Cool Stare

Update on 8/9: New York Times correction: “An article on Tuesday about the relationship between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama inaccurately described a moment involving them while they were doing television interviews after the State of the Union address. Mrs. Clinton took a circuitous route past Mr. Obama not to avoid him, but to accommodate a television producer.”
Naderites and PINOs at Big Blogs are pumping their fists in the air over a Big Media story today that once again trades in gossip and “catty” female stereotypes. The New York Times story once again attempts to push the Big Media narrative of Hillary as calculating, catty, cunning, and another “c” word who feels entitled.

The actual facts do not intrude in this typical Big Media narrative story which Naderites and PINOs are rejoicing in.

Here are the facts: Hillary campaigned (even in lightning storms) to help elect Obama to the Senate. Hillary and Bill Clinton helped Obama when he was in the Senate. Obama repaid Hillary with scorn and abuse. The story notes that right after his election Obama was overheard (supposedly by Hillary) puffing his chest in a Lebron James way and bragging “I outpoll her in Illinois.” Hillary has good relations with fellow Senators Dodd and Biden who treat her with respect. The New York Times does not bother to mention the ugly anonymous attacks the Obama campaign launched against Bill Clinton, knowing the stories were false. [Obama has still not apologized to Bill Clinton]. But the New York Times does not bother with facts. The Big Media narrative does not like facts.

Here’s how the New York Times does the Big Media narrative dance. First, ignore the history in which Obama was helped by Hillary to get elected and the insults he hurled her way. Start the story in January 2007 to imply that Hillary is upset that Obama is running against her. This narrative gets the “entitlement” smear right out in front and ignore how hard Hillary works and how she has earned her frontrunner status:

The tension between the two Democratic presidential hopefuls, which has spilled into public view in the last three weeks, has been intensifying since January. It is clear that the genteel decorum of the Senate has given way to the go-for-the-jugular instinct of the campaign trail.

As the Senate held late sessions of back-to-back votes before its summer break, the two rivals kept a careful eye on each other as they moved across the Senate floor. For more than two hours one night, often while standing only a few feet apart, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama never approached each other or exchanged so much as a pleasantry.

The scene repeated itself the next evening, a departure from the clubby confines of the Senate, where even the fiercest adversaries are apt to engage in the legislative equivalent of cocktail party chitchat.

Second, mention how “fake” Hillary is by being publically polite and singing Happy Birthday:

When the cameras are on them, they can make a point of showing good sportsmanship. At a Democratic forum Saturday in Chicago, Mrs. Clinton smiled and moved her hands as though she was conducting a choir when an audience of liberal bloggers sang “Happy Birthday” to Mr. Obama, who was turning 46.

Follow the atmospheric alleged fakeness of Hillary with Obama making a substantive critique of Hillary and lobbyists to further diminish Hillary:

By the end of the event, Mr. Obama had called her “Hillary” in a sharp tone, criticizing her for accepting contributions from lobbyists.

After a tableu vivant of Hillary and Obama at the Senate, the New York Times finally gets to some background history:

It was not always this way.

When Mr. Obama was running for the Senate in 2004, Mrs. Clinton once sat on the tarmac waiting out a lightning storm to fly to Chicago for a fund-raiser on his behalf. After he arrived in Washington in 2005, he studied her first year in office and worked to keep a similarly studious and low profile. After Hurricane Katrina, he joined Mrs. Clinton and former President Bill Clinton as they visited storm evacuees in Houston.

Immediately the story veers from the Obama slights against Hillary to Hillary the alleged cold and calculating and … well, Hell’s Bells, Let’s Blame Hillary:

The relationship began to change when Mr. Obama began musing aloud about a presidential bid. The day he opened his exploratory committee, several Senate observers said, he extended his hand and said hello on the Senate floor. She breezed by him, offering a cool stare.

One week later, after the State of the Union address, the two senators found themselves doing back-to-back interviews on CNN. Mr. Obama went first, with Mrs. Clinton pacing a few feet away. Finally, an aide escorted her completely around the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, avoiding walking directly by Mr. Obama.

Many Senate observers, even those close to Mrs. Clinton, say they believe she set the less-than-collegial tone. But Mr. Obama offered a glimpse into his own competitiveness two years ago when a Chicago television reporter told him about snagging a hallway interview with Mrs. Clinton.

“I outpoll her in Illinois,” Mr. Obama said. Then, realizing how his remark might sound, he added, “That was a joke!”

We’re supposed to believe that poor Obama, the innocent, is just joking but nameless “observers” believe it’s Hillary that’s to blame.



