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Pushy New Aides Signal Hillary's Run For White House
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-25-2006 | Alec Russell

Posted on 02/24/2006 6:14:29 PM PST by blam

Pushy new aides signal Hillary's run for White House

By Alec Russell in Washington
(Filed: 25/02/2006)

Hillary Clinton has recruited two loud-mouthed consultants who masterminded her husband's "back from nowhere" presidential run in a clear hint at her own White House ambitions.

James Carville, known as the "Ragin' Cajun", for his no-holds-barred approach and Louisianan roots, became the world's most sought-after election adviser after Bill Clinton's 1992 victory.

Officially, he and his long-time partner, Paul Begala, have been hired by Mrs Clinton to raise funds for her campaign for re-election as a senator for New York state in November.

But as she already has nearly £10 million in the bank - against the £138,000 raised by her probable Republican challenger - she seems to be trying for the White House.

According to campaign finance laws, any money she has left in the bank from her Senate campaign can be used for a presidential run.

While polls suggest nearly a third of Americans remain wary of a woman in the White House, and recent public appearances suggest she will have difficulty "connecting" with Middle America, her ratings continue to rise.

She is the out-and-out favourite for the 2008 Democratic nomination with one poll suggesting she has actually gained a few points from a Republican bid to paint her as angry and irrational.

Bald and with a pronounced southern drawl Mr Carville dominated the Clinton 1992 "war room", which specialised in taking the fight to the Republicans after years of Democratic defeatism.

He minted the key slogan of the campaign, "it's the economy, stupid", a tag which he pinned to the wall of the campaign room to remind staff to stay on message.

Incongruously, he is married to Mary Matalin, an adviser to Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Mr Begala originally played the quiet man, focusing on writing speeches while the Louisianan coined slogans. But in recent years he has become an outspoken pundit.

Christian Winthrop, a spokesman for Mrs Clinton's expected opponent this year, John Spencer, said the enlistment of two "liberal attack dogs" showed the "panic" in her camp. The duo know all about "panic" from 1992 when they had to rescue Bill Clinton from the brink of disaster over his private life - and some Hillary gaffes.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aides; hillary2008; hillarys; house; new; pushy; run; signal; white

1 posted on 02/24/2006 6:14:32 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
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2 posted on 02/24/2006 6:18:57 PM PST by MarkeyD (Make Love, Not Cartoons. I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: blam

"her ratings continue to rise"

snigger...


3 posted on 02/24/2006 6:22:02 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: blam
Those two are small gnats as compared to the power of the Rove...


4 posted on 02/24/2006 6:22:32 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: blam

Can you imagine having to listen to Carville for the next two years?

I think he has outlived his shelf life. She just killed her chances.


5 posted on 02/24/2006 6:26:28 PM PST by marron
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To: marron

You could give me 10 Carvilles, as long as I didn't have to take one Begala. At least Carville has a personality, that Begala really puts the creep in creepy.


6 posted on 02/24/2006 6:32:18 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: neverdem; Mia T; new yorker 77; wagglebee; NYCConservative; nycfree

Bad news alert.


7 posted on 02/24/2006 6:35:54 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Bob Taft for Impeachment)
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To: blam
If the Queen wins, the cat is moving back to Cuba following the sage advice of more than one heavy thinker poster here (Sample: "If you don't like evolution, why don't you move back to Cuba!")
8 posted on 02/24/2006 6:38:21 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: blam

Run Hillary Run!


9 posted on 02/24/2006 6:40:52 PM PST by PGalt
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To: blam

Another person she would have hired is not available. He's too busy pretending to be a "journalist" on a Sunday morning show on ABC. /fake leftist big headed midget named Georgie sarcasm off


10 posted on 02/24/2006 6:41:08 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Jack Bauer: "By the time I'm finished with you you're going to wish you felt this good again".)
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To: blam

Karl Rove has obtained the greatest status of all political strategists in political history: the ability to have your enemies fear you above all else, to the point where they assume that you somehow caused every bad thing that happens to them.

