Fear Of Hillary Clinton

Al Gore was savaged when he ran for president in 2000 but today he is a hero.

In Al Gore’s Great Prize we explained how Democrats accepted the lies told against Al Gore and how Democrats continue to accept the unacceptable – the lies told against Hillary Clinton.

Today, seven years too late, Al Gore is vindicated as he accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. But America and the world still suffer from the lies American voters, including Democrats, accepted. Al Gore, according to Big Media and PINOs, wore the wrong color suits and sighed during debates and Bush was sold as a better beer drinking buddy.

In 2004 the Democratic nominee, a war hero was turned by political opponents and a complicit Big Media into a lying coward.

This election cycle Hillary has been trashed over her cleavage and Socks the cat. This weekend the latest Hillary controversy is pantsuits. Taylor Marsh explains the latest pantsuit controversy and the not so veiled misogyny (discussed by Bill Moyers), in the anti-Hillary attacks.

I’m never surprised by what I hear about Clinton. I’ve almost gotten accustomed to the blind hatred. It’s nothing new that a staunch Democratic candidate for president is being targeted because of who she is while much lesser candidates get the soft touch. So I wasn’t surprised when I saw yet another Robin Givhan column about Clinton’s wardrobe, this one targeting her pantsuits. Don’t get me wrong. As someone with great interest in fashion, I think it’s interesting to consider the clothing of the first viable female candidate for president. It’s part of her presentation in a man’s world. But inquiring minds do not want to know: How many pantsuits does Hillary Clinton have in her closet? Seriously, is Ms. Givhan kidding? What could be interesting is the packaging required, framing of the ensemble, the hair, the jewelry and how it all comes together in a subtle picture of modern female power, presidential power of a different look. However, that is not to be in the Post. In fact, in yesterday’s column Givhan almost seemed a bit at a loss on where to take her topic. She meandered through her seven hundred word plus gauze of paragraphs, going from counting pantsuits to asking the question she couldn’t answer: Is even considering the senator’s clothes a kind of chauvinistic assault? Or is it merely the intellect trying to wrangle some sort of order out of the imagination? Oh, the tumult! Time to call your editor, Robin, the first female to have a prayer at the presidency is obviously above your pay grade.

Today in a CNN interview, Al Gore explained that when opponents cannot attack the message they attack the messenger.

Al Gore was taken down in 2000 by Ripublicans, Naderites, PINOs and Big Media.

Hillary is under attack by the same interests that tore Al Gore down. Any Democrat in 2008 will be under attack by the same interests that tore Al Gore down.

Right now, Hillary is the target. Why? Because they know Hillary is the strongest candidate for president.

That’s why they fear Hillary.

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51 thoughts on “Fear Of Hillary Clinton

  1. It’s because Mika is a surrogate for BHO’s campaign without actually being listed as a member of his team. She gets her talking points straight from the dinner table.

  2. Wait a minute! Barack has a much cleaner history than Clinton? On what fucking planet (excuse my french – excitable girl that I am)?

    No one has a cleaner history than Clinton and Clinton has a $70million investigation to prove she’s clean.

  3. I’ll preface this by stating the MSM (in this case Patrick Healy) is made up of total idiots. Note that he writes in the article that the tarmac at the Ames airport is iced over ….

    Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential campaign advisers may be concerned about her prospects in the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, but you would not know it from looking at Mrs. Clinton’s schedule this week.
    Mrs. Clinton stayed off the campaign trail Sunday and has no public events today; on Tuesday, her only event is in San Francisco (a good deal west of Iowa), where she will appear at a lunchtime “conversation” with Warren Buffett. To be sure, she is returning to Iowa Wednesday to campaign, and then taking part in the big Democratic debate in Des Moines on Thursday, before returning to New York for a gala fundraiser on Friday.

    Still, two days out of six in Iowa – less than four weeks before the caucuses – is pretty unusual, especially given that Mrs. Clinton is competing mightily against John Edwards and Barack Obama.
    But Clinton advisers sat that the candidate has been focused on a task of critical importance for her Iowa bid: Prepping for this Thursday’s debate, which is seen within the campaign as a key moment in her effort to regain the political momentum that Mr. Obama has been experiencing lately.

    In her place, Bill Clinton is holding seven events in Iowa today and tomorrow, and Clinton surrogates like Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, and New York lieutenant governor David Paterson are campaigning here as well.

