Hillary's bad week

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on November 13, 2007

Over the weekend, word came out that presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton's staffers had planted questioners in at least two of her town hall events.

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

And unnecessary. Seriously. Does anyone really believe that she's going to face a tough question at one of these tightly controlled events?

This isn't a big deal in and of itself. But it may tell you something about how comfortable, or more accurately how uncomfortable, Sen. Clinton is in any forum that isn't almost totalitarian in the level of control maintained.

In a related story, we have these dueling reports on the Clinton camp and Thursday's Democrat debate.

From Matt Drudge:

NN's Wolf Blitzer has been warned not to focus Thursday's Dem debate on Hillary. 'This campaign is about issues, not on who we can bring down and destroy,' top Clinton insider explains. 'Blitzer should not go down to the levels of character attack and pull 'a Russert.'' Blitzer is set to moderate debate from Vegas... Blitzer says he is not being pressured by any campaign: 'No one has pressured me. No one has threatened me. No one is trying to intimidate me'... Developing...

From Mediabistro.com:

No blitz, says Blitzer

Contrary to the Drudge Report item today, the Clinton campaign has not pressured CNN's Wolf Blitzer to keep the focus off Hillary in Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, according to Blitzer.

"Nobody has warned me from the Clinton campaign, or any campaign, about anything," says Blitzer, moderator of the 8-10pmET Las Vegas event. "Nobody has threatened me. Maybe it's somebody trying to be mischievous."

Maybe Wolf, but after the Russert incident, you've got to admit that these (empty) threats are according to the narrative -- and it's a narrative Hillary's supporters wrote, not the news media.

Oh, and my advice to Sen. Clinton for Thursday: You better have a clear, concise answer on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan to issue driver's licenses to illegals.

My advice to the CNN questioners: You better ask Hillary that question, or it will be Exhibit A in making the case that the mainstream media is unwilling to do its job.


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