Sunday, January 06, 2008

An odd visit to Hillaryland

MANCHESTER, N.H.--Went to Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters today to get press credentials for tomorrow's campaign events, of which there are about six -- if you count Bill's solo appearances -- showing on her campaign Web site. Yet her campaign staff told me that her schedule had yet to be determined for tomorrow. Seems a bit odd. Don't want to read too much into it; after all some polls still show her neck-and-neck with Barack Obama, while the latest AP/UNH poll gives Obama a 12-point advantage among Democratic voters. But it does seem that some kind of reassessment is underway. Makes one wonder what the internals look like.

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Republicans boring tonight

MANCHESTER, N.H.--Your blogstress had a hard time staying focused when watching the Republican presidential candidates talk to Chris Wallace. Last night was a family feud, which offered some compelling moments. Tonight was more like a late family dinner where everybody's a little tired and cranky. Your ecrivaine did note, however, that Mike Huckabee stole Rudy Giuliani's line from last night about Ronald Reagan's amnesty bill. Huckabee told viewers of the Fox News debate that Ronald Reagan's amnesty for illegal immigrants was the reason we "have the mess we have today."

Fred Thompson seemed terribly condescending, and a bit clueless. John McCain had little fire. Mitt Romney seemed just as vapid as ever, but that didn't stop a Frank Luntz focus group from going whole-hog for him. The same group did not think that Hillary Clinton would be the Democrat's presidential nominee; they overwhelmingly chose Barack Obama as the nominee that their man, Romney, would face in November.

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