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Clinton Joins the Girls on the Bus

By Anne E. Kornblut
INDIANOLA, Iowa -- In a noble attempt to warm up reporters on caucus eve, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton made a surprise jaunt onto the press bus on Wednesday morning, bearing coffee and bagels. "It's been a long campaign," she said, standing at the front of the bus. "I don't know about you, but for me, it's been a great experience." Dumbfounded by the appearance (her first and only on board the bus since she started campaigning almost exactly a year earlier), the traveling press corps watched in silence as she handed off the goods to Phil Singer, her spokesman, making a rare appearance on the press bus himself. Clinton then turned and left.

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"The GIRLS on the bus"??? There were no women to send? No men? Just "girls"?

None have been more vicious to Hillary Clinton, now or in the past, then the "girls" of the media. Read Maureen Dowd lately? Arianna Huffington?

I see a smart, warm, funny, intelligent, generous, hardworking, AMBITIOUS WOMAN with more guts than I'll ever have when I look at Hillary Clinton.I don't even recognize her in the bizarre, distorted media accounts. But they sent the...harpies...to cover her? Well, I'm sure they were fair.

Posted by: arq1 | January 5, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Yes, someone please fire those so-called journalists!

To every reporter on that bus, SHAME ON YOU for wasting our time (and your employers' money) by passing up the rare opportunity to have an informal, un-pre-packaged interview with one of the top candidates.

What's the matter with you?

There are too many hungry journalists in this country who don't get a cushy seat on the warm bus, who don't get the kind of access that you do, who deserve your job a lot more than you apparently do.

Please, do us all a favor -- get off that bus and go home, and let somebody who will actually do the job take your place!

Posted by: desi | January 4, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton and the "cool kids" on the bus: meet a bunch of so-called journalists who need to be fired!

Posted by: pedjr336 | January 4, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that this article has seen the light of day, if only on a "blog," since it contradicts the canned and inviolable story-line that Senator Clinton is a cold, unfriendly person, while revealing the press corps to be populated by biased snobs who will follow the script come facts or high water.

Posted by: ejs2 | January 4, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Gee, Ann, would it have killed you to ask the candidate A QUESTION? Or do your credentials only cover "sniping"?

Seriously, this is why the media is getting pummeled by the bloggosphere. You so-called journalists whine and moan about the great internet 'unwashed' picking at your inability to do actual reporting and investigative research, and then you show up on caucus day with this kind of gutter-sniping.

Again, since the candidate was on the bus, WHY didn't the media feel compelled to swallow their individual biases and actually act like the reporters they are paid to be?

Posted by: kimberlyrae | January 4, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Yet they LOVE the war criminal (and all-around general criminal) Bush. This speaks more about the idiocy and immaturity of the press than anything else.

Posted by: LisaMaire | January 4, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Thanks Anne for pointing out how completely unprofessional the press corps is when it comes to Mrs. Clinton. It's like "Mean Girls II: The Campaign"

Posted by: hope_h | January 4, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

"Does America really want another 4-8 years of another Clinton drama?"

That depends on the Republican "drama queens".

Most of the "Clinton drama" during Bill's administration amounted to Republicans pointing to the steam rising off of great heaping piles of elephant dung and telling people "Where there's smoke, there's fire!"

Posted by: jbogan | January 3, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Another incisive, hard-hitting, yet vapid and utterly inconsequential piece of "reporting" from Ms. Kornblut.

Honestly, is the reporter related to a Post editor, or is she on loan from Tiger Beat magazine? There's no other possible explanation.

Posted by: pmaysynergy | January 3, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Clinton Joins the Girls on the Bus

By A. Real Journalist
INYOURDREAMS, Iowa -- In a noble attempt to warm up to their job on caucus eve, reporters made a surprise jaunt onto Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's press bus on Wednesday morning to ask her substantive questions about the issues of critical importance to 300 million Americans, such as healthcare, the housing crisis, and terrorism.

Bearing coffee and bagels, they said, "It's been a long campaign, and we know it's a little late, but we'd like to spend a few minutes asking you about some of the issues, as opposed to your sex life, your pantsuits, and your cleavage."

Dumbfounded by the appearance of what seemed to be REAL reporters, Sen Clinton gave a detailed description of her healthcare plan. As she was doing so the press then turned and left.

Posted by: 2 | January 3, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Honestly Anne, are you demented?

Posted by: 2 | January 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

If our campaign coverage must be done by snippy brain-dead debutants, can we just get Miss South Carolina to cover the campaign? She's probably have more insights about the primaries.

