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Clinton Talks SNL and Press Scrutiny


Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., chats with the press on her plane and sends a message, from the tarmac at Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP.)

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Holding a rally after 10 p.m. in Houston before flying to Washington, D.C, Saturday night, Hillary Clinton didn't come close to getting home in time to catch "Saturday Night Live."

But her supporters did, and told her about it as she campaigned in Rhode Island and held fundraisers in Boston yesterday. By Sunday night, she was eager to talk about two segments of the show, one that depicted a CNN debate where Barack Obama was given a series of softball questions and another where SNL star Tina Fey praised Clinton, declaring women like Clinton, Fey and SNL co-star Amy Poehler were the sort -- Fey used a term that rhymes with pitches -- who "get stuff done."

"I just have this sense that finally my opponent is getting maybe a little bit of scrutiny," Clinton told a group of more than 300 supporters at a fundraiser in Boston last night. "How many of you saw 'Saturday Night Live'?.... This wouldn't have happened just a couple of weeks ago. People are starting to say, hey, you know what, we have two candidates, we've been focused on one more than the other in terms of asking the hard questions, looking at the record, and let's start looking at both of them."

At the Boston fundraiser, Clinton supporters approached reporters and told them it was time for them to start writing more critically about Obama. The candidate herself, taking questions at the event, complained that she was not making more headway in her critiques of Obama's health-care plan because "we cannot get the press to cover this."

She also previewed her strategy for the next eight days to stop Obama's momentum. Asked how she planned to
"expose and bring down Obama," she said "there are three significant differences that I am trying to draw." She repeated a familiar critique of his health-care plan, an example of how she would attack him on "issues." She said one of his mailings about her health-care plan was "dishonest," although Obama has said it accurately describes her plan to require people to purchase health insurance.

"It points out the problems in his candidacy, which really are there is a difference between what he says and what he has done and what he is doing," Clinton said, in suggesting character would be her second plank of attack.

"We're also going to emphasize more and more the experience gap," Clinton added. She repeated the messages on two signs that were being waved at the rally in Houston on Saturday, one that said, "We want experience, not an experiment," while the other said, "The White House is no place for training wheels."

Clinton has made many of these criticisms of Obama before and made little headway in the last several weeks, but vowed "all of these differences you're going to hear a lot about the next eight days."

But on a flight from Boston back to Washington, she turned lighthearted as she talked to reporters on the back of the campaign plane. She admitted she had not seen the SNL skits, but said "it sounds like it was just great, both of them." She and reporters started discussing what pantsuit she was portrayed as wearing in the skit, leading Clinton to joke, "It's so nice to be a fashion icon at my age."

But she quickly acknowledged not being the most stylish person on the plane, ribbing her traveling chief of staff Huma Abedin, who was featured in Vogue magazine last year (Clinton herself declined an invitation by the magazine to sit for a photo shoot).

"Here I am on the rope line, working my heart out, and people are like, 'She's the one in Vogue. Oh my gosh, she
was in Vogue,'" Clinton said as she imitated people pointing at Abedin. "I'm like, 'I'm running for president, hello.'"

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OK Clintonites pay attention...... Hillary has been getting a free ride from the press/media since slick willie first got elected to public office. 1st she was the poor suffering wife who had to live with a philandering c--ksman of a husband. Then she was the poor suffering wife who had to bring home the bacon because Wild Bill only made $25,000 as gov of the great state of Arkansas. ( I could go on & on, but you get the point.)

The chickens have finally come home to roost and she dosen't like having to sit in the manure.

I've said it before and i'll say it again....oBaMa is an empty suit & does not deserve the presidency. JOHN MC CAIN IS THE BEST PEERSON TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY AT THIS TIME. Although Jimmy Carter is still eligable for four more years.

Posted by: cowpatti | February 28, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

OBAMBI SHOULD FIRST LEARN TO CHANGE HIS POLITICAL DIAPERS AND THEN APPLY FOR THE TOP JOB. HIS FLIMSY RESUME WILL BE TORN TO SHREDS BY MCCAIN--THE REPUGS LOVE OBAMA. HE'S THEIR ONLY HOPE OF GETTING THEIR WHITE HOUSE LEASE RENEWED FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS!!

HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT--NOBODY ELSE CAN DO THE JOB!!

Posted by: MSakel | February 27, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Has Tina Fey ever thought of becoming a journalist? Right now, we have a bunch of comedians acting as journalists for CNN/NBC, N.YTimes,etc., and a fine oomedienne who hits the nail on the spot with her spoofing!

