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Hillary: Be Careful What You Wish For, Rush

From The Hill:

Clinton: ‘Be careful what you wish for, Rush’

By Klaus Marre
Posted: 03/05/08

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), buoyed by important victories in the Democratic primaries in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, on Wednesday offered some words of warning to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who had urged Republicans to vote for her as the presumptively easier Democrat to beat.

“Be careful what you wish for, Rush,” Clinton said on Fox News…

In the document, the Clinton team says it is “time for a second look” on the race and the candidates and argued that the “momentum has swung back” to the New York senator.

The duo does not delve into Obama’s delegate lead, which appears small considering the total number of delegates awarded but will in fact be difficult to overcome for Clinton.

Instead, Penn and Ickes argue that the former first lady is better positioned to beat McCain in November. They claim that Obama has achieved many of its victories so far in states that Democrats have little chance of winning.

“In the primaries, Hillary has demonstrated that she is the best positioned candidate to carry the core battleground states essential to a general election victory — particularly the large industrial states of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and the critical swing contests in Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, and New Jersey,” the two strategists wrote in the memo.

In addition, the Clinton campaign is hoping that the media are going to more closely scrutinize Obama in the seven weeks leading up to the Pennsylvania primary, the largest remaining prize left on the calendar.

“The press has only begun to scrutinize Senator Obama and his record,” the duo argued, adding later in the memo that, “if the primary contest ends prematurely and Obama is the nominee, Democrats may have a nominee who will be a lightening rod of controversy.” …

Obviously Mr. Limbaugh’s influence is somewhat limited, or the Republican nominee would be Mr. Thompson, or failing that, Mr. Romney.

But still, the Texas vote was so close, and his clarion call was aped by so many other on-air and internet “pundits” that it undoubtedly was a factor.

The only question is just how terrible of a miscalculation was it?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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