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Wag the Blog Redux: Are Republican Attacks Helping Hillary?

For last week's Wag the Blog question we asked the Fix community whether the relentless Republican attacks on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) were actually strengthening her hand in the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination.

As usual, you responded. Below you'll find a sampling of the most thoughtful and insightful comments. The conversation continues here.

"I don't see what these attacks could possibly do to harm her. Anybody who hates the Clintons based on sheer principle is probably not going to vote for any Democrat. Meanwhile, it gets her name recognition and reinforces the (false) idea that she is inevitable."

Posted by: Corinthian

"I think the constant campaigning as the Anti-hillary candidate in the end will hurt her campaign. Americans if nothing else don't like be told what to do. The idea that Hillary is the inevitable nominee really gets under some people's skin."

Posted by: Andy R

"These clowns obviously didn't learn from failed candidate Rick Lazio: The US is still in many ways a chivalrous country and doesn't look kindly on the bullying of women."

Posted by: Loudoun Voter

"What is the effect that the Republicant slamming of Clinton has on the campaing? NONE. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch.....The Democrats will attack the Republicants, and vise versa. That's kinda how things work. So what's the huge deal now? Why all of the "does it make her stronger" stories? It's nonsense."

Posted by: Corbett

"Certainly the GOP canidates help fix Clinton as the inevitable nominee in the minds of many. But of course, that raises expectations, meaning any seeming slip from this inevitability, such as not finishing first in Iowa, will hit her harder."

Posted by: AlaninMissoula

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 17, 2007; 4:50 PM ET
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