Its so obvious that HIS HOPENESS is getting a free ride in all media! McCafferty is a joke, Campbell, Borger and Wolfe asking Clinton to comments on whether she is "naive"! And then turning to OBAMBI and asking Him the same questions before Hillary said 'hold it, why are asking him?!" The abuse that Hillary has taken from the ObamaGirls and Boys from the Media I don't think Obambi could have stood longer than a week..He's a weak thingie whose 'substance' is his baritone voice and his Obam-opium pablum is mistaken for strength. He looks as if he's high on (I hope it's only that?!) Hope all the time! What a joke. He should learn how to change his political diapers before he applies for the top political job!

Hillary's policy positions, competence and intelligence are superior to The Anorexic Resume who'll be devoured by McCain, chewed out and thrown on the footnotes of history! Why do the Repugnants support Obamarama? GE Electric owns NBC and they want to promote Obambi 'cause he sure is a hell of a lot easier to beat than tough, resilient HILLARY!

If the media misogynists hand the nomination to Hussein Obambi, my advise: START FILING YOUR APPLICATIONS FOR IMMIGRATION TO CANADA!!!! GO, HILLARY!!!

Posted by: MSakel | February 27, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I love everything about this article.

Posted by: L_Rena_Silverman | February 26, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The skit on SNL was just that and anyone basing or claiming the skit supports any view that we should embrace is delusional and if Senator Clinton is among them she may want to sit back and watch her own mocking "skit" of Senator Barack Obama which insulted the majority of the voters in the democratic primary that are inspired by his message and his brilliance. Do not be surprised if she has adopted with all the sincerity that we have come to expect from her by the time she realizes that yet another of her many has not worked. She has a very convenient memory. And that is the only consistent campaign strategy she can claim. Convenient by the way does not imply honest, correct, or fair or factual. I wonder how those folks from that SNL skit are voting by the way?

Posted by: anna65 | February 26, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Tina your brilliant great job..I'll say this much I know enough about Hilary to vote for her...the people voting for the other guys probably can't say the same...AGAIN! do your research and stop getting angry because somebody has an opinion that doesn't match yours..be yourself..be an individual be free!!

Posted by: Brian_lobato | February 26, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Jon Stewart pulls a cheap stunt on the Oscars, Tina Fey follows with her idiotic 'women should vote for Hillary because of her sex' crap and Hillary supporters whine about the media being pro-Obama.

How outrageous is that!

Tina, I'm a woman and I support candidates based on their positions, not their sex or color. Get a over it!

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | February 26, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Well..it does seem to ring true that there has been a lack of scrutiny by the media due in part to the writers strike. Comedy will go pretty much anywhere and it seems that without it there was a crucial piece of the medium missing, the part that scrutinizes and does so with humor. Humor besides making us laugh can also provoke thought something which the mainstream media up to this point hasn't really been great at. There is now a slightly more even handed assesment of the presidential race and Obama's suporters want to whine, and distort reality into some sort of "Fairytale" by denying that the Media has ever acted in such a manner as to give one candidate all the props while the others get nothing or negative press..wake up people and do your research and in the process consider your sources.

Thank you
DEMOCRATS FOR 2008!!!

Posted by: Brian_lobato | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Well..it does seem to ring true that there has been a lack of scrutiny by the media due in part to the writers strike. Comedy will go pretty much anywhere and it seems that without it there was a crucial piece of the medium missing, the part that scrutinizes and does so with humor. Humor besides making us laugh can also provoke thought something which the mainstream media up to this point hasn't really been great at. There is now a slightly more even handed assesment of the presidential race and Obama's suporters want to whine, and distort reality into some sort of "Fairytale" by denying that the Media has ever acted in such a manner as to give one candidate all the props while the others get nothing or negative press..wake up people and do your research and in the process consider your sources.

Thank you
DEMOCRATS FOR 2008!!!

Posted by: Brian_lobato | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Well..it does seem to ring true that there has been a lack of scrutiny by the media due in part to the writers strike. Comedy will go pretty much anywhere and it seems that without it there was a crucial piece of the medium missing, the part that scrutinizes and does so with humor. Humor besides making us laugh can also provoke thought something which the mainstream media up to this point hasn't really been great at. There is now a slightly more even handed assesment of the presidential race and Obama's suporters want to whine, and distort reality into some sort of "Fairytale" by denying that the Media has ever acted in such a manner as to give one candidate all the props while the others get nothing or negative press..wake up people and do your research and in the process consider your sources.

Thank you
DEMOCRATS FOR 2008!!!

Posted by: Brian_lobato | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Well..it does seem to ring true that there has been a lack of scrutiny by the media due in part to the writers strike. Comedy will go pretty much anywhere and it seems that without it there was a crucial piece of the medium missing, the part that scrutinizes and does so with humor. Humor besides making us laugh can also provoke thought something which the mainstream media up to this point hasn't really been great at. There is now a slightly more even handed assesment of the presidential race and Obama's suporters want to whine, and distort reality into some sort of "Fairytale" by denying that the Media had ever acted in such a manner as to give one candidate all the props while the others get nothing or negative press..wake up people and do your research and in the process consider your sources.

