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Clinton Now Under Pressure To Bounce Back Against Foes
NY Sun ^ | November 14, 2007 | RUSSELL BERMAN

Posted on 11/14/2007 9:41:48 AM PST by COUNTrecount

WASHINGTON — The pressure will be on Senator Clinton at the Democratic presidential debate tomorrow as she tries to bounce back from a weak performance last month that has cut into her lead in the polls.

Her top rivals, Senator Obama and John Edwards, head into the Las Vegas forum confident that their increased criticism in recent weeks finally has begun to inflict damage on Mrs. Clinton's campaign, which had seemed unstoppable earlier in the fall.

Messrs. Obama and Edwards have painted her as a creature of a corrupt corporate culture in Washington who is more concerned about her political standing than she is about principles, and that image has been fed in recent days by disclosures that the Clinton campaign has "planted" questioners at two of its town-hall forums in Iowa.

Acknowledging that the dynamic of the race has shifted, Mrs. Clinton is using the attacks as a fund-raising tool. Her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, yesterday sent out a missive to supporters urgently seeking donations in a bid to raise $1 million by the start of the debate tomorrow night.

"The campaign has changed," Ms. Solis Doyle wrote at the top of the e-mail.

(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...


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1 posted on 11/14/2007 9:41:49 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

“The pressure will be on Senator Clinton at the Democratic presidential debate tomorrow as she tries to bounce back from a weak performance last month that has cut into her lead in the polls.”

Did she get a sex change?


2 posted on 11/14/2007 9:46:15 AM PST by Slapshot68
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To: COUNTrecount

I am sure CNN and Wolf will do their best to make Hillary look good!


3 posted on 11/14/2007 9:46:29 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: COUNTrecount


RUSH: Let me do some little analysis here on timing for all of this stuff to have happened to Mrs. Clinton now. We're into the third week of a slow bleed, and it all started, I think -- I can't prove it -- but I think it all started on this program the day of the debate in Philadelphia at Drexel University when I read a story on the Associated Press talking about how radioactive the issue of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants in New York was for Mrs. Clinton. The reporter said, "This is radioactive." I said, "Well, ask her about it!" The story was about how nobody is asking her about it because it's radioactive. I said, "Ask her about it." That night she was asked about it by Tim Russert, and she flubbed it, she flip-flopped it, she blew it big time in ways that we don't need to recount. On a conference call later the next day, a bunch of Clinton supporters were discussing all this, how to stratergize around it and what to do about it, and according to the Hill newspaper, one of them even said, "Russert should be shot," and then said, "I shouldn't say that on a conference call."

Now, also, in the process of this, folks, we have dealt, perhaps, too soon to say, but we have dealt a damaging, perhaps fatal blow to Governor Eliot Spitzer's plan to give illegals driver's licenses. So we have a twofer there. We have Mrs. Clinton off the highway, the guardrails didn't protect her, she's in the SUV and it's rolling over there. She had to get Clinton out to start defending her. Then, of course, came not tipping the waitresses; then comes the planted questions; then Bill Clinton says boys are ganging up on her here; then Mrs. Clinton had to say that she was a woman and they're attacking her because she's a woman, and she says no, I can handle it, I'm tough, I'm your girl and blah, blah, blah. You know all this. Now we've got this ongoing bleed with the student and planted questions, and the Clinton, Inc., war room today warning Wolf Blitzer that he better not gang up on her, he better not do any personal attack Russert-type questions Thursday night at the debate in Las Vegas, or else. They didn't say or else, but it was a warning.

I speculated earlier that Wolf may want to beg off the debate because who's going to take care of his children, just like these diplomats in the State Department don't want to go to Iraq, because who's going to take care of their children? Wolf, by the way, get a cup. I don't know that Wolf's listening. I know he listens. If he's not listening, somebody tell Wolf to get a cup. I know people at CNN monitor this show. You people at Media Matters, I know you're listening, tell Wolf to get a cup. Well, I could send him one but I don't know if mine would fit him. But nevertheless, let's look at the timing of this, ladies and gentlemen. Here we are shortly before Thanksgiving, and all of this is happening. Up 'til the past three weeks, it has been smooth sailing. Mrs. Clinton is reporting all this marvelous fundraising superiority, magnified, big leads in the polls, wherever you look. Now, all of a sudden, this little slow bleed is happening, and it shows no signs of abating. Now, it could all abate, if she comes out of the box with a bang, big-time performance Thursday night in the debate, then, you know, these things can turn on a dime, and if she comes out and is forceful, answers these questions, then Hillary has weathered the storm. So that's a possibility.

