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  • Hillary's a Monster -- So Sayeth Top Obama Adviser

    Yeah, I think KBF is on the mark on this one -- this campain is going to get nasty. This is the absolute last thing Obama needed. It throws him off message again -- just right after losing Texas and Ohio.

    "Hillary Clinton's a monster": Obama aide blurts out attack in Scotsman interview

    By GERRI PEEV



    HILLARY Clinton has been branded a "monster" by one of Barack Obama's top advisers, as the gloves come off in the race to win the Democrat nomination.

    In an unguarded moment during an interview with The Scotsman in London, Samantha Power, Mr Obama's key foreign policy aide, let slip the camp's true feelings about the former first lady.

    Her comments came as Mr Obama, whose defeats in Texas and Ohio on Tuesday were largely attributed to a series of negative attacks on him, vowed to turn up the heat on Mrs Clinton over her claims to be the more experienced candidate.

    Yesterday, the Obama camp went on the offensive, pointing out that Mrs Clinton has still not released her tax return and casting doubt on her experience.

    In response, a Clinton adviser said the attack reminded him of the witch-hunt led by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, which led to the impeachment of her husband, Bill, when he was president.

    Earlier, clearly rattled by the Ohio defeat, Ms Power told The Scotsman Mrs Clinton was stopping at nothing to try to seize the lead from her candidate.

    "We f***** up in Ohio," she admitted. "In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win.

    "She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything," Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.

    Ms Power said of the Clinton campaign: "Here, it looks like desperation. I hope it looks like desperation there, too.

    "You just look at her and think, 'Ergh'. But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive."

    Ms Power's comments reveal how the inexperienced Obama campaign is coming under increasing pressure from a battle-hardened Clinton camp that saw Ohio as its last chance to save its candidate.

    Before Tuesday's vote in Ohio, the press and the Clinton camp seized on remarks by Austan Goolsbee, Ms Power's colleague, on the North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). His comments are widely believed to have cost Mr Obama the Ohio Democratic presidential primary.

    Mr Goolsbee, Mr Obama's top economic policy adviser, had told Canadian officials a public pledge to force a renegotiation of Nafta with tougher labour and environmental rules was "more about political positioning".

    But the Clinton camp said Mr Obama could not tell the public of Ohio, where many manufacturing jobs have been lost, one thing and then tell a foreign government something else behind closed doors.

    Yesterday, Mr Obama blamed fierce attacks by Mrs Clinton for his defeats in this week's big primaries, and quickly made good on a promise to sharpen his criticism of her, in what promises to become an all-out brawl in the race for the White House.

    The Illinois senator took the offensive against Mrs Clinton, targeting her claims she is more experienced in handling foreign policy. "Was she negotiating treaties? Was she handling crises? The answer is no," he said. "She made a series of arguments on why she should be a superior candidate. It's important to examine that argument."

    In recent days, the former first lady argued that Mr Obama was getting a free ride with the media and had hinted he was not ready to be commander-in-chief in a crisis.

    Mrs Clinton, asked about her national security qualifications, highlighted a series of events in which she played a role, including peace talks in Northern Ireland, the Kosovo refugee crisis and standing up for women's rights in China.

    Mr Obama's aides went on the offensive yesterday, holding a conference call to ask why Mrs Clinton had not released her tax returns. Her campaign team responded with a statement e-mailed to reporters while they were on the call that said the Clintons' returns since they left the White House would be made public around 15 April.

    "There's no doubt Senator Clinton went very negative over the last week," Mr Obama said, adding that the Clinton campaign's attacks "had some impact" on the poll results, "particularly in the context where many of you in the press had been persuaded you had been too hard on her and too soft on me".

    After this latest row, Howard Dean, head of the Democratic Party, warned that the tone of the campaign "may get nastier" and said discussions would take place to try to prevent that.

    After Mr Obama's camp had raised the issue of Mrs Clinton's failure to release her tax returns, Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for Mrs Clinton, described the statement as being reminiscent of the attacks the Clintons endured during investigations by prosecutor Kenneth Starr in the 1990s, which many saw as politically motivated.

    Mr Wolfson's introduction of Mr Starr's name again portrays Mrs Clinton as a victim, while her attacks on Mr Obama's "preparedness to be commander in chief and steward of the economy" continue.

    Mr Wolfson said: "I, for one, do not believe imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president."

    The Clinton campaign has also attacked Mr Obama's inexperience on foreign matters, but Ms Power insisted he was not afraid to take tough decisions on this front.

    She added: "Hillary Clinton always portrays his position on meeting with dictators as naive."

    Ms Power also described working for Mr Obama as a pleasure, and said that people who knew him "adore him".

    She added: "When we started this, we were all backing the guy who was supposed to lose.

    "He was 25 points down going in to Iowa in January.

    "If people were in this for the job or the political reward they would have gone somewhere else. They would not have gone to Barack."

    Ms Power also said she believed Gordon Brown and Mr Obama would get on "like a house on fire".

    Ms Power was in the UK to promote her book on Sergio Vieira de Mello, the extraordinary UN representative who died in a Baghdad bomb attack.

    PUBLISH AND BE DAMNED

    WHEN is off the record actually off the record? When the rules are established in advance.

    Journalists are always looking for knowledge and want the information they receive to be available for publication.

