January 8th, 2008
07:36 PM ET

An unscripted Clinton?


Clinton addresses a table of voters at Cafe Espresso in Potsmouth, NH (Photo Credit: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In a brief, unguarded moment yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave us a peek behind the curtain.

It was great. In breaking down and becoming emotional at a diner in New Hampshire, she may have done more for herself than all her handlers and consultants and campaign strategists could ever dream of doing. She became one of us. In all the years I have watched Hillary in the public eye, I don't remember ever seeing her like that.

And maybe that's part of her problem. Not that anybody has asked, but what if Hillary threw away the script? Instead of lecturing and speechifying and hitting us over the head with her resume, what if she focused on the shared concern the vast majority of people have about the future of their country. That's exactly what Barack Obama has tapped into, and it seems to be working quite well for him.

See the American people are not as easily manipulated as some people think. We really do get it. It's just that it sometimes takes a while to wake us up.

I think we're awake now. And the candidate who recognizes that fact and realistically taps into our hunger for our leaders to level with us will be the next president. The problem for Hillary is it may already be too late. But at this point, what has she got to lose?

Here’s my question to you: Should Hillary Clinton throw away the script?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dennis writes:
Unscripted? Not a bad idea, but Hillary crying reminds me a bit too much of Dean screaming. Edwards said it: the campaign trail is a tough business for all of them. I believe presidential candidates need to maintain their composure and keep their cool when the rest of us are angry, sad, or upset. People riding emotions end up voting for things like the Patriot Act.

Janet from Andover, New Hampshire writes:
Hillary's phone volunteers here in N.H. seem to be winging it already. I got a call this afternoon asking if I was going to vote for Hillary. When I said "No", I was asked "Why not?" When I said that there were other candidates whom I liked better, the woman snarled "It's not a popularity contest, you know!" Nasty, nasty.

Bucko writes:
Hillary learned her politics at the elbow of one of the most charismatic, off-the-cuff, unscripted politicians of our time. She should use that experience to present herself exactly as she is and not as a resume running for the presidency. She has the skills and the experience to do the job better than any of the rest; she just needs to let it out.

Kevin writes:
Why is does it now seem as if Bill Clinton is running for president? Don't we have term limits in this county? I am 34, male, white, independent, informed and voting for Barack Obama. I will vote Republican before voting for Hillary Clinton.

Bettina writes:
I have never liked Hillary Clinton one bit. I have likewise never been inspired to write in to your wonderful TV program, but this question, I had to answer. Something about Hillary moved me yesterday. She should definitely drop the script because yesterday she wasn't an overt politician, she was a strong and real woman.

Carroll writes:
This is a message to Bill and Hillary Clinton: When the party is over, it is polite to leave!

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  1. kcbabb@earthlink.net

    Bill O’Reilly of FOX showed up at a Hillary group in New Hampshire he was recognized by Hillary and he fed a question of his to an audience member……I thought Hillary handled his question about how she planned to get us out of Iraq extremely well……she has done well in all the meetings I have seen her in with voters ...she looks people in the eye when she answers their questions…..and she is sincere, knowledgeable and dignified…….the media says she is cold and should show emotion….and when she flares as she did in the debate last evening….showing some emotion…..the media creams her with criticism…or if she shows feeling….these media journalists are dastardly and need to be thrown to the wolves……many of them are a discredit to the field of journalism. They are shaping what is happening to the candidates and it is not at all how voters should be influenced….more by the media than by the candidate….the power of the press is being abused when they wield the pen and the voice and the opine with "interpretive" reporting and selective snide. I am amazed by this and by the conduct of the "debates" that I see as a rank fiasco. Meeting with the voters is one thing but having the press bend and twist and conclude what they will is terrible. I agree with Lou Dobbs this is ludicrous to trash someone's political career based on these opines.....some network journalists are no better than FOX and how low can you get????

    January 8, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  2. betty rosado

    Ask the same question about Obama. If i hear change another time I will believe
    that the English language is becoming a dead language. I do not need a feel good , up beat sound bite.. Life is not a rock and roll concert.

    January 8, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  3. Matt Smith

    Wow, how refreshing would it be to hear what a politician really believes! I don't know if she can derail Obama but it couldn't hurt. After this administration, a little honesty would be refreshing.


    January 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Bucko

    Hillary learned her politics at the elbow of one of the most charismatic, of the cuff, no script, politician of our time. She should use that experience to present herself exactly as she is and not as a resume running for the presidency. She has the skills and the experience to do the job better than any of the rest, she just needs to let it out. She has made the mistake of being defined by her competition and that is what is hurting her. She needs to let us all see the real Hillary, the woman that has paid her dues for this country.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  5. Jennifer H.

    I've got two suggestions for our presidential candidates who are professing to be about change: 1) Stop bashing the other guy. You wanna talk about change, change the way you do your campaigning. Tell me what YOU are going to do. I don't care about the other stuff. Most of the time negative campaigning is inaccurate and full of "truth twisting" to the point it's simply a lie. Do you not see how the American public is weary of this? This country is in trouble folks, don't alienate us. Don't turn us off from the 2008 election. We can't afford voter apathy. You need our votes and we need someone to get this country back on track. If you're willing to lower your standards and values to bash the other guy what else are you willing to do? 2) I'm looking for a moderate candidate who is NOT viewed as a polarizing force. You'd better be able to show me how you're going to work with the other side of the aisle if you expect me to believe you are going to effect change. Do you have what it takes to make us a UNITED States of America?

    January 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Unscripted? Not a bad idea, but Hillary crying reminds me a bit too much of Dean screaming. Edwards said it the campaign trail is a tough business for all of them. I believe Presidential Candidates need to maintain their composure and keep their cool when the rest of us are angry, sad, or upset. People riding emotions end up voting for things like the Patriot Act.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Todd

    I think she should throw away the script becasue she's a very genuine, very committed person with so much to offer! The glimpse we saw yesterday reminded me of the inspiring public servant that convinced me to vote for in New York, and this was the same spirit that inspired me to support Bill Clinton in 1992 when I was one of the young college students are now going gaga for Obama.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  8. Alesig

    Mrs. Clinton cannot throw away the script because it isn't. That is who she is, someone who is always composed and in control, she eats and breathes politics. The reason why she was choking had to do more with the time, effort and years of waiting for this moment to happen, and then some rookie, out of nowhere- land takes it all away from her, the power that she have had the patience to weather, the concessions and agreements behind closed doors that the Clintons have made over the years with candidates as well as with this administration, everything seems to be in free fall, and for the first time in her life, staying calm and focused, neither solves her problem, nor it makes it go away. Those were the reason for those tears, they were sincere, but her crying had to do more with her aspirations, than for the country as she wanted us to believe, and if some emotions can throw some votes into her basket, better to let loose those tears, that's Hillary, ever the politician,

    January 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  9. R. W. McSween

    I do not understand why the press has "turned against" Hillary Clinton. She is the only candidate who can deliver what she promises. Her record speaks for itself. It amazes me that the American people would consider voting for Barak Obama for many reasons which I will not list here. I hope and pray that Iowa and New Hampshire are not illustrative of what the nation will do. Mr. Obama really speaks well but says nothing and he certainly is not experience enough to take over as the leader of our country in these trying times. Hillary is and never has been the "status quo" as Obama and Edwards like to say. All they say is "change" not specifics change just for the sake of change is of no benefit. Things change every day and any newly elected president will make changes so please, America, lets elect someone with experience who is tried and true.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  10. pjonathan

    I think Michael Goodwin is the first to write about this factor. John F. Harris and Maureen Dowd also touch on this factor. However, they are just describing the peak of the iceberg.

    Hillary Clinton is On the Ropes (Michael Goodwin, New York Daily News)
    "The nostalgia for the '90s, a move for a restoration of the Clinton presidency, isn't a persuasive rationale. The flaw was on display in her speech – surrounded by Bill and some of his old aides, she was a tableau of the past, not the future."

    "She needs to come out from behind Bubba and the barricades and the imperial court of handlers who create a bubble."

    Hillary and Bill Clinton's time in the White house was during a much different, much easier time in our country's history than the next eight years will be.

    I think the voters realize that Hillary's claim to experience was that she had only some experience and that it was during that much different, much easier period.

    It is not all that relevant to the difficult next eight years. Her time has come and gone.

    I think that voters are seeing Bill Clinton as someone who rode the wave, not as someone who actively created the good times. The more I read and think about Bill, the more I see him as someone who wasted a fabulous opportunity to help the people of this country.

    I think that is underlying Hillary's drop in the polls and the loss in Iowa. If that is correct, I don't see how she can regain the lead without a very negative attack on Obama. I think that having Bill on the campaign trail was the cause of her decline. It made her look like his puppet, reminded people of Bill's failings to seize the fabulous opportunity, and reinforced the opinion that she was of the past that was much different than the present.

    If this is correct, Bill's taking over her campaign in NH for the next few days will only make matters worse for Hillary. Sharp attacks by both of them against Obama will also reinforce the differences between the two candidates. It appears that the Clintons have decided on an all or nothing tactic to NH. I don't see how she can win big there and I see how she could lose big, worse than in Iowa.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  11. pjonathan

    Running to redeem a father and now, a husband, is a story worth writing.
    Much has been written about George W running to redeem his father's "failure" to "go to Bagdad".
    Some has been written this time around about Senator Dodd running to redeem his father's failure-ethical lapses- and Governor Romney running to redeem his father's failure-his brainwashing comments.
    The press has been nibbling around the edges of Hillary running to redeem Bill and herself. That story, however, is the most intriguing of the bunch.

    In addition, an article written about all of these "redemption" runs would probably convince us that voters should never vote for a presidential candidate who is related to a president or presidential candidate. I think with just my information it is fair to say that redemption runs lead to poor judgment in the political decisions of a campaign and in presidential decisions, clouding both. An experienced political writer or writers would be able to fully research and present clearly the results of that research.

    I think that Hillary Clinton would still be leading if Bill Clinton had been kept in the background. What I am seeing and what I believe the press is starting to report is that Hillary's race is all about Bill redeeming Bill and Bill's legacy and Hillary redeeming Bill, Bill's legacy, and Hillary's legacy. Obama and Edwards have been clearly stating for a long time that their presidential race is about America or about the middle class or about the other America, not about them. Hillary in NH is just starting to say that her race is not about her. But she just said that the race for her is very personal, suggesting policy but in reality much more telling.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  12. Diane

    Should Hillary throw away the script? Yeah. Will she? No.

    You know what Jack, I don't think she knows how to just be herself. She's been in the public arena for how long now, I believe any variation from the script is viewed by her as weakness. I also think Hillary holds herself to such a high, if not impossible standard, this is all she knows. What other woman would have the guts to challenge this "good ole boys" government by stepping up to at least try?

    I probably won't vote for her, who knows, but whether she wins or loses, she's making history. She's opening the opportunity for others and they will learn from her.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  13. Richard, Mckinney Texas

    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's script change daily. They both are trying to be all things to all people and that simply isn't possible. You have to daw a line in the sand somewhere and take a stand on something besides CHANGE!. Obama is a young man with visions of sugar plumbs dancing in his head and those visions roll off his tongue so sweet and eloquently to the people that want to buy off on it when in reality it is nothing more then empty promises. I mean what are you going to do if you elect him and he doesn't deliver? NOTHING, and he knows it. Obama can not change politics any more then you or I Jack. Hillary has a long history which ranges from health care reform failure to lies and deceit to tons of history with lobbyists that Hillary can never overcome because she promised them long before she promised you and I and she will pay them back for electing her long, long before you and I see any return if ever. And Poor Bill Clinton a horny husband who doesn't want her in the bed because he wants and has and will get other women in the bed that satisfy his needs better then Hillary. He has done it many times before and will never change. Hillarys decision to stay in a relationship with a perpetual philandering husband shows poor judgment on her part and that type of poor judgement we do not need as a President or as First Husband for that matter..

    January 8, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  14. Jim Foster

    It’s back to the future at Hillary Clinton’s campaign as some of the top advisers to former President Clinton are set to join to Hillary’s faltering campaign as early as tomorrow.Senior Clinton sources tell Fox that Hillary intends to bring in as top day-to-day advisers James Carville and Paul Begala. The campaign could also add other strategists from Clinton’s presidential years, but Carville and Begala are the biggest names and are set to join the campaign after a post-New Hampshire strategy meeting tomorrow.Carville and Begala will serve as top strategists on politics and communication and likely overshadow the current role of Mark Penn, Hillary’s senior strategist, and Patty Solis Doyle, Hillary’s current campaign manager. Top sources tell Fox Hillary won’t fire anyone but will merely seek to “enlarge” her pool of advisers.One Democratic described it as “addition by subtraction.” The subtraction won’t come in the form of lost jobs, but lost influence, meaning Carville and Begala’s strategic advise will now carry greater weight than that of the original team that devised a strategy that has led to a defeat in the Iowa caucuses and a likely defeat in tonight’s New Hampshire primary.

    The Clinton team fully expects to lose New Hampshire tonight and will attempt to argue that anything less than a 10-point loss will constitute a “moral victory.” Hillary’s surrogates will try to persuade the public that if Hillary loses by less than 10 points she will have withstood the affect of Obama’s massive post-Iowa momentum — momentum, by the way, the Clinton campaign asserted as recently as Saturday did not exist. Obviously, a loss is a loss and a loss in a state the Clinton campaign guaranteed it would wn less than four days ago, any defeat is a huge blow — no matter the magnitude.

    As for the future strategy, top Clinton advisers say Hillary will attempt to compete aggressively in Nevada’s Jan. 19 caucus though she expects to lose the vital endorsement of the culinary union in Las Vegas, a vital cog in the state’s Democratic machinery. Rory Reid, son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has urged Hillary not to give up on Nevada, arguing he can keep her competitive. Even so, Clinton’s camp has begun to reconcile itself to defeat there too.

