Hill's Staff: Iowans Don't Count
It’s true that Iowa doesn’t always pick the eventual nominee, but for her staff to come out and dismiss Iowa as a backwater is very bad form.
After pouring millions of dollars and nearly a year of effort into a win in Iowa, senior staffers for Democrat Hillary Clinton now say the state isnâ€™t that important after all.
â€œThe worst thing would be to over count Iowa and its importance,â€ said chief strategist Mark Penn, just hours after the New York senator finished in a disappointing third place, behind Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.
â€œIowa doesnâ€™t have a record of picking presidents. Weâ€™re in a strong position to move forward,â€ Penn told a handful of reporters on board a chartered midnight flight […]
Most people inside the Clinton camp are shrugging off Iowa all together. â€œIowa is so small, itâ€™s like a mayorâ€™s race in a medium-sized city,â€ traveling press secretary Jay Carson said. â€œIt wouldnâ€™t be wise to put too much emphasis on it.â€
Okay, then why did she put so many resources into it? Why didn’t she pull a McCain, focus some of her efforts on Iowa and then spend a TON of time in New Hampshire and South Carolina?
Long story short, this spin just doesn’t square.