Clinton Aides Melt Down in Front of Press

Ex-frontrunner's staff scrambles to spin as strategies fall flat
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 2:11 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., reacts as she attends a low dollar fundraising reception at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, in Washington,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With many top Washington reporters in attendance, two senior Hillary Clinton advisors tried to make their candidate’s case yesterday—and instead “severed all ties with reality” in a “flailing, a lashing-out,” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank writes. The session, he says, "explained everything about the bitter relations between Clinton's campaign and the media."

Accused by one journalist of being antagonistic, the campaign spokesman responded, “I’m just angry.” Behind the scenes, the Clinton campaign’s in “full recriminations mode,” Politico adds, as “a dizzying array of potential storylines” find no quarter. "Her advisers acknowledge wearily that they have not cracked the code for deflating Obama," Mike Allen and John F. Harris observe.