Is Hillary’s campaign unraveling?

The once smooth-running machine that was the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton may be coming apart.

Beset by rookie mistakes, slipping in the polls and under constant attack by Democratic rivals, Clinton is no longer considered the presumptive nominee and some insiders say the campaign is imploding from within.

According to campaign sources, meetings of Clinton campaign strategists often turn into shouting matches and the candidate has threatened to “clean house” if things don’t get back on track.

Clinton recently lost the lead in polls in Iowa and her once seemingly-insurmountable lead in New Hampshire is slipping. Some insiders feel she will become the Howard Dean of 2008, blowing a race that everyone says was hers to lose.

Reports Reuters:

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s lead over rival Barack Obama in New Hampshire has narrowed to single digits a month before the state’s primary election, said a poll released on Wednesday.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll showed the U.S. senator from New York leading Obama 35 percent to 29 percent in the race for New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on January 8. The survey had a 4 percentage point error margin.

The findings suggested a fiercely competitive race in New Hampshire months after an early autumn CNN/WMUR survey gave Clinton a lead of more than 20 points over Obama, who is a U.S. senator from Illinois, the Post said on its Web site.

That could mean new trouble for Clinton, who was recently edged out of first place by Obama in a Des Moines Register newspaper poll in Iowa, which holds the first contest of the party nominating process with its January 3 caucuses.

Among New Hampshire voters who want a fresh approach to governing, the Post said Obama led 44 percent to 19 percent each for Clinton and Edwards.

Questions over Clinton’s honesty will increase as the primaries draw closer. Her record of evasions as both First Lady and as a Senator and Presidential candidate is not a good one and after two terms of George W. Bush’s constant lying, voters want a President they can trust.

Reports The Associated Press on a recent New Hampshire poll:

The two (Clinton and Obama) are tied on which candidate would do most to bring change to Washington and are close on who best understands peoples’ problems, but Obama is considered the most honest and most inspiring candidate.

The emerging message in polls in clear: Hillary, don’t give up your day job.

16 Responses to "Is Hillary’s campaign unraveling?"

  1. Tinker  December 6, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Hillary isn’t doing herself any favors with the ad she just began running today in Iowa. It features retired General Wesley Clark, telling about how he was sent over to stop the genocide in Bosnia-Kosovo, and that he supports Hillary as a tough, presumably Commander in Chief.

    Just how this translates into Hillary being suitable for such a post is beyond me. Hell, If Joe Biden hadn’t worked for two years on Bill Clinton to get him to grow a pair, HE wouldn’t have gone over there either! Joe Biden went over there and confronted Slobodon Milosevic face to face, asked him what was going on, and then called him a lying butcher to his face!

    All the while Bill stalled and faunched around women were being raped and killed by the Serbs and the men were being mutilated and butchered.

    Shame on you Hillary! Shame on you Wesley Clark for being a shill for the Clintons!

  2. Pablo  December 6, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Hillary = War with Iran, a continued quagmire in Iraq, and enrichment of the insurance company leeches, while Ron Paul = free for all for the wealthy. Remember the poverty before social programs? People were in dire straits. The rich were exploiting the poor. We even had to create child labor laws so they couldn’t abuse the children. There is a reason we have these programs. Remember the dire environmental situation before the EPA? There is a good reason the government intervened. The companies were pillaging and plundering with no regard for present and future generations. Remember the situation before abortion was legalized? Yes. Ron Paul is only libertarian until it comes to abortion; then he wants to play god. Anyway, I, and the majority of Unitedstatesians certainly don’t want to go back to that! These are the things that Ron Paul represents. Read about it here: http://www.alternet.org/rights/69139/?comments=view&cID=779874&pID=779412#c779874

  3. SEAL  December 7, 2007 at 3:32 am

    Yanno, this is very revealing. Exposing actually. Here we have a lady who wants to be President of the United States of America, the most powerful position on the planet, who has been coasting along for a couple years in a very controlled and essentially unchallenged six year marketing program as the national pollwise defacto shoein for the job. I can’t justify calling what she has been doing a campaign because she has done very little you could label campaigning other than to read a few “I promse you” speaches to her financial backers at rubber chicken affairs. The days of radical anti-Clinton rhetoric had ended and the obligitory challengers to the champion remained the standard double digits behind. The only thing left to do was nothing. Just “act presidential” and don’t screw it up.

    Who would have thought that after eight years in the White House and six in the Senate, behaving as a president would be one thing she could not do? When the competition decided it was time to go after her record as first lady and a US senator in attack and challenging mode she responded less like a president than the jackass masscot of her party. She fumbled and bumbled until she finally found the perfect response – “NO FAIR!” All the “boys” are ganging up on me! And, of course, her core support group of “I am woman, hear me roar” ran up and down the ailses screaming gender bias.

    OK. She was caught off guard, unprepared. But after she and her braintrust had some time to get their act together with a counter attack, that was exactly what they did, yelling across the playground that “YOU’RE ONE TOO!” I’m rubber and you’re glue. You even told the teacher you wanted to be president.

