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December 10th, 2007
02:58 PM ET

“Tension in Hillaryland grows?”

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FROM Jack Cafferty:

Watch Cafferty File video here

"Things are tense in Hillaryland these days.”

That's according to a piece on Bloomberg by Albert Hunt that focuses on the situation in which Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton now finds herself.

It describes a focus group of 11 Democrats in Philadelphia. After talking with the participants, a Democratic pollster found concerns about Clinton included that she is devious, calculating and a divisive figure in American politics. They also said that as president, Clinton would be demanding, difficult, maybe even a little scary.

Meanwhile, Clinton's once-commanding advantage over Barack Obama in Iowa and New Hampshire is evaporating.

An average of polls taken in Iowa in mid-to-late November now shows Obama appears to be leading Clinton 28% to 25%.

In New Hampshire, an average of polls shows Clinton leading Obama by 10 points which is down from a 19 point lead she had earlier this fall.

The Bloomberg article suggests there are some political strains with Hillary's greatest asset, Bill. Top campaign officials were apparently furious at the former president when he was quoted as saying he had opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. Also, one close associate says he's been bouncing off the walls at her campaign's ineptitude in the past few weeks.

Here’s my question to you: With 3 1/2 weeks until the first votes are cast in Iowa, what should Hillary Clinton’s campaign do to stop the bleeding?


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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Rich, McKinney Texas

    Just like any dog that is backed into a corner they have two choices either fight or flight. In order to fight they need more money and some nasty campaign Ad's to fire back at Obama. It does not mater if they are true or not. You can bet that the Clinton war machine has plenty of Ammo and smoke to pop in order to diffuse the situation before it goes any farther. My guess is they will pull out the biggest weapon they have which is Bill Clinton who will blame all of Hillary's short comings and failures on himself. In reality that is not far from the truth. Most of the Clinton's failures have been Bill's inability to keep both his pants and his mouth zipped up. Any mistakes Hillary has made are in trusting Bill first and second being put in positions by Bill that she was not qualified to be in like healthcare reform. Bill set her up for failure then and the American people do not forgive failure. Mistakes they can take but being lied to by Bill about those mistakes when he was caught made him a liar. Americans do not readily elect liars and they certainly do not re-elect them into the White House

    December 10, 2007 at 3:11 pm |
  2. Burt

    Quit the race.

    December 10, 2007 at 4:10 pm |
  3. jimmy gannon

    I believe that she should stop using her husband as a fallback everytime she does something wrong and she should start answering the tough questions otherwise people will think that she is just trying to play up for the election instead of being a part of the process that is a part of america. If she starts doing this i believe people will start believing in her more instead of looking towards other candidates.

    December 10, 2007 at 4:19 pm |
  4. Merle in Alabama

    lets get Ellen to campaign for Hillary now that Oprah is for Obama...not a surprise....we need experience in the White House not some kid whose hardly known...Oprah is SO overrated!! Lets call for Ellen to campaign for Hillary...lets get those Clinton years back....8 more years of a booming economy and repair the U.S reputation!

    December 10, 2007 at 4:20 pm |
  5. Bradley J. Riley

    If Hillary thinks she's going to take Obama out this late in the game she needs to stop saying what he can't do, and start saying what she can do.

    The same might go for Obama as well. We've heard for too many months now what each candidate is incapable of or what they have inadequate experience with. This late in the game a change of strategy needs to happen, or we might see an upset similar to the Republican nomination where it appears that Mike Huckabee will come out on top with the nomination.

    December 10, 2007 at 4:21 pm |
  6. Tom

    Hillary Clinton has already made her impression and it ain't good. She could attempt to increase her "devious, calculating and divisive" political campaign to enlighten the people but we already know she is not the one to be president. She is, and has been, too much the politician that we have grown so tired of. We want change and Barack Obama appears to be the better choice.

    Respectfully, A registered Republican

    December 10, 2007 at 4:39 pm |
  7. Shirley Mitchell

    The only poor performance I have seen from Senator Clinton was the immigrant driver’s license question. Bill Richardson is the card, not Bill Clinton. She had to dance around that issue to avoid stumbling over Richardson. I believe that he is her choice for VP and she may even have talked to him about it. It’s too early for him to drop back and support her. The only thing she can do is to continue to address the important issues, realistically, genuinely, and carefully and let others take the dives. Obama played the race card today, big, big mistake. He may catch his pants on fire getting too close to that kind of Star Power.

    December 10, 2007 at 4:43 pm |
  8. David A. Morse

    Jack:

    At this late in the game, its getting late for Senator Clinton to make her move. Unless they make a big blunder, she has little chance to move ahead.

    December 10, 2007 at 4:53 pm |
  9. marti thompson

    I don't watch oprah because the women that show up on her show demean themselves. oprah's holier than thou attitude really shows with her rock star walk into her show. She seems to be a RICH woman who believes she can change the course of the the US. I like Obama, I believe he should be president someday but WHY can't he wait 8 years. He hasn't served as a senator yet and really has no experience. His claiming he was against the Iraq war can't be proved one way or the other since he wasn't in Congress yet. There was some disingenuis statements made by Oprah so she is absolutely NO BETTER THAN THE POLITICANS SHE WAS DECRYING. HER fake southern accent was also a big turn off. Did no one else notice?

    December 10, 2007 at 4:56 pm |
  10. Sammye

    Hillary Clinton for President? , , , please let us have better sense than that. She is not the one to unite the Democrats, let alone the entire nation. Let the bleeding begin!!!
    I would much prefer Joe Biden or John Edwards. They are not only likeable but they have the knowledge and experience to lead us out of the horrible mess that Bush/Cheney has put us in.
    I am a lifelong Democrat and a female, but that does not mean that I would blindly follow her because of her gender.