    A crucial decision, therefore, awaits the campaign on the Jan. 26 South Carolina primary. Hillary may skip the state in order to save money for the Feb. 5 primaries in more than 20 states. In essence, Hillary now finds herself having to fight a rear-guard battle until the national prmary, even though less than two weeks ago she was regarded as a nearly unbeatable national front-runner.

    Financially, top advisers say the campaign has enough to carry on, with staff in all states between now and February 5th paid in full and with at least $28 million in the bank. But Hllary’s campaign hasn’t purchased TV commercials in any of the Feb. 5th states, meaning resources could prove scarce as Hillary tries to move her TV message in expensive media markets in New York, California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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    January 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  15. Susan Thatcher

    They should all throw away their scripts. I want a candidate/leader who will stand toe-to-toe, eyeball-to-eyeball, and knife-to-knife with our enemies. Sounds like either Hillary or John McCain to me. The rest seem to want to ponder the situation, look at it academicaly and philosophically rather than taking a hard-nosed look at the real world.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  16. Gino

    Should Senator Clinton throw away the "script?" is one of your question for the day... yep, I agree with that statement... "You should not live by the script alone! Ad lib, be yourself, and present yourself as the human being you are!" Senator Clinton is a smart lady, she does not need to be coached, let her be what she is and show her true self. Don't just throw away the script, burn it where it will bring warmth where it will be most helpful, to the people who are and have been burned by the present Senate, Congress, and Administration!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  17. P Jones (female)

    Should Hillary throw away the script? If she did, the media would lambast her immediately for CHANGING her ways. What I want to know is, where are the Baby Boomers? Didn't we all grow up respecting intelligence and experience? Why are so many of you hanging on to what everyone thinks is the wave of the future - Obama? Come on middle-agers, think what you really want, EXPERIENCE!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  18. Lisa

    What does it matter? If the double standard treatment in the press continues, any message, whether scripted or unscripted will not get through or be distorted. Hillary has been Gored...Al Gored. This reminds of the 2000 election when the press ignored Bush's bungling and inexperience and critisized every little sigh of Al Gore. Look where that got us. Now the press is jumping on another band wagon and blindly following another "feel good" moment. I'd like to find out more about Obama but I can't because nobody is asking any questions.

    I must say as well, that as a long time Democrat, I have never been so ashamed of my party as I have in this present campaign. Let's not forget how much we appreciated the tough and calculating qualities of Hillary when she was part of a team wrestling the country back from the Reagan/Bush era. And how she took the fire for all us from those ousted from their power seats while promoting policies that, while not agreeing with all of the decisions over the years, was pointing in the same direction that I was looking in. How is she treated now? She's been villified, disrespected, and insulted. Not by Republicans but by people in her own party! The so-called leftist blogs and the tag team of good cop, bad cop Obama & Edwards does not show me a new kind of politics, and gives me no sense of joy in the prospect of "change". In fact, it just brings me closer to turning in my "Democrat" card and becoming one of those increasing "Independents".

    January 8, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Tanya

    Don't let those crocodile tears fool you. They were as scripted as the rest of her campaign strategies. Hillary will always be a ruthless, power-hungry, jugular-biting, bottom-feeder who will stop at nothing to achieve her selfish goals. Maybe it's time for CNN to re-visit the Vince Foster story.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  20. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, the old cliche "too little too late" applies to Senator Clinton!

    January 8, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  21. David T., Toronto

    Too little, too late! It's obvious that she cannot let go of the past political mindset, so how on earth can she be an agent of change?

    This reminds me of the approach taken by many a major corporation when applying for a top-level job. Inevitably they want to know the real person behind the 'resume'.

    For the highest office in the land, forget the spin, and technical qualifications, they're a dime a dozen. I want to look into your soul...this tells me how you will react when crap hits the fan; when the consequence of your actions really matter; when very the future of the world may be on the line.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  22. Terry

    Stick a fork in her she's done !

    January 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  23. Ted in Portland

    She can do whatever she wants.
    Why? Because the Democratic Party uses an antiquated and anti-democratic nominating system that includes 842 “super-delegates” – un-pledged party leaders NOT chosen by the voters. They are free to support the candidate of their choice. Further, They comprise more than forty percent of the delegates needed to win the nomination. Many HAVE ALREADY announced the candidate they will support. Here’s the Democratic delegate count for the top three candidates (2,025 delegates are needed to secure the nomination):

    Clinton – 169
    Obama – 66
    Edwards – 47
    Those numbers are correct: the third-place finishing Sen. Hillary Clinton now has over twice as many delegates as Sen. Obama, and more than three times as many delegates as the second-place candidate, Sen. John Edwards. .

    If anyone thinks that special interests have nothing to do with this, come on over to my house and I'll give you a sub prime loan for any amount you want.

    The system was designed to prevent a nominee who was “out of sync with the rest of the party,” Guess who will be labeled "out of sync" with the old farts in the Democratic party.

    In a clear attempt to protect the party establishment, this undemocratic infrastructure was created following George McGovern’s landslide defeat in 1972. It was designed to PREVENT having a nominee who was “out of sync with the rest of the party,” UnOfficially It's called a “sort of safety valve.” by the party machine old timers.

    So people can talk about, pecentage of Independents; over age 50 females; or young new Democrats all they want, but the election has already been fixed by special interests and big money influence on the Democratic party system of "Super Delegates".
    Don't take my word for it, look it up yourself.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  24. Kyle

    How are we to know that this "unscripted" emotional moment wasn't scripted all along? Another ploy by the Clinton Machine? Who knows?

    January 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  25. j t in pensacola

    I'm not sure if it is as much a script as an imbedded auto-response mechanism. Bill and Hillary both seem to have pat answers for any and all subject for years.......if you want to see a non-scripted response, watch the video of her on stage during the debates about NY state drivers licences and having to think fast......and the days following when the scheme was abandonded by Spitzer leaving her w/o a script. I still think she would be as much a problem (50%) as an answer (50%) to our problems.....if half the people can't stand to even look at you, you can never get a mojority to agree with anything you want no matter how good the idea is.'

    January 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  26. Rob

    What we saw yesterday was not an unscripted Clinton. Politicians are some of the best actors in the world & Sen Clinton just won an Oscar. Her timing was perfect & everybody is buying it.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  27. Tom Bulger

    Absolutely. It should be obvious to all of the candidates that Americans have had a guts full of politicians telling us what they think we want to hear. As Obama says America needs to hear some things we won't want to hear, but need to hear, to fix the fiascoes of the past seven years.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  28. Cindy

    I wouldn't say throw away the script, but maybe to become more a politician like Barack, filled with promises, promises, promises,, After all isn't that what it takes to become president.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  29. Dee

    About the "Woman Factor".....
    I'm a 39 year old African American woman and I support Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton has approached this race as if it were owed to her by inheritance. She only talked about "change" after Barack and Edwards talked about "change." She only teared up and said this election is so "personal" after Edwards sincerely explained the personal nature of the race to him. I think once again she's proven that she's out of touch, out of time, and its just time for her to go on with plan B. This country needs real change agents, not just those who pretend to be because it seems politically correct to do so.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  30. Gale Marquez

    I have watched lots of election coverage and i am so disappointed with the majority of commentators and you are one of them. When you refer to mayor juliane, senator obama, senator Mccain or any of the men running you use their title, no matter how obscure. When you refer to senator clinton you say Hillary!! that just seems so unprofessional to me. Senator Clinton deserves the same respect as any other person in the campaign. Have you forgotten that she was once our First Lady? would you have spoken to Mrs Ford or Mrs Onnasis in this manner? I say shame on you and the rest of your bunch of disrespectful hulligans. Always screaming fear tactics at the world so that you can make a buck. Where is your character? THis great country was here long before you and your kind took over our airways and it will be here long after you and I are gone.So show some respect for those who have given time and energy and given up personal lives to stump for the likes of you and your kind.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  31. Patricia

    Jack, the writers are on strike & Hillary hasn't had a script to read from for quite some time. To be serious though, Hillary has lost her message, which should have been that from the time she entered public life she "has attempted to change how this Nation treats the least of us". Can she get that message across to the younger voters who are looking at Sen. Obama as the "agent for change"? I don't know.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  32. Jenny from New York

    It's apparently not in her genes to throw away the script. Even after tearing up, she picked that speech right up again and went on to give part of her stump speech which ruined the whole moment. She can't seem to stop calculating. It will be her downfall.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  33. Thomas, SC

    Based on the fact that it only took one loss in Iowa for the gap in the national polls to close completely, I would say she should throw out the script and her hopes of winning. Maybe if she's nice Obama will let her be VP.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  34. Tammie Holland

    I'm ashamed! Hillary Clinton will stop at nothing to win even if it means faking tears. Hillary's performance set hard working women back years. Women fight everyday to prove that we are just as capable in the workplace as our male counterparts. Her emotional breakdown sent the false message that women are not emotionally ready to compete in a "Man's Game". None of the other candidates cried when the lost, they kept on fighting despite their disappointment. Hillary and Bill need to come out of their "Fairy Tale" and realize that the American people are tired. "Experience" sounds good but at this point "Change" sounds even better. The way I see it is; We're in the mess that we're in because of an "Experienced" Texas Governor.

    " Let us have our "Fairy Tale" Bill Clinton, it certainly beats the h*** out of the "much of the same" reality that Hillary is promising.

    January 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  35. phyls esparza

    Jack, You are the only news reporter that can tell us the truth....Obama is another Pres. Bush in the making. He is likeable, easy-going, and cannot make an affirmative statement about NADA. Because he is black all of the news people are skipping on ice, afraid to tell the truth – which is, he is too young, too inexperienced and too weak to lead this nation.....tell it like it is! Let us take off the mittens.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  36. Ryan Farrar

    Hillary shouldn't throw away the script... she should throw away her candidacy! Some say a womans place is in the kitchen, but I'd be content to leave this one in the Senate.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  37. Amanda Hunt

    We all want Hillary to get personal. You can’t get much more personal than this. Hillary stood by her man, Bill, when the going got tough. When Bill was being tried before the nation for his relationship with Lewinsky, Hillary never gave up but took it all in stride and rose to the occasion. She handled the affair with dignity. She was able to compromise with Bill and accept him for his shortcomings. When the going gets tough, Hillary can take the heat. That’s the message her campaign should be sending about her.
    Thanks for your time.
    Amanda, Brampton, ON, Canada

    January 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  38. Cary Martin

    Its too bad Hillary didnt show a little emotion when Bill was having an affair with an intern under her very nose. The only reason she is so upsetis because she is losing after she emphatically stated on the Katie Couric news program that she would be the winner.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  39. Karen

    Jack, in reference to Clinton did you just use the term speechifying? You better watch out. You're going to anger your Obama supporters. That's his claim to fame. Jack, how do you really feel about Clinton? What? did you have a lunch with her and she stiffed you for the check?

    How do I really feel? Jack, in a world where men get grumpy as they age, you are the crypt keeper.

    Why are you talking about Clinton anyway? Your station is reporting the stats of the 17 voters. She got NO votes. Pay attention Jack and get with CNNs spin.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  40. Eileen Dew

    The talking heads need to throw away THEIR scripts. If they did not keep repeating the "conventional wisdom" about Hillary Clinton and stuck to the facts, we would all be better off. You are screaming that the selection process will be over after two or three primaries – without giving the rest of us a chance to voice our opinions. Just the facts, guys, No hysterical speculation. What if , maybe, possibly, it could be, are NOT news. Hillary"s biggest handicap is that she is a woman. If she doesn't cry, she's hard hearted. If she does cry, she's weak. If she's smarter than every man in the room, she's threatening. The greedy white boys have messed up the world. It's time to let a woman do what we always have to do – clean up the messes made by others, with a smile, and in high heels.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  41. Robert

    It's irrelevant whether she throws away the script or not because no matter how she packages herself she will always be perceived as transparently calculating and disengenuous. The only remote chance she has now is if she takes drastic action and divorces Bill–something she should have done immediately post-Monica–instead of standing by her man like Tammy Wynette.

    Montgomery, Illinois

    January 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  42. Cary Martin

    Its too bad Hillary didnt show a little emotion when Bill was having an affair under her very nose. The only reason she is so upset is because she is losing after emphatically stating on the Katie Couric news program that she would be the winner.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  43. Finbar

    It's getting tough out there but I do not think that Senator Clinton should move away from her positive track record. The "buzz" surrounding Senator Obama is exciting but "experience" matters. This is a long distance run and I hope that Clinton, Edwards and Obama stay in this until the end. All three of them deserve kudos from the citizens of our country for putting themselves on the line day after day in this seemingly endless campaign. If Senator Clinton fails in her quest for the presidency, I hope that she runs against that nitwit Spitzer. Lou Dobbs could be her campaign manager.

    Auburndale, Florida

    January 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  44. Shannon

    Nothing would be better for the image of the USA than if Hillary would throw in the towel and back Gov. Bill Richardson, the man who actually deserves the credit. His experience and personal interactions with the present troublesome world leaders make Gov. Richardson the truly ideal man for the Presidency. As a woman I want a woman to be president soon, just not that woman.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  45. Philthy Phil

    Absolutely! Time to cut and run!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  46. Nelson

    She is never going to throw away the script. Yea, she feels our pain too, see that tear on her cheek? We can hope this was a Howard Dean moment with a Boo Hoo instead of Yee Ha! How many voters think our President could get Iran to stop their nuke program by threatening to cry?

    January 8, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  47. Ronald L. Waldron


    2004, We the American people wanted Hillary to run for president. We knew then the trouble the country was in. Hillary had fresh ideas at that time. We could have stopped the Bush / Cheney regime, prior to the continued damages of the last four years.

