Hillary calls for Democratic Unity

Bravo, Senator.

Hillary Clinton pleaded for partisan unity on Thursday, urging Democrats not to abandon their party to vote for John McCain if their preferred candidate fails to secure the nomination.

Clinton was asked by a questioner in the audience here what she would tell frustrated Democrats who might consider voting for McCain in the general election out of spite.

"Please think through this decision," Clinton said, laughing and emphasizing the word "please."

"It is not a wise decision for yourself or your country."

The crowd applauded loudly.

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Hillary's favorability rating crashes to 37%

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As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it's not the candidate that you think. Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37% positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.

So go ahead, explain how someone whom only a third of Americans even like is going to be elected to anything.

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Wider still and wider: Tuzla-gate hits the front pages

Ah, Google News: such a thing of beauty when you're tracking a story spreading like wildfire.

CNN: Clinton says she 'misspoke' about sniper fire

First Read: Clinton 'Misspoke'

CBS News: Starting Gate: Sniper Fire

ABC News: Footage Questions Senator's Account of 1996 Trip to Bosnia

Now, take a wild guess at just what's all over the morning shows? Oh no.

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Tuzla-gate and Hillary's honesty problem

The facts of what is already being called Tuzla-gate are well known and quickly described; JedReport on Daily Kos has a satisfyingly comprehensive roundup of the issues. Briefly, Hillary Clinton made claims, as part of her larger argument to competence and experience, to have come under hostile fire at Tuzla airport in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the aftermath of that country's civil war; these claims are false as made, as even the Clinton campaign has now admitted.

The story of Tuzla-gate, meanwhile, is spreading over the media like an inkblot. This is no mere campaign gaffe; it's potentially a game-changer of the first magnitude.

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Clinton's fundraising examined

The New York Times today writes about Hillary Clinton's online fundraising surge. The article is well worth a read, for several reasons.

"Go to www.HillaryClinton.com," she said, drawing applause and cheers from her throngs of supporters. "This is your campaign and your moment, and I need your support."

The prominent mention of her Web site was intentional, part of the Clinton campaign's recent efforts to keep pace with Senator Barack Obama's fund-raising juggernaut. The campaign has nearly doubled the volume of her e-mail solicitations, showcased her Web site more at events and intensified online advertisements asking for small contributions.

The article goes on with a discussion of the competitive landscape for the two remaining Democratic campaigns, interesting reading no matter how the contest ends.

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Hillary, it's over.

Psst. Hey, you there. Yes, you. Don't tell anyone, but Hillary's campaign just died.


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"I won't vote for your candidate"

We've all seen them: the anguished protestations by primary partisans, vowing not to support that horrible, repub-lite other candidate. That other candidate can't win in November, you see, and if we briefly entertain the implausible notion that maybe they can, well, it won't be a victory worth having, because that other candidate is unworthy at best, a danger to the Republic at worst. Under these circumstances, a victory by your candidate is a requirement for the continuation of the great experiment that is America, whereas a victory for that other person, orc-like in their depravity along with the benighted individuals who support them, is simply a step into the abyss.

That's really a load of horse-shit.


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