Hillary Clinton

Mark Penn And The Juno Fallacy
February 11, 2008

I dialed into that Clinton conference call this afternoon and was left absolutely speechless by some of the things Mark Penn said. For example, he argued that we should disregard polls showing Obama doing better than Hillary against McCain. That's fine--I don't actually put much stock in polls about hypothetical matchups. But Penn was making a much more ambitious point--arguing, essentially, that polls are unreliable in general. He cited several data points: Polls showed John Kerry winning against George W.

We Create Our Own Reality, Too
February 11, 2008

Perhaps it shouldn't come as a great surprise that the candidate who threw herself a big victory party in Florida for a race that didn't count would studiously ignore accumulating losses in races that do count. Matt Yglesias notes: I wanted to see what, if any, reaction Hillary Clinton's campaign had up on their website to her loss in Maine, but it seems they're ignoring it. Also Louisiana. And Washington. And Nebraska. And of course the US Virgin Islands.

Is Hawaii Really Obama Country?
February 08, 2008

                    Barack Obama will probably win Hawaii on February 19. He does have a "home state" advantage and an organizational edge, since the state has a caucus. But here's something to ponder: almost 60% of Hawaiians are Asian Americans--as Isaac pointed out, by far the most anti-Obama demographic in the United States in the primaries thus far.

Raucous Caucus
February 07, 2008

February 1: I email Barack Obama's Colorado campaign site, asking for information on which caucus I should attend. Although I write a syndicated column that often deals with presidential politics, I’ve never been to a caucus, or for that matter participated in a political campaign. And my lifetime financial contributions to politicians consist of writing a $50 check to John Kerry in the summer of 2004. But I’ve taken a liking to Obama, and have decided I should overcome my natural inertia and at least go to the caucus.

Mcauliffe, The Master Of Spin
February 07, 2008

Referring to Hillary's self-loan, the Macker's parting words to the big-time money raisers on the call were: "Hillary Clinton stepped up for us, and now we need to step up for her." Not bad. This approach strives to make Hillary seem both noble and committed, yet vulnerable and in need of our support. This is how people like her best. --Michelle Cottle

All That She Wants
February 07, 2008

Now that it's clear that John McCain will be the Republican presidential candidate, my sense is that many Democrats will be making themselves comfortable with him just in case Hillary Clinton gets the nomination. The fact is that she discomforts almost everyone who does not support her, and many who do. She is so brittle, so calculating, so self-besot, so small that you get a half-apology even from her earnest backers. The truth is that she is sometimes--although less and less--grudgingly admired. But she is not loved. Which is what she wants most of all.

Hillary's Money
February 07, 2008

Everybody knows by now that Hillary Clinton had loaned her campaign $5 million: "I loaned the campaign $5 million from my money," she said more than a bit defensively.  And then she went on to insist, "That's where I got the money."  Of course, she got the money from her husband's blah-blah in Dubai.So why did she need the money?  Although "we had a great month fundraising in January," in fact, "broke all records," Obama beat her by more than 2 to 1, much more than that margin. The fact is that, if she doesn't have cash to put TV ads on in Ohio and Texas, she will be toast. Hers has been up to

About That Clinton Cash
February 06, 2008

The news that Hillary Clinton lent her campaign money is a surprise, but let's keep this in perspective: The Clintons have raised money from shocking sources before. If you're following the Clinton loan story--or just intrigued by the phrases "selling nonexistent coffee beans to Fidel Castro," "fleeing to Canada with a dead man's identity," and "Fabio's manager"--it's probably worth ogling this Clinton donor refresher.  --Barron YoungSmith

"i Know You Are, But What Am I?"
February 06, 2008

Sometimes, imitation is just the sincerest form of lameness, and Clinton adviser Mark Penn's effort to brand Barack Obama the "establishment" candidate is one of those occasions. As Mike reported, in a conference call this morning, Penn referred to Obama's "establishment campaign of big endorsements, money, and Super Bowl ads." But, of course, Obama's endorsements have appeared to be born more of love than of tribute (in contrast to Clinton's earlier-in-the-process hoard) and his money has come from smaller donors than Clinton's. The Super Bowl ad?

Tnr Primary: Judith Shulevitz
February 06, 2008

In the newest issue of the magazine, fourteen eggheads and eminences wrote short essays announcing whom they'd be voting for and why. We'll be unveiling these responses on The Plank throughout the next two weeks. This is what Judith Shulevitz, a critic, had to say: My head says Obama, but my heart wants Clinton. I trust Hillary Clinton in my kishkes. I have the feeling I can count on her, the way I counted on a trustee in the town where I used to live.