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What went wrong with Hillary’s campaign? The much-blamed Mark Penn speaks:
We had a great start in Iowa. The first town halls she gave, people were amazed. We opened up with that video on the Web — 500,000 people came. She wound up raising what would have been a record amount of money. I think you look through this race in terms of, from when it began, the first phases of this — through October, I think — could not have gone better. What happened was that there was a second extremely well-funded media-beloved candidate who entered the race at about the same time, who then had equal resources and, you know, an attraction, and received unbridled glowing coverage.
Very interesting to see a Democrat testifying to the impact of media bias. I think the key turning point was Oct. 30, when Tim Russert pinned her down on then-Gov. Elliott Spitzer’s push to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens:
If you go back and look at the polls, you can see that in an American Research Group (ARG) poll Oct. 26-29 in Iowa (right before that debate) it was Clinton 32%, Obama 22%, Edwards 15%. An ARG Iowa poll two weeks later had it Clinton 27%, 21%, Edwards 20% — she’d lost 5 points, and her two leading opponents had gained 6. By the time of ARG’s Nov. 26-29 poll, it was Obama 27%, Clinton 25%, Edwards 23%. Thus, Hillary blew a 10-point lead over Obama in the space of a month, and the debate question about illegals was the major negative news development for her during that period.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online