    December 10, 2007 at 4:56 pm |
  11. marti thompson

    The claim of CHANGE dosen't really mean better. WHAT WE NEED IS BETTER EVERYTHING.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:03 pm |
  12. Roxie

    Hillary Clinton has a great deal of money, a great deal of experience and she is a very well-known person. Meanwhile, back at real-America, where real-citizens try to survive day-to-day, the people have their fill of government as usual. The people want change. Unless Hillary can sell herself as a person a change, she will not be nominated.

    The American citizens are waiting for a leader with a vision. They have had their fill of political leaders who contine to do things the same way while expecting different results. American citizens could care less about a new Middle East, - they want to see a new America. Unless Hillary can bring forth such vision she will not be nominated. The democrats voted for change in the last election, and they were ignored - in 2008 they are demanding change. Hillary's campaign team have mislead her into adopting a false-belief that democrats want she is presenting - they do not. Without a vision, Hillary will lose.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:03 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Hillary should just keep being her same old disingenuous self. She's obviously running because she just plain wants to be President, not because she believes the U.S. would be best served. We need to elect the best person for the job to help heal 8 years worth of corruption, not the most religious or the best spin-doctor.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:06 pm |
  14. Jim Foster

    I was a Hillary supporter at one time,but found myself leaning to Obama now,Obama seems more real and wanting to bring change to the country ,Hillary now seems more like the little man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz saying or doing what ever people want just so they vote for her.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:08 pm |
  15. Jonathan

    Quit.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:11 pm |
  16. Sean

    Withdraw.

    Sean
    Littleton, Colorado

    December 10, 2007 at 5:12 pm |
  17. Chems

    Hillary just needs to be herself, acurate, precise but apparently that is too much to ask

    Chems,

    December 10, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  18. Bill

    Drop out now and avoid the rush!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  19. Craig Travis

    Hillary just needs to not listen to all the losers that want her to lose.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  20. Garry

    what should Hillary Clinton’s campaign do to stop the bleeding?

    How about telling the truth instead of spinning everything?

    December 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  21. Daryl

    The best way for her and the campaign to stop the bleeding (her campaign's and ours; the American public) would be to withdraw from the race all together.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm |
  22. Greg Bailey

    Please, please, please....Hillary shouldn't do a thing to stop the bleeding! Yea, that's the ticket!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  23. Stuart

    I don't think she should do much of anything. Seeing her campaign get knocked flat on it's a**by Obama or Edwards might be a welcome change...

    December 10, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  24. BJ Arvin

    Jack, if she would promise to roll back every law, signing statement, directive and executive order that squelches our freedom and defy's our constitution, she'd be a shoe-in. Just my opinion!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:16 pm |
  25. Isaac

    ...she could try becoming an actual contestant in this presidential beauty pagent instead of Miss Congeniality. Maybe stop running to Slick everything she gets attacked. Is it Hillary running or is it Bill? I see him just as much as her. She has a message. Her answer to the issue of abortion on her Faith & Politics was realistic, honest and gave her real substance. She just needs to "man up" and fight her own battles.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:16 pm |
  26. Pat

    She should get focused on the important issues that citizens have, immigration, the economy, health care and start addressing the people as though she is one of them-that is agree with the majority and make a plan to take action on these. She should also be more forthright and honest on all issues. I would support her more if she took a stand and made a four year plan for her presidency public. She should avoid any involvement with the other candidates in mud slinging-she will look better and portray a more positive image of herself and her fine intellect.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:16 pm |
  27. jason

    Nothing. She should just enjoy the ride down. People are finally learning that the more government you have, the worse it gets. It doesnt matter what Hillary says, she will only dig herself deeper. The only canidate who is even speaking their mind is Ron Paul, the rest are merely puppets of the government.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:16 pm |
  28. david

    Hillary's "bleeding" will not stop.
    The American people know somethings that television pundits do not: Hillary does not understand the most basic needs of the American people: clarity and honesty.
    She [like most politicians] sways with the wind of the polls.
    We need a leader who has the backbone to take us forward and actually accomplish what we all want: improve our infratrsucture, give us a reasonable energy policy, stop playing politics with our health and our children's education.
    She and her husband have been in power for years, and we don't have nearly enough to show for it.
    It's time for someone with guts to take over.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:17 pm |
  29. Marjorie Ray

    Jack, you need to quit trying to bring Hillary down, and now you'retrying the same with Rudi! CNN has gone to the dogs.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  30. Paul W Houck

    Withdraw!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  31. Mary Tarrant

    Hillary should take her mother and daughter to more campaigns. She is definitely the most qualified candidate, and would get her female su pport back. Mr. Obama is like a spoiled child. He first beat up on Hillary for the way she voted about the Iranian guard. However, if it was so important why didn't he vote. Senators that don't bother to vote should not criticize anyone. Also the news media is being to soft on him. Thank y ou. Mary

    December 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  32. Randy Falchick

    Quit the race. One Clinton was enough.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  33. klunk

    Hillary needs to let people see more of her personable nature and to know what her leadership style is like by providing testimonial-format interview/discussions (promos and interactive online through her site). Getting Ellen to help with this would be a blockbuster.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  34. Chems

    Well, Hillary needs to explain how her experience as a first lady is relevant to Globalisation, National Security, outsourcing..etc.....Let's face it, no Republican would vote for Hillary – At least with Obama some Republican might take a second look or maybe a third..and vote for him. If the race i tight, then it can make a huge diffference

    Chems,

    December 10, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  35. Christopher in Tampa, Florida

    Keep up the good work, Hillary, and show your true colors! Obama's the man with the vision, just as Oprah Winfrey says, and has the people's and the planet's true needs at heart!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  36. Rita

    To answer your question Mr. Cafferty, the only thing that Hillary can do is to ask you to shut your mouth. She has been harassed by Obama, by Edwards and by you. The only one that can save this nation is Hillary. Remember, the Clintons know how to surround themselves with efficient people. The president cannot do it along. Please stop your personal opinions which are wront. . Don´t you find it surprissing that even though she has been picked on, harassed and insulted , she still has so many followers? – the thinkers of this country. Read more and speak less and maybe you can agree that she, with he people she will choose, is the only one that can save this mess. She needs your help not your insults.

