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Clinton Pins '08 Hopes on Texas Rebound ^

Posted on 02/13/2008 12:56:53 PM PST by traumer

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Trying to overcome a string of losses and a staff shake-up, Hillary Rodham Clinton sought new energy Tuesday night from a boisterous crowd of about 12,000 in a state she hopes will provide a rebound in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Clinton, whose rallies had been overshadowed by rival Barack Obama's huge crowds, arrived at the packed University of Texas at El Paso basketball arena as voters were giving Obama victories in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

But her sights were set on the March 4 Texas and Ohio primaries and on President Bush.

"I'm tested, I'm ready, let's make it happen," she yelled to cheering supporters.

She slipped into a "you all" and criticized Bush, the former Texas governor.

"There's a great saying in Texas," she said, "all hat and no cattle. Well after seven years of George Bush, we need a lot less hat and lot more cattle."

Clinton did not mention Tuesday's results, but there were lingering signs of the disquiet in her campaign.

Her deputy campaign manager resigned Tuesday, the latest departure in a staff shake-up follows string of losses to Barack Obama.

In an e-mail message to staffers, Mike Henry said he was stepping down to allow campaign manager Maggie Williams to build her own team. Williams replaced Patti Solis Doyle during the weekend. Solis Doyle had recruited Henry to join the campaign last year.

"Out of respect for Maggie and her new leadership team, I thought it was the best thing to do," Henry wrote. "As someone who has managed campaigns, I share the unique understanding of the challenges that the campaign will face over the next several weeks. Our campaign needs to move quickly to build a new leadership team, support them and their decisions and make the necessary adjustments to achieve the winning outcome for which we have all worked so hard for over a year now."

It was unclear whether Henry was forced out.

Obama continued to rack up wins Tuesday, beating Clinton by a nearly 2-to-1 margin in Virginia and also winning easily in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Henry was the campaign's main field architect and was best known for writing a memo in the spring urging Clinton not to compete in Iowa, "our consistently weakest state." The memo was leaked to the news media, which embarrassed Clinton as she was beginning to build an organization in Iowa.

Clinton placed third in Iowa, behind Obama and John Edwards, who has since left the race. Her campaign has struggled since then.

Guy Cecil, another top field strategist, was expected to succeed Henry.

Clinton did not spend much time or money in the Potomac River region. She canceled a tentative event in the Washington area as voting was under way Tuesday.

Instead, she spent about an hour in a makeshift television studio in her Arlington, Va., national headquarters conducting interviews via satellite with 10 television stations in Texas, Ohio and Wisconsin.

She made it clear that the March 4 primaries in Ohio and Texas were crucial milestones in her campaign.

"Ohio is really going to count in determining who our Democratic nominee is going to be," she told WCPO in Cincinnati. She reminded Texans that her first job in politics was for the Democratic Party in 1972 registering Hispanic voters in South Texas. "I still have friends from those experiences," she said.

Clinton also planned to campaign in Wisconsin, which holds its primary on Feb. 19. But she told one interviewer in Milwaukee that the race there was "an uphill challenge."

"I'm the underdog candidate in that race," she said.

She is airing television ads statewide in Ohio and Texas. She also is placing Spanish language ads in Texas. On Tuesday she also began airing ads in Wisconsin. She planned to go to Ohio late Wednesday and then to Wisconsin on Saturday.

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To: samtheman

I hate to be the guy who raises horrible possibilities because Cassandras always get the worst of it, but ever think that she might get the VP slot?

I mention it because the front-runner is very close to her philosophically, they’ve both been friends in the Senate, and both have been well known to be vicious, merciless, and honorless political creatures.

Let’s both hope, though, that McCain passes her over for the VP slot.

61 posted on 02/13/2008 2:26:57 PM PST by Republicanus_Tyrannus
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To: TexasNative2000
Blacker than night were the eyes of Feleena Wicked and evil while casting her spell My love was deep for this Mexican maiden I was in love, but in vain I could tell One night a wild young cowboy came in Wild as the West Texas wind Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing With wicked Feleena, the girl that I loved So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden Down went his hand for the gun that he wore My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor
62 posted on 02/13/2008 2:27:41 PM PST by traumer
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To: Republicanus_Tyrannus

In my opinion, if Hillary gets the nomination she almost certainly has to choose Obama, since she’d piss off too many of his supporters if she didn’t. And he would take it. He’s young enough for VP to be good advancement for him.

But if Obama wins, I don’t think he would want her, I’m not sure she would want the VP slot, and I’m pretty sure that she wouldn’t help him on the ticket. The dynamic will be way different if Obama is the winner. I think he’s going to want a white or Hispanic male on the ticket with him, and if he chooses a white male then it has to be an actual male, which leaves out Little Miss Prissy Edwards.

Maybe that fool Clark. Obama is just enough of a fool to like him.

Or that dingleberry Richardson. Obama is just enough of a clown to see gravitas in Richardson.

63 posted on 02/13/2008 2:58:59 PM PST by samtheman (McCain: Not as good as a real Republican, not as bad as a real Democrat.)
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To: samtheman
"Obama is just enough of a clown to see gravitas in Richardson."

I had a rather complex joke contrasting actual greatness & gravitas versus plain old gravity & gravy, but I started laughing too hard.
See, 'cause Richardson is really, really fat.

damn it I can't stop laughing.

64 posted on 02/13/2008 3:11:38 PM PST by Republicanus_Tyrannus
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To: nomorelurker
bill does it too and gives the thumbs up sign. They are phonies and this is just another example of them trying to appear that they have real friends everywhere.
65 posted on 02/13/2008 3:15:14 PM PST by Ditter
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To: b4its2late

You mean you have never heard of Sheila Jackson-Lee?
She is the epitomy of Liberal-Democrap..... (Houston)

66 posted on 02/13/2008 3:24:32 PM PST by TexConfederate1861
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To: b4its2late

You mean you have never heard of Sheila Jackson-Lee?
She is the epitomy of Liberal-Democrap..... (Houston)

67 posted on 02/13/2008 3:24:48 PM PST by TexConfederate1861
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To: All

Our cattle are offended Hillary mentined them by name. Cattle have lined up outside every Texas town and city to keep her out.

68 posted on 02/13/2008 3:35:25 PM PST by Marcella (Will work in my rose garden (with wine) and not listen to McCain.)
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To: All
Click the picture, and scroll back:

69 posted on 02/13/2008 4:04:35 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: Ditter
Far be it from me to defend Bill Clinton on anything, but I have read or heard that one of his personal “strengths” is to remember people, faces and phone numbers from years past.

Read and an anecdote from the White House years where they needed to contact someone in Arkansas from years past. He said wonder if the number still works and dialed it up, number was good. IIRC the number was 7-10 years old.

And no I can’t post anything to back that up. But one of their problems may be that Hillary is playing Bill’s game plan without being Bill.

70 posted on 02/13/2008 5:33:36 PM PST by nomorelurker (keep flogging them till morale improves)
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