But if that doesn't happen, if the slow bleed continues, we're going to be at Thanksgiving next week, and the news cycle over Thanksgiving, everybody tones it down, you got football games on the weekend, college and pro, families getting together, the whole mess. The news cycle sort of goes slow. Then, right after that, you get into December, and hello holiday time, and it's sort of like August and July. Those are interruptions into what I call normalcy. It's like radio ratings in July and August, you don't pay much attention to them because people are not living their normal lives. Vacations, kids are out of school, same thing in December. Plus, you know, the Drive-Bys are going to be guaranteed to be pounding us with horrible economic news. So the last thing that people are going to remember is this slow bleed of Mrs. Clinton's, unless they can do something to make big news in December, to get rid of this. Then the Hawkeye Cauci, January 3rd, right after the Christmas holidays are over!

So my point is, there's not a whole lot of time to turn this around if it continues, and if she doesn't have a boffo performance on Thursday night. You can talk all you want about Wolf Blitzer, the Clinton, Inc. can warn Wolf Blitzer all they want, but I tell you if her opponents have any gonads, they're not going to have to depend on Wolf Blitzer in order to go after her on some of this stuff. In a normal campaign, that's what would happen. In a normal debate, the moderator is just there to sound the warning bell when your time is over but, if the Breck Girl wants to get into it, roll up the sleeves, same thing with Obama -- you know, talking about Obama turning up the heat, I don't think he's got the personality right now to turn up the heat on a stove. But we'll have to see. We'll just have to watch and see on Thursday night. But the timing of this could not be worse, quote, unquote, for Mrs. Clinton.

Analysis: Timing Is Everything



Prediction: The Comeback Kid-ette
4 posted on 11/14/2007 9:48:37 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“I am sure CNN and Wolf will do their best to make Hillary look good!”

If not he may find himself in Marcy Park with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.


5 posted on 11/14/2007 9:53:25 AM PST by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich" WZ)
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To: COUNTrecount
WOLF WARNED: NO GANGING UP ON HILLARY IN VEGAS! (CNN warned to be gentle)
  Posted by tlb
On News/Activism 11/13/2007 9:53:20 AM CST · 386 replies


Drudge ^ | Nov.13, 2007 | Drudge
CNN's Wolf Blitzer has been warned not to focus Thursday's Dem debate on Hillary. 'This campaign is about issues, not on who we can bring down and destroy,' top Clinton insider explains. 'Blitzer should not go down to the levels of character attack and pull 'a Russert.'' Blitzer is set to moderate debate from Vegas, with questions also being posed by Suzanne Malveaux... Developing.

6 posted on 11/14/2007 9:54:05 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: COUNTrecount

I just want somebody to ask the following question;

‘when did you last have sex with your husband?’

I know, I know, its ‘out of bounds’.

That said, you all have wondered the same thing over the past decade at one point or another, especially after 1998.


7 posted on 11/14/2007 9:55:12 AM PST by Badeye (That Karma thing keeps coming around, eh Sally? (chuckle))
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To: Miss Didi

BTTT


8 posted on 11/14/2007 9:59:30 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: Badeye

Probably not since 1985 or so.


9 posted on 11/14/2007 10:01:42 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: TomGuy

No ganging up on Hillary?

Oh p’shaw! Hillary’s the biggest bully on the playground, and her camp needs to quit playing her as Poor Pitiful Pearl.


10 posted on 11/14/2007 10:01:42 AM PST by hoe_cake
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To: COUNTrecount
Messrs. Obama and Edwards have painted her as a creature of a corrupt corporate culture in Washington who is more concerned about her political standing than she is about principles,

When you're right you're right.

11 posted on 11/14/2007 10:03:23 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: Badeye
Simple answer:

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12 posted on 11/14/2007 10:04:04 AM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: COUNTrecount

Should be interesting. Want to make a buck?:

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13 posted on 11/14/2007 10:04:11 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Since he looked at Chelsea and saw Webb Hubbell looking back.....


