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Clinton: Get Obama a Pillow

A very odd moment -- almost surreal -- when Clinton complained that she has been forced to answer the first questions throughout her debate showdowns with Obama. She made reference to a "Saturday Night Live" skit in which the press was portrayed as fawning over Obama in the debates.

Clinton said, "Maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow."

Obama grimaced as Clinton spoke, but when given the chance to respond chose not to specifically address Clinton's comments.

As we have written before, process questions -- who gets the first question in a debate, who is better treated by the press -- tend not to animate voters. But Clinton clearly sees an opening by emphasizing the way in which she is being treated by the press.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2008; 9:33 PM ET
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Posted by: TomJx | February 28, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

One thought:
If Hillary is upset about the way she is treated during the debates then why did she insist on having a debate every week for the rest of the campaign?

Posted by: yantoip | February 27, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Clinton's comments about the order of questioning were completely un-Presidential. Not only that, they were flat-out wrong... as the record clearly shows, she has not been asked first "every time", not even close to it. Also, as a debater it's advantageous to get the first question, as it allows you the opportunity to set the tone of the debate!

So I think her whining about media bias was completely uncalled for, and only highlights her desperation as she continues driving her campaign bus into the ditch.

Posted by: gregguevara | February 27, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

If there is a press corp bias against Hillary it's because she has earned it. Hillary and her campaign staff have consistently treated the press with arrogance and disdain from the beginning of the campaign. There were stories about it early on when she was the presumptive nominee.

Yes, the press is supposed to be fair and objective, but when you are continually lied to, demeaned, threatened, and treated with contempt, it makes it a lot more difficult to be fair. I believe that Hillary and George Bush both get the press coverage and scrutiny they deserve because of their elitism and condescending attitude toward the press and the American people.

And it's not as if Obama is getting a totally free ride as Hillary sycophants claim.

Posted by: naazdarovya | February 27, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I thought the "rant" that Hillary went on about being asked the questions first was absolutely pathetic. You are debating a candidate that has been cleaning your clock up to know and all you can "whine" about is the fact that you are being asked questions first? And she wants to be president of the United States? Please, enough with this whiny crybaby and let's move on to more mature candidates in McCain and Obama. This has to be one of her most embarrassing debates yet.

I would also like to address those who have commented that Russert was biased and very hard on Hillary. LIVE WITH IT! I actually applaud him for doing that which many news journalists would have loved to have done a long time ago. Why should she get a pass on all the CRAP that she dishes out. What Russert did was help those Americans who are not decided yet about which way they should vote. By exposing her for what she really is, a big phony, he did us all a great favor.

Life is good when the thorn is removed from ones side! And believe me, SHE HAS BEEN ONE HUGE THORN IN ALL OF OUR SIDES!

Posted by: delakile | February 27, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

To dyork, I was at the debate tonight, and yes, the Obama supporters did not like the Clinton reaction, they did boo. As for my opinion, if Hillary said "It doesn't bother me" to that... they don't say anything!!!

I feel that Sen. Clinton was too much of a nag, for example, when Sen. Obama was finishing up and talking about his experiences hes faced with the Jewish-Americans, why did Hillary but in and give her opinion about how she has helped them?? She stuck her nose into much more than she could bite off...

However, Hillary needed to fight for her life, and failed, miserably.

Posted by: rivory27 | February 27, 2008 3:58 AM | Report abuse

Veronica, you are absolutely right. I'm not sure about tonight's debate but the previous debate opening question was determined by a coin toss - which was stated prior to starting the debate. She really needs to hire an image consultant and not for appearances, but to teach her how to ACT like a presidential candidate instead of a whiny kindergartener.

Posted by: ladycook99 | February 27, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh yes, how about the last debate where the moderator falsely accused Senator Obama of being hypocritical about open government because he refused to release any information about his earmarks. I believe that Senator Obama was the first (and possibly only) Senator to make the list of his earmarks public. The darn things are on his website!

Posted by: ESR1 | February 27, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Count the number of times that you see references to "Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton" back before the election, compared to the number of times that you see "Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama" now that he practically has the thing sewn up. The press consistantly ignored huge rallies that he held before the election, or minimized them. If 8,000 people showed up, they would say "hundreds of people came to see the junior Senator from Illinois speak".

For that matter, count the number of times that you saw the phrase "junior Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton." (She is junior to Charles Schumer.)

It is so bad that those of us in the grassroots organization talk about the Clinton News Network. In truth, Barack has had this thing sewn up since the Maine caucus, only now is the media admitting that it might be difficult for Hillary to win.

New York Times shows them tied in delegates, but the trick there is that they do not count the results of any caucus states! Bias, much?

Posted by: ESR1 | February 27, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

As far as who has to answer first didn't they decided that by a coin toss. Is the coin out to get Hillary? As far as Media coverage goes if I remember correct before any of the primary voting had even started the press had been saying that Clinton would most likely be the Democrat Nominee. The Clinton Campaign had no problem with all that press coverage.

Posted by: veronica | February 26, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

The Press's bias against Clinton was on display today.

The question, "Who is the successor to Putin?" was thrown at Hillary Clinton.

Yet Obama got no similar question.

It was a blatant attempt at a "gotcha" moment, one you couldn't prepare for, and she still got it, or at least close.

This is just another blatant example of how the press has relentlessly pounded Clinton with negative coverage, and outright hostility.

And she's still hanging in there.

The Press is free advertising. All positive for Obama, all negative for Clinton. She has to compete against two media sources, Obama's ads, and the press.

And she is still hanging in there.

Posted by: camasca | February 26, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Who won the MSNBC Democratic Debate in Cleveland Ohio?