    Cordially, Rita

    December 10, 2007 at 5:19 pm |
  37. Sledge

    Jack,

    Don't count the Clintons out just yet. Bill Clinton is known to be the comeback kid. Hillary should draft heavy weight Donna Brazile to turn Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina into a slaugther house. Go Hillary!!!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:20 pm |
  38. nick

    Stop pandering to illegal's and start pandering to us, citizens who vote!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  39. Isaac

    Jack, when you gettin' your own show back? Glen Beck whines to much... replace him. You speak the honest truth. (You guys really are the best political team BTW. Been a fan for a minute.... keep it up!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  40. DW

    Her perceived sense of "inevitability" really bothered a lot of voters Jack. It felt like she was saying "hey you HAVE to vote for me because I'm the only one that can win". Well we don't necessarily feel that way and the polls show it. Its simple Jack, people want change not the status quo. One candidate represents the former, she (and most of the rest on both sides) represents the latter. Buy a Band-Aid to stop the bleeding. Vote Obama to stop the country's bleeding.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:22 pm |
  41. sam nativo

    Easy Jack, Just get rid of Hillary!

    Sam, Long Branch N,J,

    December 10, 2007 at 5:23 pm |
  42. bob sr.

    Hillary needs to reach the 55 and over retired who elect all our Presidents. They are a good portion of the 40% who are registered and vote and do, you know the Silent Majority. The rest of the 60% of Americans are busy trying to survive and have heard it all already many times over. However, in my opinion she needs to bring in the big guns to combat Oprah. Evidently most who follow celebs have a hard time thinking for themselves so this will work fine. I recommend Captain Video and his Video Rangers and Captain Kangeroo, that should shake the tree. It would bring a little nostolgia to the campaign and fond memories of when theyw ere raising families. I would also promise them all whatever it is they want to hear. That should work since she doesn't have to do anything about delivering on those promises.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:24 pm |
  43. Bob

    Hillary should just keep doing what she is doing.

    I don’t believe Oprah will have a positive effect on Obama’s ampaign in the long run. People love celebrity and will be interested for a short time. Once the novelty wears off they will move on. In addition, I read that Will Smith is interested in campaigning for Obama. If that happens he's really in trouble.

    However, if our country picks a candidate because they are endorsed by entertainers than we are in more trouble than I ever imagined. I really hope the American people pick are not persuaded by celebrity.

    Finally, I just wish Oprah would go away already. I'm not a fan of her and don't believe anything that she says. She created Dr. Phil and he’s the biggest joke yet to come out of the Oprah camp. Now we should trust her opinion on our next president.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:24 pm |
  44. Weena

    Hillary is our last best hope, Jack. She has been criticized by everyone for being strong, smart etc. If she were a man she'd be seen as dynamic, decisive and successful. As a woman, she can do more than one thing at a time because women can use both sides of their brains at the same time. Men can't even follow directions, much less ask for them. Hillary is the smartest person running in either party. All of her underwear has been aired by the scared Republicans...who knows what lurks under Obama's gray flannel suit!!!! He certainly couldn't take the heat the way Hillary could. You go girl!!!!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:24 pm |
  45. nancy

    why do people label hillary and bill as liberals? is it only because they have black and gay friends? big deal. their economic policies are positively nixonion and
    bush-y.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:25 pm |
  46. Mark

    Jack:

    The two-headed Billary campaign's bleeding can be stopped using a technique available in any standard 1st-aid manual – apply a tourniquet to the neck and turn until the bleeding stops.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:25 pm |
  47. Ruth

    Hillary should announce Gen. Wesley Clark her running mate, send him off to Iowa for the duration while she stays at home and babysits Bill.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:25 pm |
  48. Wally

    Hi Jack,
    Best thing for Hillary is flight instead of fight. Most everytime Hillary is asked a question she sounds like President Bush, and even Bush seesm to like her. It seems to me she shares similar views like the present administration, (open borders, and voted for WMD), and I think people are getting wise to her even if she had the wrong info about WMDs. I think this time around you'll see lots more people voting Independent!

    Wally

    December 10, 2007 at 5:26 pm |
  49. jay sherman

    Personally I hope this illegal alien loving traitor bleeds to death on her own lies & deception.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:27 pm |
  50. Joshua Payne

    Hillary,
    Surely you must know that you can't win without support from the progressive base . Instead of being a DINO, try being the democratic wing of the Democratic Party. It's called Populism.;try it you might like it. We are afraid you are going to sell us out and most of us wouldn't touch you with a 10 foot pole. Istead of having lunch with Rupert Murdoch, maybe have a light snack with Jack Cafferty and Lou Dobbs. They will show you the way and you can show America what a real supporter of the working class is. I'm sure you have a spine. I'm just not sure if it's the kind Bobby Kennedy had. Rattle snakes have spines too, and this country just can't take another bite in the rump.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:28 pm |
  51. Weena

    Roxie, Vision you say? Hillary has vision all right! Who's idea was it 10 years ago to have universal health coverage? Hillarys! Now, everyone else is copying her. Obama's not a thinker...Hillary is. She's the one! Shame on Oprah for getting political. She should stay in Chicago and tell pathetic women how to straighten out their lives. Smart women will vote for Hillary..