    At least she was smart enough to disavow that the attacks upon her were gender motivated/based.

    Politics and election campaigns have always come down to pointing out the other persons faults and spinning the facts until it often becomes very difficult to know exactly what the truth is. But therein resides the voters decision. Who do you trust? Which one of these two makes me feel like they could be a president they could trust to do the best they can for me and mine. Oh, yeah, almost forgot, and the nation too.

    Hillary hs managed to return the contest to issues, her favorite and strongest, national health care to enrich the insurance industry but she is so vulnerable when it comes to the facts of her record of supporting Bush she will find that her decision to enter into attack campaigning was a fatal one. The competition should chew her up and spit her out on a variety of her actions that are all public record.

    But, in the most crucial part of the voter’s decision making Hillary is and will continue to fail miserably. Looking like, acting like, and inspiring one to feel like she is a president they can trust. She is, in fact, so lacking in presidential “pressence” that she could quite possibly lose the national election if the republicans put up a decent candidate. That would be a national disaster and for the democratic party to even consider that gamble is insane. Any of the other demo contenders would be a better choice and fair more successfully in the national election than she would. Let’s hope the other guys can win enough of the primaries that the convention will not be a first ballot win for Clintion. If the convention becomes a real contest, Obama or Edwards will win just like Kennedy defeated Johnson with perhaps the same deal being struck with her as the vice president.

  4. Sandra Price  December 7, 2007 at 5:02 am

    Pablo. What you are asking for is Socialism. Handing out welfare for those who probably didn’t finish school or get trained for any job necessary for their own future. I will admit our schools are closing due to the number of dropouts and even those who stay, cannot read above a 5th grade level. Handing them social programs instead of education is not a solution.

    At this point, the number one issue is getting us out of The Middle East and concentrate on correcting the mess Bush/Clinton/Bush has made of our Constitution. I believe that every city in America will correct the lack of job training if they can get the government to stop mandating all the extra crap handed to the cities. We have many organizations here in Phoenix who took in Katrina refugees and saw to it they were housed, clothed and given education and health care. This is private money and I resent your comments that we Americans are a selfish bunch.

    I’ve been a Red Cross volunteer for over 20 years and a committed contributor to many programs in two states to keep the damn government out of the problems.

  5. nursebrooke03  December 7, 2007 at 8:54 am

    RON PAUL IS THE ONLY HOPE FOR AMERICA. HIS FOREIGN POLICIES ADVOCATE DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS, NOT BOMBING AND TAKING OVER COUNTRIES. OUR CHILDREN WILL BE THE RECIPIENTS OF THE DRAFT IF BUSH IS CONTINUED TO PISS OFF COUNTRIES WE HAVE NO BUSINESS INVADING. DR PAUL HAS A 20 YEAR RECORD OF VOTING ALONG THE CONSTITUTION. LOOK UP DR PAUL AND MAKE YOUR OWN MIND UP, DONT LISTEN TO RHETORIC ON THESE BLOGS. GO TO DAILY PAUL.COM AND JUST START RESEARCHING HIM FOR YOURSELF

  6. ehayman  December 7, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Republicans are salivating at the prospect of running against Obama. If any of you progressives want to make sure another rightwing nutball who doesn’t believe in dinosaurs is our next president, just keep doing what you’re doing and trash Hillary some more.

    Truth: I really don’t like her all that much. But the same thing I don’t like about her is what I do like about her. She will make the deal every time, ideology be damned. And that is the essence of politics, like it or not. Somebody has to wade into the middle of the riot and get everyone to agree to a deal that nobody likes, but that everybody– or at least 51%– can live with. I don’t like it much either, but it is reality.

    So keep trashing Hillary. Then say hello to candidate Obama. And after that, get ready to sing Hail to the Chief to president Huckabee.

    Oh-my-gosh, how Repugnentcans must be salivating.

    ehayman

  7. SEAL  December 7, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Ehayman: Upon what do you base your conclusions about Obama being such a bad choice for the democrats to select as their candidate? It really irritates me when someone makes such strong assertions as you just did with no explanation of the reasoning that caused them to arrive at them.

    I do not agree with what you have said but I am very interested in knowing why you think as you do. I have an open mind. Is there something you know that I do not?

  8. Sandra Price  December 6, 2007 at 8:40 am

    “Don’t cry for her” (Our American EVITA). She just fired one of her campaign workers for sending out emails saying Obama was a Muslim. This has been a Republican action for many months. It is not true!

    If it were true, I would still prefer a Muslim Obama to any Clinton.

  9. LurkingFromTheLeft  December 6, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Maybe There Is…

    …a Santa Claus after all –

    …one can only ‘hope’ –

    LFTL

  10. Steve Horn  December 6, 2007 at 10:18 am

    If you build a house of cards it doesn’t take much of a breeze to knock it over. When you’ve built a career on lies and half truths it can be equally fragile. It seems the reality of Ms. Clinton’s life is starting to overshadow the fantasy that she and her handlers have been trying to create. Maybe, just maybe, this is a sign that as a collective, our heads are emerging from our asses.