    Mr. Paterson was headed to Waterloo, Iowa, this morning after catching an early flight from New York. “The caucuses are right around the corner,” he said. “We’re getting to work.”

    Mr. Clinton was scheduled to appear at his first event here at Iowa State University at 11 a.m., but an icy tarmac at the Ames airport caused his plane to divert to Des Moines, some miles to the south. So he’s running about an hour late, we’re told. The Clinton campaign quickly arranged for free food and soda for the audience, and most people, it looks like, made the food run and returned to wait for the former president.
    One other detail: There are more than 400 people here for Mr. Clinton’s event at the Fisher Theater here on the Iowa State campus. Still, there are about 25 empty seats in the audience; at a university with 26,000 students, is it unusual that the theater isn’t standing-room-only?

    Hint to Healy ICE

    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/10/clinton-shies-from-full-iowa-schedule/

  4. That is fluff B Merry. I wonder why Clinton team takes these reporters with them anyway. They only give negative press. If anybody deserves a good kick in the rear it is the media.

    Now to important stuff. Why is Hillary not in Iowa today and tomorrow? She only has two weeks of real campaigning left. May be they want to step back a little bit and work in the background for this week.

  5. I wanted to be able to answer Mika:

    Republicans are NOT comfortable with Hillary. They have trashed her since 1991 with this scorecard — Clintons 4, Rep. 0.

    Hillary alone is 2-2. She was beating the pants off Giuliani when he quit the race.

    Why would they want to go up against her again?

  6. ra1029, as for Healy’s piece being fluff, i.e. his pointing out that there are 26,000 students at the university, it’s obvious he must have skimmed his way through college. Even for Bill Clinton students have to prioritize … getting term papers finished, getting ready for finals, getting labs done on time … before the end of the semester, which is about ten days or so away. What an idiot, as I said.

  7. I might add … S.C. has a population of about 4,321,249 people but less than 30,000 showed up for the great OO revival. Where were the other approximately 4.3 million folks?

    IDIOTS !!!

  8. I will bet you money there were less than 20k. I think the whole moving to a bigger venue thing was to distract from Iowa and NH where they had extra tickets. Also, I am sure people came from outside of all the states to these events.

  9. “Fear Of Hillary” is part of a series of at least 3 parts. We’ll post the second part later today.

    In the meantime for the poll starved, the NYTimes CBS poll is coming out tonight. This one shows Hillary running the most POSITIVE campaign:

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/10/new-nytimescbs-poll-explain-dont-attack/

    The latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds voters give the presidential candidates positive marks on at least one score at this stage in their campaigns: They credit them with spending more time explaining what they would do as president rather than attacking their opponents.

    Still, while no candidate tested in the poll was perceived as attacking more than explaining, some candidates were given more credit than others.

    Hillary Clinton was viewed as running the most positive campaign of the leading Democratic candidates. About seven in 10 Democratic primary voters said she has spent more time explaining, four times the number who said she has spent more time attacking.

    Six in 10 Democrats said Barack Obama has been explaining, compared with 25 percent who said he has been attacking. Fewer, 45 percent, said John Edwards has spent more time explaining his positions, while 29 percent said he has spent more time being negative.


    But as the primary season begins and the campaign rhetoric heats up, perceptions can certainly change.
    The telephone poll was conducted nationwide from Dec. 5-9 with 1,133 adults, including 417 Democratic primary voters and 266 Republican primary voters. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 5 percentage points for Democratic voters and 6 percentage points for Republican voters.

  10. I like Mika Brzezinski very much. I know her father is working for the Obama campaign and Mika seems to be partial to Obama somewhat.

    However, if you watch Cup of Joe, Mika is very level-headed. There’s no nastiness in her remarks. Mika is just one of those Democrats (Yes, I believe she is a Democrat) who is concerned that Hillary is fodder for the GOP b/c of her years as First Lady and Bill.

    She doesn’t mock Hillary and often compliments her after her debates. Mika even defends Hillary when Joe lobs insults at her.

    She’s just one of the Democrats who will come around and support Hillary should she be the Democratic nominee.

    That’s just my opinion. I will just say that of all the people on MSNBC, Olbermann is favorite and then Mika.

  11. mj, I was commenting on exactly that earlier this morning on the previous thread. The N.H. venue was moved as well to the larger Verizon but it was totally unnecessary as, according to one person who was there who counted rows and seats, he estimated no more than 5,500 attending while the media reported 8,500. Additionally, combing through various media reports, there were lots of folks there from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, nobody took the time to check license plates in the parking area or side streets. That would have been the most telling. Besides those from N.H., none of the other states even have an early primary.

