May 12th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
9 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. Matthew

    This is typical of the Obama campaign, the Obama campaign's surrogates and the media – throwing every negative gender stereotype under the sun at Hillary Clinton. The fact is, Sen. Clinton has waged a historic campaign in running as the first viable female candidate for the presidency. Sadly, that story has been largely ignored by most in the media who view Obama's candidacy as the first viable African American candidate for president as something more historic, groundbreaking or worthy of reflection. Innocent statements have been twisted to inject aspect of race, while blatantly sexist remarks have gone unchallenged or worse, treated as humorous anecdotes. When the dust finally settles on this historic campaign, we will certainly be able to look back and say, with much pride, that our country has come a long way in its attempts to address racial disparity. I would hope we could say the same about gender inequalities but this campaign has proven otherwise.

    On a less philosophical and more political note, women have been fiercely protective and supportive of Hillary Clinton, pulling her back from the brink of defeat on more than one occasion. They are intensely loyal to her and view an attack on Hillary as an attack on all women. Obama's people would do well to recognize this and quit with the negative gender stereotypes, particularly if they hope to win in November.

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. James

    No more name calling. Democrats should unite.

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Bart in SC

    Wow, what a nasty thing to say. If this comment was of a racist nature people would be screaming but since it is just sexist – oh well.

    People like this make me support Hillary even if she can not win. Obama supporters need to stop shooting themselves in the foot.

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Venus

    That was not nice!

    Come on people! This race is not over and it's Hillary campaign – let's finish the primaries on June 3, 2008.

    The rest of the states will vote and it would be un-fair to stop this race! It cost money for primaries!

    Obama has won but – let's give Hillary a lot of respect – she is a fighter and have more guts than the people who are talking about her! She tried to win and that's what contests are about!

    Also – let's not forget that Bill Clinton was a good president and the 90s were good times! Hillary has done a lot of wonderful things – like running for president! Not too many people – woman or man can stay they lived their life as the Clintons! Hillary has a lot to be proud of!

    She was first lady, senator and ran for president!

    Let's start giving the Clintons their due respect – they have done a lot of wonderful things for our country and our world and both have made history!

    Look – a lot of people are sitting on the side-line watching Hillary!

    Thank you Bill and Hillary!

    Go Obama!

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Emma

    Senator Clinton is like a bad penny you can't get rid of. When you think things have cleared up and are well on the way to a final outcome, along comes this bad penny and you must start over again.

    I believe Senator Clinton is scared of not campaigning, after all this has been her life for the past two years and when you believe that the nomination is yours, then this young man comes along and steal the hearts of many Americans and you stand by the wayside befuddled about all the commotion, but you continue to trudge along believing that you have been ordained to receive the nomination and ultimately win the general election and move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and everything you have worked for has suddenly been turned on its ear because you miscalculated the power of "change." What a reaction! How would you feel? Wouldn't you hold on to your only life line hoping that a miracle saves you? This is where Senator Clinton is today.

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Okay

    As an independant, I vote on the issues, not the person, not the party, the issues. And this year my issues are the economy, the war, the environment, and health care. Based on these concerns, even if the person wasn't my first choice, my vote goes to whomever wins the Democratic Party nomination because that person best represents my interests, compared to the other guy. Write in votes and having the other candidate run as an independent doesn't work (as history has proven) because if HRC couldn't win the majority of the primaries, the odds are unlikely that she can win the GE. So casting votes for people who did not gain major party support is really just another vote for the opposing party.
    Now I'm not the most logical person in the world so I'm having a hard time understanding what is the matter with so many people writing on here. Over 70% of Americans think that America is going the wrong direction and yet there are people who would rather continue going in the same wrong direction than to at least try to make things better. You owe it to your neighbors, your children, the soldiers fighting and giving up their lives in Iraq, and mostly to yourselves to make a logical decision to get our country back on track. I get that you don't like the person who won the nomination, I get that you don't like the process that got him the nomination, I get that you don't like Obama's supporters (I don't blame you) but walking around with a chip on your shoulder because you didn't get the person you wanted to represent you is illogical.

    I'm asking all my fellow Americans to use your head. If you don't see the solution you want for your problems, then aim for what you can realistically get so that in the end you can at least say you tried.

    Vote the issues 08.

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Ben

    I think Obama and Clinton should still work together. Obama can't ignore her because she has a lot of supporters.

    Obama 08!!

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. The Gender Card

    Seems to me that this is just one more instance of the rampant sexism that the Clinton campaign has had to endure, that will be swept under the carpet and ignored - while countless other closeted misogynists snicker at the water cooler - it's disgusting.

    Why should women in general, and Senator Clinton in particular, be subjected to this kind of treatment in America in 2008??

    I think it's time that Senator Clinton deliver a speech on sexism and at least bring the conversation to the forefront. It's time that all Americans, including Obama supporters, refuse to tolerate sexism with the same gusto with which they (thankfully) refuse to tolerate racism.

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Dorothy and Toto, Kansas

    Hil-Liar-arious! Queue the Munchkins! Everybody together Sing! Ding Dong.....