    Peace

    Steve

  11. JoyfulC  December 6, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Frankly, I think she should bow out. Don’t get me wrong, I think she’s one of the best prospects out there, purely on merits — but being a Clinton, she draws attacks, fair or not. If her only response in the primaries is to counterattack, attacking not only her detractors but also her party’s chances in the general election, then she doesn’t “get it” and we won’t be able to expect much from her in the White House.

    Same with Obama. Same with Edwards. Same with all these egostistical idiots in BOTH parties who seem to feel that it’s more important that they, personally, win the candidacy than for their party to win the presidency. How arrogant!

    Because of the mess we’re in, our next president needs to be someone who can handle insults and challenges and antagonism with grace and sincerity. Not a single one of the candidates so far has demonstrated those qualities.

  12. JudyB  December 6, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Its no wonder that she is slipping in the polls, I have not read or heard one positive word about her from any of the “important” tv shows. I have honestly not made up my mind who I will be voting for, but I do not think she is the liar or criminal she has been unfairly depicted as. As I have said many times here before, I will not allow the media or
    anyone to decide where my vote goes and I absolutely hate the lies and inuendos being told about her and other candidates. As for Bill Clinton, I did not vote for him the first time he ran but I did the next time and though he wasn’t perfect, I was never sorry that I did.
    There are some decent candidates out there this time but most of them get NO press what so ever.
    For the record, Guliani,and Thompson are the worst candidates in my opinion. Guliani is not only hubris but guilty of bullying, lying. cheating and making bad choices. Thompson has not put forth the effort it takes and has not seemed too enthusiastic about becoming President..and that is a job that takes energy, and more time than he seems willing to give.. much like our current decider’n chief.

  13. jyakubow  December 6, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    jyak

    I wouldn’t vote for Hilary solely because she’s a woman. Now I know that sounds really sexist, especially coming from a woman, but give me just a moment to make my point.

    The most volatile region of the world right now are the Arab Nations, whom do not hold women in the highest esteem, nor do they particularly like the U.S. If we elect a woman as our leader, they’re going to like us even less and I seriously doubt that she will be able to hold any influence over their leaders and we’ll end up worse off than we are right now with BOZO as our leader.

  14. grumpylion  December 6, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    I suspect Clinton’s problem is that she is ‘triangulating’ and forgetting that triangles have sharp, nasty points.

    People are tired of being manipulated, of being deceived, of being focus-grouped, of being spun. Instead of strategists and pollsters stuck in old paradigms, I think what many people want is a candidate who speaks directly, honestly, from the heart and the mind, understands the issues and the stakes (which are huge), and tells the damned truth always.

    Clinton’s baggage and approach make her untrustworthy – she may be honest and decent and trustworthy, in fact, but I think we can’t really know that because of her managed approach to the campaign so far, that coupled with the baggage.

    Are any of them trustworthy? They’re politicians, so, no. I’d rather see Kucinich, Edwards or Richardson get the nod over any of the others. But whoever finally gets the nomination, I’ll vote straight Democratic. Any other choice would have deadly consequences for the United States, and yes, the world.

  15. DejaVuAllOver  December 6, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I think the Internet is a glorious thing. It seems the “glory days” of a bunch of corporate blowhards molding and shaping public opinion may be drawing to a close. Americans are not stupid, but the world is right in thinking we are if they judge us by our decrepit, agenda driven “mainstream media.”

    The truth is out on Hillary, thanks to folks like us. She’s an egocentric, power-hungry, butt-licking, omni-pandering, incompetent, lousy values, not very bright loser. We deserve a LOT better. Be it a man or woman, black or white, Yankee of Confederate.

    It’s time to bury the MSM once and for all. Keep up the good work.

  16. Sandra Price  December 6, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I can only remember the Whitewater scandal and how hard it was to get Hillary to come up with her paperwork. It seemed to disappear until long after they were in the Whitehouse and then the public lost interest. I also remember when she was first lady her meeting with the Teacher’s Union and her ideas of what seemed to me would be brain washing the kids from kindergarten through 12th on social issues. Not a word about academics but a lot of trying to get along with each other.

    I also remember Joyce Milton was asked by her publisher to do a book on Hillary. Joyce had been a fan of Hillary’s and she took the assignment with joy.

    According to Joyce’s notes she found a belligerent bitch instead of a new first lady and tried to get out of the assignment. No, she had to finish the job. The final result was called “The First Partner” and is a most unflattering picture of Hillary Clinton. It was not the first book to pick her apart with her short temper her swearing at the staff and being a general pain in the ass.

    She has not grown up or mellowed in the least and will present a female tyrant to the American people. I have read many books in favor of Hillary but many more as a warning to Americans not to trust her.

    The choice of candidates is almost ridiculous and if I were a Democrat it would be Joe Biden but instead I will stick to Ron Paul who is known to be a gentle man as honest as they come and a true constitutionalist. He also will get us out of Iraq!

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