The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


Clinton Party to Shut Down Early

By Ed O'Keefe
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Clinton campaign is hosting a small post-election event at Element Nightlife, a downtown Columbia bar and club. With one hour until polls close, fewer than 20 Hillary Clinton supporters have arrived for the party. Bartenders here say the campaign has rented the establishment until approximately 9 p.m., guaranteeing an early night for the Clinton supporters who show up.

Local television stations are set up for evening news live shots, but there's no sign of the national or cable news networks so far.

On the menu at the Clinton event: Hill Dip, Victory Egg Rolls, Carolina Chicken Fingers, and assorted finger foods.

Posted at 6:04 PM ET on Jan 26, 2008
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If you have something constructive to say, say it. You sound like a bunch of teenage natzies. We are doomed if this is what trash we exhale. Get a grip and say something interesting and worth discussing. Hate is not an excuse to disagree its just an excuse. Race is always used not abused. Get a friggen grip and get real americans. voting is not for dummies. voting is for life and that of your children. READ PAST THE HATE then you can get the facts if you want to. Be vigalent and be wise to those who spew any form of hate. Look what it has done to the Middle East. Do you want to blow up your neighbor because you disagree. DISAGREE and move to the next step. LISTEN WITH YOUR MIND OPEN and your mouth or in this case fingers still. There are facts out there but for Christ's sake turn on the wipers so you can see. Love G.

Posted by: garyg1017 | January 27, 2008 3:41 AM

The HillBillys after a big Hillpoop in South Carolina are off to Tennessee. They did not even wait for their own HillParty to begin. The HillWomen of South Carolina all decided to ditch the HillBillys for Obama.

Hillary packed her Hillplants onto her Hillplane so that she can use them in Tennessee.

Slick Willy is as sly as a fox. When they lost Iowa, h said Iowa caucus is not a real relection since the caucus is not like blind voting which the HillBillys can control through voter fraud. Now when Bill lost South Carolina, he is claiming racism.

Now we have to wait and see what the Hillcamp has in store for Tennessee.

Posted by: ChunkyMonkey1 | January 27, 2008 2:46 AM

There is no party for Hill on SC primary night, because after the bickering in the debates, she now looks like she will be redefined/marginalized as overexcitable and argumentative, and her enemies will redouble their efforts to press her hot buttons.

Most likely tonight Bill and Hill will stay apart to lick their wounds in solitude. What a weird couple.

"They (the Clintons) only care about themselves and power." This quote came out on the McLaughlin Group immediately after the HRC Iowa loss.

We should be expecting another big Clinton campaign strategy readjustment, like the one after Iowa that put the Clintons into attack mode.

But don't count the Clintons out just yet! They will be sniffing around to find some way to smear Obama before the Feb 5th primary blowout. One rumor is already being floated on the fringes which is as bad as the black baby of McCain's in South Carolina four years ago.

The Clintons are not about to abandon their quest for reanointment to the throne. The malicious smears, distortions and misrepresentations taking place reflect a reckless self-aggrandizing attitude. Now that something is at stake they are coming out with longer knives. Mark my words! Like a one trick pony. Win at any cost. Should prove entertaining as they tank.

Hillary seems comfortable in getting down and dirty with alacrity. I used to think Bill was taking advantage of her with Monica, and she let him slide, but it appears now Hill can tell Bill to buzz off since 68% said he was a detriment to his wife's campaign due to his outbursts against Obama. I hope that if she loses the nomination, it will be because of Bill's big mouth and his big foot turning it red.

Posted by: magnum10 | January 26, 2008 9:51 PM

I figured it out sandy the burgler stole the election and throw the ballots over by a construction site.

Posted by: bobojake | January 26, 2008 9:33 PM

where was madame halfbright tonight, also missing in action westless clark, billy the liar, chessa, poor hilly she didn't have a thing to do with losing its going to be the impeached, disbarred lawyers fault.
go obama go

Posted by: bobojake | January 26, 2008 9:30 PM

Hilary and Bill should start singing "DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA" Shades of the Perons of Argentina.

Posted by: Linda7 | January 26, 2008 9:19 PM

tniederberger, rahaha, and anyone else expressing the same old tired, uninformed, willfully ignorant view about who fights America's wars:

Are you really as clueless as you sound?