    Hillary did not run, she continued to build a coalition with the WASHINGTON insiders, thinking her strength would be the support of the special interest groups; and the power of the Eletus. NOW With all that power behind her, she refuses to recognize that the American People are sick and tired of those groups running our country, we do not trust the double talk, and agenda of foreign
    lobbies, and corporate WAR profiteers that have dictated our foreign policies for the last several years. She has not stepped up to fight the fight we need. The change has been in Hillary, she forgot the American People, she believes the special interest groups have the countries interest at heart, we all know better. We live it.

    Barack Obama, and John Edwards bring new ideas to the table, recognize the failures of congress, and this administration. NOT only Hillary needs to face the facts. ALL political cronies of the special interest groups best prepare to leave office on their next election.

    We gave a mandate in 2006, not many paid attention. There is an awakening coming.

    Hillary faces such, right now !!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  48. Bill

    No I don't think it will hurt. But what I can't understand in today's politics is if a candidate loses or does not do as good as expected in the first two primaries, they are written off in the news media and the money dries up. I can remember when the candidates battle it out in all the primaries and the nomination wasn't decided until after the convention. I think we have lost some good candidates already because of who the news media decided to give more air time to in the debates. I think they should stick to reporting who won then reporting who the polls think will win. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    January 8, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  49. Kathy H

    To: Jack Cafferty:

    Hillary should be truthful and not hem-haw on subjects of concern to the American
    people. I am particularly referring to her response to (illegal) aliens in New York
    should be allowed to have a driver's license. I was with her until then, I even gave
    to her candidate fund. I cancelled my support and asked for my money back,
    P.S.I am still waiting for my money since November.
    I had no idea what her position was on immigration. The economy is a big factor, immigration also affects our economy on all the entitlement programs.
    At this point,I feel we have not found our president yet. Maybe an Independent will
    come in and really make the CHANGE. Thanks for letting me let off steam!!!

    Kathy H

    addressing these matters.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  50. Ron

    Jack, lets face it. The news media has made Obama more than he is! The news media won't hold him to facts, his position on the War in Iraq, and his under handed campaigning with handouts and leaflets in Iowa that lied about Hillary and the former President!

    She does speak well unscripted but it is much to easy to say the wrong thing and to be unprepared for a question at a moments notice. Still, she is the only one who can hit the floor running and believe me, we don't have time for OJT of a new President, and new cabinet ! She is the real deal! Experience is the key! She is Dollar for Dollar the best candidate for President of the United States! Our Foreign Relations depends on her, our Readiness depends on her being elected. And our Health Care, Education, Social Security, Medicare, Jobs and Economy are screaming for Hillary to be Elected! I really am frightened at any alternative!

    As far as I'm concerned, she is the only light at the end of a long dark tunnel, the rest are just more darkness!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  51. Josh

    Yes, Because what Hillary is doing now isn't working. Negative ads will turn people off and they will vote for the opposite candidate. It maybe open season on Republicans this election year. But it doesn't mean that Democrats should act and associate themselves with Republicans and the right wing zealots in this country.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  52. Jim

    Jack, I thought you had been around the block before! Hillary's was a scripted moment in the diner, just like her comment in the debates that here feelings were hurt by those who say she in not likeable. Come on, man. She is desperate and this hurt stuff is playing the female card and is posturing and pandering of the lowest kind. Even my wife who was her fan almost tossed her supper as we watched the "moment." Hillary can say she's for change, but when she surrounds herself with Bill, Madeline Allbright and the rest of the Clinton rat pack from the 90's, she shows herself as building a bridge to the 20th Century which is the wrong direction! Poor baby.


    January 8, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  53. Patricia

    Naw, not V.P.. If Sen. Obama wins the V.P. job should go to John Edwards.
    But, Hillary would make a great Secretary of Health & Human Services which would place her in the perfect position to get universal health care for all Americans.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  54. Susi from St. Petersburg, Florida

    Whether it was spin-generated emotion or exhaustion getting the better of her, to me, it's a little too late. Wasn't she exhausted in Iowa, too? Wasn't it hard to get up and keeping going in Iowa and anywhere else?

    Her emotion did not sway me. It just made me want to say oh come off it, put on your big girl pants and deal with it. This is, I believe, one of the reasons she isn't doing as well with women as she could or maybe should be doing. She plays hardball, she's tough, she's cold and very unapproachable. No one is saying she needs to be an apron wearing, shirt ironing domestic diva, but please be a woman...a lady....dont just choke up and show emotion to sway people and capture attention....or when your behind is in a sling. That's just fake and women hate fake.

    Just because she is the first woman to truly be considered viable for election to President doesn't mean that as women we should blindly vote for her. Yes, it is wonderful and exciting at the distinct possibility. But so is the possibility of Barak Obama. Should Americans, especially minorities, vote for Barak Obama simply based on the fact of race?

    This is about electing a person–male or female, black, white or in between–that
    can expect change, affect change for everyone across the board, can convey the message tha change is coming, it's going to be difficult, not everyone is going to be happy but it's a necessity if this country is going to move forward. We are so mired in making sure everyone is pleased at every moment that we lose sight of the fact that to suceed sometimes the tough and ugly decisions need to be made.

    Hillary Clinton has 35 years of favors to pay back. She has not moved along this far politically without collectinig a few favors. She will have to start paying the piper. Can this country afford more of the same? No. She represents more of the same.

    Her near breakdown yesterday was just one of among a billion media blips....it should not be taken as an indicator that simply because she can cry on a whim that she can effectively run a country.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  55. Mary

    Why is Hillary so upset, she received 15 delegates in Iowas, Obama received 16 and Edwards 14, hardly an mandate for Obama.

    Delegate count is what matters not hype by the press on how popular a rock star Obama is. Personally, I feel that the independents should look hard at his record, hardly a record for change. Words are just that action is "walking the walk and talking the talk". Edwards is a sad sack using his parents and wife's conditions to show he is compasionate, hardly.

    I am an independent and don't care for any of the 3, may just vote Republican or not at all.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  56. Brian

    HAA! Her whole life is a script.......and it's called "All about me"!! Next......

    January 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  57. Pete, Pittsburgh

    Jack, Hillary can't throw away the script; if she did, she wouldn't know when to cry or when to rant or when to show compassion or when to show strength. Nothing the Clintons do is genuine; Bubba proved that in the 90s and Hillary is just as bad if not worse. Obama is the right candidate; he is as genuine as they come.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  58. Noah

    That assumes that what we saw was unscripted. This is an assumption I'm not ready to make. I think that there is very little that Hilary does that is not calculated. It's actually a bit sad. Could you imagine living your entire life with an eye toward your political standing?

    January 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  59. Keith Osentoski

    It was nice to finally see a glimpse into the real Hillary yesterday and I think it showed America that she's not the superficial, bitter women that critics are claiming her to be. As an adamant Clinton supporter, I think it's crucial for her to throw away the script and show American's she's real, because that's what they want. They want a person genuinely speaking to them, not reciting a rehearsed script. If she does this, I believe she will be able to capture the attention of voters and then more effectively convey the message that places her far above Obama: "Not only can she make change, SHE'S MADE CHANGE!" Once she can incorporate her experience with her message of change: Say Hello to the Nominee!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  60. Greg from PA

    Was everyone watching a different clip than me? Hillary has learned to fake sincerity fairly well, but I'll bet a lot of other people saw through her alligator tears. She wouldn't know how to throw away the script even if she wanted to.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  61. Perrell Bess

    I think that this is Senator Clinton, she can not operate with having some kind of script to follow by. If she becomes a little more personable to the people that surrounds her I think she can be more likable, now this does not mean she has my vote. My vote is going to Barack Obama with no hesitation what so ever. If she runs her race and not run what Bill is telling her then she could do okay, but not good enough to win. Her tearing up is pathetic and does not deserve the discussion it is getting from any media channel. Now she is has decided to hire some of Bill Clinton's old advisor's back when he won, I thought she said she was going for change, well you can not go for change with people that still have some of the same old ideas from a decade ago.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  62. Bert

    Hillary should come out in support of American Workers and stop catering to the criminal Big Business Employers who are stealing from Americans by their hiring of illegals

    January 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  63. Prince Noel

    it is becoming obvious that Senator Clinton is scared of loosing which contradicts the emotional tears of yesterday. If she is truely thinking about the nation ,,.. and would want to do more like she said and have done alot in the past . why dont she throw away the script and let the inventor of the lastest political SLOGAN (CHANGE) Senator Obama do what he knows best , The former president Bill Clinton attacking Obama yesterday means they both are confused. They should go home and plan more reconstructive argument for her campaign and stop battling the Obama .

    Prince Noel
    Houston Texas

    January 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  64. Ed

    Hillary Clinton has experience. What if America would fall tomorrow if Hillary threw away the script and leveled with us? Sticking to the script may be her best qualification. There's a lot the government doesn't tell us and may have a reason for that.
    Why are we in Iraq? America has the world reserve currency, the dollar. If the dollar isn't redeemable for items of value it's not worth anything. If America brings Iraq into the American economic system the dollar would go up in value being redeemable for 30 trillion in oil. So the purpose of foriegn policy is to bring other nations into our economic system then the dollars we print are redeemable for items of value. It was meant to be backed by gold but that's gone now so it's backed by forcing other nations to trade with us. Ron Paul could be right. America may be in more trouble than we know. Should we stop before we start WWIII?

    January 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  65. Gerald J Maynard

    I liked the implication that she WANTS to be President. I think her passion for the office is helpful. Knock off the experience and qualified bit and let us know where
    she will take us. She was impressive in the last debate about international questions. Her reflections showed a grasp of the complexity of the issues and influences on any problem in foreign relations. She demonstrates a capacity
    beyond the quick, easy answers some other candidates give. Dont' give up the tough. She will need that.

    I don't like deciding who the candidates can be based on something which happens in Iowa or New Hampshire. I don't care what the experts say. That's
    what conventions and elections are supposed to be for. Let everyone who wants get involved. The races are enriched by Kucinich and Paul and other lesser figures. Many voices creates a greater interest among a greater number of voters.
    It lets many of us know how lucky we are that some like Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter are not the President. They make George W look good. Let
    as many horses in the race as want to run. We have plenty of time to find out who will win. Let's see who's in the race at the finish.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  66. Tom Esgate

    For the last 19 years all our presidents have been either Bush or Clinton.
    It's going to be real hard for Hillary to carry the banner of change.
    I think there are a lot of people who are ready for a president who's name is not Bush or Clinton. That would be a change!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  67. feminist123

    I believe Hillary Clinton is the best qualified to be our next president. She is prepared and ready to lead us into the future on day one. That said, I agree with the following comment by Lisa in a previous post:
    "I must say as well, that as a long time Democrat, I have never been so ashamed of my party as I have in this present campaign. Let’s not forget how much we appreciated the tough and calculating qualities of Hillary when she was part of a team wrestling the country back from the Reagan/Bush era. And how she took the fire for all us from those ousted from their power seats while promoting policies that, while not agreeing with all of the decisions over the years, was pointing in the same direction that I was looking in. How is she treated now? She’s been villified, disrespected, and insulted. Not by Republicans but by people in her own party! The so-called leftist blogs and the tag team of good cop, bad cop Obama & Edwards does not show me a new kind of politics, and gives me no sense of joy in the prospect of “change”. In fact, it just brings me closer to turning in my “Democrat” card and becoming one of those increasing “Independents”.

    Deserting Senator Clinton for a wink and a promise from a guy who votes present because he fears his record will somehow be besmirched by a vote for reproductive choice says more about the women she stood strongly for than her.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  68. Steve

    Jack...Hillary shoud dump the script and just let it rip, and get hubby out of the way...I think she has a "good idea" on how to lead and can be the jolt this country needs. Seems everyone is into the Obama fairy tale and that is way more scary don't ya think??

    January 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  69. Margaret

    Dear Jack:

    First, as a woman, I'm not buying the near tears. Second, crying is not going to help us solve our problems. Third, in response to your question, if Hillary Clinton truly cares about the country and the American people, she will throw in the towel on her bid for the presidency. I wish someone would remind her and the former President, Bill Clinton, that George Bush ran for office promising to 'bring honor back to the White House' and this was in direct response to the Monica Lewinski scandal. Thus, since Hillary unapologetically lays claims to these 8 years as a part of her experience, she too is responsible for much of what the American people have had to suffer through, especially the reversal of fortunes African Americans have faced. When one considers how close the 2000 election was, Bill Clinton's inappropriate conduct in the Oval Office has serious consequences for a lot of people. What is more, the Clintons are owed nothing. Although I didn't agree with it and felt it was wrong, Bill Clinton was impeached and the thing that left him only impeached but not removed from office was public support. Hillary said yesterday that she had been given a lot by this country, I would suggest that she has received enough from this country in terms of public offices: a US Senate seat in New York, where she is not from, is nothing to sneeze at and the bid for the presidency is just pure unadulterated political greed.

    For the record and although it shouldn't matter, I am categorized as an African American and a woman. I am an Independent and am presently undecided. Finally, I hope someone is watching this ballot business in New Hampshire. Given the stakes for certain candidates, one wants to be sure additional ballots don't arrive at polling places already marked!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  70. Lloyd

    What makes you think any campaigner will remain with the same script.
    Hillary is not a philosophical speaker, putting things into ideological perspectives. Barack Obama is very similar to Bill Clinton in that regard. But Hillary learnt the art of serving the constituents in a pragmatic environment therefore she only speaks about issues, which at times, no doubt, can sound rhetorical and boring but you always will remember her position on a topic, without the flowery presentations. She is alright, even if she is not your kind of a woman, Jack

    January 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  71. Mike Brown

    How did we arrive at the point where the opinion of voters in two or three states can dictate the choices the rest of us have to be President of our nation?

    January 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  72. Dani


    Yes–Clinton should have LOTS more days like yesterday!