    News reports from S.C. reported folks from Atlanta, Florida, etc.

    Numbers don’t necessarily equal voters. All those email addys that BHO collected are fine, but most would only be helpful for the GE.

  12. I’ve decided not to focus on the media narative. They are not interested in pointing out how many are from out of state, was there really so many, etc.. They want the narative to be about huge crowds. That’s good tv for them. Nothing we can do about it except take solice in the fact that we know there were less people, people from out of state etc..

  13. You have to remember this..

    The media is doing it’s best to hold up a facade of Obama’s Love and success for as long as possible. They cannot do this indefinatly … because Election Results will not bear them out.

    So, steer clear of worrying about what the media and the press say. Someone upthead mentioned the Press in tow following the Clinton Campaign always gives Hillary bad reviews or unfavorable reportage…whatever…

    This is War… pick and choose very carefully. This is a vulnerable time for Hillary she has to come out with something BIG to negate the negative publicity..Maya Angelou is a great ideas…one more like Maya will throw the adversary’s into paralysis… Just do it…I don’t know with who…Gore, maybe?

    Just do it.. We want to Win Iowa…we’ve got to make it happen…Break Obama’s Spell!

    Mrs. S.

  14. Yeah, I agree, Mrs. Smith. I’m leaving polls up to the campaign and to Kostner. I’m not watching. I’m not paying attention. I’m doing what I can to advocate positively and it’s all up to Hillary, and the Iowa campaign right now. I agree that the debate is the primary issue right now – much more so than campaign appearances over the next few days.

    This debate is far more treacherous for Obama and Edwards than it is for Clinton. They have to make a fundamental decision whether to attack or to focus on being presidential – they can’t do both. If they attack, they may be able to knock her support down a bit, but it isn’t perceived as presidential behavior when unleashed against another Democrat. The problem they have is that polls reveal most Democrats regard Hillary as the most presidential. So, if they attack her, the risk having it knock their own popularity down as well. If they decide to be presidential and compete with her on that level, there’s no competition. She wins that assessment.

  15. If any of you are registered with the Desmoines Register, go to Hillay Hub and follow the main link, then say someting positive for Hillary, there are a few jerky comments there now.

  16. im not sure mj. btw the i just recieved a email alert from the union leader that nh rep shea-porter to endorse obama. lordy.

  17. Dr. Maya Angelou Hits SC Airwaves for Hillary
    ‘My Girl’ Radio Spot Airs Statewide
    (COLUMBIA) – Dr. Maya Angelou took her support of Hillary Clinton to the South Carolina airwaves as Clinton launched her fourth radio spot in the state, entitled “My Girl.” The 60-second spot began playing on radio stations across the state over the weekend.

    In the spot, Dr. Angelou describes her personal support of Hillary and focuses on Hillary’s experience as an advocate for families.

    A complete transcript is included below. The radio ad can be heard online at: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/hq/southcarolina.

    Maya Angelou: Hello South Carolina, this is Maya Angelou. Let me tell you about my girl… Hillary Clinton.
    As a child, Hillary Clinton was taught that all God’s children are equal, so as a mother she understood that her child wasn’t safe unless all children were safe.
    I know what kind of president Hillary Clinton will be because I know who she is. Hillary Clinton has always been a strong woman and a passionate protector of families. For 35 years, that’s exactly what she has been doing.
    Each generation of African Americans stands on the shoulders of those who came before. Today, the challenges facing us threaten the dreams we have had for our children. We need a president with the experience and strength to meet those challenges.
    I am inspired by Hillary Clinton’s commitment and courage… a daughter, a wife, a mother… my girl.

    I’m Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.

  18. She still crushes the competition on the two most important internals; Experience and Electability.

    SUMMARY TABLE FOR QUESTION DM3
    Clinton Edwards Obama
    Has the right experience to be President 55% 11% 13%
    Has the best chance of beating the Republican
    nominee in the general election next November 53% 11% 25%
    Best represents the values of Democrats like
    yourself 38% 14% 29%
    Is the most likely to keep the same position on
    important issues 37% 12% 27%
    Is most believable 31% 13% 34%
    Is most likely to unite the country 30% 16% 32%
    Is the most likeable 29% 17% 38%
    Spends the least time criticizing the other
    candidates 27% 12% 26%
    Is least likely to act like a typical politician if
    elected President 21% 11% 35%

    http://www.i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2007/images/12/10/rel12a.pdf

  19. Three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Republicans voters across the country appear uninspired by their field of presidential candidates, with a vast majority saying they have not made a final decision about who to support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

    By contrast, Democrats are happier with their field and more settled in their decisions. For all the problems Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York appears to be having holding off her rivals Iowa and New Hampshire, she remains strong nationally, the poll found. Even after what her aides acknowledge has been two of the roughest months of her candidacy, she is viewed by Democrats as a far more electable candidate in the general election than either Senator Barack Obama of Illinois or John Edwards of North Carolina.

