Barnstorming and BBQ on Menu in S.C.
By Anne E. Kornblut
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Her advisers swear she will lose the South Carolina primary on Saturday, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is acting like a candidate who thinks she has a shot, with a packed schedule of events and photo ops on election eve, including an impromptu lunch at a barbecue joint here. Clinton loaded up at the buffet and sat down with S.C. State Rep. Jimmy Bales at Doc's Barbecue before shaking hands and taking pictures with local patrons.
Simultaneously, her advisers held a noon conference call to keep pressure on Sen. Barack Obama. The Clinton campaign is pushing back hard on the notion that Republicans have had a more lasting impact on American politics in recent years than former president Bill Clinton did -- a rather personal insult for the campaign, and one that the Clinton team thinks is an effort by Obama to pander to Republicans.
"President Clinton challenged conventional wisdom in every conceivable way," chief strategist Mark Penn said on the call.
He was joined by Reps. Barney Frank and Kendrick Meek to once again confront Obama, whose remarks about the Republican party as the "party of ideas" over the last 10 to 15 years have become a focal point of debate in the primary this past week.
In one of the clearest objections to Obama's style of conciliation, Frank (D-Mass.) -- whose sister is Ann Lewis, one of Clinton's top advisers -- said that Obama has made a "fundamental mistake strategically" in his assessment that the battles of the 1990s should not be fought again. Frank said that it is important to relitigate those battles. "Either we refight them or we give up," Frank said. Of Obama, Frank said: "I think he is excessively conciliatory in ways that are not going to be effective."
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January 25, 2008; 1:26 PM ET
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