I still chuckle thinking of daffy old Walter Cronkite trying to blame Osama's re-appearance in October 2004 on Karl Rove.



11 posted on 02/24/2006 6:44:26 PM PST by Deo et Patria (Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: blam

Karl Rove has obtained the greatest status of all political strategists in political history: the ability to have your enemies fear you above all else, to the point where they assume that you somehow caused every bad thing that happens to them.

I still chuckle thinking of daffy old Walter Cronkite trying to blame Osama's re-appearance in October 2004 on Karl Rove.



12 posted on 02/24/2006 6:47:30 PM PST by Deo et Patria (Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: blam
Say what you will (on second thought, don't), these two clowns have a better batting average than the San Francisco 49ers!
13 posted on 02/24/2006 6:47:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: isthisnickcool

No mention yet of Sid Vicious or of Craig Livingstone...the team isn't complete yet.


14 posted on 02/24/2006 6:52:01 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Revolting cat!
...these two clowns have a better batting average than the San Francisco 49ers!

Quite true, considering that the 49ers never came to bat a single time all season.

15 posted on 02/24/2006 6:54:15 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: marron
"Can you imagine having to listen to Carville for the next two years?"

I can't imagine listening to HilLiary for 4 years if she were to become President. WHICH SHE WON'T.

16 posted on 02/24/2006 7:04:19 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: blam

17 posted on 02/24/2006 7:06:05 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
It was announced today that Craig Livingstone had been hired by the Hillary 2006 Senate campaign as Director of Security.

Aides close to Mrs. Clinton confirmed Mr. Livingstone's position with the reelection campaign, but refused to state who hired him.

So the question remains, Who hired Craig Livingstone?

18 posted on 02/24/2006 7:06:10 PM PST by StopGlobalWhining (Only 3 1/2-5% of atmospheric CO2 is the result of human activities. 95-96.5% is from natural sources)
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To: blam

A hallmark of the Clinton presidency was uncouth thugs undeserving of being in the White House. These two are not even the worst. But they are all Brown Shirt slime whose tactics include shouting down any opposition, outrageous charges, and use of surveillance and harrassment to destroy their political enemies. The Clinton way is a dirty cancer that needs to be out of our body politik. They stand for nothing but their own filthy power and they are in the worst tradition of this country.


19 posted on 02/24/2006 7:06:35 PM PST by Williams
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To: blam
..saw a re-elect Hillary for Senator sticker on a car today.

I got the feeling it was a "run Hillary run" (as in President) supporter--the Clintons do have their worshipers out here...

20 posted on 02/24/2006 7:08:07 PM PST by WalterSkinner ( ..when there is any conflict between God and Caesar -- guess who loses?)
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To: isthisnickcool
"Another person she would have hired is not available. He's too busy pretending to be a "journalist" on a Sunday morning show on ABC. /fake leftist big headed midget named Georgie sarcasm off"

You mean Steffy? I was of the opinon she couldn't stand him, and he can't stand her.

21 posted on 02/24/2006 7:08:12 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: ConservativeDude

Carville and Begala - Eight More Years!


22 posted on 02/24/2006 7:08:58 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: StopGlobalWhining
"So the question remains, Who hired Craig Livingstone?"

ROTFLMBO! The whole thing is a joke. Right?

23 posted on 02/24/2006 7:10:46 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: blam

Well as long as Carville was brought up in this article. I am hoping that GW replaces Scott McLellend with Carvilles wife. Mary Maitland would take on the press with vigor.


24 posted on 02/24/2006 7:15:10 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775 (I)
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To: PGalt
"Run Hillary Run!"

Run Hillary Run!!!!!!

25 posted on 02/24/2006 7:18:28 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: blam
"James Carville, known as the "Ragin' Cajun", for his no-holds-barred approach and Louisianan roots, became the world's most sought-after election adviser after Bill Clinton's 1992 victory."