    Not only did substantially more Democratic voters judge her to be ready for the presidency than those who believed Mr. Obama is prepared for the job, the poll found, but more Democrats said Mrs. Clinton could bring the country together than those who said Mr. Obama was someone who could unite different groups.

    The poll found that former President Bill Clinton could be an effective campaign weapon for his wife. Forty-four percent of Democrats said Mr. Clinton’s involvement would make them more likely to support Mrs. Clinton.

    The poll found just 1 percent said they might be swayed by the involvement of Oprah Winfrey, who has been campaigning for Mr. Obama in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire the last three days, drawing huge crowds and allowing the Obama campaign to identify new supporters.

    In fact, nearly as many of Mrs. Clinton’s backers say they are supporting her because of her husband as say they are supporting her because of her own experience.

    On the Democratic side, the leader, Mrs. Clinton, has the support of 44 percent of respondents, compared with 27 percent for Mr. Obama and just 11 percent for Mr. Edwards. The rest of the Democratic candidates drew 2 percent or lower.

    A CBS News poll conducted in mid-October — which offered voters a choice only of Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama and Mr. Edwards — found Mrs. Clinton with 51 percent, Mr. Obama with 23 percent and Mr. Edwards with 13 percent.

    At this point, national polls have little predictive value about what is going to take place in Iowa or New Hampshire, much less what might happen in a general election.

    Recent polls in Iowa suggest that Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama and Mr. Edwards are in a tight race there. And in New Hampshire recent polls suggest that Mrs. Clinton’s lead over Mr. Obama has dwindled.

    In the national poll, by a margin of 68 to 22 percent, Republican voters say they are looking for a presidential candidate who has the right experience rather than one with new ideas. Democrats are divided on which of those two aspects they see as more important for a presidential contender.

    Mrs. Clinton has offered a sharp contrast of her experience with that of Mr. Obama, while Mr. Obama has presented himself as a candidate who would bring change to Washington. By a margin of 56 to 34 percent, Mrs. Clinton’s backers said experience was more important than new ideas; Mr. Obama’s supporters, by a margin of 74 percent to 18 percent, said new ideas were more important.

    On the Republican side, 36 percent of Republicans nationally said Mr. Giuliani does not share their values, compared with 52 percent who said he did. But in a Times/CBS News Poll last month in Iowa — where Mr. Giuliani appears to be struggling, and where voters are clearly more focused on a contest that is fully engaged — 52 percent said Mr. Giuliani did not share their values.

    The poll found that Mrs. Clinton continues to enjoy — nationally, if not necessarily to the same degree in Iowa and New Hampshire — many advantages. She is, by a large margin, viewed as most electable: 63 percent of Democrats said they thought Mrs. Clinton has the best chance of all the Democrats in a general election, compared with 14 percent who named Mr. Obama and 10 percent for Mr. Edwards.

    Mr. Obama’s argument that Mrs. Clinton, if elected, would be a divisive figure does not appear to be breaking through nationally: 65 percent of respondents said that Mrs. Clinton would be able to bring the country together rather than divide it; 54 percent said the same about Mr. Obama.

    And reflecting what has been Mrs. Clinton’s central argument against Mr. Obama, 83 percent of respondents said Mrs. Clinton had the experience to serve as president, compared wit 41 percent who said the same thing about Mr. Obama and 36 percent for Mr. Edwards.

  20. Bill Clinton’s Second Stop

    By Patrick Healy

    NEWTON, Iowa – Two quick items from Bill Clinton’s second Iowa stop, here in Newton:

    1. His description of Hillary Rodham Clinton as a “change agent” has morphed slightly into “agent of positive change.”

    Because, as we know, there is good change and there is bad change. Or, one could argue, why use two words when four can do?