    What I find hard to believe is the arrogance of John Edwards in saying that soon the dialogue would be between him and Obama only. Two tiny rural states, and John Edwards is bold enough to say Clinton is gone. I like John Edwards...but on a day when Clinton said what the whole thing was all about to her (the future and our children's future), he came off looking like an arrogant jerk. He was third (a distant 3rd) a week ago-now he thinks its between him and Obama....wow.

    January 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  73. Vinny

    Hillary lives by the "script." Yesterday's teary-eyed show was part of the "script." Today her husband viciously attacked Obama which is unheard of. A former President doesn't attack a fellow member of his party running for President. The Clintons are vicious, underhanded, nasty with no sense of morals or scruples. Please, we all wish that they would just GO AWAY!! America has had enough of the Clintons!

    January 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  74. CS

    Absolutely. As this unscripted moment portrayed, her gut instincts are much more in tune with us "real folks" on a deep-down core level than any poll-driven persona her handlers might conjure up. We want a return to the America we all thought we knew and loved, that truly decent, ethical place the rest of the world looked up to. The Bush Administration has darn-near toppled that America. We won't get it back with a seemingly perfect, poll-tested, empty Teflon suit; we'll get there with an intelligent, hard-working, straight-talking leader who's lived and loved the American life along with the rest of us, and understands us on an instinctive level the others can only envy. That unscripted show of emotion, that brief unadulterated glimpse of Hillary's core values, showed that she's the one who's got our best interests at heart, because she shares our interests on the deepest levels. Cynics eat your hearts out!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  75. Daniel

    Yes, Hillary should toss the script. Start telling it the way that it is. Yes we are in a recession, yes housing markets are in dire straights, wages are stagnant, health care costs are through the roof, and Social Security is in debt above it's eyeballs and my ides may not work, but here is what I suggest as a plan.

    The truth will set you free, quit trying to bamboozle us, come out and tell it like it is!

    Tempe AZ

    January 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  76. Ann from CT

    All of the candidates are scripted. The media has hyped a candidate that appeals to their sense of drama but who they never ask for specifics from. It's stupid to decide in advance presidential nominees based on two states that allow independent to vote in primaries.

    I predict a backlash from the voters against the current media darling because everyone I know has Obama Fatigue. That's too bad because he might be a great candidate if the media hadn't already canonized him and put him on a pedestal (or maybe an ironing board). As soon he either makes a mistake, the media will demonize Obama as quickly as they've advocated him as inevitable.

    Super Duper Tuesday is what will really decide this election. That's the only indication of what a large number of voters want. Iowa and New Hampshire only represent around 750,000 participants. Certainly not a mandate. Hopefully, not everyone on that date will have drank the Kool Aid and will decide on issues instead of romance.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  77. silver18

    It will not matter. People have a preconceived notion of Hillary, and nothing that she does will change that.

    Sterling, Florida.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  78. Daniel Grey

    Abandon a script? I just assumed Hillary was a robot.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  79. sean c.

    Lets just take an apple for example. It may be beautiful, shiny and red on the outside, but if the core is rotten, what have you got ? What does it matter, script or no script. Jack, if the core is rotten – You know, ya got to throw it away.


    January 8, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  80. Marta K

    Hillary can change her tone all she likes....it doesn't change her past. Too much water under the bridge with her....too rosky. We need a fresh start.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  81. DSH

    Yes! It may be a tad too late but it would not hurt. She has nothing to lose in being more human.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  82. Pamela Johnson

    Senator Clinton was auditioning for the lead role in the movie Primary Colors' Sequel.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  83. Mary Ball

    I am not convinced that the so-called "unscripted Hillary" was not in fact scripted. I think she was advised to show emotion and gave an Oscar-winning performance.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  84. Patricia Shaw

    Yes, the two times she has allowed herself to soften the more genuine she has appeared. Even her display of anger was spontaneous and genuine!!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  85. Robert

    When Hillary spoke from the heart yesterday she finally showed that she is indeed a person of warmth. Yes, she should throw away the script. For all of the political accumen in her organization, I for one am frustrated that the qualified candidate that she is does not come across through her boiler plate presentation. If she were to be more spontaneous, then and only then will the voters get the picture of her as the more qualified candidate of the Democratic Party.

    North Port, FL

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  86. Josie

    Heck yea, TOSS THE SCRIPT! I'm tired of the soundbites. I want to see the REAL PERSON. If she had shown it all along–and dumped her Insurance company funders–I might have actually considered her for my candidate. But then again, It's not what you say (or cry when you say it), but what you do. No war, and universal healthcare gets MY vote, bottom line.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  87. Scott

    What she should throw away the scrip and WIN! The would deprive us of being witness to the second coming of Jimmy Carter.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  88. Hetal Patel

    Aren't we all wanting to have a most down to earth president? well wake up America, that's what she's showing us. When she gives us what we have all yelling for then all the idiots turn their back on her. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  89. Hung

    Yes, she should it will show us all that she is the kind of person that is for the people.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  90. Betty

    It is about time that she show a human side and let people know what she really is like and what she really believes in.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  91. Cathy Stout

    I think it is too late for Hillary. Yes she showed emotion yesterday, but what showed through for me was the same arrogance that she can't understand why we would elect anyone besides her. She said she was qualified and he was not. That's for us to decide. Barack is what we want and she is not. Sorry Hillary.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  92. Andy

    I don't think anything can help Hillary now. She is campaigning not just against an electrifying candidate, but an "idea". The record turn out in New Hampshire is not for her. It is young people, and jaded people voting for change. Change of the Non-Clinton or Bush variety.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  93. Erica Vermette

    As touching as it was to see her acting a little more human, there's still that fine line she has to walk as a female candidate: too stern and she seems like a you-know-what, too emotional and she'll be written off as too weak to be president. So yes, a little bit of going off the script would be nice, but she has to keep an air of authority about her, too.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  94. Susan, Seattle

    Yes she should throw away the script! Jack, I wish they ALL would. If the campaigns got a little more real the whole process would be elevated! This is what we've all been complaining about!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  95. Belinda Stanley

    Don't be fooled! Hillary Clinton is NEVER unscripted. And I am a Democrat. It is called campaign strategy – do whatever it takes to WIN!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  96. Paul Cheffy

    Jack, Hillary should first get rid of her ten (10) lobbyists then throw away the script.

    Paul Cheffy
    St. Charles, Mo.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  97. Naba

    Unfortunately its just too late for Hillary to put her so called well written speeches down, Personally , I think that show of emotions at this time was kind of fake, and in no way related to how
    much he care about the ordinary people.She almost teared up not because of her love for America, but ultimately for the love of her political dreams which seems almost shattered.
    I mean, come to think of think of it, She will never have show this emotion if she was winning as anticipated.
    She didnt have no choice than to show emotions on TV, its the only way she can counteract the Obamania tidal wave sweeping accross the electorate.
    Tears for votes. !!!! Go Hilary.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  98. Daniel

    If Hillary is serious about losing the "frigid" image she seems to be stuck with then she has to throw away the script. People like Obama because script or no script he's showing off those pearly whites and making everyone in the room melt. People want their politicians to act like them, Hillary would do well to remember that.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  99. Chris

    It is my opinion that the teary-eyed Hilary we saw was ALSO scripted, but to answer the question: Yes. No one should be essentially lying by telling us only what they are told to say. I think America wants someone is office that actually sincerely does care, because right now, we have Bush...And he'd showed over and over again that he doesn't care about what Americans want.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  100. John Newlin

    Jack, did you not watch the debate the other night? You know, the one where the Democrats followed the Republicans? If you did then you must have seen Hillery pooh pooh concept of taking their campaign for president as personal. Then she turned around did the weeping thing yesterday. It's just one more example of Hillary doing and saying ANYTHING to win.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  101. Moke

    She should absolutely ditch the script. She really needs to step up her game if she expects to have any kind of come back. If she ditched the script, we would hear the real Hillary talking; the Hillary in the present talking about our future. I think she has a lot to say and just needs to say it without snapping again. Personally, I believe Hillary will do this country much desired good. But if she does not start getting in touch with us again, she hasn't a chance.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  102. chuck

    I don't think that Hillary is able to throw away script - I think that Hillary is the script. And I hate to say it, I doubt that her unguarded moment was genuine.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  103. Joy Norman

    Hillary Clinton's tears were just that–tears, compared to Obama's flood of voter sensitivity. Still, I think she and her script have become one. Trying to separate from it would be unnatural, and voters would see right through her.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  104. Charlotte Tomic

    Yes! Hillary should throw away the script and show her femininity and humanity to the public. She's brilliant, hard-working and has been able to deliver terrific initiatives working both parties in the House as a senator. Let her talk about baking cookies again (for her staffers) and how she wishes she had more time for relaxation and not the stress of the past X weeks.

    She should avoid negative attacks on the front runner but expound on her qualities and what she plans on doing her first 3 months in office.

    Be positive, smile more and you'll see people turn around. Try to lighten up!!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  105. Ed

    It doesn't matter if Hillary throws away the script or not. No one is listening to what she says, all of America already has an opinion of who she is and what she represents, which to most is "old government". Scripted or not, there is nothing she can really do to change that perception

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Chris

    I don't think Hillary realy can throw away the script. Everything she does is so cold and calculated it has become near impossible to tell when she is being sincere so how can we be sure that what happened yesterday was realy even an emotional crack. For all I know it was a scripted ploy designed to show her "softer side" . Thats the thing about Hillary Clinton, it just feels like you can't trust her.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  107. John Molea

    Hillary would be lost without the 'script' from day 1 both Bill and Hillary have been carefully crafted show pieces. The problem with Hillary is she hasnt believed in any issue or stance for so long it would be impossible for her to turn back now. As this campaign has highlighted Hillary tries to be whatever she thinks the audience wants her to be, one moment she is the proud, fighting independent woman, next she is the cookie baking mom. There IS no Hillary Clinton, there is simply a shadow of Bill Clinton and the very fact we talk more about Bill than her shows this.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  108. Howard Eddy

    Jack, it's too late. For most of us, the question is would there be anything left if she did so. She should have been who she is from day one - we're tired of plastic politicians.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  109. Ingrid

    Unscripted? Hileray? Sorry, I don't buy it.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  110. Karma

    You said she should throw away the script because the American people aren't that dumb????

    Come on Jack, you will not say this on TV, but they voted for "W"...so not easily fooled, I don't think so.....VERY easily fooled!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  111. Sharon

    You didn't really fall for those tears and talking about how personal things are for her....did you?? She got "personal" after she heard Edwards say what things were personal for him. The tears? Oh, that had to hurt!!! LOL!!! It was all for the camera....a real photo opp....I didn't mention I'm a Democrat and always have been. I just have had enough of the Clintons though. Enough of the old political BS. It's time for a breath of fresh air now. A real change. And hope.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  112. Jason Rouse

    I do think the thing that have really hurt Hillary over this long election process is that she is too scripted. Maybe if she had broke down or if she come down to earth with the rest of us a bit more often, she might have a chance to be the "come back kid" like her husband.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  113. Glenn Graham

    If Hillary wants any hope of winning, she should throw away the script. But I hope she doesn't because if she does and wins, she'll snap right back to the stiff script once in office. To me it proves she's about the artificial image of trying to be President, not presenting herself as a human being with true personal beliefs and commitments.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  114. Lauren

    Hilary might want to consider sending her writers to the picket line with those in Hollywood!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  115. David Stephen

    She needs to do a lot more than just throw away the script. Sorry for all the Clinton fans... I feel Obama is our best Democratic ticket!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  116. Joan Wieder

    I would love it if all of the candidates went off script and simply told us what they believe needs to be done to get this country back on track. Otherwise, most of what we hear are the limited number of "sound bites" that they have memorized and that they use to respond to almost every question, whether or not they actually answer the question.

    Hillery is perceived as being cold and calculating when she sticks to the script. She needs to show the voters the other side of her personality.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  117. Cathy

    I believe if Hillary threw away the script and put her ego away, she might be able to find the emotional wave it takes to connect with voters. She's dealt with Bill's flaws and they were able to talk it out and keep it togethter. She's a true diplomat with great ideas for fixing our broken government. I think she'd do better as Hillary Rodham!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  118. Kevin

    Why is does it now seem as if Bill Clinton is running for President ? Don't we have term limits in this county?

    I am 34, male, white, independent, informed and voting for Barack Obama. I will vote republican before voting for Hillary Clinton.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  119. Pat T

    Throw away the script? The problem with throwing away the script for Sen. Clinton is that it will be seen as part of the script of just trying to get elected. It may come across as a bit inauthentic. What do you think?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  120. Carroll

    This is message to Bill and Hillary Clinton. When the party is over it is polite to leave!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  121. Laz

    Script? Hillary is the scripter and we will never see the end of it as we have seen with Mitt but then again aren't well. I vote Obama as he is the only one who is without political favors thus far and without a 'Bill' to scrap off.


    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  122. thedailycommentary

    Jack she can't throw away the script because she doesn't connect with the voter on a personal level like her husband did, like Ronald Reagan did and like Barack Obama does. She has the resume but you can't manufacture the ability to connect with the common man like Barack Obama does.

    Atlanta, GA

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  123. Ron

    Jack, I am a cynic. I don't believe that Hillary's emotional moment was any less scripted than anything else she's done. The camera's were on, and the backdrop of undecided women was perfect–she been laggin support of female voters. However, I don't think that Hillary Clinton will lose this thing. There is a cabal in this country that gives us a Bush or a Clinton. Every time I see Bill golfing with George Sr. I feel like I'm going to lose my lunch. In our last election, the choice was "which guy from Yale." In this election... we have no choice. It will be Hillary. They're just letting Obama get out front so that she can be seen as a simpathetic underdog. And guess what? It's working.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  124. Matt Potter

    Yes, Yes, Yes, Hillary Clinton needs to throw away the script, we all know who she is and what she has done. We are all sick of hearing how important or how many good things you accomplished, we know, I, along with many others want to know and hear about us, the American people, What are you going to do for us Hillary?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  125. Bill Madden

    Hillary has always talked down to the public at large ever since she became in the public eye. However, this tactic has finally caught up with her, and her husband,
    to the extent they are now percieved as automotons, plastic, scripted,and cold.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  126. Mark

    Why do you think this was unscripted? This is the Clinton machine you are talkling about. The one with the 60 minutes denial of past marital infidelity, and the "I did not have sexual relations..." speech with indignation.