Posted by: BurfordHolly | January 3, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of Hillary, but Anne Kornblut and her gang of "journalists" come across as juvenile, privileged, ignorant twits. These are the same lapdogs who rolled-over and laid down for W, while snarling with disdain at Gore and Kerry. Glenn Greenwald has a great analysis of "Hillary and the mean kids on the bus" at http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/

Posted by: diogenes07 | January 3, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Great reporting. Can I have your job? I'm sure I can fart better stories than this.

And please let us all know when you know the next Hanna Montana tour dates.

Beyond asinine.

Posted by: markoo | January 3, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

THIS WAS FUNNY:

"Was it just me, or did anyone else have a flashback to 1992, when it was BILL Clinton Join[ing] the Girls on the Bus, in the Hotel Room, and behind the Krispy-Kreme?"

Posted by: habtesamson | January 3, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

THE Captain Freedom aligns himself with the kewl kids on the press bus (and repetitive poster JaxMax) when he notes that anything that Hillary does is proof that she is an evil, calculating, heartless, castrating harpie.

Good for the gang on the bus!! That's just the kind of ostracization that worked so well when I was a lad at Nathan Bedford Forrest High School.

Kudos, press corps, for resisting the all-too human impulse to be, oh, how to put it...um, polite. For once, you have done something worthy!!

Posted by: capfree | January 3, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

At least Bill found consenting women of age..more than I can say for a rash of the GOP....infidelity is not a threat to National Security..but outing a CIA covert agent is....!

Posted by: susannelsen | January 3, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a sad, but revealing, example of the Hillary personality disorder.

She could have pulled this off if she had brought Bill with her, could have said "Bill and I were having bagels and thought you might like some."

Spouses can be used to show a faux human side.Usually the role is reversed, but whatever.

Bill is worthless, but he can at least act human.

Posted by: JaxMax | January 3, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

How exactly does Kornblight add anything positive to any substantive discussion of issues? She's still in 8th grade, whispering malicious gossip about anyone she senses is vulnerable. I don't care for Mrs. Clinton; she's another corporatist, as far as I'm concerned. But if another Democrat wins the nomination, it would be nice if the reason was because the voters had a clear understanding of how candidates differed on issues. Annie, grow up. Next time you have an opportunity like this, try asking some real questions that might aid the democratic process, and leave the adolescent crap out!

Posted by: indycevans | January 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Bring bagels and coffee to the Little People,

Act humble or at least less arrogant, may lose and need coverage in NH"

You're one of those damned if she does damned if she doesn't people huh? When she doesn't reach out it's proof of her callousness. When she does it's proof of her ambition.

Also thank you Mrs. Kornblut for revealing why the press really dislikes her. Healthcare? no. Her postion on illegal immigrants? Nah. Surely Iraq then? Nope.

SHE NEVER VISISTS US!!!

Posted by: erik28com | January 3, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It was on the itinerary:

7:30 am to 7:31am

Bring bagels and coffee to the Little People,

Act humble or at least less arrogant, may lose and need coverage in NH

Posted by: JaxMax | January 3, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Strap it on, Rosie & Ellen! First come, first served, anchorpersons! Katie, spray the botox! If ya see hubby dear staggering out of the Sioux City Score's, driver, run the incestuous hillbilly over!
Hsu loves ya, baby!? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, ya rubes!"

Posted by: sawargos | January 3, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"And then we all made jokes about her after she left."

Milbank IS so right. "The press will savage Hillary no matter how well she does"..."They just don't like her."

Posted by: factorfiction | January 3, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Does America really want another 4-8 years of another Clinton drama? I, for one, hope that the unthinkable happens and Hillary loses Iowa and NH so bad that she's knocked out of the race.

Posted by: Rollin1 | January 3, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hillary cannot catch a break from Ms. Korblut. She is consistent in her disapproval of Sen. Clinton when Ms. K appears in TV interviews. (I change the channel when she comes on.) Anne: are you still angry that First Lady Clinton gave Arafat's trophy wife a tentative kiss? Get it over it; get professional. We are all tired of your negativism every time the subject moves to Hillary Clinton. (By the way, I am a white male.)

Posted by: jaafl100 | January 3, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

anne, why were you "dumbfounded"....why not a rapid response question now that she IS on the bus? were you intimidated? or, just showing your true non-reporter feelings towards some one who you perhaps don't like and do not want in your inner middle or high school circle? your reporting on this was both immature and pathetic. here was your chance to be a true reporter and it was YOU that failed...not just us...but yourselves. you are a girl indeed....make that...little girl...