Posted by: bgranat | January 26, 2008 09:03 PM

I don't know if they are clueless, or if they just spend so much time around people who share the exact same point of view that they never bother to consider if that point of view is correct or not.

When you spend all of your time in an echo chamber, you tend to hear the same thing over and over again. And a lie, if told often enough, becomes a 'truth'.

That's why they post and then run away. They can't really argue for a point of view, they can only parrot it.

Posted by: ironchefofmunchies | January 26, 2008 9:11 PM

tniederberger, rahaha, and anyone else expressing the same old tired, uninformed, willfully ignorant view about who fights America's wars:

Are you really as clueless as you sound?

Posted by: bgranat | January 26, 2008 9:03 PM

The billaries impress me as chicken little democrats... support the war but never send yor own children. Both avoided service to their country.

Posted by: rahaha | January 26, 2008 8:59 PM


According to Mrs. Clinton, both she and Barack Obama have involved spouses.

So here's a question for both candidates:

"Have you or your spouse signed any big deals with the Ruling Party of China.

In the 90's George Bush I closed the Long Beach Naval Base at cost of 17,000 military and civilian California jobs.And a little later, Bill Clinton signed a big deal with the Ruling Party of China to give them control of this absolutely strategic American port.
Now, thanks to NAFTA,(another big deal that somebody's spouse signed,) the shelves of Wal Mart, an Arkansas based corporation, are flooded with cheap goods made by slave labor in a police state.

And also in the 90's a guy named John Huang liked to frequently visit the Clinton Team in the White House.Visitors logs are important archives.So properly indexing them for safe keeping at the Clinton Library may take well into 2009 , or longer.

Bill Clinton said that the "first thing" that hisPresidential wife will do, is to send BIll and George I TOGETHER on a big tour ,to tell the world that America is "again open for Business".

Meanwhile, a fugitve from the 90's, a man named Norman Hsu just got 3 years in a California penitentiary for a fraud conviction. This guy who was so distraught he wrote a suicide note (on a train trip from California headed East) after the disclosure of his having made $850,000 bundled "donations", from NYC "dishwashers", living at fictitious addresses to Mrs. Clinton.
Mrs. Clinton doesn't remember having her picture taken with Slumlord Tony Rezko.
Does she, or does her spouse remember any picture taking with John Huang or Norman Hsu.
Does she or does her spouse remember signing any big deals with the Ruling Party of China which resulted in the collapse of the American Middle (Working)Class?

Posted by: ProgressivePatriot | January 26, 2008 8:56 PM

Now Gtcam, you should know that Democrats are never held to the same standard that people like Neider hold Republicans to.

You see, in their world you don't have one set of rules for all. No, no, you have one set of rules for your side and a totally different set of rules for the other side.

If anybody calls you on the double standard, you either change the subject or engage in name calling and personal attacks to divert the issue.

I don't really expect Neider (or any of the other robots who parrot this crap) to respond with an intelligent rebuttal. It would be nice if they did, but I've learned it's just too much to ask of them.

After all, they only have the ability to cut and paste-not form rational opinions and debate them on their own.

Posted by: ironchefofmunchies | January 26, 2008 8:51 PM

Hey tneiderberger - Hillary claims she supported the war (when convenient to her) and Bill always saod we should get rid of Saddam ..... so what division of the service is/was Chelsea serving during the conflict??????? - you liberals are sickening - leave the country if you don't luv it

Posted by: gtcam | January 26, 2008 8:46 PM

I think Bill Clinton suffered brain damage during his heart surgery! Take away his microphone! He's sick and I'm sick of seeing him wag his finger at anyone that dare ask him a challenging question. He needs help.

Posted by: Chukkal | January 26, 2008 8:43 PM

Obama seems like a good and honest man. I mean that. That being said, he knows nothing about the economy. We are in big trouble financially. Look at the DOW, the drop in value of our currency, inflation, the price of oil and gold. Ron Paul is the only candidate with a plan that will address these problems. Look at his record. He has been dead on about the economy for 20 years. Watch his speeches on youtube, see for yourself. Both he and Obama will bring the troops home. Only Ron Paul will bring them home from Korea, and Germany, and Japan and Bosnia and almost everywhere else. Something to think about.
Ron Paul 2008

Posted by: cptmarvel147 | January 26, 2008 8:40 PM

Go home Clintons....who needs you???? Clinton has been talking to his captive audience for the last 15 mins about himself.........He's a loose cannon! Turn off his microphone!