    2. Mr. Clinton promised to “speak briefly and then take questions,” and proceeded to speak for 34 minutes and take two questions (with each reply weighing in at 7 minutes a piece). The second of the two questions was a good one: Were there any decisions that Mr. Clinton made as president that Mrs. Clinton disagreed with and that, in hindsight, she was probably right about and he was probably wrong?

    Mr. Clinton replied that Mrs. Clinton “thought we got the worst of both worlds in the timing of health care.” Her view, as he described it, was that the administration should’ve pushed its national health insurance bill for it pushed Senate ratification of Nafta, in order to horse-trade votes for health care from some Republicans who wanted Nafta.

    Barring that, he said, she believed that the administration should wait until after the 1994 election to push health care — in order to spend more time explaining the hurdle of the 60-vote filibuster in the Senate and hopefully electing more Democrats to that chamber.

    “She said, ‘I’ll carry this load up the hill if you want me to, but we need to go now or have another election to teach the American people about the filibuster,’” Mr. Clinton recalled.

    He also said that she came to feel “quite strongly” that the administration should have taken action – most likely with some armed forces – to stop the genocidal violence of Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. Mr. Clinton said that his foreign policy team never convened a meeting on Rwanda at the time; former administration officials have said that, at the time, no one in the White House (including Mrs. Clinton) was focused seriously on Rwanda because they were paying heed to Serbia and Bosnia and the foreign policy and national security team was not agitating for aggressive action on Rwanda.

    “I believe if I had moved in, we might have saved a third of those people,” Mr. Clinton said of the hundreds of thousands of people who died. “We were trying to stop the slaughter in Bosnia, and we didn’t know it was going to turn out as bad as it did in Rwanda. I know she always felt that was something we should have done.”

  21. MADISON – A new poll shows that Wisconsin Democrats favor Hillary Clinton for president, while Republicans support Fred Thompson.

    But no candidate appears to be a clear front runner in the University of Wisconsin Survey Center’s Badger Poll released today.

    Thirty-nine percent of Democrats and independents leaning that way say they want to see Clinton win the nomination. She’s followed by Barack Obama with 26 percent and John Edwards at 15 percent.

    That question had a margin of error of 6 percentage points.

    Among Republicans and independents leaning that way, 30 percent say they favor Thompson as their nominee.

    Clinton-39
    OB- 26

    http://www.wjfw.com/stories.html?sku=20071210162456

    There’s LOTS of good news out there folks! Ask yourself who you’d rather be right now, the candidate who’s leading in every state but ONE (and TIED, at worst in that one.) or the other guys?

    Iowa will be tight, but Hillary will either win or finish 2nd.
    NH will be a BIG win!
    I disagree with those who have begun conceding SC, especially when Hill comes out of the first couple of primaries with some, “MO”.
    MI,FL,NV, win-win-win!
    Then comes Tsunami Tuesday, where Hillary will SHINE!

    NO candidate wins ALL of the contests leading up to the convention, but Hillary is poised to win, if not all, certainly most of the early ones and nearly all of the big states on Super Tuesday. Less than 4 weeks from today, the process begins in earnest, then all of the negative punditry and Big Media spin in the world (and the freaking “blogesphere”!) won’t be able to deny the reality on the ground. Stay alert, because it’s going to happen fast, and when it does, even the Timmy’s and Chris’ of the world will have to stand up and take notice.

    I am feeling strong for Hillary today. I hope everyone here will gather up their strength during the next days and weeks before Iowa and send that good, positive energy out to celiff, and the other folks who are busting it every day out there in the frigid farmlands and little towns to get the vote out for our girl. I can’t be there with you, but I’m feeling closer in spirit every day. When we win there, you guys will KNOW that it was your effort, your dilligence and your enthusiasm that made it happen.
    Let’s stay positive, because there is an awful lot to be positive about. We are right where we need to be now. Next month we’ll be right where we want to be.

  22. IATSE backs Hillary Clinton
    Below-the-line workers endorse hopeful
    By DAVE MCNARY
    The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

    “Hillary Clinton’s ability to create real change for America’s working families is exactly what this country needs,” said IATSE president Thomas C. Short. “She has the strength and experience to provide quality, affordable health care for every American and rebuild our middle class.”

    IATSE reps more than 100,000 below-the-line workers in the entertainment industry.

    “I am honored to have the support of the hard-working men and women of IATSE,” Clinton said in a statement. “I will continue to stand with them as they fight for fair wages and safe working conditions across our country.”

    Clinton’s other endorsements from unions include the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; Intl. Assns. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; Transportation Communications Union; National Assn. of Letter Carriers; Intl. Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; American Federation of Teachers; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers; Amalgamated Transit Union.

