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Staring down a sea of fried culinary delights--from pickle dawgs to pork-rinds-on-a-stick--Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made a highly publicized trip to the Iowa State Fair this week. It was an important political stop for Clinton, who despite her frontrunner status can still come across as remote.

Shaking hands and eating ice cream at a renowned family gathering in Iowa seemed like a good way for her to appear more human.

But will it help her break out of the three-way tie she is in with Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards in the first-in-the-nation caucus four months from now?

--Anne E. Kornblut

By Washington Post editors  |  August 17, 2007; 3:18 PM ET
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Is Kornblut an actual reporter? - who cares about what Clinton ate, looked at or where she went today? There is no story here. Clinton, like the other candidates has a website for this foolishness!!! I am beginning to think this column is simply a way to put HRC in the spot light when she has done and said absolutely nothing of interest. And, although I'm an Obama supporter (idependent voter not a democrat), I can't really blame HRC - when handed a freebie - why not take it?

Posted by: dpack | August 18, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

While Hil is eating hotdogs, and you all are "debating" Hillary vs Obama...

1. The fed is reversing itself, dropping the interest rates they charge to banks after pumping money into the system to try and stave off what was close to a serious financial crisis. This was all caused - as Post readers are well aware - by selling irresponsible loans to folks who couldn't afford them, and when they default these people are worse than where they left off (Note to the Post Editors - can we see a story on these folks, please?)

2. Gitmo is still open.

3. Three Rescue workers died trying to save the trapped minors in a Utah mine, a mine which was not unionized, and the collapse itself may have been caused by the methods used in the mining process.

4. Mattel has now also recalled toys made in China because they are not safe for children to play with.

5. Iraq continues to be a messy quagmire we seem unable to extricate ourselves from.

So, pardon me if I don't think Hil eating hotdogs, Obama dropping a few debates or whether or not the two of them personally get along these days is vital for the future well-being of this country. I know politics involves a certain amount of theatre, but I for one am sick to death of this fluff taking center-stage above more serious issues and problems that we need to address.

I would love to see the Post pull back on the theatre and concentrate more on the issues. It would help the process, our country and it would give folks better reasons for picking presidents than how well someone kisses babies and shakes hands.

Posted by: grannyhelen | August 18, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I love all you critical thinkers! (NOT!) I expect the Hillary hatred from Republicans (they've had 15 years practice), but I am appalled when it comes from Obama or Edwards supporters. I am a Hillary supporter, and save for John Edwards and Mike Gravel, I also like all the other Democratic candidates. And if Obama got the nomination instead of Hillary, I'd have no trouble supporting him. What will the Democrats who hate Hillary do should she get the nomination? For whom will you vote? The Republican nominee? Or will you vote for an independent and risk another Republican administration because of your Hillary Hatred?

Take it from me. I couldn't stand Al Gore and cast my vote for Bush in 2000 -- and I've been doing penance from the first time he addressed the nation.

Say what you will about Republicans. Where they have it over us Democrats is that they don't bash their own kind in the same way we do. It's how they gained their majority -- and where it not for Iraq, they wouldn't be in the trouble they're in.

Posted by: femalenick | August 18, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Enjoyed the clip above and the Trail column the the Post is running. I concur with two points made in earlier comments: snide commentary from political reporters (Kornblut is one of the worst, but hardly alone) and the impact Sen. Clinton has in personal appearances. As a resident of upstate New York ,I can attest to the popularity Mrs. Clinton has achieved in a very strongly Republican area. She has worked very hard to be accepted here and has a pragmatic approach in representing business and agricultural interests critical to this region. She is a very formidable candidate who has real accomplishments working with local leaders.
Obviously, this is not enough for some voters who are unwilling to look past their
hardened, years in the making loathing for Mrs. Clinton.

Posted by: rdklingus | August 18, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

One additional point:


WE are NOT on the same side if you are for Hillary whom is for the corporate interests and against the betterment of the people and the advancement of the dire situation many have found themselves due to 27 years of conservative Presidents.

Hillary will continue to take money for the pharmacutal industry, the AMA, the oil industry, companies that want to fire hard workers for immigrants that would create high profits for the companies the fire unprotected workers.

You are on the fascist slob side. Most of us are on the side of housing ourselves, paying our bills, and hopefully being able to send our children to college.

That is real!

Posted by: theman_in_black | August 18, 2007 12:11 AM | Report abuse


Thanks Priusdriver,

I am going to INSIST the John Edwards demand an investigation into the falsified hit stats now at YouTube!!!!

Posted by: theman_in_black | August 17, 2007 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Hillery is not doing it her way ! she doing it TATA way , like she was told !
on your search engine type clinton / tata.
She has helped outsourse 3.4 million American Jobs !
her family made 119 million dollars last year form TATA of India , tata gives the orders an she marches as ordered ! greed !