14 posted on 11/14/2007 10:05:22 AM PST by Badeye (That Karma thing keeps coming around, eh Sally? (chuckle))
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To: Cobra64

ROTFL! Thanks for posting that.


15 posted on 11/14/2007 10:06:20 AM PST by Badeye (That Karma thing keeps coming around, eh Sally? (chuckle))
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To: Miss Didi

Rush said that just like Andrew Cuomo and Toricelli were taken out by Don Vito Clintoneone, Governor Spitzer must have gotten a phone call.


16 posted on 11/14/2007 10:07:13 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Badeye
How about they ask this question also:

Do you agree with Spitzers reversal on giving Illegal Aliens licences?

Hillary will say that she agreed with the IDEA but ... but ... she did not agree with actually impleminting the the IDEA!

17 posted on 11/14/2007 10:10:10 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: hophead
He has the questions and answers already.
18 posted on 11/14/2007 10:11:40 AM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: Red_Devil 232

No doubt.


19 posted on 11/14/2007 10:12:33 AM PST by Badeye (That Karma thing keeps coming around, eh Sally? (chuckle))
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To: COUNTrecount
Hillary has always been vacant.

Now, that she is required to speak for herself, she is proving how dense she actually is...I love it.

sw

20 posted on 11/14/2007 10:14:38 AM PST by spectre (spectre's wife (It's Illegal immigration, Stupid)
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To: Badeye
For a brief moment, I can sympathize with the old Horndog...what must living with her Highness be like ?
21 posted on 11/14/2007 10:15:51 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: COUNTrecount

Looking for that ‘dead cat bounce’.


22 posted on 11/14/2007 10:15:59 AM PST by Tarpon
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To: COUNTrecount
Of course Hillary will bounce back — the media WANT her to bounce back. So, regardless of her actual performance in the next debate, it will be loudly trumpeted as a magnificent appearance.

Pass the barf bag, please...

23 posted on 11/14/2007 10:16:07 AM PST by DJ Frisat (SPAM: best in the can and in sammiches -- not for use on computers.)
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To: Cobra64

LOL. That photo always cracks me up. It never gets old.


24 posted on 11/14/2007 10:16:24 AM PST by joebuck
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To: COUNTrecount

Very few Democrats actually like clinton, but she still has one thing going for her. Namely,

What are the alternatives?

Obama?

Edwards?

It goes downhill rapidly from there.

Kucinich?

The only other candidate with any credibility is Richardson. But I doubt that he could win. And he carries a lot of baggage, including his habit of pinching and harrassing any women foolish enough to get near him.


25 posted on 11/14/2007 10:16:32 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: COUNTrecount
She's gone into her little hole. That's what happens when you turn on the lights!!

And then the flags fall over. Even Hillary dreamt about karma that night!!

26 posted on 11/14/2007 10:18:23 AM PST by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: Miss Didi
Rush said that just like Andrew Cuomo and Toricelli were taken out by Don Vito Clintoneone, Governor Spitzer must have gotten a phone call.

Let's not forget JFK Jr.

27 posted on 11/14/2007 10:20:31 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

‘For a brief moment, I can sympathize with the old Horndog...what must living with her Highness be like ?’

Not me, she was ugly the day he met her, she was ugly the day they married, she was ugly when he was Governor of Arkansas, she was ugly as First lady.

Nope, I don’t feel sorry for him at all. He picked an ugly woman, both inside and out.


28 posted on 11/14/2007 10:25:06 AM PST by Badeye (That Karma thing keeps coming around, eh Sally? (chuckle))
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To: boomop1

Oh, what the hell was I thinking. They were planted!!!!


29 posted on 11/14/2007 10:25:56 AM PST by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich" WZ)
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To: Badeye
How will more fundraising/money help her to debate better?
30 posted on 11/14/2007 10:36:22 AM PST by Carolinamom (Every day is a gift; be thankful.)
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To: Carolinamom

It won’t. She is what she is, a media creation, same as Ho Ho Dean.


