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Bloviating Zeppelin: Hillary In Trouble

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(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hillary In Trouble

According to Dick Morris in his newsletter:

Hillary and Bill have made an unpleasant discovery over the past three months: Without the ability to pass out coveted goodies, like over-nights in the Lincoln Bedroom, invitations to White House coffees and state dinners, trips on Air Force One, weekends at Camp David, lucrative government contracts, top appointments, and the power to sign or veto legislation, their ability to raise money is far less than it once was.

That’s one of the key reasons why Hillary came in second in fund-raising for the first quarter. For years, people have wondered whether the Clinton money machine was based on ideology and personal loyalty, or just the plethora of presidential perks at Bill’s disposal. The first quarter results give a resounding answer: It’s the perks, stupid.

Coming from nowhere, without any strong pre-existing donor base, Senator Barack Obama’s sensational showing in the first quarter — amassing $25 million in campaign contributions — has left the Clintons sputtering. And his astonishing bottom line is only part of his surprise upset in beating Hillary. While she narrowly edged out the new kid on the political block in the total amount raised, Obama outscored Hillary 2:1 where it really counts: the number of individual donors. This is a big win for Obama and demonstrates both the depth of support for an attractive alternative to Hillary, as well as the finely tuned organizing skills of the first term senator. also recently held a straw poll, and the results were displayed in The Hill. Witness:

What candidate 'would be best able to lead the country out of Iraq?'

  • Obama: 27.87%
  • Edwards: 24.84%
  • Kucinich: 17.18
  • Richardson: 12.26%
  • Clinton: 10.7%

Oh. Ouch. That really hurts.

The question in the Camp of Hillary Handlers: when do we pull out our own Night Of The Long Knives, and how deep do we go in attempting to inflict wounds on Obama? Do we make them superficial? Sufficient to require transfusion? Mortal?

Obama recently on Letterman: considering Hillary for VP. Yeah right, as if . . .



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shitlary as VP to osamabama? Can you say Vince Foster, die young leave a good looking corpse?

Thu Apr 12, 01:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

WMD: I like it, I like it!


Thu Apr 12, 03:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dionne said...

It wasn't that long ago that Dick Morris was saying that Obama wasn't even that real of a threat.

A friend of mine who is very connected politically brought up that even though Edwards can't win he could take enough votes away from Hillary to give the nomination to Obama. I actually hope that doesn't happen because I view Obama as a bigger threat to Republicans.

Also, the poll doesn't mean much but it doesn't surprise me at all. A friend of mine's very liberal husband doesn't think Hillary is liberal enough. He refuses to vote for her under any circumstances and will vote for Nader if she gets the nomination. Once again illustrating why I think Hillary will be less of a threat. Enough Dems and even Independents already hate her and won't vote for her.

Thu Apr 12, 03:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

LMC: yes, but can't you imagine the open jaws and resulting political drool from the Camp Hillary? I'd kinda like ta be a Fly On The Wall these days. . .


Thu Apr 12, 03:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Hillary is, indeed, not a money winner. What she is, however, is vicious... clueless, but vicious. Of all the people running she is the #1 most power-hungry of the lot, and she is used to orchestrating campaigns to bring down anyone she sees as a threat... from the State House to the White House, she ravaged anyone that tried to steal the wind from her sails. And as married to 'the first black president' she can, indeed, go after Obama as the juxtaposition of trying to decry a *woman* seeking her way against a *black* seeking his, will tie the MSM in knots. By being unable to figure out who to undermine and who to endorse and which makes them look *least* bad, we will probably see some of the most under-reporting of anything that has ever gone on in the Democratic party for decades.

Obama can run on 'principle' as that is *all* he has going from him as a Kansan-Hawaiian. His State House record is, basically, voting 'Present'. His ability to figure his way out of a paper bag is non-existent. He was supported by the old Chicago Machine and *it* will have to decide between him and Hillary... who do you PO most if you help either one? Obama wishes to remain a cypher for long months and right through the primaries... and with so much front-loading he just might be able to do that past January 2008.

Unless Hillary is *behind* him in the polls in December 2007... then the sharks will, indeed, come cruising.

Mr. No One v. Mrs. Vicious.

Expect the MSM to target the Republicans and ignore the Democrats until the blood is out of the water mid-spring next year. Because in a feeding frenzy, they will lose limbs. They want to be 'safe' to champion someone and annoint them by May 2008.

Popcorn, anyone?

Fri Apr 13, 04:58:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" They want to be 'safe' to champion someone and annoint them by May 2008."

They will have to do it by Mar since roughly half of the electoral votes will be decided by then in all the primaries they moved up.

Fri Apr 13, 06:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AJ: powermongering vs. a Pretty Boy with a nice book? Won't it be interesting to see how it all plays out? Night of the Long Knives, indeed!

WMD: yep. Fornicalia moved up so everyone else wants to as well. Our primaries and presidential elections will never be the same again.


Fri Apr 13, 06:42:00 AM PDT  

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