Mike Allen and Ben Smith of The Politico write that Clinton advisers are fearing a New Hampshire loss.
Much of the punditry immediately following last night’s debate focused on her [Clinton’s] angry response to a comment by Edwards that cast her as the candidate of the status quo.
But one important sentence near the end of her reply was largely overlooked: “We don’t need to be raising the false hopes of our country about what can be delivered.”
She sounded the same note again towards the debate’s end. When Obama began speaking about people’s feeling of being frozen out of politics, and about the need to bring those people back into a “working majority” for change, Clinton interjected.
“Can we just have a sort of a reality break for a minute?” she asked contemptuously.
This kind of calculated attempt to encourage cynicism now seems to be the best the former First Lady has to offer.
Tom Schaller says the Clinton Era ended last night at 9:34 p.m. EST. This is followed by an interesting discussion among commenters on the nature of anger in political campaigns.
Unrelated but weird:
Great Moments in the Bush Presidency, or other stuff you only learn by reading UK news sites:
Early in his first term, President Bush introduced a visiting President Putin to his Scottish terrier, Barney, and the Russian made no secret of his disdain for the small dog. When Bush later visited Russia, Putin showed off his much larger dog, Koni, a black Labrador, and suggested it could dispatch Barney with little effort. “Bigger, tougher, stronger, faster, meaner,” Putin is said to have boasted, “than Barney”.
Don’t call him “Pootie-Poot.”