    But occasionally an interviewer will accept an exchange is "off the record" and that the conversation is not attributable. Remarks can be used as background to inform a journalist's article.

    If a conversation is to be off the record, that agreement is usually thrashed out before the interview begins. Sometimes, public figures say something and then attempt to retract it by insisting it was "off the record" after the event.

    But by then it is too late, particularly if it is in the public interest that the story be published.

    In this instance, Samantha Power was promoting her book and it was established in advance that the interview was on the record.

    A WOMAN OF POWER
    SAMANTHA Power is the embodiment of the American immigrant dream.

    Born in Dublin in 1970, she moved to the United States with her mother aged nine.

    After being educated in state schools in Pittsburgh and Georgia, she gained entry to the prestigious Yale University, where she studied history. The self-deprecating Ms Power said this changed her life and opened many doors.

    She worked as freelance journalist in Bosnia, after teaching herself the language in Croatia. Her only other journalism experience prior to that was covering the Yale women's volleyball team.

    After graduating from Harvard Law School, she became an executive director and founder of the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard.

    The 37-year-old already has one Pulitzer Prize behind her, for her book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide and she is in the UK and Ireland to plug her new book, Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World.

    Ms Power was head-hunted by Barack Obama to become his foreign-policy adviser in 2005 and combines this role with her job as a Time magazine columnist and professor of practice of global leadership and public policy at Harvard.
    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/late...-as.3854371.jp
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    “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

    Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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    • #3
      monster v. messiah

      A good ole Hoot! is so inadequate at times like these...

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      • #4
        The advisor forgot to add "as far as I know" to her commentary.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Iowa_Card View Post
          The advisor forgot to add "as far as I know" to her commentary.
          "You can't handle my opinions." Moedrabowsky

          Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

          "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

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          • #6
            You know I think Reggie and Far have had more orgasims this month than a porn star.

            Stop living off our misery.

            Punk.

            We're going to fix this and come out firing.

            (I hope)
            Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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            • #7
              "She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything,"
              I thought the Clinton campaign was going to muzzle Bill.
              From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

              For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.


              I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.

              The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Schwahalala View Post
                You know I think Reggie and Far have had more orgasims this month than a porn star.

                Stop living off our misery.

                Punk.

                We're going to fix this and come out firing.

                (I hope)
                Naah, it's just there's no one at all here at the Lounge who wants to look at the negative side of Obama's campaign. All of you on the left are firmly
                ensconced in Obamamania. Consider it a public service that I'm willing to provide.
                "You can't handle my opinions." Moedrabowsky

                Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

                "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

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                • #9
                  And of course when one of your threads turns out to be bullshit, like the Obama NAFTA one, you never go back and admit as much.
                  “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

                  Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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                  • #10
                    For Moon. Another Victor Davis Hanson installment of what the Obamas need to do.

                    Rein in the Obamians? [Victor Davis Hanson]

                    Obama's campaign, heretofore quite spontaneous and frenetic, needs to take a time out, gather together, and start to get a grip — and get some crusty, cigar smoking pros to knock some heads. First, the candidate gets huffy at a press conference, then the unnecessary Nafta flap, then Michelle is back at it again (America is "just downright mean"),and then his advisor Ms. Power (not content to be sober and judicious despite past attacks on her) gives an unnecessary book promo interview and dubs Hillary a "monster".

                    All this has a deer in the headlights look to it, as the mantra "hope" and "change" starts to get old, and we are getting back to to a normal old 19th century campaign of head-to-head invective and back and forth — which Obama has not yet gone through.

                    Two things are starting to happen and the Obama pros need to get a handle on it ASAP. One, there is a McGovernish flavor to the campaign of a bunch of freelancing ideologues that are going off message and in sloppy fashion ranting and raving in petulant 60s-style. Two, the shelf life of all messiahs is not long if they don't produce miracles, and Obama has not quite yet knocked Hillary off as expected,. So the above-the-fray, change the world love-ins will have to change a bit since they only get you 40-45% of the electorate, close but not quite enough . He can't get too specific since his message is too hard left and if he goes after Hillary's tax returns ( a gold mine of embarrassments given Bill's who knows what and speaking fees) or her past scandals, he's a betrayer of the promised new politics.

                    He may decide to play conservative fourth-quarter, run-out-the-clock delegate arm-twisting, spike his loose cannons, let surrogates go after Hillary, and still hope-and-change it through Penn.

                    The significance of all this? The two are airing all sorts of things that would be hard for McCain to dredge up and he probably would not, but once out, his campaign can refer to something that is already out in the public domain.
                    NRO
                    "You can't handle my opinions." Moedrabowsky

                    Jeffro is a hell of a good man.

                    "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost

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                    • #11
                      God, this is fun.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland View Post
                        God, this is fun.
                        Enjoy it while you can, Simon Legree.

                        Moon

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Moon Man View Post
                          Enjoy it while you can, Simon Legree.

                          Moon
                          I absolutely am.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland View Post
                            I absolutely am.
                            I've got to be honest -- I am, too, but not because I'm such a McCain fan. This is the most fascinating election I've ever seen, and it just seems to get more and more interesting. It may not be good for the country in the long run, but when has that ever swamped our/my desire for entertainment?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ppg shg View Post
                              I thought the Clinton campaign was going to muzzle Bill.
                              "I am for truth no matter who says it. I am for justice no matter who it is for or against."...Malcom X

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