Pam Spaulding

The Clinton campaign - is it circling the drain?

Filed By Pam Spaulding | January 07, 2008 1:30 PM | comments

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Tags: Bill Clinton, election 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Iowa, New Hampshire, primaries, South Carolina, Super Tuesday

She's got a big war chest, but it sounds like there is panic setting in Camp Hillary about South Carolina at this point -- the anonymous staffers are whispering. (The Politico):

“It’s still possible to win or take a close second in New Hampshire, but if the turnout even begins to mirror what happened in Iowa, all bets are off,” said a Clinton adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The adviser added that the campaign has come to accept another reality of the early process, which is that African-American voters are convinced that Obama is viable and shifting rapidly in his direction.

We’re going to lose South Carolina,” he said.

Clinton officials have urged reporters to think ahead to Feb. 5, Super Tuesday, when she expects to do well in New York, California, New Jersey and Arkansas.

However, a loss in New Hampshire, coupled with Obama’s presumed strength in South Carolina, could leave Clinton without a safe harbor to catch her breath before Feb. 5. Her aides also are pessimistic about winning the support of the powerful Culinary Workers union in Nevada — a crucial force in the state’s Jan. 19 caucuses — which has said it will announce its endorsement the day after the New Hampshire primary.

Now most campaigns would have heads roll after two losses by the long-presumed nominee of the party, but that would require Clinton to admit someone/some people screwed up royally, so if she loses New Hampshire, would this overconfident crowd actually can someone. It doesn't look like it -- they'll just add to the bloated payroll and more retread cooks will be in the kitchen.

New faces would be the easiest way to turn the page, but Clinton’s senior team has been with her for years, and it’s not her style to throw someone overboard. One potential solution: Add some trusted officials to the team, perhaps former Clinton administration officials who have credibility with the press and the campaigns’ key donors and surrogates.

And this is just plain sad (they've been discussing this all morning on MSNBC):

The soft sell: Besides challenging the beef behind Obama's rhetoric, the campaign also is trying its best to soften Clinton up. She gave an interview to Access Hollywood, in which she did a girl talk of sorts. Among the things one learns: On a Saturday night when she has some free time, she likes to do some "kind of cleaning activity. I find cleaning closets and drawers to be extremely gratifying because you know there is a beginning, a middle and an end. Unlike a lot of what I do which seems to be much more long term." In the interview, Clinton also admits to being a "Dancing with the Stars" viewer (but only because her mother loves it). Meanwhile, Bill Clinton seemed to express frustration last night at the need to his wife's image.

Per NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli, Clinton said: “We can’t be a new story, I’m sorry. I can’t make her younger, taller, male.”

Wow. This is embarrassing.

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I hate to say this but Hillary is not Bill I could loath Bill on issues but at the end of the day feel like he and I could go grab some burgers and beers and be friends.With Hillary its you love her or hate her type of thing me the only way right now id vote for her is if Ron Paul or Mike Huckabee got the nod to be GOP nominee Even then I just might toss my vote to who ever the Libertarians have on the ballot!
But to be serious if Febuary ends and she hasnt won big she can toss her camopaign down to experience.

To be fair, I think everyone has been blindsided by Obama actually delivering the youth vote. Every candidate back to George McGovern (hell, back to Gene McCarthy) has been promising that they will win on the back of an avalanche of youth voters. Ms. Clinton was understandably skeptical when Obama announced that this was going to be his strategy, too.

But then he actually did it.

Her post-caucus response has not been great. She should be attacking Obama on the issues, she should be trying to expose a lot of what he's promising as empty talk--there's evidence that it very well might be. Right now, Barack Obama is a Rorschach test of sorts, to use a old meme about him. She should be forcing him to be specific, and using her vast knowledge of policy against him.

but I don't think it's fair to call her pathetic. What happened in Iowa is actually, without exaggeration, unprecedented. I wanted Feingold to run, and I probably still lean toward Edwards, but you have to respect the campaign work done by Obama.

i have to admit while i didn't vote for Bill..
(i voted Green that year) Bill has this kind of
Evil Genius appeal.. He has the kind of magnetism that will suck you in and have you agreeing with on all kinds of things....

Hill-Dog Doesn't have it.
All she has is an Average IQ and an agenda she isn't good at hiding...

Take care

Personally, I think New Hampshire could prove "make or break" for Hillary. While Bill lost Iowa and NH but still went on to win, the youth vote was nowhere near the factor it seems to be in this election. If young voters continue to come out in favor of Obama in the kind of numbers we're seeing thus far, I don't think there's any stopping him.