31 posted on 11/14/2007 10:37:51 AM PST by Badeye (That Karma thing keeps coming around, eh Sally? (chuckle))
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To: Badeye
"Though her face is ugly and her eyes don't match,
Take it from me, she's a better catch."
--Jimmy Soul
32 posted on 11/14/2007 10:39:04 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: All
I have pseudo-blogged this ghastly parody of a woman, until I was blue in the face- click the picture and scroll back, for more than you ever wanted to know about Falling Flags, Huma, Plants & Shills, Stiffing Waitresses, "Hillary Hears a Hsu," Hillary's Thesis ( a screed penned by an idiot, and written for morons... ), and so very much more:


33 posted on 11/14/2007 10:44:59 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: COUNTrecount

This week’s edition of “No, No Bubbette!”


34 posted on 11/14/2007 10:49:42 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Wolf will ask Hillary the REAL tough questions:

(1) Hillary, how do you like the weather here?

(2) Do you like your hotel room?

(3) How was room service?

(4) Boxers or briefs-—er, ah, I mean-—strapless or Cross-Your-Heart type?


35 posted on 11/14/2007 10:58:55 AM PST by Liz (Rooty's not getting my guns or the name of my hairdresser.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“Reporters who have covered the hyper-vigilant [Clinton presidential] campaign say that no detail or editorial spin is too minor to draw a rebuke. Even seasoned political journalists describe reporting on Hillary as a torturous experience... [and] recount excruciating battles to secure basic facts. Innocent queries are met with deep suspicion. Only surgically precise questioning yields relevant answers. Hillary’s aides don’t hesitate to use access as a blunt instrument, as when they killed off a negative GQ story on the campaign by threatening to stop cooperating with a separate Bill Clinton story the magazine had in the works. Reporters’ jabs and errors are long remembered, and no hour is too odd for an angry phone call. Clinton aides are especially swift to bypass reporters and complain to top editors” — senior editor Michael Crowley, writing in the New Republic.


36 posted on 11/14/2007 11:02:31 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: Liz

>>But while they’re attacking Hillary, she’s attacking the problems facing America.<<

Hillary’s “problems facing America” :

Tim Russert

Any media person who says anything negative about her

Clinton’s ex-White House staff

The young lady who told the truth about asking a planted question

etc. etc.


37 posted on 11/14/2007 11:46:45 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Illegals: representation without taxation--Citizens: taxation without representation)
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To: COUNTrecount

If Hitlery perceives her campaign as being on the end of an attack look out....anything negative in her opponents past will hit the news with a big splash. Mark my words. She plays tough.


38 posted on 11/14/2007 11:48:48 AM PST by vigilence
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To: COUNTrecount

Bill Clinton asked a doctor for advice. He said he thought Hillary was trying to poison him and what he should do about it.

The doctor replied, “I’d take the poison.”


39 posted on 11/14/2007 12:37:06 PM PST by rfreedom4u (My Freedom of speech trumps your feelings!)
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To: COUNTrecount
Click to enlarge.
40 posted on 11/14/2007 2:44:47 PM PST by RedWireNut
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To: COUNTrecount

She’s gonna choke! She can’t handle it. The Witch is going to have a meltdown.


41 posted on 11/14/2007 2:47:09 PM PST by avacado
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To: Liz
(4) Boxers or briefs...?

BRIEFS:


42 posted on 11/14/2007 2:56:13 PM PST by quark
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To: Prokopton
Obama: "When it takes two weeks and six different positions to answer one question on immigration, it’s easier to understand why the Clinton campaign would rather plant their questions than answer them."

Touche!


43 posted on 11/14/2007 7:05:11 PM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Illegals: representation without taxation--Citizens: taxation without representation)
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To: COUNTrecount

These stories are ridiculous. Bounce back from what? She’s still at 43%. Obama and Edwards are at 20% or less. Clinton is going to be the nominee, and the media attempting to create an illusion that it’ll be close just isn’t working. We need to continue focusing, as we have been, on a race between our nominee and Clinton. The best we can hope for, given that she’s the Democrat who polls the worst out of the sorry lot of them.


44 posted on 11/14/2007 9:02:19 PM PST by COgamer
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To: COUNTrecount

45 posted on 11/15/2007 7:45:36 AM PST by Grampa Dave (("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007))
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