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Who won the MSNBC Democratic Debate in Cleveland Ohio?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1788

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Posted by: PollM | February 26, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

The media is ALL TOO INVOLVED WITH THIS ELECTION....LIES/DECEIT/TOTALLY UNAMERICAN ANTICS. AS A VET, I'M TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THE FREEDOM OF PRESS, BUT HEY, WE STILL LIVE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. I JUST HOPE WE'RE READY FOR WHAT'S COMING. HANG ON!!!

Posted by: mitch_garner | February 26, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

The media is ALL TOO INVOLVED WITH THIS ELECTION....LIES/DECEIT/TOTALLY UNAMERICAN ANTICS. AS A VET, I'M TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THE FREEDOM OF PRESS, BUT HEY, WE STILL LIVE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. I JUST HOPE WE'RE READY FOR WHAT'S COMING. HANG ON!!!

Posted by: mitch_garner | February 26, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Chris28,

Your comments are my take exactly. He takes the high road almost every time.

Posted by: GoHuskies2004 | February 26, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

what's with the st. louis arch in the back-drop? I thought this was Cleveland?

Posted by: muaddib_7 | February 26, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

play clip that makes hrc look like an *ss, laugh it off, PIVOT, and talk about SOLUTIONS. geez its like he's being taunted and yet he shows the character and resolve to stay on point and shrug off the childish games. someone is looking remarkably presidential...

Posted by: muaddib_7 | February 26, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has had several opportunities and good reason to retaliate, but he seems to take the high road each time. He keeps to the issues instead of taking the bait. I'm impressed.

Posted by: Chris28 | February 26, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The cackle is back!!! Obama handled the Hillary rant about his speechs with class.

Posted by: dyork | February 26, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

she looks like an angry bumblebee in the yellow jacket

Posted by: funkey | February 26, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

i am so glad we do not have to hear "brought to you by the best news team on television"

Posted by: muaddib_7 | February 26, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Three words: she is done. She seems desperate tonight. The SNL line was pathetic and the complaints about question order was worse. No one ever likes the smartest person in the room and she has that vibe tonight. And, laughably, it's not even true..

Posted by: boomshanka6666 | February 26, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

bobmoses come on. they have given her about twice as long to talk on about every point and multiple replies. if anything they are doing a poor job moderating because seems to be doing most of the talking.

Posted by: muaddib_7 | February 26, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Ouch ! Hillary - I was actually embarrassed for her. I've made my own stupid comments and wished I could pull them back, but I'm not running for president. She's lost it I think. Maybe she's just worn out.

Posted by: bfjam | February 26, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it doesn't resonate, maybe she's already lost, but the truth is that each time it's been the two of them in a debate the questions come to her first and he gets the last word (and then he just parrots her position as his own). It's not a coincidence, not even close. It's also clear that Russert hates her guts.I hope that in the debate for the general election the McCain advance people make sure that the questioners do not have the opportunity to do to McCain what they continued, without exception, to do to Clinton.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | February 26, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is definately coming off angry, but man Obama is getting a bunch of softball questions and Hillary is getting much tougher ones.

NBC is more in the tank for Obama than any other major "news" organization.

Posted by: bobmoses | February 26, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

CH1234, I think I love you. Certainly one of the most coherent points I've heard in a long time.

Posted by: epinchicago | February 26, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

!st break and Hillary is losing so far.

Posted by: dyork | February 26, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's whining about the media is absurd. She had a massive built in advantage with the media at the start of this race and its name was Bill Clinton. Anywhere he went he instantly monopolized coverage. She screwed up using him but that's her fault. Biden, Dodd and lots of others who have TONS more experience that Clinton got completely ignored by the media. If anyone should be complaining, they should.

Posted by: CH1234 | February 26, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

why does hillary have a mullet?

Posted by: funkey | February 26, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The SNL comment will be what people talk about regarding her performance tomorrow. This will overshadow any good points (and it doesn't look like she has made manu) she will make. It was a stupid comment and a mistake she should have known not to make.

Posted by: dyork | February 26, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I love it when any candidate blames the press. How long have they been on the campaign trail? How many commercials have they run? How many appearances, by them and their followers? Geez. QYB.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 26, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or does Tim Russert REALLY not like Hillary Clinton?

Posted by: epinchicago | February 26, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Caps lock. On the left of your keyboard. Please.

Sen. Clinton is in the fight of her candidate life right now... bringing up an argument first conceived of by SNL writers strikes me as a little odd?

Posted by: tim9nine | February 26, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Hillary needs to just stick to the issues and stop all that childish stuff.

Posted by: okon_8 | February 26, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow. HRC really sounded shrill while discussing SNL and pillows. She probably feels she needs to come out swinging tonight but she came across as very whiney in this instance.

Posted by: bradhoward | February 26, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Was I hearing wrong or were their some boos when she brought up SNL?

Posted by: dyork | February 26, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY IS SINKING TO NEW LOWS DURING TONIGHT'S DEBATE. HER COMMENT REGARDING THE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE SKIT WAS OVER THE TOP!!!! I AM A LIFE-LONG DEMOCRAT AND I WILL REGISTER AS AN INDEPENDENT SHOULD SHE BE THE NOMINEE. SHE IS A DISGRACE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND TO WOMEN IN GENERAL.

I USED TO BE A HUGE SUPPORTER OF HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON, BUT AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, SHE'S NO BETTER THAN THE REPUBLICAN PROPAGANDISTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

IF YOU WILL LIE TO GET ELECTED, YOU WILL LIE ONCE YOU ARE IN OFFICE. WE NEED TRANSPARENCY AND TRUTH IN OUR GOVERNMENT, AND THAT IS WHY BARACK OBAMA'S MESSAGE IS RESONATING WITH VOTERS.

Posted by: jessi6611 | February 26, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

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