Oops, I Did It Again

Oops, time to blame the staff again.

According to the Washington Post “on the same day Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was telling union officials that he “won’t shop” at Wal-Mart, members of his staff were in a Wal-Mart in Bedford, N.H., buying $182 worth of office equipment.” Must be (everybody join in)…Another Staff Mistake. If another candidate made this “mistake” the crowd from Chicago would have demanded a special prosecutor by now. The Hillary campaign has been too polite to comment.

The ladies and gentlemen at the Hillary Clinton campaign also politely declined to comment on certain comments directed against Hillary by Elizabeth Edwards. The comments were too zany to bother answering, but it is possible some of our commenters will take the time to list the decades of work Hillary has devoted to women’s issues and contradict the bizarre charges. We like Elizabeth Edwards. We really do. The John Edwards campaign is very lucky to have her on board. After all, Elizabeth Edwards is a bankruptcy lawyer, which could come in handy – particularly after those second quarter reports.

We are confused however by one aspect of the the ugly attack by Elizabeth Edwards against Hillary. As we understand it, the Edwards campaign has abandoned Iraq as a line of attack after a particularly effective retort by Obama at one of the Democratic Party debates. Coupled with (a) Edwards poll leads in zero states, (b) no longer leading in either his home state of North Carolina (which he failed to carry in 2004), (c) or in his birth state of South Carolina, and (d) Edwards’ waste of precious dollars in a failed advertising campaign in New Hampshire (now falling behind Richardson in the beloved Granite State), the Edwards campaign worked for the past weeks to regress to the “Two Americas” theme.

To that end the Edwards campaign organized a, for them, major offensive in the form of a “poverty” tour.

Edwards brushed off media reports about his expensive haircuts and his spacious home in North Carolina as distractions that do a disservice to the thousands of Americans living in poverty. “I want the media to focus on the people we are talking about,” Edwards said.

Here’s what we are confused about: candidate Edwards wanted the media to focus on the people affected by poverty. As this was a major effort by candidate Edwards we are confused as to why Elizabeth Edwards “stepped” on the message? Is this some novel, innovative, genius Joe Trippi “magic” whereby the campaign short circuits its own message? We don’t get it. We thought message control was still in vogue. Alas it appears not to be so in the Edwards campaign.

The Edwards campaign can count itself lucky in that reporters were distracted from the “haircut” stories when ABC’s Raelyn Johnson reported from the “poverty” tour that “Elizabeth Edwards was showing off her MBT sneakers to reporters on the plane yesterday; the shoes, which purport to reduce cellulite, retail for $245.” Oh, those innovative nutroots-embracing madcap Trippi campaigners! What will they think of next?

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21 thoughts on “Oops, I Did It Again

  1. Team Edwards a complete joke, but we’d better ignore these two phoneys in the meantime. EE is a loose cannon, such a pleasant surprise. But we do need Edwards to stay in the game, at least for now. Those silly candidates make Hillary look very presidential.

  2. I’m glad the Clinton people didn’t respond, because those comments only damage Edwards’ campaign. I also noticed the Edwards people trying to distance themselves from the remarks, too, by not adressing them directly.

  3. Why doesn’t EE go after Obama for voting “Present” twice in the Illiois State Legislature on Abortion rights, instead of voting in favor of women’s rights, and taking a stand?

    I guess that Elizabeth Edwards is not a member of NOW, who wholeheartedly supports Hillary Clinton’s lifetime commitment to women’s reproductive rights (not just because she is a woman).

  4. is elizebeth edwards the one that attacked hillary as not being happy last year? i could be wrong. edwards is a third bracket candidate now. he is no threat.

  5. Daily Kos actually had a pro-Hillary diary on the recommended list today. Kossacks liked the stand-up way Hillary’s staff attacked Bill O’Reilly’s attack on Yearly Kos.

    The cognitive dissonance over at Big Orange is causing skulls to crack. Certain anti-Hillary people even forswore for the day attacking Hillary. I think people over there may be starting to recognize the writing on the wall says neither, “Obama,” nor, “Edwards.”

  6. mydd has more pro-hillary diaries than daily kos but the deck is still very stacked against her on those blogs.

  7. Yay DC Dem, I know you well on DailyKos…believe me, I have missed you….yes amazingly enough the Kossers have come around today and I am noticing those annoying Edwards fans aren’t piping up quite so much. Edwards is falling off the first tier quickly, and boy Elizabeth really is starting to stick foot in mouth. I think the more people see and hear Hillary they like her, and the opposite for Edwards. I always think he’s going to say something, but it’s always just a big smile, nice hair, and not much substance. I have seen some bloggers actually say it’s Hillary and we might as well get used to it. It’s not the enthusiasm I want, but they are coming around!!!

  8. Hillary does not take Mrs. Edwards’ bait, SMART!!!

    Elizabeth Edwards may have been hoping to spark a war of words with her statement that Democrat Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be the best president for America’s women — but the New York senator would not oblige.

    On a conference call with California reporters Wednesday — where she announced a new endorsement by Rep. Ellen Tauscher of Walnut Creek — Clinton was asked about the controversial remarks. Edwards, the wife of Clinton’s Democratic rival John Edwards, told Salon.com in an interview that the former first lady is “just not as vocal a women’s advocate as I want to see” in the White House. (No surprise, she sees her husband as the best choice in the presidential race for women.)

    Clinton chose not to fire back at Edwards. Instead she simply defended her record.

    “I am running because I believe I am the best qualified person to do this job,” Clinton said. “I have worked very hard for most of my life on behalf of women and children and families and I’m very proud of my record — before I was in public life and now as a senator.”

    She added: “I am going to continue to work on the issues that I know are important to the women and children who I already represent.”

    Clinton was staying disciplined: The story of the day being spun to the California media was the Tauscher endorsement. A seasoned political pro, Clinton avoided any personal remarks about Elizabeth Edwards, who is battling cancer, to avoid generating the “Catfight!” headlines invariably used to describe any dispute between high-profile women.

    Elizabeth Edwards’ comments were some of the sharper elbows thrown in recent days because they went straight at the gender issue. She told Salon.com, “Maybe her supporters say, ‘Support me because I’m a woman,’ and I want to say to her, ‘Well, then support me because I’m a woman.'”

  9. Hey, kitforhill: I took a break from daily kos, but I am back. I needed a breather. After posting continuously day in and day out for more than three years, I was getting short tempered with the Hillary detractors. I am ready for another go at them.

  10. I noticed Obama making a move in the Rasmussen tracking poll. I know there will be fluctuations, but I hope this isn’t a trend. (Yes, I’m a worry wort, lol.)

  11. Hi, Paula:

    The standard error is +/- four points. As a statistical matter, 35-28 is absolutely unchanged from 37-25. If something had happened in the news, like Clinton had swallowed her tongue in an epileptic fit, or Obama was filmed walking across Lake Michigan, the change might (possibly) be interesting, but it’s almost certainly nothing but statistical noise.

  12. don’t worry about it paula. rasmussen stated before he started the tracking poll it might flux more frequently than traditional polls becuase of day to day polling results(200 interviews a night). by the way becuase admin did not post it yet a new foxnews national poll has hillary leading obama 39% to 22%. i know it’s foxnews but it’s a good reality check.

  13. Paula,
    Fox news today says how when asked among Republicans to pick their favourite Republican candidate – 12% of them have selected Hillary Clinton! How exciting is that?

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