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Hillary Still Pulling The Same Old Stunts

I guess Hillary Clinton hasn't learned her lesson yet. She's been caught planting questions and questioners at her campaign events numerous times, but she still keeps doing it.

The latest was caught by the Washington Times.

It appears that the Clinton campaign is bringing in reinforcements, to shore up the numbers at her campaign events. Charter buses of Massholes are being hauled in to put butts in seats, and student volunteers are being brought in to ask appropriately fawning questions.

Other campaigns are doing the same thing, but none as heinously as the Clintonistas.

In 1992, Bill Clinton spun his second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary into his being anointed "the comeback kid." I find myself wondering if Hillary's likely third-place finish will put the nail in the coffin of her presidential ambitions.

I can only hope so. Indeed, I'm almost tempted to vote for Obama or Edwards, just to drive her percentage down even further.


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I wonder if the Clintons wi... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

I wonder if the Clintons will get a full hour during the choice post Super Spot like they did last time.

Jay..It is not too late to ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Jay..It is not too late to join the Obama bandwagon..I think it might be incumbent on you since you live in the state, to witness part of 'American history' by going to one of his rallies, while you have the chance.

Nobody wants that warmonger... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Nobody wants that warmonger in the White House.

Tempting, Steve... but I ha... (Below threshold)

Tempting, Steve... but I have to work for a living. He'll be in downtown Lebanon today, but I'll be at the Day Job -- the one what pays the bills.

Besides, he's just WRONG on so many issues...

J.

A pity Jay, that for once y... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

A pity Jay, that for once you are in the right location, where the action is at the center of the storm ,taking the nation, and can't go...promises to keep and issue differences accepted.

Getting back to the theme of your post, one of the charms of Obama compared to the usual plausible deniability' of the Hillary position is, he is running a very tight, well disciplined ethical campaign.

Early in the campaign, he lectured his staff that he wasn't going to tolerate any bashing of his rivals--no slipping anonymous snarky quotes to reporters, no feeding nasty gossip to bloggers.

Obama is perceived as being a much different sort of politician, than say Hillary. How long this feeling will last is difficult to say?

She is finished unless ther... (Below threshold)
914:

She is finished unless there happens to be a Ron Brown/Vince Foster incident.

Watch Your back Obama.

The interesting thing is lo... (Below threshold)
kevino:

The interesting thing is looking at the campaign being played out on the streets of NH cities.

I did a little fact-finding on Saturday, and I noticed that the volunteers for Senator Obama and Senator Edwards are a very diverse group, but the young volunteers are almost exclusively avoiding Senator Clinton's campaign. And certainly the Clinton people who have called or canvassed my house and my fiends' houses are almost exclusively older. This dovetails with the polls that show Clinton is not very popular among young voters. If Clinton is planting young voters at events, they are probably doing it to shore up their image.

Where Clinton really gets helps is her early endorsements by labor unions. Groups of sign holders in Manchester and Nashua were predominately union members, including a couple of union bosses going around to the groups to ensure that the people were actually there and doing the right thing. Most of these people aren't really volunteers: they have to do what the union tells them. I talked to a few of these people during the Gore 2000 and Kerry 2004 campaigns, and they were imported from Massachusetts. I don't know if these "volunteers" were from MA unions, but I'd bet money on it.

News today is that security... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

News today is that security for Osama Obama has been increased. Smart move on someone's part or he'll be found on a park bench and his belonging's found in Shrillary's bedroom.

Wrong,We va to help ... (Below threshold)
Jay Salby:

Wrong,
We va to help Hillary get the nomination so we can clobber her in November! Don't forget she hurts the other dems on the bottom of the ticket!

"I'm almost te... (Below threshold)
Rovin Author Profile Page:

"I'm almost tempted to vote for Obama or Edwards, just to drive her percentage down even further."

Using your boot to flush a toilet may be "tempting", so is testing the temperature of an iron with your tongue.

Common sense usually sets in.......


Rovin...just as in... (Below threshold)
frednotthompson:

Rovin...

just as in voting Republican is like tasting an asshole w/ your tongue.
depp=true

Must keep the perpetual f... (Below threshold)
RobLACal:

Must keep the perpetual fraud alive.. Gasp!

LOL ,what a desperate dope fiend move. Wouldn't expect any different from the bold faced phonies. Let them know we are watching and laughing.

he is running a very tight,... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica ImmigrantL:

he is running a very tight, well disciplined ethical campaign.
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Well, this is simply a typical spin. Obama is simply another typical less than honest "politician" on the left. Ethical campaign shouldn't be taken seriously as a claim from the Dem party or the left

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MjU1MDAxMTI5MDEyZWM5MTZhN2NmMjUyMmVlMmJiNTA=

So let's recap. Barack Obama is a senator today because his campaign exploited his opponent's messy divorce. This is a miracle that qualifies him for secular sainthood?

