Clinton 2008

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Clinton Has a Spreadsheet of Dems Who Crossed Her

John Kerry, Ted Kennedy listed as '7s'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton doesn't just remember who her friends and enemies are—she has a database. As her 2008 campaign wound down, two of her closest advisers created what Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes dramatically term a "political hit list" in an excerpt from their new book at Politico... More »

Hostage-Taker at Clinton Office Caught After Escape

Leeland Eisenberg had walked away from halfway house

(Newser) - The New Hampshire man who held six people hostage during a standoff at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in 2007 was captured today after walking away from a halfway house, the AP reports. Police found Leeland Eisenberg, 52, at a resource center looking over job applications. Officers took him to... More »

Mitt Romney 2012, Meet Clinton 2008

Tea Party could wreak havoc on the perfect conservative's chances

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has done everything right in his quest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. His speech at the Values Voters summit this weekend was a perfect expression of his socially and fiscally conservative views; but he garnered a measly 13% in a straw poll, finishing behind Mikes Pence and... More »

In Switch, Palin Flames Out as Hillary Soars

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's resignation speech on Sunday showed how far she's fallen, writes Maureen Dowd: "Once a blazingly confident media darling," the now-former Alaska governor has become a ranting, whiny "Nixon with hair extensions." It's a marked contrast from Hillary Clinton, who on the same... More »

Clinton Won't Rule Out Second Presidential Run

But 'doubts very much' it will happen, says she's focused on State

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton had a hard time today saying she wouldn’t run for president again, the AP reports. Asked by Thai television whether again toss her hat in the ring, the secretary of State said it was “not at all on my radar screen.” Had she given up... More »

Clinton Stumps for Wife's Loyal Backers

He's boosting allies for 2010, but refuses to help one loyalist

(Newser) - Bill Clinton has quietly jumped into the 2010 election fray, helping just about anyone who was loyal to his wife’s presidential campaign, Politico reports. Though the media has focused mostly on his full-throated support for Terry McAuliffe’s failed gubernatorial run, Clinton has held events for half a dozen... More »

Edwards Cost Clinton Dearly: Penn

Ex-senator's fall from grace touches off second-guessing

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn is kicking himself in the wake of reports that Elizabeth Edwards thinks her husband shouldn't have run for president, ABC News reports. If news of John Edwards' infidelity had forced him to drop out of the race, Penn said, “No question in my mind,... More »

Clinton Rents Campaign Mail List to Pay Debt

Renter in chief? Bill, as Hillary races to raise cash before State gig

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's campaign has hit on a novel way of repaying its debt, ABC News reports.  The campaign is renting out the vast list of email addresses compiled during the course of Clinton's failed presidential bid. Among the customers for the list, believed to be 5 million names strong,... More »

Clinton Writes Off $13.2M Campaign Loan

Forgiving loan helps clear way for confirmation at State

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has formally written off the $13.2 million of her own money she lent to her presidential campaign, Bloomberg reports. The move is a big step toward shutting down her campaign committee and removing a potential stumbling block to her Senate confirmation as secretary of state. Clinton still... More »

By Accepting New Role, Hillary Finally Concedes

Acceptance speech closes the curtain on long nomination battle

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's formal acceptance of her upcoming role as secretary of state yesterday looked to many like the moment she conceded the election for real, Alessandra Stanley writes in the New York Times. She told the audience that she would find it hard to leave the Senate, but it was... More »

Hillary Raises Big Money for Obama

Clinton draws $8M for former rival, despite own campaign debts

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has raised more than $8 million since July for Barack Obama, USA Today reports, and has hit 40 Obama campaign events in the past 2 months. She’ll headline two more Obama fundraisers this month, plus 11 events for other Democratic candidates. But while she’s raising money... More »

Clintons Cool to Obama After Hillary Snub

Insiders say he wouldn't promise her a Supreme Court seat

(Newser) - Bill and Hillary Clinton are doing little to help elect Barack Obama because the Democratic nominee “balked” at promising Hillary a Supreme Court judgeship, insiders tell the New York Post. “Hillary wants an assurance that if she shows loyalty and goes out there like a good soldier, she... More »

Hillary to Supporters: Back Joe

But Clinton backers see mockery in 3am announcement

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton tried to rally her disappointed supporters behind an Obama-Biden ticket today, praising her “colleague and friend” in a statement. “Sen. Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic vice president,” Clinton said, adding that he was “an exceptionally strong, experienced leader.” Clinton had little... More »

How Infighting Doomed Clinton

Long awaited post-mortem details stunningly disfunctional campaign

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid failed for many reasons, the most prominent her campaign team's stunning dysfunction, writes Joshua Green in a much-anticipated Atlantic Monthly feature. Green uncovered a trove of memos, finding a team overwhelmed by “anger and toxic obsessions.” Clinton acted nothing like a chief executive,... More »

Inside Clinton's Dysfunctional War Machine

How the primary effort failed

(Newser) - There are many reasons for Hillary Clinton’s primary defeat, and most of them can be found within the political warrior and the creaking war machine she built, Gail Sheehy writes in Vanity Fair. Invoking the Lincoln administration, Clinton called her bickering advisers a “team of rivals.” Craving... More »

How About a Sex Speech, Obama?

Candidate should do for gender what he did for race

(Newser) -  It’s a shame that Hillary Clinton never gave a speech about gender to match Barack Obama’s speech about race, writes Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. So why not make that speech yourself, Barack? Kristof even has the talking points for you:
  • Racism is deeper, but
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Campaign Tarnishes Clintons' Legacy

Divisive tactics take shine off long-time winners

(Newser) - Hillary and Bill Clinton have led complicated public lives, but they’ve always been winners. Now Hillary’s defeat has jeopardized that legacy, thanks to a campaign that saw her repeatedly stretch the truth, invoke assassination, and lose African-American support. It’s one thing to employ questionable tactics and win,... More »

Obama to Offer Clinton a 'Graceful Exit'

She could join cabinet or lead charge on health care

(Newser) - As Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the Democratic nomination wane, Barack Obama's camp is readying a consolation prize for the loser-apparent, the Daily Telegraph reports. In a "negotiated surrender," Clinton will likely be offered a cabinet post or the chance to lead a Senate charge on health care,... More »

5 Things to Watch in Puerto Rico

Island doesn't vote in primaries, but today its Democratic delegates are up for grabs

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is banking on a sizable victory today in Puerto Rico to bolster her argument that she’s received more votes than Barack Obama and is a stronger draw for Latinos. Key points to keep an eye on:
  1. The second wave: While many Puerto Ricans sleep in, it's going
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Hillary's Killer RFK Quote Stuns Pundits

She shouldn't 'be elected dog catcher,' one gripes

(Newser) - Hillary’s RFK gaffe certainly has people talking—and most aren’t being too kind.
  • Michael Goodwin of the New York Daily News calls it “an X-ray of a very dark soul” that considers murder just another strategic possibility. Hillary has shot her chance at being vice president, he
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