    May 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Kathy

    If Senator Clinton were a "stong, powerful woman" she would never have resorted to all the negativity to foward her campaign in the first place. Her lack of faith and integrity in who she is has landed her in the unfortunate spot of where she is. I for one was once a "believer" in her and all she stood for, but she, and only she, is the one appearing so "desperate" to win that they would bend the rules any which way to have it go in her favour. She is crossing a line between being a "tenatious and formidable opponent" to becoming "desperate and clingy loser". So, the anology to "Glenn Close" is unfortunately well earned!

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Mark

    Steve Cohen is pathetic. With Obama supporters like this, it's just one more reason for Hillary supporters to vote McCain if Hillary is not on the Democratic ticket.

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. gene

    THE CLINTONS HAVE BEEN THERE FOR THE BLACKS LIKE NO OTHER LEADERS IN THE LAST 30 YEARS AND FOR THEM TO TURN THIER BACKS ON THIS LADY IS ENOUGH TO MAKE ANYONE SICK I PRAY TO GOD SHE GOES INDEPENDENT WINS THE ELECTION AND KICKS YOUR UNGRATFUL BUTTS

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Mike

    Is Obama Michael Douglas?

    At least does all 57 states believe this?

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Freida NYC

    Look who is talking! Miss "fatal attraction" psycho.

    Go Hillary!

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Lorna, NY

    I thought this is a free country. He can say what he wants...this is not a sexist statment, it is the truth. She has gone beyond rational, right now she is irrational and does not know how to let go. Remember, she has been campaigning for this job for 8 years.

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    I think she looks like Jack Nicholson playing the JOKER in the first Batman. She devilish smile.

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Prof. from El Paso

    Politician like Steve Cohen will drive all of us away from supporting Obama. Obama is consistently surrounded by people who are disrespectful to others. I think I am going to stay home in the Election Day if Obama gets the nomination.

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Let's Please be respectful from PA

    I would just like to say, all Obama supporters are not bashing Sen. Clinton. Many admire her and think that she would be a much better president than McSane! Most Obama supporters are inspired but we know Sen. Clinton is a great American. Dems stop fighting! There is nothing worse than a family fight. Sen. Clinton is no Glenn Close.

    May 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Joe from PA

    As a republican, sitting back and reading these hate filled blogs is probably the most entertainment I've had since listening to Hillary tell about her story of dodging sniper fire.

    May 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. sharon

    Too bad! And this is a different campaign? I, too agree, if something like this was said about Obama's race, or about his crazy relationship with Reverand Wright, his supporters would be screaming like crazy!

    May 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Steve from Alabama

    Are Hillary's supporters being so rude and so presumptive,as to ask Obama to leave the race,even though many of us think he can not possibly win against McCain in November? No! They act as if their 89%- 92% African- American block vote was going to affect the November election as dramatically as it has this Primary. Keep in mind,this block vote has only been as effective, as it has ,due to the disenfranchisement of Michigan and Florida, and the Caucus voting of several States,allowing ,only , the most radical and determined to caucus the State , and the adding of delegates to States who moved their races out farther ,which happen to be States predispositioned for Obama,allowing one State to vote twice(Texas voted and Caucused) with no restrictions dedicated to the voters of that State,and allowing superdelegates to vote contrary to their States decision. November is not going to be that disfunctional or generous.In November it boils down to Electorial votes.....end of story!

    May 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Jimmy VALENTE

    Hillary want sBADLY the White Office even is she has to sacrifice every important thing.

    Her main obssession is the white house AND NOT THE LIFE OF AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    If she was reasonable, she have to drop out because Obama is very good and not that much difference between themselves. If OBAMA was at her position, he will drop out already.

    BUT :
    THE OBSSESSION OF THE WHITE HOUSE, TO BE IN HISTORY SINCE Washington ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF HILLARY. IT'S NOT YOU GUYS AND THIS IS TRIPLE TRUE!!
    WAKE UP FELLOWS AMERICANS AND GIVE UP THE PAST FOR BRIGHT FUTURE.

    VOTE FOR OBAMA, WE WANT THE CHANGE NOT THE BUREAUCRACY.

    May 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. MIDGE FROM OHIO

    OH PLEASE, YOU MALE CHAUVINIST IDIOT! CAN'T YOU SEE HOW GOOD IT HAS BEEN FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO ACTUALLY HAVE A CHOICE IN THEIR VOTING? HOW MANY REPUBLICANS ARE VOTING FOR MCCAIN IN THEIR PRIMARIES? THEY HARDLY BOTHER GOING TO THE POLLS SINCE IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DECIDED FOR THEM. HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE STEVE COHEN?

    May 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Democratic Unity

    LOL

    Truth hurts.

    May 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. More Misogynistic Malarkey

    Typical. What a bunch of hypocrits Obama and his supporters are. When Obama gets destroyed in the GE in November, he won't have anyone to blame excecpt himself, and his spiteful supporters - they are the ones destroying the democratic party.

    May 12, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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