James Carville had nothing to do with Clintons win in 1992 even if the Democrats like to think he did. Most people tend to forget that Ross Pero was running that year and split the Republican vote (not mine) and that is why Clinton became president.

26 posted on 02/24/2006 7:19:39 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: libs_kma

She shall ever be known as Miss Piggy. Oink!


27 posted on 02/24/2006 7:49:10 PM PST by stboz
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To: StopGlobalWhining
Any journalist with a conscience (LOL) will ask this question endlessly:

Who hired Craig Livingstone?

While Hildebeast and Begala consort about that answer they can also work on:

Who ordered the FBI files, who saw them, and where are the copies hidden?

Who fired the travel office staff based on trumped up false charges?

And,

Where was that box of billing records hidden, who hid them, and under whose orders were they hidden?

28 posted on 02/24/2006 8:03:49 PM PST by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: Spunky

Quite apart from the fact that when Hillary speaks the content is lies, smears, or platitudes, her voice is an unpleasant one to listen to. Can the American public be foolish enough to subject itself to 4 or 8 years of hearing her voice?


29 posted on 02/24/2006 8:10:13 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Spunky
"So the question remains, Who hired Craig Livingstone?"

ROTFLMBO! The whole thing is a joke. Right?

For the moment yes. But this is exactly the sort of thing voters should expect if Hillary is elected to higher office.

The only antidote is not to vote for her.

30 posted on 02/24/2006 8:12:46 PM PST by StopGlobalWhining (Only 3 1/2-5% of atmospheric CO2 is the result of human activities. 95-96.5% is from natural sources)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Any journalist with a conscience (LOL) will ask this question endlessly:

Who hired Craig Livingstone?

But how many do you think have a conscience?

31 posted on 02/24/2006 8:16:14 PM PST by StopGlobalWhining (Only 3 1/2-5% of atmospheric CO2 is the result of human activities. 95-96.5% is from natural sources)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Unfortunately, yes.


32 posted on 02/24/2006 8:24:34 PM PST by sport
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To: MarkeyD
The Reptile is looking at The Snake and the Forehead?

Boy, that Hilly sure is smart.

33 posted on 02/24/2006 8:28:56 PM PST by Reactionary (The Moonbats Need an Enema)
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To: popdonnelly
Carville and Begala - Eight More Years!

It doesn't get any better than this. Well what else does this party have to offer? However, it only means that the other faction of this "Two-Party Cartel" can put up a weaker candidate & win an election. Are we truly better off for that?

34 posted on 02/24/2006 8:59:38 PM PST by Digger
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To: blam

God save us all.


35 posted on 02/24/2006 9:00:12 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: StopGlobalWhining; Spunky; WideGlide
So the question remains, Who hired Craig Livingstone?

Here's my guess:


36 posted on 02/24/2006 9:03:13 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Howlin
1988! I had never heard that line before. I had no idea the Livingstone connection with the algores went back that far.

Great find. Thanks for posting it.

37 posted on 02/28/2006 7:56:58 PM PST by StopGlobalWhining (Only 3 1/2-5% of atmospheric CO2 is the result of human activities. 95-96.5% is from natural sources)
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To: StopGlobalWhining

A little remembered fact is that in order to get Al Gore to drop out of the race and run as VP was a deal they made -- Gore got to pick most of the White House staff.


38 posted on 02/28/2006 10:41:38 PM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: blam

bookmk for a.m. coffee


39 posted on 02/28/2006 10:52:06 PM PST by Dad yer funny
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To: StopGlobalWhining
NEVER forget the enforcer AND the exterminator:


40 posted on 02/28/2006 11:11:05 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author:)
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To: darkwing104

Rove, who let the greatest military victory ever be spun as a loss?


41 posted on 02/28/2006 11:12:31 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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