7 thoughts on “Cool Stare

  1. Yes, I read this article and I did not think it was even worth to mention here – so, I closed the browser. Yes, I felt sick in my stomach reading this glaringly biased article. Why don’t you just say directly “Hillary is wicked and Obama the the son of his mama Oprah” so, vote for him?
    Can’t stand Obama anymore. I find him utterly cunning and duplicitous.
    I can’t wait for the day to see his fall! Boy..that would be something to watch!

  2. Clinton opens up lead over Obama in new poll

    By Alex Mooney
    CNN Washington Bureau

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has notably widened her lead over her closest competitor in the 2008 Democratic presidential race, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, according to a new national USA Today/Gallup Poll released Monday night.

    Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama appear at the YearlyKos presidential forum in Chicago Saturday.

    The survey, following a high-profile spat between the two candidates over who is better suited to handle foreign policy, shows Clinton at 48 percent — a 22-point lead over Obama. Clinton’s support is up 8 percentage points from a similar poll conducted three weeks ago, while Obama, at 26 percent, is down 2 percentage points. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards stands at 12 percent.

    “[Voters are] taking a good hard look at all the candidates and concluding that Hillary has what it takes to be president and what it takes to take on the Republicans,” wrote Mark Penn, a top strategist to the New York Democrat, in a memo to supporters Monday. “They know that Hillary Clinton has the experience and strength to bring about real change.”

    Clinton’s boost could be the result of the two candidates’ recent quarrel over one of Obama’s answers at the CNN/YouTube Debate last month. Obama said he would meet with world leaders openly hostile to the United States during his first year as president, while Clinton said she would only do so after a set of preconditions had been agreed to.

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    Clinton later called Obama’s answer “naive” — a critique that may have struck a cord with her party’s base. Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents now significantly favor Clinton to handle terrorism, the Iraq war and relations with “nations that are unfriendly to the United States.”

    Meanwhile, Obama’s campaign sought to reassure supporters Monday that the Illinois senator remains a top Democratic frontrunner in the White House race, calling national polls “irrelevant.”

    “While the Washington insiders focus on irrelevant and wildly inconsistent national polls, there are strong signs in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina of the growing power and potential of this candidacy,” David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager, wrote in a memo.

    In addition to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, two other recent national polls indicate a large gap between Clinton and Obama. A Newsweek poll suggests Clinton holds a 23-point lead, while the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll put the lead at 21 points.

    In early primary and caucus states like New Hampshire and Iowa, however, some polls show Clinton, Obama and former Sen. John Edwards virtually tied. And other state polls show Clinton with a lead, but one far smaller than national surveys like the latest USA Today/Gallup, Newsweek and NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls.

    “We fundamentally reject the importance of these national primary polls,” Plouffe added. “This is a sequential process that begins in Iowa and carries through the calendar. If national polls were affecting our ability to grow the campaign, perhaps we would pay them some attention. But they have not, so we don’t.”

    The poll also measured a stable Republican race, registering former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani at 33 percent, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, not yet a declared candidate, at 21 percent, Arizona Sen. John McCain at 16 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 8 percent.

    The poll, conducted August 3-5, surveyed 490 Democratic leaning voters and 405 Republican leaning voters. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

  3. Obama the sniveling, little egomaniac candidate! What an obnoxious little shit he is! I hope he goes down hard and fast.

  4. Does anyone know if this site will have some stuff on Why Hillary? Why not Edwards etc? I am getting tired of answering the same questions over and over for bloggers on Kos etc…there’s stuff out there that you can piece together but it would be nice to have something concise on policies, past work, votes, attributes, etc. that we could all use in response to these questions. Just wondering. Also when we are all working at booths after Hillary wins the nomination 🙂 – I hope her campaign will get us good materials like that…Kerry’s stuff wasn’t very good – I remember working at booths and people we didn’t have good material for answering questions etc….user friendly stuff like FAQs etc are helpful.

  5. Something about Obama. For 40 years now, Democrats have lost every Presidential race unless the Republicans totally screw up (Nixon and Watergate)–except for the Clintons. Now Obama sees his chance with another Repub screwup (Bush and Iraq). He could never win the Presidency in the future–he’s just another Mondale/Dukakis/McGovern, etc.

    Obama doesn’t have the guts Hillary has to fight the Right Wing machine and earn trust on national security. Obama won’t do the extremely tough work Hillary has done to make herself viable as a national candidate on her own merit. All Obama can do is jump in while the Repubs are down.

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