    December 10, 2007 at 5:28 pm |
  52. Charlie

    Since Oprah has invested forty million dollars of her money in a school in South Africa, why doesn't Sen. Clinton suggest Oprah's motive of going with Obama instead of say Charlie Rangel is that Obama, if elected, will put billions of our tax dollars into African countries. After all he, I believe identifies with Kenya. He has a grandmother and other relatiives there, n'est pas?

    December 10, 2007 at 5:32 pm |
  53. Al Kidd

    Patience!!!!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:35 pm |
  54. Betty Faber

    Hillary is doing just fine. She is one sharp gal that knows how to take on the "Big Boys' I shudder when I think how many people , LIke the Swift Boat backers who are spending tons of money all over America , scurring around trying to dig up the dirt and trying to find ways to knock her down. I hope they fall off the boat in a pile of manure.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:37 pm |
  55. Sam

    Hillary should keep doing what she is doing....letting the people know that she is the candidate with vision, plans, and has the 'right stuff' to get it all done. She takes a stand and votes. Hillary does not choose the 'present' or 'missing in action' option to cast her vote. Go Hillary!!

    December 10, 2007 at 5:43 pm |
  56. kevin

    Yea Jack
    People who come to this country illegaly are by fault criminals so stop calling them undocumented workers, and go after this president not obama. Find the proof needed to prosecute this criminal administration as a hole. And heres one for ya suggest legislation prohibiting the pardoning of impeached presidents, this should be seen as what it is law breaking criminal treason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    .

    December 10, 2007 at 5:44 pm |
  57. Sue Smith

    Jack,

    Had to reply & am in middle of making Christmas cookies (maybe I'll try yours?).

    I always said I would vote for Hillary and will continue to do so along with others I know. I may even post a sign in my yard (in this mixed-up Republican state, that's scary I suppose) because I, similar to Hillary, stand up for my convictions and my opinions. Hillary IS more diplomatic, however, she does not back down easily while maintaining knowledge of current situations. In addition, she is not afraid to help the American public (e.g., health care when NO ONE EVER did anything before). She does weigh and consider options (more than others who just say things to get votes). Consequently, she is not so egotistical and stubborn (unlike present administration) that she would sacrifice her Country but would make the best decisions with what info was presented. Moreover, she herself did dig in and get experience in the White House. Some other candidates still have no clue how it operates; but she certainly knows what goes with the territory there!!!

    Bottom line, we will be left with a big mess (financial, war, lack of respect by others, etc.) and a miracle is needed over time. Let us give that time to someone who does have the knowledge, skills, AND ability to do the best they can–Hillary. She, at least, will do her utmost and we all know that–referencing the past; she has learned by her mistakes, evidently more than others. That, in itself, is a big plus!

    Thanks for listening and have a great holiday!

    Sue

    December 10, 2007 at 5:47 pm |
  58. bob wood

    The only thing that could help Hillary or any other candidate is for you “news" people to stop falling on every piece of gossip or minor misstep of a candidate to use against them in an attempt to sway people from one to the other to stir things up so you can attempt to make things interesting enough to watch you and increase your ratings.
    Try doing some real news once in awhile – you may find something really interesting – like policies and detailed changes that are planned by each candidate. You really don’t know as much about politics as you think.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:47 pm |
  59. John

    She should find the real motives for Oprah's backing of Obama........
    Is it because she believes he is truely the best to offer..?
    Is it because he is her state senator and has done a great job...?
    Or is it because he is black.....?

    December 10, 2007 at 5:49 pm |
  60. burnham scott

    If you expect to be President you've got to be all those things Hillary is accused of being.

    December 10, 2007 at 5:50 pm |
  61. Peter

    Who knows, really!!

    December 10, 2007 at 6:14 pm |
  62. chuck

    jack what is up with you people.3 weeks ago in a iwoa poll obama was up by 4 points you people where all happy but now that hillary is back in front in your poll by 3 points you say obamais coming on .it seems to me hillary is coming on.you obama lovers need to lay off hillary .

    December 10, 2007 at 6:18 pm |
  63. elliot

    Jack

    She needs to be herself. Not that she's all that likeable that way either, but it would more honest. I think she is extremely qualified for the office and just needs to show it in the debates, as mostly she does. However, she needs to be more consistent on the issues.

    December 10, 2007 at 6:23 pm |
  64. marty

    It just goes too show you how stupid supporters of Obama are there in South Carolina sqawking about dogs and firehoses Dr. King. Talking like Jive snake oil salesmen. This will just go to ignite the resolve of Americans to fight these terrorists/communist That Oprah needs to go build more schools in Africa for all of Hussein Obama's Family members his father and mother were bigot's
    The father had many kids by many different women

    December 10, 2007 at 6:30 pm |
  65. L. Jeanne Douglas

    Hillary Clinton is the only presidential candidate to have had millions of taxpayer's dollars spent on investigating her and her husband to find any possible dirt. that could be used against them. The amazing results of those investigations is that nothing of substance was ever found to discredit Hillary. She passed the most thorough investigation that money can buy and she proved to be just what her critics feared the most - totally innocent. and completely dedicated to excellent public service. I want Hillary to be our next president. I want her because she is the most intelligent, the most experienced, and I have every confidence that she will be one of America's best leaders ever.

    It saddens me that Cafferty seems to want to smear and ridicule Hillary. Of course she can take it and a million other Cafferty types. But why, Cafferty, are you lowering yourself to be so downright mean and unobjective? Are you planning to smear each presidential candidate to be fair? Jeanne of St. Louis

    December 10, 2007 at 6:44 pm |
  66. G.R.

    Someone needs to tell her to "Back away from the microphone".

