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Posted on 02/12/2008 7:56:18 PM PST by doug from upland
Hillary on the Offensive February 12, 2008 8:44 AM
So what will these next three weeks look like, until we hit the March 4 primaries in Ohio and Texas where Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, is looking for a win?
They could get pretty tough, if last night's candidate interviews on WJLA, ABC's Washington DC affiliate, are any guide.
You can watch them in full HERE. Or you can see our Good Morning America report from this a.m. on the interviews HERE.
"I have been vetted, I have been through this," she said. "I understand exactly what is coming at me .I don't think we can say that about my opponent."
She added, "somebody told me that Sen. Obama has never had a negative ad run against him. Well, get ready because if he is elected the nominee we will see a lot of that."
(Of course, Clinton herself ran a negative ad against Obama in South Carolina. A negative radio ad. Remember?)
Clinton also went after Obama on some watered-down legislation, saying he "has some questions to answer about his dealings with one of his largest contributors, Excellon, a big nuclear power company. Apparently he cut some deals behind closed doors to protect them from full disclosure in the nuclear industry."
(There's more on that controversy HERE, though it's worth pointing out that Clinton co-sponsored and supported the bill she's hammering Obama for having corrupted on behalf of his donors.)
Saying the media is unfair, she invoked Rezko yet again, saying she wouldn't release her tax returns until and unless she's the nominee. "Our financial situation has been more investigated than anyone who's ever been in public life in America. We still don't have a lot of answers about Senator Obama and his dealings with Mr. Reckon." So I don't have a problem with it, but it's only fair we have questions going to the other side as well and I don't see that happening."
She implied he had empty rhetoric. "You never hear the specifics," she said, "it's all this abstract general talk about how we need to get along."
She called him weak on health care. "Universal health care is a fight worth having," she asserted. "Senator Obama has decided it isn't. He won't present a plan for universal healthcare, it's a big difference between he and I."
Obama in his interview was more restrained, though he did take a moment to push back on the idea that he hasn't been vetted -- and compared the Clinton machine to the proverbial Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
"The notion that somehow the Clintons have coddled me and the Republicans are these big, bad folks who have different operation than the Clintons do, I think is just not the case," he said.
What say you?
Posted by: Eric | Feb 12, 2008 12:12:01 PM
I was a big Obama supporter. So big in fact that I volunteered to go out and campaign for him door to door. In the training, you know what they taught us? To avoid the issues. When pressed on Obama’s stance on taxes, or the economy, we weren’t supposed to state specifics, but rather how Obama makes us feel. We were taught to emotionalize it. At that moment I felt like the fog had lifted and realized that I had been sucked in by a snake oil salesman. His campaign is smoke and mirrors. While I looked around to see if any of my classmates had realized the same I noticed they were all blindly nodding. Content to push on ahead as part of this phenomenon that has become Obama.
I think I just got a glimpse of what the next three weeks will be like. Ever since Hillary fired her staff, the shriek in her voice has come back. Not going to be pretty.
Which brings me to the conclusion that the Hispanics are a tad pissy about Hildabeast's campaign manager resigning (...err being fired) from her campaign.
With the way things are in Texas — McCain way out in front and the Donks split so evenly — if one had the knowledge and skill to put together a 527 to run TV ads urging “independents” to vote in the Democrat primary against Hillary — Hillary’s (political) coffin could be nailed shut on 3/4.
If she goes negative she’ll just lose that much faster. People don’t like her, and going negative on someone with a positive message isn’t going to work.
Shouldn’t that be “Hillary on the Defensive”?
I could never vote for anyone who doesn't know when to use the subject form and when to use the object form of a pronoun. Note to the "Smartest Woman in America":
A pronoun that is the object of a preposition should be in the objective case. Thus, BETWEEN HIM AND ME.
Article counters this "falsehood" with.... praising Obama’s overall perfection and noble poise as well as with refusing to go into any details of his “plans”. Nice. They call it reporting over there.
Naw, she’s always been offensive.
You are right. Susan Page was on C-SPAN the other day claiming that hillary clinton had already been vetted. A Republican caller quickly dispelled that laughable notion, as well as another--that she has commander-in-chief experience. Page was pathetic.TomGuy to arasina, March 19, 2005:
The way MSM whitewashed Kerry, they will put inches of impenetrable shellac on Hillary's history. The way they already fawn over anything Clinton is sickening even now. [And the Bush family fawning isn't helping any.] With her tell-all book last year, she can say 'that has already been vetted' whenever any questions might arise. But who in the media would ever ask a difficult question of her? None have so far. And most of her interviews are pre-scripted or she receives the questions in advance anway.TomGuy to Pete, October 17, 2006
My guess is that the Hillary 2008 campaign has a whole schedule put together moving into 2007 to deal with this type of stuff in preparation for the presidential campaign.
Her response will be: 'That has already been vetted when my book was released [period].'
And the MSM will let her slide by.
Class of 1985.
“Hillary on the Offensive” should read “Hillary IS offensive.
Hillary is always offensive.
Is there bad blood between you and Obama?
“We were taught to emotionalize it. At that moment I felt like the fog had lifted and realized that I had been sucked in by a snake oil salesman. His campaign is smoke and mirrors.”
I though Hillary IS the offensive.
If she’s on the offensive, she’s charging off a cliff.
