Skip to comments.Clinton aides hint that now things'll get nasty
Posted on 01/04/2008 9:44:42 AM PST by COUNTrecount
While you were sleeping, the chartered jet of the third-place finisher in the Iowa Democratic caucus winged its way from Des Moines to Manchester, N.H. And it sounds like some decisions were made on that plane that may alter the course of that party's presidential race.
At her concession speech in Des Moines on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton was all gracious and determined and smiling. But hours later on that flight someone named Mark Penn, who happens to be her chief political strategist, ominously told a gaggle of reporters, including The Times' Peter Nicholas, that the campaign's focus needs to shift now onto, you might have guessed, someone named Barack Obama.
The Illinois senator happens to be the first-place finisher in those same caucuses and now Clinton, once the inevitable Democratic nominee, is playing catch-up. Things could get nasty with some pretty sharp media contrasts made in coming days, it would seem. "This has been very much a referendum on her,'' said Penn. "And people will take a harder look at the choice and the kind of president who will be needed in these times.''
Penn hinted that the Clinton campaign may be poised to mount a more aggressive campaign in New Hampshire than in Iowa. "Time and again in the Democratic primaries," he said, ...
... "you've seen people latch onto the new, seemingly fresh candidate only to then take a sobering look at the choice they have when it comes down to the end of it. I think you're going to see that again.''
He claimed that Obama's record is comparatively unexplored he suggested the news media should ask itself about taking a closer look at Obama's history. "Does everyone know everything they need to know about Barack Obama?'' Penn asked. "That's a decision you're going to make
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Yeah, we knows things are going to get ugly.
Memo to Obama: Don’t go near Ft. Marcy Park.
“Clinton aides suggest things will now get nasty”....Was there any doubt?
It'll be interesting to see if their media rump-swabs man the fort or cut and run.
Penn better beware of that childhood taunt, I am rubber and you are glue, everything you say bounces off me and STINKS on you!
Gee, I didn’t see this coming. Hillary get nasty? Surely you jest!
Penn is still on the payroll this AM?!!!
When is the next Democrat debate? I imagine Hillary will be on a hair-trigger there.
I can’t wait!
It's now or never for Hill to sling that dirt. You go, girl !!!
All those folks need to be updating their resumes.
At her “concession” speech, I didn’t hear her say the usual thank-you’s to her husband, daughter, or anyone else standing behind her. Incredible!
I can’t believe that Hillary’s bunch would make such a dreadful political blunder. The cheery Obama, with his secret weapon, Oprah, running interference, will make Hillary look like the vindictive old-style politician that she is. And that will be the kiss of death to the new demographic that is turning out for Obama.
All that Kum-Bah-Yah nonsense is about to thrown out the window of Hillary’s private jet...
HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A CLINTON SCORNED
We need a few headlines as per
“Hillary Clinton campaign promises to be Vicious”
Nothing like reinforcing negative perceptions.
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