Don’t be surprised, one of these days, if David Geffen wakes up next to a horse’s head.

The Hollywood heavyweight and former FOB has turned on the Clintons and embraced Barack Obama.

But this conflict has become surprisingly public, nasty and ugly.

Geffen told columnist Maureen Dowd:

  • “Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling.”

  • “It’s not a very big thing to say, ‘I made a mistake’ on the war, and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can’t. She’s so advised by so many smart advisers who are covering every base. I think that America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms.”

  • Clinton was “a reckless guy” who “gave his enemies a lot of ammunition to hurt him and to distract the country.”

  • “I don’t think anybody believes that in the last six years, all of a sudden Bill Clinton has become a different person.”

Tough talk from the pampered billionaire.

Does he know who he’s dealing with?

Has he ever faced the wrath of the Clintons and their dirty tricks machine?

What has Geffen’s knickers in a knot is the fact that Clinton didn’t pardon Indian activist Leonard Peltier. Instead, he pardoned cheap crooks like Marc Rich.

It took Geffen eight years to figure out what Bill Clinton was – and I’m not sure he yet has a clue.

But what about Obama?

How has he reacted to this public urinating match?

“We aren’t going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters,” said Obama campaign communications director Robert Gibbs. “It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom.”

That response suggests to me Obama doesn’t know with whom he’s dealing either.

Someone who does know is New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who served in Clinton’s Cabinet and who is now running for president himself – though some suggest he’s really running for vice president. He made this statement upon hearing of the tiff between Hillary and Obama: “I believe it’s best if Sen. Obama apologize for the comment made by David Geffen about the Clinton administration. This is the kind of statement by a supporter of Sen. Obama that should be disavowed. A mistake was made. Apologize when you do something dumb.”

Now, I supposed you could chalk that statement up to the fact that Richardson was part of the Clinton administration – that his experience there was the better part of his own resume. But I wonder if there isn’t more to be gleaned from his butting in.

Could it be that Richardson knows what the Clintons do to people who cross them?

Could it be that Obama is being na?ve in assuming this is just a good-natured, heated political flap?

Could it be Richardson is trying to tell Obama something – and maybe Geffen, too?

Could it be Obama has never familiarized himself with “the Clinton body count”?

“The Clinton body count,” first published in WND, by the way, and later circulated by Linda Tripp to Monica Lewinsky, was not just a source of terror among those of us who were sworn enemies of the administration. It was an even greater terror for those close to Clinton – for those closest, it seemed, died younger and more inexplicably than those on the outside looking in.

Maybe this is what Bill Richardson was thinking about when he made those assertions about an apology by Obama.

Maybe Obama ought to assign a staff member to dig up the latest version of the list.

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