November 01, 2007

Supporters Of "She Who Must Not Be Named" Incensed Over Debate

The Presidential Campaign for You-Know-Who hosted a conference call with some of her supporters, who took the time to lash out over her treatment at Monday Night's debate.

While one supporter voiced his concern that the Clinton campaign is not devoting enough money and staff to Iowa, lagging behind Obama, most supporters who commented on the call expressed their displeasure with what they saw as the moderators’ focus on Clinton.

One caller from Oklahoma City said that “the questions … were designed to incite a brawl,” and that Russert’s and Brian Williams’s moderating was “an abdication of journalistic responsibility.”

Another said Russert “should be shot,” before quickly adding that she shouldn’t say that on a conference call.

Penn and Mantz said they were hearing a lot of the same sentiment from other supporters, but they do not plan to engage the media or the debate’s moderators.

“We’re not challenging the media on that, but the sentiment you’ve expressed is obviously one I’ve heard,” Penn said.

How long will it be before one of these folks releases a "Leave Britney Alone!" video in support of the NY Senator?

Yips! from Robbo: Do NOT underestimate the ability of She Who Must Not Be Named to gain sympathy by playing the victim when her political opponent lands a punch. Remember when Rick Lazio tried that petition stunt during the New Yawk senatorial campaign in 2000? On stage, SWMNBN looked flustered and foolish. Within a day or so afterward, Lazio was spun into a brute and a bully.

Note exactly a "Leave ME alone!" response from the campaign, but it really smacks of whining.

To your point, Robert, I remember vividly the Lazio "space invader" moment. I agree, caution is warranted but that incident could easily be painted as borderline "threatening" or bullying. A stupid move on Lazio's part.

As far as directed criticism, the gender card will only work if she can be made sympathetic. Plus U.S. Senator and President are two different jobs. If you can't handle that kind of criticism from a political opponent, how are you going to protect the country against a terrorist attack? The "poor me" approach can easily backfire.

Posted by Gary at November 1, 2007 09:32 AM | TrackBack

Heh. She may have bigger troubles afoot, if you've been reading the intertubes . . . and no, I'm not speaking of the FEC complaint . . .

Nothing I'm willing to touch, as the rumors have hardly been substantiated. I'm also not wanting to make any unscheduled visits to Ft. Marcy park. But if I'm reading the monitors correctly, we may be heading for a blogosphere event bigger than the Tunguska blast . . .

Posted by: The Colossus at November 1, 2007 10:41 AM

The thing is, even if she can be made sympathetic, she does a HUGE disservice to women if that's the only way she can hold her own in a debate. If she's ready to say that yes, a woman can and should be the leader of this nation (a sentiment I agree with, though I wish anyone other than her was giving it a shot), then by golly she needs to grow a spine. Hand wringing women who play the "woe is me, the mean ol boys are picking on me on the playground" card have no business in politics.

Posted by: beth at November 1, 2007 11:14 AM

Draft Margaret Thatcher!

Posted by: Robbo the LB at November 1, 2007 12:33 PM

Colossus, if you're talking about the story the L.A. Times is allegedly surpressing, I ain't touchin' that one with a ten foot poll.

If it's legit, though, I would find shelter.

Posted by: Gary at November 1, 2007 01:09 PM

I really don't know if I buy this Big Sekret Meme yet. Actually, I don't buy it yet, and probably won't until I see the videotape. (After which, I shall dig out my eyes with a fork, douse them in gasoline and set them alight.)

Posted by: Robbo the LB at November 1, 2007 01:28 PM

Geez louise, am I the ONLY one who doesn't know what you guys are talking about? Colossus, dish it in the Tasty Bits Mail Sack.

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at November 1, 2007 06:09 PM