    The whole thing was staged for her to use the Crocodile tears.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  127. marlene

    Dear Jack
    Yes she should throw that sucker in the grinder. Just be herself a woman who cares.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  128. Dale Hill

    I think Clinton would make a great president. I thought the conversational Hillary will only help him. Bill should be behind the scene, telling others what they should say. By the way, Jack, please, please, do not use the word "SEE," when you talk to the camera. Leave that to our moron president.

    Dale – Oklahoma, ... the Sooner State

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  129. Evan

    Sure if Senator Clinton throwing away the script is a good idea in theory, but she faces two problems that make it a bad idea. First, she is mediocre ad libber when compared to some of the other candidates in the race. Lastly, Senator Clinton has been in politics for decades and all of them she has made sure that everything was scripted. She would most likely be quite awkward throwing away the scripts that she has used for so many years.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  130. Ali

    I do not know if it is about the future of the US or not Hillary certainly is a great leader and inspiration to every young female over the last decade. She have done a great in the past and showing her human side is not really necessary. In short, she is qualified.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  131. Patricia

    Seeing the softer side of Hilary Clinton was refreshing; she showed for the first time, that she is someone to whom others can relate. It was a moment of vulnerability no doubt brought on by her loss in Iowa, her lagging in the poles, and her exhaustion. Should she throw away the script? One brief moment of sharing tears does not change the person she has displayed to the world: do those tears take away her arrogance? No, I think not. Do those tears remove her sharp edge? No, I think not. Even tigers seem warm and fuzzy when they are down and out, but that doesn't mean their stripes have changed. Hilary doesn't hide behind a script–she IS the script.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  132. Kevin - Alabama

    In the end, would it really matter if she did? We've spent years on end watching Hillary, both behind and in front of her husband, portraying a cantankerous middle aged woman with a chip on her shoulder. She has spent far too long building up that type of character to suddenly try and save face by getting teary-eyed on camera. At this point, she going to get votes based on her policy positions or long-term notoriety. Any Democrats who are voting for charisma are already on Obama's side anyways.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  133. Joan Fahlgren

    What difference does it make? I don't care if candidates laugh or cry, are likable or grouches. I care what their positions are on the issues and not necessarily what they say is their position, but rather the position that has been revealed by their actions to date. Hillary Clinton can stand on her head but I won't be impressed, I would be more impressed had she stood up to Bush and tried to keep us out of this godforsaken war. As a long time feminist I would love to see a woman become president, but not a woman who is so hawkish.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  134. Hillary

    I believe that Hillary Clinton should stick to her script but tone it down and not be so assertive. If she goes unscripted and her emotions get the better of her again, she will seem more weak than passionate.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  135. Preston

    I believe there are times when it would be useful for Mrs. Clinton to set aside the script if you will. However, as a woman candidate in this country, she also has to prove her strength and will power to the American people. Breaking down on national television, can only harm the view of the American people have of this. As experienced as she must be in the political monster, she must know this. Having this said, I do believe she is a strong and capable candidate for running this country.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  136. Amy

    ABSOLUTELY! She is such a robot and is so programmed in the way that she speaks. Even when she showed emotion, I felt it was scripted. How hard is it for poeple to actually be real?! Have honest passion instead of expected passion. I'm not one of her supporters, but I feel like she could be doing a lot better in the polls if people could relate to her on a personal level. -Amy Edwards, Salt Lake City, UT.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  137. Val

    Jack, I am sorry but after 8 yrs of Bill Clinton's lies and deception, I canoot belive anything Mrs .Clinton says either. They are master politicians and will say and do anything to get elected. This was a woman who apparently was running the white house for 8 yrs (according to her "experience") while her husband was busy in his extracurricular affairs. (Remember "Depends on the defintion of "is" Is?
    Any I did not have sex wuth that woman!
    Sorry I am voting for Obama

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  138. Mikka

    She needs to do something, she's been changing based on the polls all this time, why stop now? It's evident she's cracking (mentally) and people pretty much expect her personality to have a major overhaul.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  139. Jonathan from Fla.

    Bill Clinton's tirade against Barack Obama, and Hillary's slight breakdown the previous day, are truly showing what the Clinton campaign is REALLY about. It isn't about what is best for America or Americans. It is ALL about the Clinton Dynasty. They feel as though they aren't going to win, and instead of looking at their old, failed politics, they are simply attacking the new guy. It's pathetic.
    Clearly, the Clinton Dynasty is more important to both Clintons, the getting the best president for our country. If Hillary had any class, she would embrace Barack Obama's ability to fire-up the Democratic party and the democratic process, and accept that either of them would make a great president, and the battle between them is ONLY over who will be able to do the job most efficiently. They should be working together. The fact that Bill and Hillary cannot see beyond their own ambition is sad, pathetic, and VERY telling about why their campaign is simply NOT working anymore.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  140. Tom Miller

    I think Hillary or any other candidate for that matter would be better off to throw away the script. I would much rather see and hear the real person then what some campaign stratigist is trying to make them. Be themselves, act like ordinary people and ordinary people will associate with them.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  141. Mike

    You were more coherent when you were drinking.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  142. dan des moines

    Jack- Certainly you do not believe that emotional moment was anything but a desperate move by a manipulative opportunist politician who got her training from the master himself.
    America is not going to elect an incompetent proxy for the "first black president's" third term.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  143. Lyn Davis

    I do not care what you guys say about Hillary. I think it is too much male ego. She is experienced and will win the nomination and will be the first MRS.PRESIDENT.

    I like Obama, it is not his time. He needs more experience. It will take more than charisma and looks to run this country.

    HORRAY TO HILLARY. MRS. PRESIDENT. She has my vote and all of New York....

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  144. Andrew Murphy

    Yes, and she should be more personable. By continuing to follow the "script", she has not only lost my vote, but obviously others as well. I think the majority of democrats like the Clintons, but by continuing to follow that "script", she is personifying the "old politics" that I and so many others think we should stop.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  145. Grant

    Absolutely. This is at the very "heart" of what I have felt is wrong with Hillary's campaign. I know her resume, I even believe she could be an agent for change. I was just waiting since her initial announcement to know whether she still has the heart that I once saw 20 years ago or not. I feared that she has transplanted her heart with Washington machinery. It's nice to know that it is not entirely gone, but it's a classic case of "too little too late."

    Portland, OR

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  146. rich m

    Oh Please...does anyone believe for a moment that Hillary's sudden melt down was anything but scripted. She has been told by her advisors to show emotions and play the "caring emotional female" card. I don't put anything past the Clinton's and their need and greed for power. They will stop at NOTHING to regain the house they believe is rightfully theirs. And no I am not a Republican, I just no an act when I see one and Hillary's was an act. I just hope the American people can decipher fluff and elect someone who cares about this country and our real problems and get rid of these lifelong politicians. Just my thoughts...

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  147. Mark McIntyre

    The Clintons are quickly losing whatever respect and affection they have retained among us traditional Democrats as they go negative against Obama.
    The only possible script Hilary can take up is the one to step aside and let history be made by Barak.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  148. Ozan Aksoy


    I believe that whatever Hillary does she cannot change the fact that she represents the traditional politics. She represents the Clinton dynasty and we are tired to be ruled under Bush and Clinton Dynasties. Enough to both.

    Ozan Aksoy,
    New York.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  149. Tom Carroll

    Jack, We've lived the Clinton- Bush script for the past two decades. We're too smart for anymore, however it's written! Thanks Jack, Tom

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  150. Jenni

    Script or no script, she is Hillary Clinton and part of the status quo we are so frustrated and unhappy with. My question is were her ALMOST tears from her passion about the subject or were they exhaustion from the campaign trail and the fight. I would love to see a women president, but the RIGHT woman president. Her "35 years of experience" is spin. Her retaliations (or those of the former president) are once again the same old same old of insider Washington politics. Hillary, hear the message. CHANGE means change from all the status quo and that includes you. Sorry, almost a MILLION dollars in PAC/SI money does not signal that you have MY interests, the interests of my children or their future REALLY truly at heart!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  151. Ryan

    Jack Cafferty is the man!!!!
    Wolf only looks better with Jack as a foil.

    Im familiar with Jack from seeing him in the NY newschannel days.
    It is so amazing to see him move on and be able to bring his
    tone, perspective and attitude to CNN. I cannot say enough
    how great is – the amazing delivery. The straightforward attitude –
    man him and Tommy Lee Jones should do a cowboy film together –
    straight shooters straight talkers.

    how did you get Jack to smile for his blog photo?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  152. Mark

    Hillary Clinton is the last person that I want to experience "Impromptu."
    As a theater artist, her 'emotional' moment left me longing for her to morph into Helen Mirren rather than her try to 'connect with people.' It is just not her...
    Hillary is not wired for " warm and fuzzy." She should stick to her hardball, pants suit,
    don't mess with me script...changing strategies will deem her motives circumspect.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  153. L. Jeanne Douglas

    Yes, Hillary should open up more and let us all know the real Hillary. The real Hillary is charming, funny, incredibly intelligent, as well as passionate about leading this nation. When she made the "That hurts my feelings" comment and then smiled with that sweet, knowing smile and then went on with her response during the last debate, we were enchanted. Hillary doesn't need a script. She has the answers and she is ready to be president. Jeanne

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  154. Caleb Wang

    Yes she should. The thing that is winning over Americans, especially the ones in the younger generation is simply personality. We know her resume, we know her experience, and we know that she is qualified. However, it seems that the young American voter is no longer using resume as the top priority in choosing a candidate. Hilary already has a firm grasp in the older voters but in order to win over the under-30s, she must throw away the script and show who she truly is.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  155. Pat Hagan

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I heard Ms. Clinton's talk this morning on Howard Stern's Sirius radio show, and I, like you, were very impressed, finally!
    She did not even sound like the Senator Clinton that I've heard for the past several years. She seems very sincere, honest, and emotional. It's about time!
    If Senator Clinton hopes to have a chance to get the nomination, she MUST throw away the script and be herself.
    In her talk last night she seemed sincerely concerned about America and the direction we are going as a country. I know that as a woman, she cannot seem emotional, but if she wants to be the next president, she better start!
    I want to hear more of the Senator Clinton I heard this morning on Howard Stern's show. Even Howard Stern and Robin Quivers were impressed by her honesty and openess.

    Pat Hagan (male, age 57)
    Chattanooga, Tennessee

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  156. Jim Mayhugh

    Not only should Hillory throw away the script, she should throw in the towel.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  157. Chris Battles

    Hillary Clinton got caught in the politics of the race. To win, she needs to continue with what she did yesterday - show her passion for the human race.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  158. Donna Wilcox

    Yes i think she should throw away the script. I think if she wants to reach out to the middle class she should talk to the middle class. I think they all should. That is what i like about Ron Paul and even John Edwards.

    Donna Wilcox
    Columbus, Ohio

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  159. Brenda Kahn

    Yes please, Hillary,

    Throw away the script. You are likeable! And all people need to see is that you're a real person and a real woman. Hillary is facing the same problem women across corporate America face. She has to be the toughest man in the room to prove a woman can handle the job. But the best way to disarm the critics would be to show she is truly a woman and by default, the toughest guy in the room.

    Thanks for the blog!

    Brenda Kahn
    Center Valley, PA

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  160. Matt in Washington

    If Obama wins the nomination for the democratic party this will be the first year in 13 that I will vote Republican. There are two many problems going on in the world to trust that a 45 year old Junior Senator has the knowledge, experience and wisdow to act as my commander in chief especially with our soldiers in harms way. We need a nominee that doesn't need on the job training!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  161. Bobbie DuFault


    America may not really be ready to have a woman be a woman in such a visible way. However, if Hilary wants to compete against Edwards and Obama, that is going to have to happen. She needs to stop reigning in her emotions, her passion and her honest feelings and let herself be real. Let that which makes her truly different show through. It is not a weakness to have emotion even though it is not something that America expects to see, and under other circumstances would probably view as a weakness. These men however are showing their passion and for her to compete the competent, experienced, Hilary Clinton is going to have to let a little more of herself shine through.
    Most women in politics, in order to compete have to reign in their emotions, having emotion is a sign of weakness in our society. This time it is working against Hilary.

    Thanks for asking this question!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  162. Mikhail

    Hillary is great, but we obviously dont need what she is planning. We need to unite our country, and Barack Obama is giving us that. He is much more persuasive. She better pull something off quick because she is about to lose it all. Welcome to reality Hillary.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  163. Paul Romportl

    I don't think Hillary Clinton, is capable of working un-scripted. That's why no one is
    connecting with her. she is stand-off-ish, and people pick up on this. She plays it way to SAFE, and close to the vest.(or pant-suit if you will)

    She's not for real!

    Paul Romportl

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  164. Dan Vigil, Colorado Springs, CO

    Jack, I have had difficulty figuring out exactly what 'change' Hillary Clinton is about. What sort of change is it if you have the same 2 families in the Oval office for over 24 years? Bush Sr, VP and President, Bill Clinton 8 years, Bush Jr 8 years and now Hillary wants at least another 4 years? What happened to democracy when 2 families have control over the country for over a quarter of a century. There are college students that have not known a country that wasn't run by a Bush or a Clinton, an entire generation, so what change exactly is she advocating?