    December 10, 2007 at 6:51 pm |
  67. TaraLee Montebello

    "what should Hillary Clinton’s campaign do to stop the bleeding? Her campaign isn't gonna stop the bleeding . It's up to the CONGRESS "END THIS WAR first of all! Too much unsessesary blood shed as it is. It's gonna take more than a campaign to bring our children home. As far as the presidency is concerned, Bill served his term. She will only be running our country through her husband and he would, once again, be "leading the country" Just through her body & soul. Sorry to say it's all phoney to me........

    December 10, 2007 at 6:57 pm |
  68. Carolyn

    Our best interests would be served if Hillary would take a long HOT bubble bath.

    I would truely love to see the people win this election and not the elite, we have no voice in who is nominated in any party, not really. The electorial college is far outdated and should be removed.

    Unless we get a president with integrity and strength and courage, a house and congress without all the perks and old boy crap we really hav'nt a chance

    December 10, 2007 at 7:18 pm |
  69. Michael

    If Hillary is smart , she'll think of how she can get Al Gore's endorsement. I know that Al Gore is not too keen on endorsing Hillary right now. I think I have the solution for Hillary and I am certainly not going tell it in this blog for every one to see. But I just want to say the there is an issue out there to get to Al Gore and surprisingly it's not thu global warming issues.

    December 10, 2007 at 7:43 pm |
  70. Bob Timleten

    All these comments about Hillary sound like the same ones that voted for our great one BUSH!!
    How about it losers?

    December 10, 2007 at 7:52 pm |
  71. circy

    Why do some people think Hillary has more experience than other Presidential candidates? Just what experience are they talkiing about? Being First Lady for eight years qualifies her only for Betty Crocker's kitchen! And every time she speaks, her expression betrays what she is saying. And it seems that she can't function without Bill beside her. I don't want a couple for President, I want an individual. I once believed in what Democratic Party candidates said. But every single Democratic candidate for President wants amnesty for illegal aliens, whether they admit it or not. And if any of them were elected they would push for amnesty. Count me out on that alone. I believe in the law, not in rewarding criminals. There isn't very much sincerity among the Republican candidates either (except Ron Paul, who probably can't get elected because of bias in the national media). However, there appears to be hope that they won't betray American taxpayers with the amnesty card, which will cost us an unbelievable amount of money (two trillion dollars over a 30 year period). So, my advice to Hillary is; write your autobiography, and be content with what you've accomplished.

    December 10, 2007 at 9:22 pm |
  72. Beth, NC

    First let me begin by saying, there are some real crazies that post on this blog.

    Second, I am a 26yr college educated black woman and I have been against Hillary since her announcement. What can she do to stop the bleeding? I honestly think it might be too late. She has created this tough, devious image that I just feel is wrong for our country. I've had enough of the bushy run American and it seems her administration will continue to perpetuate that same tactics. Look how she runs her campaign? She can't just run on her record or merit; she had to trash others. I really wish people would wake up and see:

    A) That she has never run against anyone tough in NY (I should know, NY native)
    B) Her administration will not bring Bill back into office (if anything I feel she will make sure he plays no role in her cabinet. She is only using him to get elected.
    C) She is just not genuine in anything she says and does not have the middle class especially in mind

    I love the momentum behind Barack. I've been a fan of his since the 2004 Democratic National Convention. When he speaks, I feel he speaks to me and every other person that is that struggling to keep the lights on. We can not continue in this direction and remain a great nation. We the middle class are the ones who are really bleeding! I ask my friends who feel voiceless in this nation, well what are you doing to make a change in who controls our country and I feel Barack is it!

    Respectfully yours,
    Beth from NC

    PS Jack, I’ve been a fan since I lived in NY, I hope you really do have your own show again!

    December 10, 2007 at 9:44 pm |
  73. jim rogers

    She should get out of the race,I dont like any of them as they are all for the illegals, & will not do a dame thing for us americans, just power is all they want & to help other countrys for a big kick back & money in thier pocket.Im going INDEPENDENT from now on.I want to thank you & Lou Dobbs for letting us know the truth.P>S>keepup the good work.

    December 11, 2007 at 12:12 am |
  74. Don

    I just wouldn't vote for her because of her past. A leopard doesn't change it's spots! I don't want more of the same!

    We need someone in there that is not a puppet like our current president has been! Bill Clinton and George Bush have sold this country out from under the American people!! She'll just do more of the same!!!

    Since clinton in WH this country sold out to china ,india ,mexico with NAFTA UNFAIR FREE TRADE because coorporation telll them and their agenda open border.

    Hillary Clinton will be giving many welfare benefits when she becomes President to all looser using middle class.

    why people in their mind vote whos husband got impeach and she is do nohing whole the worl spit to us

    December 11, 2007 at 2:21 am |
  75. Hubie Nelson

    To Jack and all you Hillary Haters:

    Shame, Shame, many of you have never seen Hillary, never heard her speak in person you just hate her because of what you heard someone else said about her or because how well she running her campaign. She might not become president, but she is qualified to be president. All the democratic candidates running for president would be better then WHAT we had the past seven years.

    Jack you would be better than what we got now. Lou suddenly would be better than what we got now. I hope that Hillary win. My second choice is Obama, after Obama it really doesn't matter as long as it not a Republican.

    Hubie L. Nelson II
    Byhalia, MS

    December 11, 2007 at 7:48 am |
  76. Ed

    Why doesn't our country field leaders anymore. I would have liked to see Hillary Clinton (the Anti-Christ) waterboarded for some of her responses to the Senate Investigations on Bubba's shenanagans, White Water, Mena, Iran Contra, Barry Seal, Travel Gate, etc. "I'm sorry Senator, I don't recall....", "I think we should just wait until it comes out in the news", sounds like she has George W's litany down pat. even before she held office. What about the Chi Com contributions to Bubba's campaign, when are we going to hear about that from her? The good thing about Obama is that he's a little naive and hasn't been around long enough to be bought and sold by special interests. The down side of that is that is who knows when and who will get to him first. What ever happened to guys like Ross Perot? Professional politicians are killing our country. If all these guys are for the working class, who is donationg all the money and why? Thomas Jefferson was right, about every ten years there should be a new revolution. The "good ol' boy" network isn't working for anyone but the special interests.