Posted by: Chukkal | January 26, 2008 8:37 PM

Reviewing Hillary's methodical playing of the "Race card", and "The Perpetual Victim" against Obama; and, her recent commentary on Iraq; Pakistan; Energy Policy; the need to control the American Economy from the White House (this from a woman who hasn't managed so much as a corner vegetable stand, or for that matter her own marriage; but, of course you could count Whitewater); Illegal Immigration; Taxes; Infanticide; Massive new Government spending; Socialized medicine; and, the Clinton's history of emasculating the military, verifies that this grievously flawed woman would be the female version of the Jimmy Carter debacle that gave us the Ayatollah Khomeini who ushered in rampant Islamic radicalism; block-long lines at our gasoline stations; a severely hollow military; and, a record Misery Index. Only much worse. Considering all of her recent gaffes, e.g. "I voted FOR IT (referring to the Bankruptcy Bill); but, I was glad to see that it didn't pass.", one has to wonder if excessive use of Botox has affected her mental stability. It's no wonder that her campaign staff is shielding her from reporter and audience unscripted questions. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | January 26, 2008 8:35 PM

Posters like tniederberger fascinate me.

He is so caught up in his own point of view that he is advocating forcing the children of elected leaders to serve in the military against their will.

The even more frightening part is, people like Neider don't realize that they are insisting that only people who engage in this type of illegal behavior are allowed to hold a different point of view on the war that Neider does.

So I'm challenging Neider to either explain how we are supposed to accomplish what he advocates (forcing the children of politicians to serve against their will) or else go slink back over to the Daily Kos' where everybody has the exact same point of view.

You are a fool tniederberger, and a dishonest one at that.

Posted by: ironchefofmunchies | January 26, 2008 8:30 PM

Anyone but Hillary in 2008.

Posted by: xonroad | January 26, 2008 8:29 PM

The two ugly stepsisters could not fit in the glass slipper. Go Cinderella!

Posted by: columbus1947 | January 26, 2008 8:25 PM

Tniederburger...FYI, America has an all volunteer military. Perhaps you should sign up and gain some maturity.

Posted by: Sigmond | January 26, 2008 8:24 PM

Can there be any Doubt that the Clinton's are Racist!

They manipulate and pander to the Black community when it serves their purpose and they turn on them instantly to try and play the race card so it hurts Obama on Super Tuesday when they see that it benefits politically.

People --- Wake Up

The Clinton's will use anybody and say any thing they have to as long as they win.

Posted by: Valquardsen | January 26, 2008 8:21 PM

Maybe more Hillary supporters would have showed up if it were a hosted bar and the buffet was subsidized by the government. To tniederberger, I's one Republican, who has supported the war and has a son committed to the fight who is defending your right to be an idiot. BTW, genius: what's a "surgot" ?

Posted by: Bummer64 | January 26, 2008 8:19 PM

Bill Clinton was criticized for many things.

George Bush was criticized for many things.

Never once, anywhere, ever in our fine media or it's endless reporting of controversies did we see:

criticism of Condi, Colin Powell, or Madeline Albright for professional incompetence grounded in race.

Never were any of these 3 fine profeesionals accused of representing a faction of the US, and not our total country.

The media is wretched stupid.

Even the crustiest of old conservative southerners is proud of what Condi as done.

And, whatever our views, we all unify in seeing exceptional professionalism by Condi, Madeline, and Condi.

Shame on the media for reporting this election in gender and race terms, beckoning us all to our nation's ugly past.

Our recent history is one to be proud of.

MLK's dream of a nation based not on our external differences, but our internal strengths -- the content of our character ... is coming into sight.

Thank you Condi. Colin. Madeline.

Thank you Tony Dungy. Thank you Tiger Woods.

And damn, damn, damn our rank media that lives to poll by race and gender, and sully this wonderful election by endlessly reporting the same.