    This isn't about a woman president, this is about getting real change in office.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  165. Renee

    In order to be where Hillary is today she had to be stronger than a man, always keeping her head held high, never allowed to let herself down for fear of showing weakness. There is no doubt from Hillary's record that she has a huge heart and wants to make a difference. It's also clear that she is capable of actually making the changes. Hillary, we all know you're strong, now put the armor down and let us see your human side, the side that has driven you to work as hard as you have.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  166. Sandra fitzpatrick

    I sent in my comment before I read the comments already posted and I am so
    upset with the way people think in this country. I am beginning to think people don't want to be prosperous and have healthcare and work . Do you all really think that any other presidents didn't have their women????? Bill Clinton at least did his job and we had jobs and he created a surplus in our deficate.
    If we picked a president that was perfect we wouldn't have one. I am so sick of the stupid thinking I am reading. The republicans have bankrupted our country and sold us out to China . We wouldn't be in this mess if the news people hadn't swift boated John Kerry . Now they are swift boating Hillary. If Obama wins everyone will regret it because he is a wolf in sheep clothing . and if we pick a republican then we sold out again and we can't afford any more mistakes.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  167. Todd in NY

    Everything she does is by script. I believe that this episode was no exception. She always says and does what she believes will attract the most votes. This could easily be seen on CNN's Democratic debate when she responded to Obama's idea to remove the cap on one's salary that one pays into Social Security. Hillary's smug response that this would amount to a trillion dollar tax increase sounded as though it came right out of the Rove play book. She's walking the line. She sounds a little Republican at times and a little bit Rock 'n Roll at others. Always scripted. Always calculated.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  168. Nader

    It seems to be some tension between Jack and Wolf. Even though this is normal to happen but I think it's not very professional to show it on tv especially while reporting. This is not good for CNN.
    Regarding Clintion unscripted. I don't think it will help her that much although some voters might fall into this kind of trap. The sad thing about it is that she herself says that this is not a game while in the same time contradicting herself by playing the "emotional" scene.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  169. Laurie Morgenthal

    I think that Hillary is in a position that many professional women face on a daily basis and that is that she will probably have to be twice as good as a man to receive the same respect and recognition. Whether she throws the script out, reins in her husband, changes her attire, or expresses more emotion, she is going to continue to be heavily scrutinized. Real change will take place when a woman gets the opportunity to be at the helm of this country, not just a man of color.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  170. Oscar Gonzalez-Iniguez

    I believe that American voters, for good or bad, we have always preferred natural candidates than scripted ones. It is something that Hillary never understood until now, but it is definitely too late.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  171. Salem

    I used to respect Hillary and would have been ok with her as a second choice to Obama. After seeing how she resorts to such dirty tactics like distorting Obama's record, I am 100% disgusted with her. I don't care if she throws away the script or not at this point. I can't wait for her to lose the nomination so that we can carry on a dialogue in this country about the issues instead of feeling angry/frsutrated with Hillary and her desperate attempts to win. Hillary has reached the point of no return in my book.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  172. Mieke Bandstra

    Hi, Mr. Cafferty,
    Years ago, I heard that Bill Clinton was hard on the inside and soft on the outside and that Hillary was the opposite – hard on the outside and soft on the inside. What we just saw was Mrs. Clinton's real personality, soft on the inside, and we should see more of it. If she showed more of that during her campaign, she would win for sure.
    Love your questions; they always make me think and I'm always interested in what your listeners have to say on your subjects. Thanks!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  173. Stephen Charles-Kendall

    To put it simple, America needs change. Okay we all know that. What many people have failed to realize, is that even with all the experience that you can claim to have, that doesnt mean that you wont screw up, not saying that Obama would'nt screw up either. Yet, what the people are seeing in Obama, is someone who really ties to the American people. The Clintons have had there time. Things have changed. So do we really want to go back to the past, or do we want to forge ahead to the feature? Its time to decided America.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  174. Dena Hughes

    Great idea! What I have been listening for from any of the candidates is, 1) how they plan to undo the policy of secrecy and subterfuge so rampant in the White House, 2) to restore the civil rights that American citizens have lost, and 3) to revive our Constitutional system of checks and balances. I believe Hillary would be the perfect candidate to do this, and unscripted would be the best way! Keep up your great work!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  175. Roland Swank

    Jack just sent this to the Hilliary campaign committee.
    I am agonizing with what you are going through. First, you have an analytical approach for dealing with the issues which is what is needed but the public world, I have found after 50 tears, does not understand nor go along with that approach.
    At this point in history our country has been gutted and there is very little that the people believe in in the current administration or cingress.
    I noticed, what could be the biggest drawback, that your website does not ask for the voters opinions. There is the problem in a nutshell. This is supposed to be a government for and by the people and yet the people have been taken out of the equation. The CHANGE that is needed is to have a mechanismm whereby the elected representatives can get a sense of the desires of the people, and then, try to accomodate what they want, not what they personally want or what the Party insists on or what big business pays for.
    Just a few thoughts that could change things all around.
    Good luck!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  176. Danielle Barbour

    Everyone is talking about how Hilary broke down but what everyone fails to realize is maybe she is a better actor than a presidential candidate!!! She did not shed one tear and anyone can pull off that script with horrible acting! Maybe she should take some acting classes instead!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  177. Bernie Gagliano

    Hillary does great without any script and being ready for day one means she can think on her feet, analyze events quickly and make wise decisions. So she should do the rest of her campaign that way. Show don't tell. Interact, listen and respond.
    Particulary, with younger citizens she needs to grasp what matters to them. She was an activist at their age, engaged her place in history and rose to the top. Her humanity is very engaging. Display it.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  178. Floyd Kephart


    Hillary is a much better person and candidate than her handlers. Mark Penn, Mandy Grunwald and Howard Wolfson should all be sent packing as a result of their campaign strategy that may end up sending Hillary packing!

    Keep up the great work!


    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  179. Blair

    This is the side of Senator Hillary Clinton I have been desperately waiting to see and I am sure many others would agree.

    The personal and emotional "hat " she was wearing at this gathering goes a long way to reveal the human side of her. If it's not too late I think people will see her as someone that has the potential to be a great next President.


    Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  180. Josh

    Throw it away....She should burn it and leave no evidence. As a 20something in the 90's I was a huge Bill Clinton Fan, still consider myself one too. But this is different. It's a new generation with audacity in it's politics. Can she smell what Barack is cooking....?

    Charlotte, NC

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  181. Jeanne

    Absolutely. One of the things I liked about Joe Biden is that I felt he was actually saying what he thought much of the time, especially in response to direct questions - not that he was flipping through a Rolodex in his head to pull the closest pre-scripted answer. Regardless of whether I agreed with him, I respected that he was clear (and showed common sense). Of the Big Three among the Democrats, my own views are closer to those espoused by Senator Clinton's platform, but I remain hesitant about her, despite her experience, *because* she's too scripted. I would love to hear what I felt was the real Hillary Clinton. So yes - more Hillary, less script.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  182. Leea Whalin

    I couldn't agree more with your comments. The next candidate who can muster the courage to simply be themselves, and harder yet, be authentic and honest with the American public will not only win our hearts – they'll win the White House as well. I'm sure our founding fathers could never foresee a time when the greatest political risk would be to ignore the strategists and "image makers" and simply be oneself.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  183. KEVIN

    Jack. Bill and Hillary Clinton are tearing the party apart. She is screaming that she is the most qualified candidate, which is not true. The fact is Obama is qualified, and we here in Illinois know it. Obama has served in legistative bodies longer than Hillary Clinton, is a U.S. Constitution expert as well as knows how to organize people of ALL parties and interests. It kills me how Hillary is only in her second term as a U.S. Senator and has never been elected to any other offices. Bill Richardson's qualification outshine Hillary's. She needs to make nice and become Obama's Vice President... thats what the People want.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  184. Joseph

    Throw away the script? Her display was contrived and just another strategy of a cold and calculating self crowned queen...

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  185. Candida French

    Dump the script Hilary! Be the first non-politician to run for the Presidency.
    How refreshing that would be... and how unrealistic. Would put too many people out of work and give them nothing better to do than come up with a smear campaign against the rival of whatever burger stand hires them.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  186. Dave

    What makes you think it was unscripted? Sorry, I'll never trust a Clinton. If it was unscripted, it helped Hillary tremendously, until Bill ruined it with his attack later on just about everybody for mistreating her. Doesn't that make us wonder what will happen if she wins and times get tough?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  187. Marcus

    If that what it takes to get the American people to see her strength and ability to lead us back to a bright future then YES, by all means. But the fact of the matter is, we should be paying attention to her ability and readiness to lead on day one. I have a lot of respect for Obama but I truly believe his admiration for change exceeds his ability to to bring it about. We really need to pay attention to the issues and vote on who can deliver instead of those who merely vote present in the senate. Actions speak louder than words!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  188. michele

    I personally don't think if Hillary acted like a person to the rest of us it would make any difference at this point in the game, I'm for Obama and have been from the beginning. Our country needs change, the days of Clinton and Bush politics are over, our country needs something new and fresh. And by the way, I thought it interesting that when Obama called Kenya things started changing over there. He's willing to reach out to our enemys and keep them close. That's a change in foreign policy, before he's even in office. He's our next President. And by the way, Bill Clinton already had his 2 terms in office. Hillary is a newcomer to. Sipping tea with foreign presidents doesn't qualify her as President. I don't know if this will make it in or not, but America and California is watching this caucus. We're hurting here in California. Vote for Obama for us here in California New Hampshire.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  189. Nate Mezmer

    Hillary Clinton is the script. She is the lobby. She is money hungry corporate American controlled US politics. Remember who sat on the board of Walmart? Hillary Rodham. Who knows if those tears were even real? Just as her husband pandered to African-Americans and then left them hanging, Hillary now claims she stands for change when in fact the change she speaks of is the antithesis of what she symbolizes.

    Nate Mezmer,

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  190. Carol

    I think you've got it wrong this time. The American people are dumb, and the proof is that they have been persuaded to vote against their own best interest over the Bush years. Where else in the world does a Supreme Court decide an election? And if that wasn't bad enough, after the Iraq War began, who in their right mind would have voted for Bush in 2004? Obama makes me nervous, and that's primarily due to the numbers of Republicans voting for him! Why isn't anyone asking what are the Republicans up to? Right now Hillary is our only hope. Why are you dumb pundints trying to defeat her!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  191. Donna Lubertazzi

    Watching Hillary cry after one little disappointment of not having the voting go her way is not the leadership that I am interested in. Her lose of composure to the point of tears in these preliminary days of campaigning is not the candidate to run this great country.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  192. gb

    Should Hillary throw away her script.....are you really convinced that that display was not scripted. I used to look forward to your segment on Wolf's show but after this naive monologue I will listen with much apprehension from now on.
    Glad to see Wolf has a blog now so I can stick on that one!
    gb- Chicago

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  193. TAMI


    I have enjoyed you for many years and I feel that you just hit the pulse of what politics should be... not only should Clinton toss the script, all of the other candidates should... Obama too.. his script is unscripted, but the only reason why I am not sure about him is because his 'change' has not yet been talked about... what is he going to change... so his unscripted script is annoying too... Clinton is raw and should show it.. that is probably her finest quality.. we all know she is smart and capable... so what... it takes a human being to run this country the way it should be run and fix what needs to be fixed...I think that is what is going to win the race.. not who has the most or least of experience.. but who has there heart in it. That is what it should be about!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  194. Phyllis

    Jack, I'm sitting here in California watching all of this trying to figure out if I would vote for Hillary. So far she hasn't given me any reason to do that. We already know what she stands for – many of us have watched numerous debates. What we do need to hear is what would she do if there were another collapse of the World Trade Towers and how would she handle a crisis in Iraq. Yes, she needs to throw away the script – a president has many faces and we need to see all of them.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  195. Brad

    Hillary is a born leader with dynamic experience. She should keep educating the public on her resume while showing us her emotions and passion for our country. I think her "script" shows her intellect and organization. A good candidate knows how to mix the two. I know the public will soon see through the
    ill-experienced Obama. Hillary is ready to lead.

    Arlington, VA

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  196. Donald

    THROW AWAY THE SCRIPT-First of all "SHE" [Hillary Cinton] is clearly outmatched by Obama. If She wants to win she must find a way to connect with all voters and not just talk about her past 35 years of experience but how is she going to become the president who can bring a fresh out look to our country as soon as she enterss office!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  197. Edith

    She's been polite and has refrained from the negative that so many others use, and yes, this is crunch time and she's being attacked so certainly has to respond, and yes, allowing her emotions to show, why not.

    Her positions on vital issues are open and clear, including on the Iraq war.
    Obama claims he was ALWAYS against it, but he wasn't in Congress when the first vote was taken – he was merely in the Illinois legislature and very few people even heard of him.

    Furthermore, I agree with Pres. Clinton that media and even moderators on debates often have been harder on Hillary than on other candidates.

    Edith – New York

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  198. Jane

    Jack, the problem isn't Hillary's script. Unfortunately for her she's running in
    the wrong election cycle. The definition of "change" that voters are seeking and that's fueling Obama......means "the end of politics as usual" and "throw
    the bums out."

    With a husband who's the first Democrat to serve 2 terms since FDR and being
    a 2 term Senator herself, Hillary is one of the bums the voters want to throw

    In another presidential election Hillary's resume, experience and maybe even
    her campaign "script" might have meant success. In 2008 its a liability
    she can't escape.


    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  199. Bob

    Jack, don't tell me YOU of all people were taken in by those crocodile tears! That moment was classic political theater, stage managed by cynical political operatives who are trying desperately to correct Hillary's image as an emotionless political android. Apparently, you seem to be buying into it.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  200. Sandra

    She can't throw away the script. That would not be Hillary Clinton. I urge everyone not to be fooled by the tears. I believe they were real allright. The reason for the tears is she sees her campaign collapsing. She just realized she just might not be President. Hence, tears.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  201. Dan

    Presidents don't cry. So yes, she should throw away the script and be done with this egotistical illusion of being president. Once was enough...