    I'm an independant because no-one represents my family.

    December 11, 2007 at 8:23 am |
  77. Gaylon Barrow

    Same old comments Republicans like to blame Bill and call him a liar. I tired of hearing that. It 's like no Republican ever lied in office. George Bush Jr, Nixon, etc. We just had the best economy ever while he was in office. Oh yeah didn't he leave three trillion dollars in escrow that dummy quickly gave away knowing he was going into war. What does that tell you stupid Republicans. Yeah then theres Oprah, what a crediabilty. She builds a multi-million dollar school (which is good i give her that) then she can't even form a committee to hire professional teachers and not child abusers. Has it been too long for you american people to forget what she did to the beef industry where they wound suing her A–! Dr. Phil to the rescue there. Is there anyone who can tell me what Obama's platform is other than we're going to try something new. Come on now. He will be a blooming idiot in office. Maybe he will name Oprah to his cabinet so she can advise him. Hillary is the only chose for america and the american people better not forget this when they go to the polls. Come on Iowans don't let all the Oprah hype fool you. You vote for a snake and you get the head of a snake. No matter what he screams that he is Church of Christ. that remark is only a convenient remark for him to cover his tracks. He is a working muslim and not the kind that has America's interest at heart. VOTE HILLARY for the sake of the survival of America. Remember what Nostradomus said the Princess will bring the Eagle back from ruin. We are facing bad times. Do not make it any worse.

    December 11, 2007 at 10:03 am |
  78. John

    Jack...
    I told you Monday...Never NEVER trust anything that bleeds for 31/2 weeks and doesn't die....
    It's over, she's through....
    The only possible winning ticket the Democrats is Edwards and Obama. Edwards should be President today, and would have been easily re-elected. They just can't put a ticket toghether and thats why they will lose the election.

    December 11, 2007 at 10:49 am |
  79. Davi

    Jack, As to what hillary C. should do to stop the bleeding I must plead ignorance and apathy, dont know or care. I am for Buggs Bunny for president. He is cute,cuddly and smarter than the canidates, Republican and Democrat, that are seeking the office. I am one of the people sick and tired of the whole bunch, and have been a registered Independent for a couple of decades. This country needs and deserves better than we will be getting next November.

    December 11, 2007 at 11:07 am |
  80. Joan Nicholson

    Hillary (and any other candidate) needs to say that she will listen to the people and do her best to take the best actions in our interest. Leaders should not FORCE their policies (ala' the Bush bullies) on the people. They should explain to the people what the issues are and what they would like to do to resolve them, but, in the end, their actions and decisions should be supported by the majority of the people.

    Our leaders are not there to TELL us what to do; they are there to do what we want and need them to do for OUR well being. They are not there to spend our hard-earned tax money on whatever ill-conceived policy they want to do. This includes the economy, health care, immigration and war! When did this country change from being a democracy to being a monarchy?

    George Bush has it all wrong: he was not elected as "decider!" A president is not a king. Our next President better listen to the people. More important, the people better speak up loud and clear!

    December 11, 2007 at 11:54 am |
  81. Allan Hanson

    What is there about prosperity you don't like. The Clinton years were the best we have had for a long time. King George II killed it all off. The Palastine / Isreal conflict was nearly sealed, but Bush screwed it up. The economy was going great but Bush screwed that up. and on and on. Hillery has coauthored over 50 bills with Republican Senators, has any one else showed that they can work with both sides? The big problem is the "so called liberal media" they want a Democrat that the Republicans can beat. Can this country stand even 4 more years of the Republican Administration? Straightening up the mess we are in now will be a big job. The Clintons can do better than anybody else. We need to get the rest of the world in our corner again The Clintons can do best. It will be a big job.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:40 pm |
  82. brian b

    Considering the myriad of monumental issues facing this country, the last thing we need is a control-freak menopausal female making global decisions.
    America, wake up.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:51 pm |
  83. Elizabeth

    I will vote for Hillary because she tried to fix healthcare before it was cool to talk about it. She didn't make it but I feel she tried which is more than anyone else has. She learned a lot about politics, diplomacy and how the world views us and its importance. I just hope when she wins everyone will let her do her job and not spend time and money trying to thwart her.

    December 11, 2007 at 5:58 pm |
  84. Barry

    I don't see anyone out there that I would go vote for all any of them have done so far is complain, down grade each other, and spend money. No one has really offered any solutions, said how we will pay off this mess. apologized for mistakes made, or offered help to the families for the sacrifices these brave young men and women have made.

    What has happened to the laws we have they can't or won't enforce them all they can think about is Power, Money, Spend, and Greed.

    Bush will go down in history as a self-centered liar, greedy, and anything for power. Congress and Senate won't be far behind. I will vote for the man or woman that brings responsibility, honesty, credibilty and knows the word ethics exist.
    Barry

    December 11, 2007 at 6:58 pm |
  85. GKGermain

    With the exception of one Jeff Toobin – (I'm still not sure, but I think he's more fair than most)....
    I don't believe there is a male or even a female at CNN, who is a mature enough human being to vote for a woman for President. (I only wish there was.)
    And don't bother yakking about how many women executives there are, and Producers etc......you should know better.

    Certainly not Gloria Borger or Campbell....I'm almost certain they're republicans....it's so glaringly obvious.

    And Jack, don't enhance the negs. on Hillary Clinton....that's a crock.....just love to hear you roaring with pride if one of your daughters was running, and 'AHEAD'.

    Bought your book....and love it.....stay true to it please.