Posted by: mgilfoy | August 17, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse


Looks like YouTube cave to the propaganda game!

I've been following the YouTube stats all along and those numbers have been fixed.

OH MY 'F'ing God!

Here were the number up until a week and a half ago.

NYSENATOR (Hillary's site)

---Subscribers: 397

---Channel Views: 18,652

Johnedwards (obviously, John Edwards' site)

---Subscribers: 3,414

---Channel Views: 587,564

*I suppose the courts threatening to shut down YouTube was enough to make the shift the numbers to coincide with the bogus media polls.

YouTube had been in court all week on copyright charges. How much would you bet they aren't going to be shut down?!

Posted by: theman_in_black | August 17, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Billary will be the next conservative politician to run up our credit to China if we don't educate ourselves.

We need a President that will work to strengthen our country.

If you haven't read the book 'Locked in the Cabinet' by Robert Riech the former Clinton Labor Sec., you really shouldn't be voting for another Clinton.

Posted by: theman_in_black | August 17, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The Breck Boy, Ankleless Annie and B.O.; what a choice Democrats have! No wonder the Republicans haven't felt the necessity of putting up anyone of stature.

Posted by: filoporquequilo | August 17, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

What's up with all the hate coming from the John Edwards crew? Jeez folks... we're on the same side here.

Oh, and just to get some facts straight. Hillary is beeting Edwards on YouTube (and all major polls).

John Edwards on YouTube:
Subscribers: 3,739
Channel Views: 611,110

Hillary Clinton on YouTube:
Subscribers: 5,321
Channel Views: 837,267

And to the folks who like Rudy - you're in for a big surprise when Hillary puts the smack down on him... would love to see him get the Republican nomination. The mayor wears no clothes - or actually he wears womans clothes:

Posted by: priusdriver | August 17, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Not only would Hillary make an excellent president, she would also make history as the second woman president of the United States (the first of course being AWOL George Junior). This Sunday morning, August 19, at 9:00 AM ET on ABC, first-tier candidate Senator Biden will participate in the ABC/Des Moines Register Democratic Presidential Debate in Des Moines, IA.

Posted by: Open1 | August 17, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a Presidential candidate actually went to campaign at a fair. Who would have thunk it!

Why on earth is this front page news? From the video it looks like her crowd was pathetically small and fairly mild about her. All the close ups in the world couldn't hide the fact that people were more interested in the sno cones than talking to Queen Hillary. The last segment looked like she had a crowd of one adult and a few restless looking kids. I'd love to see the outtakes...

Posted by: George14 | August 17, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

[b]On a more serious note:[/b]

Before you foolishly decide to vote for Hillary, please THINK about what you are doing.

Hillary hoodwinked all of us into thinking that she was serious about Universal Healthcare back in 1994. There has NEVER been an explaination from her as to why she didn't breath another word about Healthcare until now!

It's because the healthcare industry promised her millions of dollars to be quiet. Along with a bonus of having a future in politics if she took the money and kept her clap shut.

Hillary is also cozy with the corporate world on education. We have all seen what that has done since 1997.

This country might be able to elect a female President in Pelosi if she stops cow-towing to the lobbyists, but she needs to prove herself worthy.

John Edwards is the ONLY VIABLE CHOICE!

Posted by: theman_in_black | August 17, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Check out the YouTube stats that clearly show the poll numbers.

Hillary is at about 1,800 hits to John Edwards' 600,000 hits.

Maybe, this is the real reason why YouTube is going through a tough time in the courts.

Posted by: theman_in_black | August 17, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the propaganda in the world that the Washington Post can throw at us will not make Billary more appealing.

We will need John Edwards to turn this country around.

ps. To all of the Post writers that had written anti-Global Warming articles in the past. --- When the blood spills from the hurricanes this season, the blood will have been, to a great deal, on your hands.

You murder people with your words the promote neglect!

Posted by: theman_in_black | August 17, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is a loser. If she was not, she would have divorced Bill and stood up for herself. Instead, she lied and dissembled as fast as she could speak. What are her actual accomplishments? Maybe she is a good mother, but so are 50 million other American women. I am praying she gets the Democrat nomination so that Rudy has an easier time on the campaign trail.

Posted by: wellworn444 | August 17, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

With 2/3 of Democrats strongly opposed to Hillary Clinton she continues to be the media darling. Of course it's easy to tell by the tens of millions in corporate donations she's the military industrial complexes choice and the CFR's choice so she'll remain the media darling despite the fact that she has no realistic chance of winning the primary, let alone a general election. Although many Republicans would vote for her in the general if she could get in it. She is a CFR supporter and considered by many to be Bush lite.