    January 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  202. Kris E

    I've always believed in Senator Clinton and after yesterday's emotional comments, I put my money where my mouth is and donated to her campaign. It would be wonderful to see a more 'human' side to her. I've shed many a tear on the state of this country and the loss of both American and Iraqi civilian life. I, like Senator Clinton, am passionate about working hard to see that we reverse the damage of the Bush presidency. I show my sadness, my anger AND my hopes for the future to those around me, loudly and passionately; so should she.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  203. Ana Haget

    There is nothing wrong with Hillary's current script. The media holds her to a much higher standard than the male candidates. I guess they (the men) are all happy now, that they made "the woman cry." Now they will accuse her of being too weak under pressure.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  204. Pat

    EXCERPT:: "And maybe that’s part of her problem. Not that anybody has asked, but what if Hillary threw away the script? Instead of lecturing and speechifying and hitting us over the head with her resume, what if she focused on the shared concern the vast majority of people have about the future of their country. That’s exactly what Barack Obama has tapped into, and it seems to be working quite well for him."

    Lecturing and hitting people over the head with their resume's are what women in high level political job's do.. Look at Gov Blanco she spent so much time playing the "I've got more power than you game with the Mayor" her power struggle cost her live's, home's and a state.. Even Pelosi love's the power struggle game and cannot keep the Senate operating in the manner it should and she overstep's her authority..

    Women do well at the top level in the private sector where there is not so much at stake and you get a second chance to redo your error's .. In the Government second chances are costly.. What's Hillary gonna do if she is President and the Senate disagrees with her go on tv and cry or send Bill in to yell at them and spank their finger's..

    Florida Lady....

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  205. SA

    Get real! To ask Hillary Clinton to throw away her script is like a asking a Zebra to change its stripes. I guess it wouldn't be a Zebra anymore if that was possible...
    Hillary Clinton unscripted? That's like asking her to be an agent for change! Let's not forget that she is business as usual, she is Washington! This is what the American people are trying to move away from.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  206. Rohan K (Toronto)

    An unscripted Clinton has really become an irrelevant issue because ever since she became the First Lady, she has molded herself into a self-appreciating person who tends to slide toward a notion of inevitability on any issue concerning her candidacy. As such, even an unscripted Clinton would sound nearly the same as would a scripted one. I, for one, would rather see a well-scripted eloquent Clinton, than an unscripted, fumbling candidate who takes much longer than necessary to illustrate the exact same positions of her arguments.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  207. alan

    Why can't anyone see that Obama is a Karl Rove dream candidate. He advised him because he knew against Clinton, the Republicans lose. The have O"Bomb"a's waiting in the wind and I think team Clinton knows it but they don't want to look like the bad guys. Obama is not electable outside of the "educated" states (read white liberal). Clinton has been fully vetted and the Republican machine doesn't have anything left on her. They actually have to argue issues and not personalities, something that they do not want. They need dirt and the machine has it on Obama. Where is the press on this? Trying hard not to look like they are picking on a minority candidate. Sounds like another "run up to the war" blindsiding.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  208. Julie

    Is it not obvious that Hillary orchestrated her "breakdown" to appeal to the voters who have drifted to the Obama camp? She held her composure in the public eye for more than 15 years until voters decided they preferred someone who was sincere and expressed emotion. Coincidence? I think not! That tear was scripted and now I would question just about anything she said.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  209. George King

    I think that Mrs. Clinton should just be herself and open up her feelings nstead of using facts and figures to bolster her arguments. Feeling her passion and concerns would send out the message that she identifies and emphathizes with the common person than with the "status quo," Let it be said that we want a President who hears, feels and act toward the difficulites that we face and not a President who loses their identity because of the big business and big money

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  210. Ann Miller

    What Hillary did set the chance of having a woman President back 10 years. Who wants a President that is going to break down and cry (especially in public)? Her camp says we need to get to know her. We've had more than enough years to get to know her and we know who she really is, not who she trys to be just to get elected. A woman President – YES, her, NO.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  211. Neerja

    Yes she should certainly throw away the script. No one doubts her efficiency, her smarts, her brains etc. However, her personality constantly comes under attack – sometimes called cold, sometimes called angry, she has been called robotic. People need to see the empathy , the warmth and the human side of Mrs. Clinton. Her husband could teach her that easily, he is a master.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  212. Anna

    Hillary can throw away the script, criticize Obama, have bill criticize Obama, take over conference calls, claim to be a change agent, and virtually do anything her desperate campaign will do to defeat Obama, but the Obama movement can absolutely not be stopped. I've seen it and experienced and I can claim with 100% certainty that this man and the people who believe in him will defeat the Hillary machine, because there IS power in words despite what Hillary may think. Obama has inspired thousands of young and old, republican and democrat alike and will prove to the Clinton machine that this is not a "fairy tale". Oh wait.. and we won Iowa didn't we? Sounds like a pretty effective fairy tale to me.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  213. john

    If you're a natural at improve ...you can throw away the script . Hillary isn't natually as strong as Obama , or Edwards in this area . She's in tough .

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  214. Anna Linden

    Jack, this is the first time I have found your blog and am glad it is today.

    I am surprised you gave a comment on either of the Clintons that was positive, you have never given a good word for them it truly amazes me.

    Yes I think her showing people she is a caring person, not a statue but when the statue part of her is needed it is there however she bleeds as we all do.

    Thank You for giving a positive comment on the Clintons, I hope CNN will follow your lead.

    Anna Linden

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  215. Deborah

    Jack that is a ridiculous question. Of course she should. I would have expected you of all people to start asking the questions about Obama. Why is he getting a free ride and the public is a mass hysteria and no one in the media, not even YOU is questioning anything about him. Change, change, change...how about asking what exactly he is going to do? He voted basically the same as Hilary in the Senate. Good Lord have people lost their minds? Are there memories so short as to have forgotten how that moron Bush got elected? Just a reminder....he was the voted most likable, the one everyone wanted to sit and have coffee with...and look what we got. It's a frenzy fueled by the media and by the hatred of the Clintons. What a shame. You should spoken out...you should speak out. I hate a cry baby and I am surprised you don't also. Everytime someone questions Obama they cry foul. What in the hell are they going to do when the republicans get to him. I can see the first headline.....BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA...... hello...his crying won't work then and his reused speeches either....nothing will help him when they get to him. SPEAK UP JACK. You can do it...be brave.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  216. Jonathan Buffington

    Jack, By script do you mean the one which has her as inevitably becoming the next president, puts the vacancy sign back in the Lincoln bedroom, and has Bill roving around the planet doing whatever it is he does now? Yes Jack she should most definitely throw the script and her hopes for the White House away! This election is about the future; Fleetwood Mac only sang one version of the tomorrow tune and nowhere in that song does it say "We the People" should now start looking backwards!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  217. David Williams

    I am very disappointed with Clinton and Obama. If I wanted a warm and fuzzy President, I would vote for Opera. Although they both offer solutions, their solutions are only band-aids and do not address the underlying problem of falling wages due to globalization. Unfortunately, the public seems to be in love with this positive sounding rhetoric and do not want to talk about the dire issue of globalization. Kudos to Edwards.
    Portland, OR

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  218. Sherrie

    As a woman, I cringed when I saw Hillary "tear up". I didn't feel she was "crying" over the country, but instead crying because of herself and her dreams bring threatened. I think it made her look weak. Do we want a president "crying" when she doesn't get her way? No. Also why doesn't anyone notice that she pulled the "this is personal to me" line straight from John Edwards statement on the Saturday debate? Pull the script? She best pull her husband off the mad ranting/negativity first.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  219. Maggie

    Personally, I did not like to see a candidate for President of the United States of America cry when the tide was against her. I never saw her cry when she talked about the troops in Iraq, but she showed her weak side when the pain was in her personal circle. Is that a quality that we want in a President? She can feel for herself when she isn't winning, but does she feel for the people she wants to serve? I hope this short comment expresses what I want to say – I could write an essay!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  220. Sheri Greet

    I think Hillary Clinton should throw away her script & talk to people like she would her Husband, Daughter,Mother, Sister or Brother. In other words, be more Real... Obama & Edwards talk like they are Just Talking to Anyone.. Clinton sounds like she is Preaching or Speech making. There's nothing wrong with getting upset, angry, happy or sad, just be Real about it.. People want to be talked to by Real People, not someone that sounds like a Bad Actor reading a script, in a B Movie..
    Sheri from Pacific, Missouri

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  221. Tracy

    Usually cynical and annoyed by her artifice, I was touched by Hillary yesterday. So, yes, throw away the script. And, after today (not to mention after years of philandering), she should throw away the husband too.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  222. Joan

    She is running for the president of the United States. Why shouldn't she talk about her resume? Why should the fact that she is a reserved person and trying to tell people what is relevant to the position she is campaigning for be a negative thing? And she has thrown out the script. Instead of simply speaking in large generalities she is being open and letting people ask her any question they feel like. Now if she has a deep understanding of policy and government and does not shy away from displaying that, I do not think that is bad at all.
    Why should she pay the price of being knowledgeable about the post she is campaigning for?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  223. Michael Shulman, New Jersey

    If Hillary breaks down emotionally so easily, then why do we need that kind of President who can't hold her composure? I think that the most defining character of any President is toughness and control under any situation. It is true that in some tough situations. it is practically impossible to not shed a tear as we saw in the immediate hours following 9/11 attacks. But if we're talking about change in the government, the potential President needs to be angry and displeased with the current handling of the nation, look the voters in the eye and firmly declare that he/she is ready to make that change. Personally, I believe that Hillary lacks these qualities and would not make a good President. HOORAY!! OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  224. michelle

    I think Hillary was crying because she is not winning. I think that's where it was coming from. Of course she is upset! I think that there are so many layers of script that at this point it's not possible to throw it all away - i wish her the best, but i think she realizes that it is too late. This has been a dream of hers for a very long time, planned out and scripted and, unfortuntely, perhaps taken for granted...I would cry too!!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  225. Brad Ellis

    She can throw away her script. It's not like it was a good one anyways. It's hard to run on experience these days with ghastly leaders like Donald Rumsfeld, so I don't understand why she went the experience route in the first place. Then, how can she change her message to change? She's doing it because it's working for Obama. How can she be change when she is hand in hand with her husband, and his former Secretary of state Madeleine Albright? That's not change to me! Let's get away from the Clinton and Bush Dynasty.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  226. Michele Ramsey

    Should Hillary throw away the script? Hillary Clinton IS the script and that's the problem. Americans are finally growing tired of a script where lobbies like the NRA and those for big business get to make laws for their own benefit without concern for what the majority of American's think or how those decisions will impact them. Hillary is, unfortunately, a part of that script. Her husband was rightly called the best Republican president we've ever had by Michael Moore–she'd perhaps simply be the second best Republican president we've ever had.

    You're right, Jack, Americans are not as easily manipulated as we're made out to be. So in spite of the fact that the Republicans kept barking that Hillary would undoubtedly win (hoping to create a reality where they have a chance of winning in 2008) and in spite of the fact that the majority of the mainstream media repeated their claims over and over, virtually without question, Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire have made it clear that they will vote for a change in the script–so regardless of whether Hillary's words change, people have recognized that her script will be more of the same.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  227. Gayle

    Scripts work. All those in sales know that, but the success depends on the salesperson. I'm not sure what Hillary is selling other than a tremendous yearning to be the next president. I'm not buying any one's goods yet, until I find out if what they are selling is a can of worms or truly a better way of life for most Americans.

    Thanks Jack! You are an inspiration and one of the brightest (and nicest, yes that counts too) in the bus.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  228. L J

    Throw away the script? She wouldn't know how...it is embedded in her brain!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  229. Marilyn Gottier

    Jack, although you are my hero when it comes to politics, why do you continually hammer away at Hillary Clinton? Why does she have to meet standards other than the male candidates? Your bias is blatantly showing and when George W. Bush and his father didn't just choke up but the tears flowed for GHWB and W gets all misty about a military member killed in his illegal war, they were just showing "emotion." But, Hillary is called not a leader because she shows she has a heart that beats. As a senior citizen worried about the future for my children and grandchildren, not to mention my husband and I since we are retired, I want ALL the candidates to feel our pain and speak the truth. Frankly, I am not hearing one thing from Barack Obama about WHAT he will change and his voting record is not exactly in my camp and I am a lifelong Democrat.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  230. michael peterson

    Wouldn't that make her a follower of Obama. I think it would make her appear lost in midstream. I think she was just a bit too arrogant for her own good,because it seems she was riding the coattails of bill and if she changes she'll be riding the coattails of Obama

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  231. T. Hoadley

    As a citizen of Iowa, I was fortunate enough to meet all the candidates, some of them more than once. I would just like to say, they are all wonderful candidates, but I was much more impressed by the candidates that spoke from the heart and were truly sincere. We are all from the same party and we all want the same thing. With that said, I was truly impressed with Hillary's demeanor in our meet and greet. She truly wants change, and I believe she has the heart and resources to see this through. Her resume is great, but her heart is greater. She didn't have a speech for us, she just talked, and I walked away from that feeling much better about her than I did before I met her. She honestly made me feel as though she was "human." Obviously, I caucussed for her, and was disappointed with her supporter showing here. We love you, Hillary! It can still happen.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  232. Cecil Van Houten

    Should she go unscripted? It would certainly make the next steps of the process interesting if she would. But I question whether she's capable of it. For the short term perhaps, but it seems more likely that her nature and personality would not allow it in the long term. Whether she's a different, more vulnerable, more likable person underneath the cold, calculating exterior or not, her career and reputation have been built on the latter not the former. I was skeptical of the rare surfacing of emotion yesterday but then I'm a cynic. Should she? Perhaps yes. Will she? Most certainly not.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  233. Sharon Lussier

    I think Obama ought to throw away his script and start giving us his views on issues. For me, the words just aren't enough.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  234. Karen Clark

    I saw the side of Hillary that all the media had been saying wasn't there up to now. She will take hits for showing some emotion, but it was a very human moment and I sure hope that she will share more of those. What I saw is a person who genuinely loves her country and I was proud of her. You go, girl!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  235. Craig Thomas

    I read Hillary Clinton's book, Living History, to glean some insights. What I learned is that, under pressure, she reverts to "lawyer mode," not "leader mode," which is to say she calculates too much.