Thank you
DEMOCRATS FOR 2008!!!

Posted by: Brian_lobato | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Well..it does seem to ring true that there has been a lack of scrutiny by the media due in part to the writers strike. Comedy will go pretty much anywhere and it seems that without it there was a crucial piece of the medium missing, the part that scrutinizes and does so with humor. Humor besides making us laugh can also provoke thought something which the mainstream media up to this point hasn't really been great at. There is now a slightly more even handed assesment of the presidential race and Obama's suporters want to whine, and distort reality into some sort of "Fairytale" by denying that the Media has ever acted in such a manner as to give one candidate all the props while the others get nothing or negative press..wake up people and do your research and in the process consider your sources.

Thank you
DEMOCRATS FOR 2008!!!

Posted by: Brian_lobato | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Read from the Asian Times today this article:


http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/JB26Aa01.html


All of you Obamaites, it could be that ya'll are all participants in one big anthropolotical experiment where you have been serving as the specimens and Team Obama has been conducting the experiments.

Ever wonder what sort of change Your Savior is intending on delivering?? Put down the Kool Aid and read the piece, its at:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/JB26Aa01.html


Posted by: pkmc83a | February 25, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, rely on SNL to validate your criticism of the media. SNL is a bastion of objective political observation -as opposed to show that makes money by playing into stereotypes, and that is performed by regular, biased folks. P-lease. I cannot wait until March 4th when the voters of TX and OH have their say. While Clinton is throwing hissy fits and quoting SNL, Obama is still talking about the issues and gathering up popular support.

Posted by: Kai_bleu | February 25, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

It's refreshing to hear others mention the skewed coverage and treatment of Senators Clinton and Obama. I wonder if CNN likes Sen. Obama as much as they hate Sen. Clinton. I have not heard one person go after Sen. Obama with the same venom. Ask yourself why? Has anyone questioned the moods swings of Sen. Obama and whether "he's tough enough"? Imagine if Sen. Clinton happened to be African American instead of European American? Would the commentators be allowed such free rein?

Does anyone really believe that Sen. Clinton had a real chance with all the Bill haters in the media? They comment that of Hillary becomes president then Bill does too. Has anyone said the same about Mrs. Obama.

There is repeated mention of Sen. Obama's need for the "white vote" since he is African American. (I wonder what his late mother who was of European descent feels about this designation? I imagine she considered her son an American without qualifiers.) Approx. 70% of the US population is considered "white" so no candidate can become president without the "white vote".

How often has anyone in the media complained or at least mentioned the fact that Sen. Clinton is being discriminated against because she is a woman? I've not heard one comment about this. Why? And when they get really nasty they refer to her as Mrs. Clinton - not giving her the respect of her well-earned position.

Why hasn't anyone considered that the Obama camp leaked the picture to make Sen. Clinton appear nasty? And does any educated person who has been watching the campaigns really believe that a picture would make a difference to the Obama supporters who already don't care about his lack of experience?

Please remember that Senator Clinton's campaign predicted well in advance that Sen. Obama would rule February and that she would regain momentum in March. Ask yourselves how many of college Obama supporters will actually make it to the polls in November? Who will be the winner then?

Posted by: anniethanksyou | February 25, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing that could happen for the Democrats is that Obama becomes the nominee and then flames-out before the election.

And phenomenons flame out sooner-or-later.

To read the commentary, it seems as his supporters believe (hope?) that the inspirational rhetoric will keep the voters high until November 2nd.

But it's not going to.

It's just not.


Posted by: BrawleyHall | February 25, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Thank You, Tina Fey! The media has really let Americans down. I think "change" is not only due in Washington, its also due in the media.

Posted by: psnell | February 25, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Typical Clinton fashion...Oh poor Hillary, everyone is picking on her. I've noticed the Clinton's always have an excuse for everything and never take responsibility for anything. They love playing the victim role and America is sick of them. If she loses TX or OH, I wonder what excuse she'll come up with this time.

Posted by: vflex | February 25, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

chuck8825 writes
"Will the real Hillary Clinton please stand up, because I for one am confused!"

Don't worry chuck, Tina Fey says Sen Clinton is a "[b]-ch that gets things done." What more do voters

Posted by: bsimon | February 25, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

It seems that every week Hillary Clinton is reinventing herself. In Iowa she was running on the platform of experience and the presumptive candidate ready on day one. Then we had a moment in NH where Hillary "found her voice", and suddenly she was "change candidate" as well. Then we had the negative campaign in NV and SC that backfired on her. Now she apparently is running as a populist similar to the campaign platform Mr. Edwards ran on. Will the real Hillary Clinton please stand up, because I for one am confused!

It seems to me that the problem is not the message, but rather the candidate!

