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Clinton Camp's Expectation Setting

By Anne E. Kornblut
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- As rumors flew about an internal shakeup inside the Clinton campaign, officials insisted one thing is for certain: James Carville, Paul Begala and John Podesta, three former Clinton insiders, will not be coming on board in an official capacity.

Instead, the campaign, waiting for the primary results, said that it will almost certainly bring in advisers who are less famous -- people such as Clinton confidante Maggie Williams, first reported by the Fix, Texas advertising guru Roy Spence and Doug Sosnik, a former Clinton official who worked with Sen. Chris Dodd until he left the race. Neither Spence nor Sosnik immediately returned calls for comment, but Clinton advisers said their arrival in some manner would not be a surprise.

Still, the campaign is unlikely to make a shakeup public tonight, especially if the race results are close. If Clinton comes in second place but is within a single-digit margin of Sen. Barack Obama, her advisers plan to declare victory and announce that the Obama tide has crested.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 8, 2008; 8:01 PM ET
 
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Hillary: Congratulations. I am so happy for you and AMRICA. Keep it up. We do not need BO(bad oder) Black Muslin to run our country.

We have had enough heartaches with the idiot we have now. I just cannot believe this dumb dumb (GWB) thinks he can solve the Isreal conflict!!!! No wonder his daddy turned him down to travel with him on this trip.

Hillary lets have more of the same and we then can take a deep sigh of relief. McCann is a pushover. He is GOP garbage!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | January 9, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

What exactly is Edward's plan going forward? He is effectively acting as a spoiler. What is his funding and organization in Nevada and South Carolina?

Posted by: rdklingus | January 8, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

It is said to be tight, because exit polls had Obama with a slight lead...so the early returns aren't necessarily being trusted... *shrug*

NH was Hillary's to lose from the start...the Iowa win helped bring Obama even, and helped in the opinion polls to make him look stronger in the state than he really was, but the "vulnerable moment" helped bring Hillary back...especially with her base of middle class to lower middle class middle aged women...LOL

Posted by: squatty2 | January 8, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

And..if she wins, do they keep the same winning advisers?

This is sort of funny. I don't think the advisers are the problem, win or lose. It's just a plain ole political horse race.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 8, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Ann Kornblut shows again why whatever the Post pays her is too much. She consistantly gives her own opinions often wrong and rarely reports news.

The Press may never be willing to admit it but they all called for an Obama blowout. Every story and every tv station wrote Hillary off. If Hillary Clinton comes back to within about 4 or 5 points of Obama it is a win - if she wins its amazing

Posted by: peterdc | January 8, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Obamaniacs start screaming "RACISM!"?... Since the Clintonistas have already been screaming "SEXISM!" since the beginning, why not. Neither Hillary or Obama is electable anyway so it really doesn't matter. In the end the GOP will win in the general election once again.

Posted by: oldno7 | January 8, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Crap I got it wrong again. Journalist. I really hope that's right.

Posted by: slbk | January 8, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

jouranlist

Posted by: slbk | January 8, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Tight race???? If it were Obama leading by 6% would it be a tight race??? Enough already with the pilloring of Hillary and love affair with the one hit wonder. She's cleaning his clock!! With the press crowing about how he was going to win by double digits, up by 6% is huge, seismic. Start reporting like a jouranlsit and not some star struck teenager!

Posted by: slbk | January 8, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Anne Kornblut, 2 hours ago:"rumors flew about the future of her campaign. Several outside allies -- John Podesta, James Carville and Paul Begala, all of whom served as advisers to former president Bill Clinton -- all were mentioned as possible additions to her team of strategists, but each denied that they were being brought in on Tuesday."

Anne, now:"Instead, the campaign, waiting for the primary results, said that it will almost certainly bring in advisers who are less famous -- people such as Clinton confidante Maggie Williams, first reported by the Fix, Texas advertising guru Roy Spence and Doug Sosnik, a former Clinton official who worked with Sen. Chris Dodd until he left the race."

I guess shakiness is in the eye of the beholder. It seems a professional journalist would have the decency and self respect to at least hang her head in shame, if not just resign on principle already. Anne's coverage is painful in its unprofessional and utter failure to inform on anything other than Anne's meow of the day. Please, make it stop.

Posted by: zukermand | January 8, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Whether she wins or finishes a close second tonight, Hillary has shown, once again, the sort of resiliency that gives her the potential to become a great president. Go girl!

Posted by: TommyBarban | January 8, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

How soon before the Obamaniacs start screaming "RACISM!"?

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

It is really way to early to call this a tight race. I think the Clintonites are jumping the gun a bit. A close race is when at 50% of the precincts reporting it is still within 5 percentage points.

Seems to me some people have too much time and not enough patience. I don't have a clue as to where this will go tonight, but trying to make a meaningful comment at this point is really pointless.

Posted by: Eoghan | January 8, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

DrudgeReport:

With 13.08% IN: CLINTON 40%; OBAMA 35%; EDWARDS 16%; RICHARDSON 4%; KUCINICH 2% (maybe he can pull another percentage out of his pocket?)

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's camp has got to be ecstatic over this tight race. Might we see a Hillary upset?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl | January 8, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

And, if it's a double-digit blowout by Obama?

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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