Hillary…what in the hell were you thinking?
Clinton, campaigning across Iowa on Sunday, appeared to be spoiling for a fight with her chief Democratic rival in national polls — even at one point describing the battle as “fun.”
“I have said for months that I would much rather be attacking Republicans, and attacking the problems of our country, because ultimately that’s what I want to do as president. But I have been, for months, on the receiving end of rather consistent attacks. Well, now the fun part starts. We’re into the last month, and we’re going to start drawing the contrasts,” she said.
Boy, they threw Barack a hanging curve, and his campaign knocks it for at least a triple…
That drew a swift rebuke from Obama. “This presidential campaign isn’t about attacking people for fun, it’s about solving people’s problems, like ending this war and creating a universal health care system,” he said in a statement. “Washington insiders might think throwing mud is fun, but the American people are looking for leadership that can unite this country around a common purpose.”
Obama advisers described the strategy as foolhardy, and reminiscent of the approach perfected by former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove: going after a front-runner on his strengths and challenging his sincerity.
Seriously folks, those five words could very well haunt Hillary for the rest of her life.
Oh, and by the way…
The new Clinton strategy, acknowledged by her senior advisers as an intentional pivot, carries significant risks and could produce a potential backlash if voters perceive her as growing too negative. The Register’s poll also found that Clinton was seen by Iowa voters as the most negative of the Democratic contenders.
Yes, now the fun part starts, but for most that’ll be watching the Clinton machine get crushed under the weight of its own hubris.