Obama has had a clear and consistent message in Iowa and the same message in Texas. There is no drama, no "moments", no new message.

Posted by: chuck8825 | February 25, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I am sick to death of the blame the media crap.

During the real time discussions of the most recent debate many Obama supporters opined that the moderators were picking Clinton softballs and many Clinton supporters complained there were going easy on Obama.

I have closely followed the democratic nomination campaign, one of the benefits (or detriments) of retirement, and think the coverage by the non-ideological traditional and online media has been very even handed.

Posted by: chrisbmyh | February 25, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

How do you know your campaign is in trouble?

When the most positive coverage you get is from late-night satire.


That Clinton supporters are now blaming her performance in the race on the writers' strike is more comical than anything the writers could have come up with.

Posted by: bsimon | February 25, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to SNL for having the guts to go where no one else has dared to go and to be hilarious in the process.

Wake up, Texas and Ohio. You have an opportunity to step away from the mob mentality lovefest for an appealing guy who just isn't ready to be president.

Posted by: janeleeb | February 25, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

All this wining about every little thing and everybody against you is getting a little old.

Everybody is picking om poor me. Poor me, Poor me, Vote for me please I need to win...I have to win against a Jr. Sentor. How will it look if I lose my Career will be over. Please help me...pleeeeeeaaaaassssseeeee.


Try paying your bills that you have left everyone all across our contry and calls are un-answered.

Maybe more of these people should go to the Media so Obama can use that against you.


BOOOO HOOOO HOOOOO. POOR ME!


You are Bi-Polor and I hope anyone but you are not the nomonation.

Posted by: MsRita | February 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is starting to have one thing in common with old "W", people are starting to tune her out. If she does not come out big in Ohio and Texas, it is time to complete what she started and the end of the last debate and bow out.

Posted by: Milligank | February 25, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Let them scrutinize Barack Obama. He'll be up to it. And the press is starting to go for him even in Europe, see here:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/02/25/opinion-the-turning-tides/

Posted by: old_europe | February 25, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

"By Sunday night, she was eager to talk about two segments of the show"

"eager"?
Typically cartoonish and meaningless characterization. Jerk.

Posted by: zukermand | February 25, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder how much of an effect the writer's strike has had on this election cycle. Without the writers of "Saturday Night Live," "The Daily Show," "Conan O'Brien," etc. around to puncture the ABSURD level of support the D.C. press has given Obama and their blatant dislike of Hillary Clinton, Obama's candidacy has been allowed to shoot into the stratosphere without a bit of scrutiny. The comic writers who skewer current events act as the court jesters to help bring balance to the media/punditocricy and their absence has been sorely missed. It was never so evident as when SNL returned in full force. You go, Tina Fey!!

Posted by: tracyandreen | February 25, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"Asked how she planned to
"expose and bring down Obama," she said "there are three significant differences that I am trying to draw." "

This is a fairly obvious piece of sleight of hand from Mr Bacon. Which does raise the question of why a reporter for the Washington Post believes this is even acceptable, much less appropriate.

Posted by: zukermand | February 25, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Frank Rich got right in the NY Times yesterday:

"If the press were as prejudiced against Mrs. Clinton as her campaign constantly whines, debate moderators would have pushed for the Clinton tax returns and the full list of Clinton foundation donors to be made public with the same vigor it devoted to Mr. Obama's "plagiarism." And it would have showered her with the same ridicule that Rudy Giuliani received in his endgame. With 11 straight losses in nominating contests, Mrs. Clinton has now nearly doubled the Giuliani losing streak (six) by the time he reached his Florida graveyard."

And from Eugene Robinson in the post:

"Reporters are busy combing through Obama's personal, professional and financial history, just as they have examined the lives of the Clintons. Obama has facilitated this process by releasing his tax returns, which Clinton has declined to do. It is not unfair to point this out."

Posted by: pinkopatriot | February 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Rock on Hillary! I loved the SNL skits. In spite of the 24/7 corporate owned media attacks on Hillary, the left wingnut radio attacks, the right wingnut attacks, Hillary still stands strong, leading in Ohio polls! Hillary is a fighter, just what we need in this country. Hillary is the most qualified and electable candidate in this race. Hillary can win big in the big states that are must wins for the Dems in November. When the inevitable "bloom if off the rose" and the media adoration ends (and it will) Obama is toast, he's unqualified to be President and unelectable. Don't be fooled by the corporate owned media again who along with their Rethuglican pals, want Obama to be the nominee because they understand he won't win. Hillary can beat them at their own game that's why they are trying so very hard to bring her down. The voters of Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont are smarter than that. VOTE SMART!! VOTE HILLARY!!

Posted by: TAH1 | February 25, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now she will know just a little bit how Ron Paul feels.

Posted by: davidmwe | February 25, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit that Hillary has some good points in this regard.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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