Posted by: ogdeeds | January 3, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The fact that a woman is running for President is seen as a big deal, either in a postiive or negative sense. In Pakistan, hardly a bastion of progressive ideals, the fact that a woman was running (and may well have won if she had not been murdered), was seemingly more acceptable.

Posted by: Sutter | January 3, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I can't see in the report where it says that the media bus had more female than male riders. I guess they wanted to keep their distance from the media in order to avoid getting jumped.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 3, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to see a list of the names of these "well bred" women reporters - their unprofessional action, or lack thereof, calls for their "outing". We should know them by name. Helen Whelan

Posted by: helenwhelan7 | January 3, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Jeez, and I thought "Mean Girls" was just a movie. Aren't reporters trained to, I don't know, quickly react to situations and do their jobs, like ask questions of a candidate when they see her, not silently shine her on till she turns around and leaves? Don't you have questions ready to go if and when you get in conversing distance of Hillary? This really troubles me: We simply can't keep choosing presidents based on who a group of jaded self-important reporters would rather have a beer with. That's what happened in 2000 and 2004 and look how well it's turned out. Please, just be reporters and not middle-school socialites, OK?

Posted by: TomHRyan | January 3, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the comments that the press corp, especially the women, have been a disappointment during this race. We do not want their personal opinions...they are not qualified to select our candidate and since most are wealthy, superficial onlookers, we couldn't expect anything other than a superficial point of view. They are most concerned with their makeup and image and it's obvious that they are their biggest fans. Can we elect another press corp??
The candidates, no matter how flawed, are much more credible than the press.

Posted by: hazwalnut | January 3, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

How tacky that the "ladies" of the press could not say a simple thank you to Hillary for providing coffee and bagels. The silent treatment they gave her reminds me of Middle School pre-teen girls who use the shunning tecnique to keep those they don't like in line.(I'll bet they didn't hesitate a sec with the drinking and eating of the coffee and bagels.)
I have every hope that we will see many other kind and thoughtful acts from Sen.
Clinton when she is President of the United
States.

Posted by: Kavanaugh1 | January 3, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh? Are these "girls" actually women, or are they more like the usual Clinton "womyn", adoring groupies from the WPGA crowd?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | January 3, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

To Zukerman/JakeD: It seems that you both are 11 yrs old with the lame attempt at humor. It's old news and he did a heck of a job as President. You two are just a couple of f**kng morons,that's all.

Posted by: jime2000 | January 2, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, you got me on the "social misfit" part -- I wish I was 11 again (of course, 11 year olds were even born yet in 1992 ; )

Hopefully, you go after Kornblut on the "Chelsea is silent, but here's a quote from her" thread too . . .

Posted by: JakeD | January 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Was it just me, or did anyone else have a flashback to 1992, when it was BILL Clinton Join[ing] the Girls on the Bus, in the Hotel Room, and behind the Krispy-Kreme?

Posted by: JakeD | January 2, 2008 04:46 PM


No, JakeD, I'm sure dozens of social misfits and 11-year olds had the same thought.

Posted by: zukermand | January 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Funny, when Sen Clinton appears on her bus, Anne Kornblut, after writing extensively about and referring often to Sen Clinton's "inaccessibility", "watched in silence as she handed off the goods to Phil Singer". The Heathers give the cold shoulder, just like in high school.

What did we do to deserve such a shallow, immature political press?

Posted by: zukermand | January 2, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

So, I guess it was just me then whose first thought was "Hide the women-folk"?

Posted by: JakeD | January 2, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse


Should Hillary Clinton have skipped Iowa?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1420

.

Posted by: PollM | January 2, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse


Europe is feeling the suspense. Or is everybody longing for the moment when the election cycle finally enters it's crucial state?

Here's more on European coverage of the caucuses

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/01/02/good-morning-from-europe-383-days-to-go-and-the-end-of-the-bush-presidency-begins-tomorrow/

Posted by: old_europe | January 2, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Was it just me, or did anyone else have a flashback to 1992, when it was BILL Clinton Join[ing] the Girls on the Bus, in the Hotel Room, and behind the Krispy-Kreme?

Posted by: JakeD | January 2, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Guess Hillary just couldn't do it. And this was her chance to reverse her icy image...

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

Posted by: parkerfl | January 2, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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