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'The John & Hillary Show'

The McCain campaign's new game: a Clinton face-off.

Are Republicans hammering Hillary because they're too afraid of attacking each other? Or is it that they are hoping criticism of her somehow bolsters their own -- sometimes lacking -- conservative credentials?

Just in case we needed any more evidence that the Republican candidates are obsessed with Hillary Clinton, check out a new online game created by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

The game features two cartoonish depictions of McCain and Clinton standing behind podiums, and gives websurfers the change to answer questions about them.

"Which candidate proposed to spend $1 million of taxpayer money on a concert museum for Woodstock?" the first question asks. The answer choices are: Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and John McCain.

When Clinton's name is clicked, a yellow daisy sprouts out of her hair, she holds up the two-fingered peace sign and a bubble appears over her head with the words: "That's groovy, man."

The next question, predictably, asks: "Which candidate held Sen. Clinton accountable for attempting to waste taxpayer dollars on a museum for the "cultural and pharmaceutical event?"

When McCain's name is clicked, Clinton's arm extends out, holding a flaming wad of cash, and saying "Let's not talk about that."

As noted in today's story, McCain and his Republican rivals are increasingly using Clinton as a foil in their efforts to secure the GOP nomination.

The Republicans are hoping to tap into anti-Clinton fervor among the GOP base, which are the most likely voters in the coming caucuses and primaries.

But the fact remains that they are engaged at the moment in a contest that is supposed to be among Republicans. With 50 days to go, they've engaged in very little aggressive challenging of each other.

The first television ad by Rudy Giuliani, for example, is a positive piece about his record as mayor of New York. And former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who has been airing ads for months, has yet to do an attack piece.

Those ads may come soon. But for the moment, the leading candidates for the Republican nomination appear content to let their voters judge them on how harsh they can be toward the former first lady.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  November 14, 2007; 1:18 PM ET
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They mock her proposals, utter her name with a sneer and win standing ovations by ridiculing her ideas as un-American, even socialistic. She has become the one thing the Republican candidates for president can agree on.

Do you believe the anti-Hillary rhetoric from the GOP Presidential candidates will pay off?



Posted by: PollM | November 15, 2007 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Hillary-ous! I actually support Senator Clinton (yes I really do and no I am not a "plant"), but I thought the add was funny! Also it is a very clever foil for John M. because if you give the wrong answers he actually is able to "attack" the other republican and democratic candidates. In fact I went through the game a few times giving the "wrong" answer and found that to be MORE fun than giving the expected answer.

Finally, Senator McCain comes out well in this bit, because he was able to "attack" Clinton (and the others) but in an acceptable and respectful way. I still will vote for Clinton but this increases my respect for McCain and makes me more likely to consider McCain as a viable option.

Posted by: mcfield | November 14, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Mr Shear, a half hour with the Rush Limbaugh radio program will give you a world of insight into the mind of the conservative primary voter, and answer this question: "Or is it that they are hoping criticism of her somehow bolsters their own -- sometimes lacking -- conservative credentials?"

On second thought, 15 minutes ought to do it.

Posted by: zukermand | November 14, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post and other media units behave currently in the case of democratic presidential campaign, like such person, as Barack Obama is not existing (they are not mentioning his name in different polls and questionaries related to Mrs. Clinton's candidacy). In short, they are behaving like Mrs. Clinton is already nominated, and her more successful (as it looks) rival is not existing at all. How truthful and trustworthy this media is, isn't it?

Posted by: aepelbaum | November 14, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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