A vote is a vote is a vote is a vote.

A human being is a human beign is a human being is a human being.

An American is an American is an American is an American.

Done and done.

Posted by: tdn0024 | January 26, 2008 8:16 PM

Go Obama!

Posted by: Phil5 | January 26, 2008 8:15 PM

Niederberger, you are a "political hack!" You don't even realize that your own party are nothing but elitists. They pretend to care about the poor while they live like kings and queens, then tax and spend with useless social programs to keep the poor down. You should try eating some of what you are shoveling.

Posted by: tpauls2553 | January 26, 2008 8:08 PM

Niederberger, you are a "political hack!" You don't even realize that your own party are nothing but elitists. They pretend to care about the poor while they live like kings and queens, then tax and spend with useless social programs to keep the poor down. You should try eating some of what you are shoveling.

Posted by: tpauls2553 | January 26, 2008 8:07 PM

There were a couple of glaring items missing from the menu; crow and a large magnum of humility with which to wash it down.

Posted by: sepennington | January 26, 2008 8:07 PM

Niederberger, you are a "political hack." If you had half a brain you would know that elistists are for the most part Liberal Democrats. They pretend to have bleeding hearts, but lie to no end to get what they want at other peoples expense. You should try eating a little bit of what you are shoveling.

Posted by: tpauls2553 | January 26, 2008 8:03 PM

Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, the 1990s are over.

On to the 2010s!

Posted by: willowbarcelona | January 26, 2008 8:02 PM

tniederberger just doesn't seem to realize parents don't send there kids to war. We have a volunteer military and the "kids" send themselves. Wise up.
Go Romney.
Go Republicans.

Posted by: asalsedo | January 26, 2008 7:59 PM

Mitt Romney fascinates me, he is another example of Republican chutzpa, start a war, support it from the beginning, support it now, but never commit your own children to the fight, use the working class kids and their famillies as your surgots while your own pursue their eletist adventures. A true loyal Bushie.
Go Democrats!!

Posted by: tniederberger | January 26, 2008 6:38 PM

Campaign Diaries--Great post! I was fully prepared for this to be a red herring, but the photo clearly looks like racial antagonism (until you see the signs). Surprising given Edwards' poor support amongst blacks.

Martin... So, how many blog posts are you going to litter with the EXACT SAME POST?


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 26, 2008 6:38 PM

Mitt Romney publicly professes that he is concerned about Bill Clinton being back in the White House with a lot of free time.

He shouldn't worry. There are lots of public/private initiatives that come to mind, just off the top of one's head, some of which the ex-president could conduct from the comfort of the Lincoln bedroom.

Consider these:

1) Special envoy to Fidel's Gulag to end U.S. embargo on Cuban cigars.

2) Commissioner of Women's Softball

3) National spokesperson for adolescent campaign for sexual abstinence.

4) Head of the Motion Picture Association (with lots of unpublicized trips to Hollywood, and foreign film colonies--nothing like private diplomacy, I always say).

5) Head of the U.S. Office of Public Integrity.

6)Chief, White House intern program.

7)Special advisor, Congressional intern program.

8) Co-Chair, with Clarence Thomas and Larry Craig, of blue-ribbon National Commission for the Rights of High-Minded but Misunderstood Public Servants.

9) Washington-based Rove-ing correspondent, Hustler magazine.

10) "Green" Czar, with special portfolio to promote sowing of wild oats ...

If the Republicans choose Romney, claiming that his vast experience in the private sector makes him tailor made to right the economy, we Democrats have a better argument with a Clinton co-presidency. ...

Bill Clinton has been getting down to business for years!

Seriously, he likes to say that in politics, you have to do what you have to do.

So do a grand coaltion that includes Democrats of conscience, parents and grandparents, and defenders of the meaning of that tiniest of words--"is".

Clean slate !!!
Barack Obama,
'08 !!!

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | January 26, 2008 6:20 PM

Check out this stunning attempt by MSNBC to make the electorate look even more polarized by posting a picture of blacks and whites staring each other down... until you realize they are all holding Edwards's posters. Link: (it's at the bottom of the page)

Posted by: campaigndiaries | January 26, 2008 6:14 PM

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