Posted by: eco-pharm | August 17, 2007 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Speaking as someone originally from Iowa, grown up in Western New York, and working today not too far from the Beltway, I'd have to say I think it is very likely that Hillary will make a great president, just as she has been an excellent senator. Yes, she's well managed; you can tell that she has tactics planned according to a timetable that is working so far. This campaign is impressive to watch and will be studied for many years after. Anybody who thinks she'll be easy to beat, by her Democratic colleagues or the Republican hopefuls, is just not paying attention to what's going on.

Posted by: lartfromabove | August 17, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear Painterkim, how could handshakes, smiles and speeches compensate for six years of the active support of all so actively critisezed now Bush policies? How could they eliminate her obvious participation in her husband half-impeachment, which, by the way, lead to the bombing of Baghdad? How could they compensate the disastrous failure of her health plan, and NO legislatibe achievements during her entire term of the senator? I think that is is the time to change the entire system of criminal justice, for example, allowing people to be acquited, no matter how heavy their crimes are, if these people are capable of charismatic smiles and warm handshakes, isn't it the right time? Because the entire Mrs. Clinton's campaign just gives us the perfect example of the very similar event.

Posted by: aepelbaum | August 17, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the free advertisements for Hillary, already! Has the Posts reporters already received their invitations to the corination? Look, most of us Democratic activists have seen Hillary and can tell you she all of the charm of a snake. This country needs someone with the courage to forgo coproate handouts and stand with ordinary voters. Being inundated, every day, with some stupid picture of this woman, however, gives the public the impression that her presidency is somehow inevitable. God, I hope not! Give John Edwards the same sort of praise and daily treatmnet you have given Hillary and he would be the front runner rright now. Heck, if an Oreo got the sort of free publicity you give to Ms. CLinto, IT could get elected President. How about a little fairness?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | August 17, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Mr./Mrs. Zukerbrand, mrs. clinton doesn't need ANYBODY to write negative articles or even remarks about her. She has done it perfectly on her own within last fifteen years, being on the very top on the national politics and showing by her entire behavior that she is completely untrustworthy, and fully incapable to govern. She has also proven that she is very aggressive and pro militaristic, but it is not what is needed now for Democratic nomination.

Posted by: aepelbaum | August 17, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

First, full disclosure: It's interesting to read this as an Iowan for Sen. Clinton. Second, by way of editorial comment: how snide do we have to be? Geesh!

Everyone seems to be willfully ignoring the obvious stunner here: Hillary has, beginning with her many stops in Iowa in July, completely exploded the myth that she couldn't campaign her way out of a paper bag. She's winning people over the old-fashioned way - with handshakes, stump speeches, and a personal warmth that nobody was expecting. She's got aces in every pocket in terms of her capacity for destroying the misperceptions and preconceptions people have of her. If you think that doesn't matter, pull out your calculators and crunch the numbers - if she impresses even a tenth of her nay-sayers on these trips (and believe me, she is doing easily that well), look what that does for her. I think that's why her movement in the polls has been so dramatic.

She's now 30-points up in California, she's rocketing here in Iowa. She's turning those high negatives into pleasantly surprised positives.

Based on direct observations of how she campaigns and how people take to her, I say she's going to rock the house all the way to the nomination. And that's terrific. We have many great candidates as D's, but she has more experience on the world stage - period - than anyone else in the field. (And please don't say Richardson - his campaigning has been dismal.)

For a raft of reasons - from foreign policy to domestic priorities and generating real, effective change - she's best prepared to lead. My two cents.

Posted by: painterkim | August 17, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

If there is a less genuine person on the face of this earth, I certainly have never seen nor heard about them.

Posted by: gthstonesman | August 17, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Before, I didn't think she ate food like other humans.

Posted by: sickofspam | August 17, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow, she is doing wondeful. This election is very important to the nation to build positive image around the world. Good luck Hillary. We need you.

Posted by: rao.madavaram | August 17, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, yeah, zukermand, like she, like, wow, ate some crap at the Iowa state fair. I mean, is she awesome, or what? That settles it--the US must return the NY HillBillies to their seat of power. She's just proved that, like wow, she really deserves it.

Posted by: radicalpatriot | August 17, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Except for the guy in the last two seconds of the video who says "you cant win, Senator!" He's right, by the way.

Posted by: boomdog | August 17, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow. She's really impressive. Those who hang their hat on dislike for her precluding her election are in big trouble. I'll bet her negatives drop steadily and considerably as people who think they hate her discover she's not the caricature she's made out to be by people like Ms. Kornblut.

Posted by: zukermand | August 17, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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