Getting rid of her Latina (and also very cute) campaign manager will come back to bite Hillary in her prodigious butt. It’s just another in the series of spiteful and racially charged screwups Billary have made, and it all comes down to their arrogant feeling of entitlement, this elections was “supposed to be theirs”.
Throwing ashtrays at Bill again? What did he do now?
Check out this statement by Gov Ed Rendell of PA...Rendell: Race factor could hurt Obama
The Democrats have been exposed as racists by the Clintons and their supporters. Some like Kennedy who endorsed Obama knew early on that this exposure could hurt the Democrats. Even Pelosi is toying with the idea of supporting Obama.
Wonder if the Blacks and Hispanics who recognized the racists for what they are will catch on to the fact that they are now voting for a communist --> Obama.
Did you see DUmmie Funnies today?
Most of america has spoken. Step aside Hillary. Everyone knows you’re a fraud.
That leaves only one outcome and one that will horrific-are we ready for this
exactly... even my 7-year old son knows this... if he gets confuse, he's learned to check himself... would he say "between us" or "between we?" "between we" hurts his ears...
I understand exactly what is coming at meOh really?
It already came at you.
It already ran you over.
You're already flat on your back looking up at the sky.
May this great nation, which suffered through eight years of defiling the White House, through assaults, through lies, through intimidation of witnesses, through obfuscation, through the sale of technology to our enemy, through staining the Great Seal and a blue dress, through the cigar games, and through an utter embarrassment that fooled so many Americans and much of the world, finally be rid of these two trailer trash grifters from Arkansas. Clintons, just go the hell away! The damage you have done to this country is incalculable.
And if... you don't believe it?
Just check Hillary's... hand bag!
May this Tuesday afternoon be the Tuesday afternoon that is recognized as her demise. May the figurative stake finally be put into the vampire’s heart. This Tuesday Afternoon is memorialized in song - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1969345/posts
What say you?
I say, I think he understands what the lying clintons really are.
Woah jdm! You scared me there brother. I thought those were your thoughts. Whew!
Hillary IS offensive.
You support the beast?
I wonder if Hillary will endorse McCain when Oh Black Obama beats her for the nomination?
Ohio has abount 25% black population in the Demorat counties which are a small number of counties but large in population. (Most Ohio counties have few Demorats and fewer blacks). She will get beat in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Toledo Youngstown and Akron are union Demorat towns. She will split the vote there. Columbus has party regulars.
And, the Hispanics here are far fewer and less participatory here then they are in the Western states. Gov Strickland’s endorsement means nada.
I predict she will have as much trouble in Ohio as she will in Tx.
On TV this morning, whenever the talking heads discussed the democRats, they discussed skin color and sex (blacks, Latinos, Women, etc.). Whenever they discussed Republicans, they discussed ideas (conservatism, faith, economics, terrorism)). A good Republican candidate can make this distinction and can also get elected.
Latest Ohio poll I saw has her up 56-39.
Some talk show host called Hillary "the Tonya Harding of Politics"!!! LOL!
Clinton also went after Obama on some watered-down legislation, saying he "has some questions to answer about his dealings with one of his largest contributors, Excellon, a big nuclear power company
That would be Exelon, not Excellon.
"Our financial situation has been more investigated than anyone who's ever been in public life in America. We still don't have a lot of answers about Senator Obama and his dealings with Mr. Reckon."
That would be Tony Rezko.
Its' already stale.
It does however show trend. Obama has gone from 19 to 39 in a month.
Yea, I saw that Survey USA poll. Puzzling how only 35% of their sample was likely to vote in the primary. I wouldn’t count on that being the outcome in Ohio with the momentum at hand.
Let's see. She's a big name politician only because she latched herself like a parasite to a talented (and corrupt) male politician. She looked the other way when he committed adultery so she could stay attached to him and ride his name into upper levels of politics.
She was placed in charge (by her husband) of nationalizing our health care system. She drafted her plan in secret because she couldn't tolerate criticism. When her program was unveiled, it was so unpopular that it was soundly rejected and was instrumental in the GOP taking control of Congress in 1994.
She decided she wanted to run for the Senate in 2000, but since only the most flamingly liberal states would even consider electing her, she had to relocate to New York. Her cronies on the Democratic National Committee then intimidated other candidates into not running for the seat (which was open, due to Moynihan's retirement). She lucked out and got a weak opponent, and even then she had to pull the "but I'm a girl" stuff to win the election.
She's been in the Senate for almost eight years and no one can think of a single accomplishment. She spends all of her time posturing and avoiding debate.
She avoids any news show where she might be asked any tough questions. Which is saying something because it's rare for any news show to ask a Democrat a tough question in the first place.
She's spent the past several years using Slick Willie as a tool (pun intended) to guarantee that the undemocratic "super delegates" to the Democrat convention are mostly her cronies, so that she has a shot at winning the nomination even if Obama wins both more votes and more delegates.
And even with all this favoritism and red carpet treatment, and with her well-timed crying schtick the night before the New Hampshire primary, she's still struggling against an inexperienced guy who's just an empty suit and is popular because he can give a good speech (pre-written, of course).
Yet, to hear Hillary talk, you'd think she was the most attractive, experienced, and well-rounded candidate in our history. Her ego knows no bounds.
Have a peasant bring me my crown!