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117977451.html?categoryid=18&cs=1

  23. LET THE REAL FUN BEGIN

    Dropping Oppo

    December 10, 2007 6:00 PM

    Circulating among Iowa labor circles, I am told, is this leaflet, which looks to be a standard opposition-research paper against former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC.

    The shocker? It’s from Mr. Positive, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

    Not that it’s a shocker that Obama is drawing differences between he and his opponents.

    It’s a shocker because Obama chief strategist David Axelrod told ABC News that “One of the things people appreciate about (Obama) is he’s not a cheap-shot artist” and this flier is full of cheap shots.

    The cheapest shot … that Edwards somehow has something to do with Whirlpool when the company was closing down Maytag plants in Iowa, Illinois, and Arkansas.

    Why is that a cheap shot? Because the link is that Edwards worked for the controversial Fortress Hedge Fund while it owned stock in Whirlpool as it was shutting down those plants.

    But a far more direct link exists between Obama and those plants shutting down.

    The Crown family — Lester, Renee, James, Paula — have been supporters, fundraisers, and bundlers for Obama.

    Lester Crown was on the board of Maytag when it decided to shut down a plant in Galesburg, Illinois, and sent those jobs to Mexico.

    In August 2005, Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the Crowns stood “to reap an estimated $86 million from the sale of appliance maker Maytag Corp. to rival Whirlpool Corp. After a bidding war, Newton, Iowa-based Maytag agreed Monday to sell to Whirlpool for $21 a share in cash and stock. Maytag has said the Crowns hold about 4.1 million shares.”

    Shortly after that merger was announced, Whirlpool shut down those plants in Iowa, Illinois, and Arkansas.

    Do I think Obama is responsible for the plants shutting down? Nope.

    But he should know better than to attack Edwards on the same subject.

    People in glass houses in Newton, Iowa, shouldn’t throw Maytag dishwashers.

    Or something like that.

  24. hehe.. admin, Edwards and nutkooks were fools. no more. I think this last month will be a revelation for nutkooks. infact, I think Obama has some hand in recent FEC ruling on campaign funding for Edwards. Obama wants to capitalize on anti-clinton vote and sidelining edwards is his strategy. I think he has some hand in actblue thing, and he wants to sideline Edwards just like how he did it with Colbert in SC.

  25. Obama is playing a very dangerous game. This oppo piece against Edwards could really hurt him if the msm picks it up and flies with it. The man is running as the candidate of change, as the genuine one, for crying out loud! And this oppo looks anything but that. Just the same old dirty politics that Obama professes not to practice.

    That the Obama campaign is pursuing such a negative tack against Edwards tells me that they believe a) they are behind Edwards in Iowa and need to attack or b) they are behind Hillary and think they have a better chance of getting some Edwards voters. Either way they are obviously worried and that is only good news for our team.

  26. hey-i saw on cnn this mornign that the des moines debate will be on live cnn at 1pm thurs. can anyone confirm

  27. For your reading enjoyment, Tod Gitlen deconstructs the irrational attacks by Modo and Russert against Hillary.

    I don’t know the temperature of Maureen Dowd’s eyes, or what she wants, but this morning she did break the pundit record for number of distinct irrelevancies in a single sentence.

    A few questions: Is it is preferable to be hot-eyed about wanting power (see: Rudy)? Is it possible to do any good in the actual world without power? If you want power, what’s the alternative to raising money? “Turning everything about her life into a commodity”–come on! I’m not enamored of the junior senator from New York’s prose style, but hasn’t the junior senator from Illinois published two best-sellers, and hasn’t John Edwards let the world in on his wife’s illness?

    Dowd barged onto my breakfast table with the arresting report that Caitlin Flanagan in The Atlantic was “particularly bothered by Hillary’s callousness in dumping Socks, the beloved White House cat and best-selling author, on Bill’s former secretary Betty Currie.”

    On which momentous matter, Sidney Blumenthal writes me as follows: “Socks was Chelsea’s cat. Bill got Buddy the dog. Buddy and Socks didn’t get along. Chelsea went to college. Betty liked Socks and took him home. So, this is about Hillary’s character?”

    Plenty of material there for Tim Russert the next time he has an urgent question for Hillary. And while I’m at it, a bonus question for Mr. Bluster: Will you pledge that you’ve asked your last sneering, bullying, pontifical question of a Clinton?

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