Hillary Clinton

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.

Who Won Super Tuesday?
February 06, 2008

It’s hard to say, but if you put a gun in my head, I’d say John McCain and (very slightly) Hillary Clinton, but the elections revealed weaknesses in McCain and in both of the leading Democratic candidates. McCain blunted Mitt Romney’s challenge, but he failed consistently to win over conservative voters. Hillary Clinton won the big states she had to win, and arrested Barack Obama’s momentum, but she is going to have problems with white male voters. Obama is having trouble with white working-class voters and Latinos. Here is a rundown.McCain beat Romney in California--that’s the end of Romney.

A Press Release For The History Books
February 06, 2008

February 5, 2008HILLARY'S BIG NIGHT CONTINUESSouthwest to Midwest, Clinton Picks Up Two More Toss Up StatesTwo more closely contested toss-up states have gone for Hillary Clinton.MISSOURI Barack Obama outspent Hillary by $300,000 in TV ads in Missouri.

Stop The Presses! Mo For Obama
February 06, 2008

Fox and MSNBC have called it. And that AP call seems to have been withdrawn. (As if the political media needed yet another credibility hit.) This is a nice boost for Obama, although I'm not sure it changes the basic CW coming out of tonight, as articulated by this AP headline: "Analysis: Clinton and Obama Start Anew." Incidentally, I think Noam makes an interesting point below about how Obama might have been victimized by inflated exit-poll-based expectations.

Clinton: Yes On Stem Cells, No On Republicans
February 05, 2008

Hillary Clinton just mentioned stem cell research in her evening speech.  (I refuse to call it a victory speech, or a concession for that matter, when we know so little about the delegate counts and California remains too close to call.)  And while I'm sure it's not the first time somebody has mentioned stem cells this campaign season, it's the first time I recall hearing it.  I mention this only because it's traditionally been a very good issue for Democrats.  And I'd forgotten all about it until now. On a more general note, Clinton is spending a lot of time in her speech talking about the fa

Obama's White Problem
February 05, 2008

Delaware, Jon Chait's favorite state, tells an interesting, and disturbing, story about the battle for the nomination between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. While Obama won the state, he did so because of overwhelming support from black voters, who made up 27 percent of the primary electorate and went for Obama by a stupendous 89 to 11 percent. That's the kind of margin one would expect if Obama were running against George W. Bush, not Hillary Clinton. If you look at the reason, it seems to have been a backlash vote.

First Thoughts On The Exits
February 05, 2008

I've now looked at the exit polls for the states where voting closed at 8 p.m. These exit polls are subject to revision as the final results of the election come in, so these thoughts are tentative. They show Barack Obama holding his own, or better, in states like Massachusetts, Missouri, Connecticut, and New Jersey that Hillary Clinton was once way ahead in. In the Northeast, the endorsement of Obama by Senator Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy seems to have had a dramatic effect.