    There are so many male and female anchors/reporters who I admire and respect.....and yet I still don't think they've got the guts to be a part of making history. And I'm not from Senator Clinton's campaign. I'm not even from your country. I can just hope that she is the next President, and helps to heal the terrible deep wounds.....the world over.

    December 11, 2007 at 7:32 pm |
  86. Rick

    Nothing what so ever, she is evil and people are catching on. Bleed away! Besides she does not have a solid ground on anything. Healthcare you say, she wants healthcare Governmentalized, people always complain about how inefficient Government agencies are yet they what the Government to sponsor Healthcare. Seriously folks lets be realistic. If that ever happens then you, the people, will never again have a say in the type of healthcare you receive.

    December 12, 2007 at 4:03 am |
  87. chuck jacobs

    Call me strange or maybe just a little more expirenced than some people when it comes to women. Hillary is down right nuts in my opinion. I saw that the first time she spoke to the masses. I can't even imagine her as president. The bleeding stopped with her probaly about 5 years ago but the insanity will never stop!

    December 12, 2007 at 9:51 am |
  88. Jack

    I just wonder what it is going to take before the voters in this country can see the stripes on the "Tiger" I can not believe that the media is pushing for Hilary to be the next President of this country. How can anyone with an IQ over 10 even begin to think that this FAR LEFT LIBERAL with do anything to solve the problems now facing us as a nation.

    December 12, 2007 at 11:17 am |
  89. Elizabeth

    We need to have one vote, Jan 3, 08 across the country. Then the top two should go at it. Next we need to get rid of the Electoral College. Technology has/will make it possible for every voice to be heard.

    December 12, 2007 at 1:52 pm |
  90. alice brown

    First of all she needs to show the voters she can stand on her own and stop running to Bill when things get tough. It gives her a weak appearance. Americans do not want to see any re-run in the president's office. We need fresh new ideas, strong leadership, above all, a president that we can "trust". Personally I see none of these qualities in Hillary. We can't trust her to say what she really means.....only what will get her elected. Obama is looking better and better all the time to me, and obviously to a lot of others as well. I pray hillary's slippery slope down keeps sliding. The country needs to go in another direction, not backwards!

    December 12, 2007 at 4:58 pm |
  91. mitzi morris

    Jack, I like you a lot, but your sarcasm and efforts regarding Hillary are biased and unworthy of your sense of fairness. You've failed to show up Obama's devious ploy in hiding his State Senate records.

    I don't have to like my President. Bush was considered more "likeable" than Gore, and Gore was gored by the Media as unlikeable. Look where we are now.

    Arianna Huffington helped Nader bring Gore down and deliverd over 80,000 votes in Fla, despite Gore winning popular with over 500,000.

    My point? The MSM just keeps repeating itself with Hillary Hate largely engenderd, framed, and deliverd by Rove and the MSM. Of course, as with Nader, Hillary is hated by left wing and some independents as Arianna and others flog the Hate Hillary campaign. GOP prays for Obama.

    She could add something by spending more personal one on one time with smaller groups and talk about her strengths and the country's need for her experience.
    Focus, persistence and fight.. No cat fighting. Fact fighting.

    She should not make a big change in her campaign group. But she needs better marketing expertise as Rove knew well where the votes really are and how to go after them with marketing know how. Wall-Mart knows this stuff.

    She still has to appeal by countering questions re: the votes made by Obama that he buried in Illinois as State Senator for 8 yrs. He has no record but some could be dug up. Again MSM has not done due diligence.

    She must convince that she can handle the dangerous and complex world we face as well as healthcare and economy sliding into recession., better than Obama. Obama is vague....challenge him to specificity.

    It would be good if you did not insure more of GOP destruction of democracy as we've known it, by giving Hillary a break.

    Jack, you say the Democrats and GOP are alike and both are bad, etc. Jack I heard this before when Arianna Huffington and the lefty purists kept insisting Al Gore and Bush were one. Nader? Who now to derail our future?

    December 12, 2007 at 5:08 pm |
  92. Grover Liese

    Hillary is a classic politician, projecting a chrome-like shiny exterior constructed over a foundation that shifts as often as the weather changes.
    We need more than that to restore our self respect.
    But I just heard her almost bawdy laugh and I approve of it.

    December 12, 2007 at 5:45 pm |
  93. EF Phoenix, AZ

    The reason Hillary is slipping in the polls is that people are finally figuring out that she is not the best qualified to be the Democratic nominee. Just because she was annointed the early front runner by mainstream media does not mean the Main Street USA has to buy into that notion. I also think people are seeing Bill come to the rescue: does that mean if she was President and was having a hard time, would Bill take the reins? Sounds scary to me.

    December 12, 2007 at 5:54 pm |
  94. Monica Lane

    Hillary is demanding scary and divisive? How is she so different from the current administration or a Guiliani/Huckabee/Romney/Obama/McCain take your pick administration.
    Except that she is a woman and she is supposed to be soft sweet and cuddly and she is not............She is not running for a Mary Poppins stand in she is running for the leader of the free world. What do you people expect?

    December 12, 2007 at 9:43 pm |
  95. Bill Wallen

    Thursday 12/13/07
    If I've gained nothing else from spending the winter in Sugar Springs, I've learned to walk like a penguin, between the snow and ice, there is no walking heel toe, you have to walk side to side, "like a penguin".

    As a consequence of the above, I spend a lot of time watching TV.
    While watching the Republican debates in Iowa yesterday, I discovered the only Republican I could in conscience, vote for, isn't even in the mix "Chuck Hagel".

    How could anyone vote for a person whose faith is built around the "Garden of Eden" having been in Missouri, and it's OK to have numerous wives.