Obama and Axelrod have kept their opposition researchers busy during the current campaign. A few months ago, an Obama campaign memo said: "The Clintons have reaped significant financial rewards from their relationship with the Indian community, both in their personal finances and Hillary's campaign fundraising." It called her "Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)." Obama's campaign sent it to reporters on a "not for attribution" basis. The Clinton campaign made it public, prompting protests from Indian-Americans. Only then did Obama apologize.

More recently, Marc Ambinder reported in the Atlantic (subscription required): "In August, Obama's team scored a significant hit by helping to place a story in several newspapers revealing that Norman Hsu, a major Clinton donor, had skipped town after having pleaded no contest to a charge of grand theft 15 years earlier and still faced an outstanding warrant." The hit proved less effective when it turned out that Obama's campaign had sought Hsu's financial help.

I'm not saying Obama walks ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I'm not saying Obama walks on water...but at least in the stories you cited, the stories that his campaign nudged along were true and not fictions. Compare that to the South Carolina push polling of 2000, when McCain was laid low by false rumors of having fathered a black child.

Obama was seeking to get fi... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica ImmigrantL:

Obama was seeking to get financial help from Norman Hsu while attacking Hillary for it. "Ethical campaign" is simply a spin for Obama. What Hillary said about Obama were true as well with the details of his changing positions. Obama was going on spin more than substance. It doesn't take much brain to see that.

BTW, on substance, Obama is... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica ImmigrantL:

BTW, on substance, Obama is dangerously naive. Using Matthew 's terminology, only "lazy" and unserious people would fall for his cheap spin.

Love america..The system is... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Love america..The system is not perfect...I'm sure conservatives would squawk the loudest if we had total public financing of campaigns, maybe the fairest way to go..As it is:

The system (of bundlers) was refined by the past campaigns of President Bush, who nurtured competition between fundraisers who pledged to drive between $100,000 and $200,000 to the 2004 reelection campaign. In exchange, the bundlers gained better access to the president through exclusive events and, potentially, influence after the election.(no kidding)
Steve, Obama is si... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica ImmigrantL:

Steve,
Obama is simply another cheap politician who is using cheap rhetoric to cover up his lack of substance and his less than honest campaign. Serious and honest people would be able to see through that. No need to keep spinning about Obama. His wife was on the board of a supplier for Walmart for example. And the left for all their rhetoric about "clean campaign" and complaint about Bush during the 2004 election is nothing but another hypocritical/cheap spin. Let 's be intellectually honest enough to admit that Obama is no new politician. Again only lazy and unserious people will fall for his cheap spin.

Also, Obama is an extreme p... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica ImmigrantL:

Also, Obama is an extreme pro-abortionist (100% rating from planned parenthood). Looks like he is a "perfect" candidate for the liberal ideology of "killing babies, not terrorists"

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/17/politics/main2369157.shtml

He voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive

Why must an election be all... (Below threshold)

Why must an election be all about presentation?

Nearly all of the debates and current snifflings between the candidates today have to do with style and nothing to do with substance. Perhaps we are all so put off with Bush's inability to pronounce "nuclear" that we have decided we would rather have a candidate that can pronounce the word correctly--even if the new candidate has no idea what the word means.

This dog and pony show that is the primaries will eventually become about issues. Lord help us all if the process has rendered down the candidates into a pool of Obama vs. Huckabee. There are no principles in that pool other than socialism and wonderful presentation. Issues should eventually become important. I hope that at least one candidate with a grasp of the issues is still left on the national ballot come November.

Otherwise I would be as well off getting Joe down at Joe's used autos to devise and implement our foreign policy.

I am of the "suicide in the... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I am of the "suicide in the park" crowd that thinks Obama needs to watch his back as he gets closer and closer to the nomination. The Hildabeast wont let a little thing like an election stand in the way of her coronation.

I dont think the MSM will take Hillary over Obama as long as Obama looks like he can win. The reason I think this is that Obama will be a bit easier to cover if he makes a mistake in the future or gets caught doing something wrong. The Clintons have been caught with the hands in the cookie jar WAY too many times that it is hard to try to cover for them and still be taken seriously. Of course some still try.


I believe it's the duty of ... (Below threshold)
John S:

I believe it's the duty of all NH independents and cross-over Republicans to knock Hillary out of the race. We can get rid of Huckleberry out later, and deal with Obama in November.




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