinton to 'Fatal Attraction' character

An Obama supporter and Tennessee congressman is comparing Clinton to Glenn Close in 'Fatal Attraction.'
An Obama supporter and Tennessee congressman is comparing Clinton to Glenn Close in 'Fatal Attraction.'

(CNN) - Several of Barack Obama's supporters have publicly urged Hillary Clinton to withdraw from the presidential race, but Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen was especially blunt.

Speaking to a Memphis TV station over the weekend, Cohen compared Clinton to Glenn Close’s character in the movie "Fatal Attraction."

Close played an obsessed and mentally unstable woman who refused to end an affair with a married man, despite his repeated urgings. In the movie’s final scene, Close's character appears to have drowned in a bathtub, but re-emerged before getting fatally shot.

"Glenn Close should have stayed in that tub, and Sen. Clinton has had a remarkable career and needs to move to the next step, which is helping elect the Democratic nominee," Cohen said.

Cohen's office released an apology from the congressman soon after he made the comments.

"I sincerely apologize for the comments I made about Senator Clinton's campaign," he said in the statement. "I have great respect for Senator Clinton as a US Senator. She has waged an historic campaign which has done much to break the glass ceiling. My comments obviously do not reflect the sentiments of Senator Obama or the Obama campaign. Nor do they reflect my opinion of Senator Clinton whom I have known for years and admire. My hope is that our party will come together to work to defeat John McCain."

Cohen endorsed Obama on February 4, one day before the Super Tuesday contests.

soundoff (285 Responses)
  1. Hillary Democrat

    CNN you are the bigger JERKS for even repoting this and adding the glen close picture you guys and the media has been getting away of being sexist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. dp

    I just read of Cohen's "Glen Close" comment re: Senator Clinton. Senator Clinton is my senator and I hold her in high regard.
    His comment was ugly, mysogynistic and does indeed reflect the general attitude of Sen. Obama and his supporters toward Hillary.

    This remark and so many similar ones bubbling up from the press and the Obama camp are but a few of the reasons I am seriously considering, for the first time, leaving the Democrats for Independent status. I certainly won't contribute any more money to the DNC or the DNCC.

    I look forward to learning Cohen's opponent in the upcoming campaign and if he or she is at all palatable, contributing to his defeat.

    Finally, I've had my fill of Democrats trashing the Clintons and the President's two terms. If Democrats felt he was a liability in office, they had plenty of opportunities to defeat his proposals, mount a challenge to his re-election and to vote to impeach and remove him from office. They didn't because either they needed his fund raising skills or his coattails too badly. Then, in 2000, they complained the VP Gore didn't use Mr. Clinton enough! What a sad collection of hypocrites and fair weather friends.

    Cohen should be ashamed of his comments.

    May 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Ohio Dem

    That's petty, childish and inappropriate.

    May 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Robb, New York

    Well, as she might say, she will not be ignored.

    May 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. face it

    Anyone in politics knows this much:

    Obama was running just for visibility and to let voters come to know him. He would then have been the VP choice for Hillary.

    But Obama tried to fast track himself and got greedy and went for the gold ring.

    He did not care if this hopelessly fractured the democratic party and did not care if that mean't a loss in Nov.

    So blame selfish Obama.

    May 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Pauline

    Once again, the misogyny lurking behind the Obama campaign rears its ugly head! Such comments of hatred from Cohen and such condescension from Obama, who recently said women supporters of Hillary would have "bruised feelings but would come along" to his side, are slaps in the face to women all over this country. Here's a newsflash to Obama and his supporters: you can't win without women's support, especially white women over 50. And the more you insult Hillary, the more you act like just another ambitious, sexist man, the more you lose women's votes. The Democratic party is making a tragic error when it acts as if women's votes can be taken for granted but African American votes can't. Without Hillary and without women's support, Obama will lose in November. Hopefully someone will talk some sense into him or give him a pill for his hubris!

    May 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Randy

    I think Steve Cohen needs to be checked in in to a psychiatric facility. Comparing Hillary Clinton to a deranged actress in a movie? I don't think so. I think he must spend way too much time watching that movie...over and over.

    I think that Hillary's cause is noble and that her courage and fortitude will pay off...BIGTIME!

    She's the Democratic party's only hope. Can you imagine anyone with 2 years experience running this county? Preposterous!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Nowhere Man

    Why apologize? He's right!

    May 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. FM

    One thing for all Obama "maniac's", (including politicians and super delegates) to remember: He (Obama) will need the Clinton backer’s votes in November. All of the rhetoric and brainless chatter is not creating a lot of good will. I for one and I sure hope there are so many more like me out there, will not do so. After eight years of Bush, I can take 4 years of McCain. Clinton will be available in four years, but if Obama loses the general election this November, he definitely won’t be. So, keep it up, and we’ll talk again in four years.

    May 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Hillary!

    If BHO "happens" to be the democratic nominee and come November when I go to my precinct to vote, I'll not only be voting against BHO, but against all the men and women, pundits, the Chris Matthews', Olberman's, Russert's, (too many to name here) of the world. We will send them a message and they should know what the message is if they are so smart!

    May 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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