    The guy from New York is a joke........
    John Mccain is older than dirt.......
    Fred Thompson Duh should go back to Law and Order

    I'M AN AMERICAN, MY FIRST CONSIDERATION IS WHAT IS BEST FOR THE MOST PEOPLE.

    I don't see that among the Republicans, any of the Republicans!

    I have problems with the Democrats also, in an Obama administration, what would his cabinet look like?
    Al Sharpton, Secretary of Defense.
    Jesse Jackson, Attorney General.
    Oprah Winfrey, Press Secretary.
    If this is construed that I am predigest, I suppose to some degree I am.....
    I feel if the Democrats are dumb enough to nominate Obama, they are handing the White House back to the Republicans..............................

    No matter how you feel, the only electable one on the Democratic slate is Hillary Clinton with Joe Biden in the second seat.

    Being an American, I am certain if we allow the Republicans to retain the Oval Office, we will become a third world country, if we aren't already!

    If this offends anyone, I would suggest before you fire off an angry response, take a deep breath and think about where we are and how we got there, then if you still think we are in a good place and time, then have at it!

    I'm including a message I sent out in 2000 regarding the Supreme Court giving the Presidency to George W Bush

    From: "Dewey Wallen" Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
    To: Undisclosed-Recipient@,
    Subject: FW: A Crime
    Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 20:03:42 -0500

    If George W. Bush is allowed to take the White House, it will be the worst thing that has happened to our Democracy since the Civil War..
    It would make the Long's of Louisiana, The Daley's of Chicago and The Tammany Hall thugs of New York all look like child's play... I'm not sure our Democracy can survive such a travesty.I can't help wondering what things will look like, if this happens, in four years.

    I remain an American and very proud

    Hope springs eternal

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

    December 13, 2007 at 10:14 am |
  96. Bill Wallen

    I can't imagine why anyone would not want Hillary as President, nor can I amagine the downside to Bill Clinton being First gentleman.............

    I'm 80 years old, and I must admit Bill was the best leader of my lifetime.

    I would vote for him again!

    December 13, 2007 at 10:18 am |
  97. Bill Wallen

    I believe one of the requirements to become a candidate for President, is to have an IQ above 120
    Hillary meets this standard

    We've had enough C students as President

    December 13, 2007 at 10:53 am |
  98. Bill Wallen

    Jack
    Wake up, women are going to rule the world.
    Hillary is a lot better than Condi

    December 13, 2007 at 10:55 am |
  99. b mathews

    SEEING OPRAH, OBAMA AND HIS WIFE STANDING ON THAT STAGE TOGETHER LOOKED A BIT TOO SCARY FOR MANY FOLKS. WITHOUT SAYING A WORD, THEY MADE IT LOOK TOO MUCH LIKE A RACIAL ISSUE. OPRAH NEEDS TO STICK TO SELLING BOOKS..NOT PRESIDENTS.

    December 16, 2007 at 5:39 pm |
  100. b mathews

    I ALSO NOTICED THAT THE FURTHER SOUTH OPRAH AND OBAMA WENT..THE MORE PRONOUNCED THEIR SOUTHERN ACCENT BECAME. I ALSO DONT LIKE THE FACT THAT OBAMA'S WIFE CALLED FOR ALL BLACK PEOPLE TO WAKE UP. WHAT EXACTLY DID SHE MEAN BY THAT? SEEMS TO ME THEY ARE THE ONES MAKING THIS A RACIAL ISSUE.

    December 16, 2007 at 5:42 pm |
  101. Swati

    "Angry Hilary" on Saturday night debate made herself defensive, aggressive, insecure when her opponents were quite well poised and elloquent. Clintons ran the United States of America for eight years; nothing great came out of it except free fall of the Stock Market from Empire State Building, followed by Mr. Bush's autocracy who could not stop the WTCs fall. It is a shame that the "status quo" still whats to stay alive. We are really tired of Political Politics; we want clean, clear vision of someone honest and who also is a human being. Not a Political animal. No Hilary please.

    Swati,

    Piscataway, NJ

    January 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  102. Allison from California

    Jack,
    Why are you men so afraid of Hillary? I wish you'd all get off her back. The last time I checked, body strength is not a requirement to be President of the U.S.

    What is this? Why are you comparing Hillary's fight to win the election with George Bush running this country into the ground. If a man reacted the way Hillary did during the New Hampshire debate, no one would have said a word about it.

    For years women were expected to quietly back her hubby in his endeavors, take care of the children, bake cookies, have dinner on the table and on time, and if there is any time left in her day she might be able to do something for herself. Now there is nothing wrong with that if it's what they choose to do, but many women have been blessed with the ability to do things outside the home that are equally important. By the way, I'm one of those women who chose to stay home and take care of my family. By the way, I make a mean cookie and a great apple pie.

    Get over it Jack! This country has come a long way and hopefully women and men alike will back Hillary in these primaries and go on to vote her into office. She is the most qualified.

    Obama is an excellent speaker and I loved his speech in Iowa, but he should have saved it for his nomination speak, when he runs again in 8 years after he has the necessary experience. Maybe he's sincere (but watch out, he may not be experienced but he chose to be a politician after all). As for Edwards, well he seems to be a very angry man, but I guess that's okay with you. And Richardson should get an Emmy for the most dramatic candidate.

    Oh yes, the republican candidates - Tee Hee, Ha Ha! Need I say more.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  103. Madeline

    Jack,

    Your constant plugging for Obama is disgusting. Not all of us agree with you. Why the vilification of Hillary Clinton? Is it some primal sexist response?. CNN seems to have lost any semblance of journalistic objectivity. Clinton has accomplished more in her life in public service than the other two democratic candidates combined and that includes sour mouthed journalists.
    She's will be able to inspire and lead. So take your negative cyncism and put it in the appropriate place.

    Viva Hillary!

    January 7, 2008 at 10:20 pm |