    Lawyers aren't necessarily leaders. And what we need now is someone who leads.

    Skip the script, Hillary, and lead from the heart, not just the head.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  236. C. Holland

    Mrs. Clinton surely needs to change her delivery style to get my vote. I don't want to listen to her for four years based on what I'm hearing in these primaries. She comes across almost angry, slightly arrogant and very distant. If I spoke to her in person, I would expect her to not connect with me and possibly even critique something about me that was out of place. I don't what that says about me or her, but it says that she makes me uncomfortable. She should definitely change from the current script.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  237. Miriam

    ABSOLUTELY! Authenticity will ultimately win this race, as evidenced by Huckabee and Obama's win in Iowa. If she continues to ACT authoritatively or ACT concerned, people will see through it, as they do right now. We want to trust our leaders, we want to know that they are real people with real feelings and not just heartless talking heads on a power-trip.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  238. M. Duke

    My fear is that Hillary's people will write a throwing away the script script and that she will simply follow that until she once more is so tired and frustrated that she will set it aside in some diner in North Carolina and raise once more the comments about our finally seeing the real Hillary. How people behave and how they feel can be two very different things–our job as voter is to try to see behind the masks. There is always the possibility of a second mask hidden behind the one that is discarded in an emotional moment.

    Atlanta, GA

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  239. Sly from Michigan

    Hi Jack, Listen, They're doing it, not just Mrs Clinton. All those politicians who's running for President of these United States should throw away their Scripts. They should honestly start saying what they believe or feel and stop saying things what they think people want to hear.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  240. Diane Fure

    Whatever it takes for Hillary to be the Democratic candidate is what she must do. I want to vote for her when election time comes.
    As a nation we have lived through Georgies wars and have trillions of dollars in debt that we shouldn't be passing to our grandchildren to pay back.
    I don't want unexperienced as a the nominee, frankly I don't want a man, they have been running this country for more than 200 years and but for FDR and the beginning of Social Security and Bill Clinton who vanquished the federal deficit they haven't done very well.
    Time for a female, time for Hillary to win!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  241. Joe Pritt

    It's really quite simple. If she doesn't win New Hampshire, she will not be able to stop the tidal wave that is called Barack Obama. I was once a Clinton supporter, but after watching Obama speak and sound like a normal human being and not like a politician....He has my vote.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  242. Pamela

    Jack, surely you didn’t fall for Hillary’s supposed “unscripted moment” Throw away the script? That “emotional moment” from Hillary was nothing but scripted. In fact, it was classic Bill Clinton. Getting a little teary eyed about something they care so much about? It worked for Bill and Hillary’s camp is so desperate they are pulling out all the stops. The problem is- on so many levels- Hillary isn’t Bill. Didn’t work for me and I’d venture to say it isn’t going to work for the rest of the nation either.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  243. Dane in Manchester, CT

    Throw away the script? Absolutely. That goes for any politician seeking the office. We are looking for a true American to fill the position. If not for the presidential race, Hillary should start speaking more from the heart for herself as well. Let it flow. Most of us are far too intelligent to not see through these cookie cutter politicians. So what, if you are put out there in the news reels all day for a mispeak or something a little off the mark. Yes, Hillary come down to earth (that is where your vote lies). Nothing to lose at this point, and everything to gain for her Mr. Cafferty.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  244. Lori

    Yes, she should throw away the script and throw in the towel. Enough of the whining – from BOTH of the Clintons. Barack is the guy! It's a new day! P.S. Hey Bill, remember this isn't YOUR re-election.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  245. Terry Hapney--Ohio

    As an individual who has yet to make up my mind for whom I will vote in my state's primary, I FINALLY saw the same depth of passion in Hillary Clinton that was quite evident in Bill Clinton when he ran in 1992–the passion (to help people and turn this country around) that took him to the White House, and the same passion that served as catalyst for his re-election in 1996. Bill Clinton has a gift for connecting with people and making them feel as if their problems are the most important problems in the world, and stressing that he can help them solve those problems. For the first time during this campaign I saw Senator Clinton exhibit that same passion–a passion that provides a solid connection with prospective voters. If she is to win in other states, she must lose the script and continue allowing her sincere passion for helping our country and its citizens shine through. Nineteen ninety-three through 2000 were some of the best years of my life, thanks in large part to the state of our wonderful country. My hope is we will return to that status in the U.S.A.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  246. Bob

    Yes, absolutely throw away the script. All of these candidates should speak from their hearts and their own conscience and not from the pens of their campaign script writers. Stop delivering what the myriad of polls tell them the public wants to hear, but deliver their own thoughts, proposed tactics, and solutions. It's time our leaders stop sounding like bad writing on a failed mini series, and more like the everyday men, women, and children who make up this country. We're all tired of rhetoric filled slogans and cliches that those who would be our leaders think we want to hear. I think willingness to speak unscripted, and the lack of fear of being human is what we need in a President. Show us what you're really made of.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  247. Richard, Mckinney Texas

    Hillary Clinton could walk across the stage naked ( Now there is an ugly image, Yuck!), and it would not change who or what she is. America has seen she is and it isn't very impressive.
    There is no strategy or script to change your past. Especially one so well covered over the years by the media. Some people think the media is not being, "Fair" to poor little misunderstood Hillary. To those people I say, "All media coverage both negative and positive is fair in politics". I would rather hear it on the news now then it not be told and we all find out later after it is too late.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  248. Lindsay from Texas

    Of course she should be unscripted. She probably should have been unscripted from the start, but no one is that brave. Not only did I feel that her emotional moment was sincere but it also made me angry at the other Democratic candidates becuase I know they have added much more stress and struggle to her campaign run. No one likes to be picked on and Hillary has been absolutely blasted by Edwards and Obama. Two against one is not fair and I think it makes Democrats look bad. This is coming from a Democrat by the way. People joke that Hillary is a political machine, but I didn't think machines could cry. Unscripted, emotional, and passionate is definitely the way she should go, and it is never too late.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  249. Joann

    YES!! For years the media and political insiders have made Hillary out to be a dragon woman. Advisors are just that, they advise, does not mean you have to take that advice. Obama is on a wave right now and the media is fueling it. If Hillary can be her self and the media for a change pick up this story, maybe people would stop, look and listen and realize this woman is passionate about her love of this country and wanting to change the direction the country has been heading in for the past 7 years. It is amazing to me how easy it is for a lot of people in this country to follow someone because they are a good public speaker, but quite frankly, really what has Obama said? I've listened, I don't hear what he has to offer to make this great country of ours a better place. As well, experience does have a lot to do with running this country and it is freightening to me that Obama, who has no foreign experience and minimal domestic experience can get the nomination, yes, scary indeed!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  250. kathie in Arkansas

    Everyone needs to unscript their comments about Obama. What are his qualifications, why is the media pundits upset that Bill Clinton had the guts to say what they have not? Obama has not even completed one term of the office he was elected and now wants to be president?

    John Edwards is the only candidate not in bed with lobbiests and corporations and is hammering the issues, yet he barely gets a mention. Shame on the media once again for not doing their job.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  251. Delane

    I don't believe anything Hill can do to change what is happening will help her. She's spent too much time talking about herself and forgot the election is about WE THE PEOPLE! Bill's comments are certainly not helping, either. For me, a person who thought highly of him before this election, he's changed my view. I don't believe there is anything but a downhill slide for Hill in the primary. She forgot there were others in the primary, and started a general election campaign before she won the primary. By the time she realized she was not the inevitable winner, it was too late. WAY too late. Plastic politicians don't play in Peoria these days. Or anywhere else in the US, either. That one momemt is the only genuine thing Hill has shown the entire campaign. Not enough........not NEARLY enough!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  252. Cameron D

    You say the American people are not easy manipulated. I disargee, I think not only are you easily manipulated but that you want to be. You want someone to tell you how it is and what to do, to tell you that its ok and put your mind at ease because the majority of Americains can't be bothered to take the time and learn about the issues.

    You Say your waking up. I hope so, for the last 8 years you've let your government be railed by a small group of power hungery indiviuals. I am seeing some of the biggest voting I've seen in a while right now in the US. I just urge these voters to question for themselves and not just what the TV says.

    Thank you,
    Cameron D
    BC Canada

    P.S. Cafferty, I thought you would get a kick out of the fact that I work @ an answering service for about 150 business' and everyday I get at least 3 recorded campain ads from your countrys presidential candidates! I wonder how much money that costs.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  253. Sharon Watson

    Yes! Hillary, stop repeating "35 years of experience" and give us your passion for America's future. I learned long ago " its not what you have done for me in the past, but what are you going to do for me in the future?" Hillary Clinton may be the best answer for America at this time in history and it would be a shame for us to make another mistake.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  254. Ray

    Shouldn't they all be unscripted? Isn't there a large group of script writers on strike right now?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  255. Bettina Abascal

    I have never liked Hillary Clinton one bit. I have likewise never bee inspired to write in to your wonderful TV program, but this question, I had to answer. Something about Hillary moved me yesterday. She should defineitely drop the script because yesterday, she wasn't an overt politician, she was a strong and real woman.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  256. JoAnn

    The Clinton's are desperate. If Hillary is emotional it's because she is behind. If she gets the White House she will run the Hillary and Bill show and forget the American people, she is old school.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  257. Dan DeArmond Texas!

    it doesn't matter. Hillary is just another politician...just like Obama...McCain, Romney, etc, etc, etc, ... It is just a matter of which Liar you wish to have represent this great country.

    Just choose one. Let them draw straws... TODAY! Just get it done. We, the REAL Americans just have to learn how to survive whatever these "Caring Politicians" decide to deal out after they are in office.

    The pity is... these jerks are getting all the attention when if we put them all in a sack, the combined "Real" worth of them wouldn't be equal to the fingernail clippings from one soldier serving his / her country. Our now neglected, backseated soldiers protecting our backs are the "REAL Americans".

    Nuff Said!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  258. Elizabeth Carrell

    As a member of the class of 1969 at Wellesley College, I was present for Hillary Rodham's stirring Commencement speech. She is a dynamic and passionate individual. Perhaps the requirement that the first generation of professional women present themselves as rational and competent to the exclusion of almost everything else has led to the distorted perception that Hillary is by turns calculating or detached. Nothing could be further from the truth of the person I remember from our college days, If she wants to pick up the pace of her support she needs to show us more of what she once was and can be again for a country that could benefit from her fine intelligence coupled with her well-placed passions.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  259. lloyd lahti

    as a canadian snowbird and a political junkie i enjoy being in the states during a presidential election year..i believe that the people are much more politically asute then they are given credit for and hillary maybe fighting an unwinable battle..with global attention centered in the middle east and knowing their feelings towards women, the people may not feel that this is the right time for a female president no matter how cute hillary may look in a "burka".....LLoyd

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  260. Pam Becker

    I think it will help her but not enough. Here are two things I thought of; first, that I remember when Bill was first running for president and many of us had signs that said "Hillary for president!" (We were just partly kidding.) At that time, she seemed more of a real person. We know she stands for the things we want, like universal health care. Unfortunately for her, everything changed when Barack Obama made his speech at the last Democratic convention. I'm afraid she missed her chance. And this is my second point. People all over were saying if we will ever have an African-American president, there he is! Talk about sounding presidential! And then we have John Edwards, a fighter for the masses. That's Hillary's problem – she would be fine, but there are too many excellent choices for Democrats to make. And she's wrong when she says rhetoric isn't important.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  261. Matthew Gibson

    It seems as if it's almost too late, in regards to a big campaign change, for Hillary Clinton. Too many people already view her as shifting and accommodating to whatever the winds of the public may currently be. Her best bet would have been to keep to her plan rather than continually changing. Barack Obama kept to such a plan and is now succeeding. Even John Edwards has stayed more consistent than Hillary Clinton. When she was the front runner her campaign was rather consistent. Barack Obama shifts into the lead and she suddenly does nothing but attack him rather than promote herself. Now, after her constant attacks seem to still not be working, she opens up in a genuine moment. If she changes her tactics again to be genuine and "real", any such change would only be viewed in one way: another exploitation of what it seems the public wants to hear and what will help her the most.

    If she stands any chance, which she currently still does, she needs to show the voters what she brings and will do as opposed to a constant attack on her opponents.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  262. Philip

    What about her performance yesterday leads anyone to believe that it was anything other than a scripted act? Hillary *should* throw away the script, but I fear her script is the only thing that makes her tolerable.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  263. Dana

    Sure, let the script go. It can't really hurt her now! I am still undecided on my vote. I think if she lets the tears out to much; America will see her as weak. She needs to be herself b/c once again Jack America is tired of the right and left wing. We are tired of the same old thing. This country needs a leader who cares about the people and the problems we face. Truth be told Jack, I just don't how how much Hiliary cares.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  264. Brad Ellis

    She can throw away her script. It's not like it was a good one anyways. It's hard to run on experience these days with ghastly leaders like Donald Rumsfeld, so I don't understand why she went the experience route in the first place. Then, how can she change her message to change? She's doing it because it's working for Obama. How can she be change when she is hand in hand with her husband, and his former Secretary of state Madeleine Albright? That's not change to me! Let's get away from the Clinton and Bush Dynasty.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  265. Dianne Z

    Yes, Hillary needs to throw away the script and do it quick. I think Bill Clinton helped out today revealing a few things about Obama's voting records. Hillary needs to win over the youth of America who are joining up with Obama. And the woman of America need to get out of the 50's kitchen and on Hillary's bandwagon. I want to see history made ...now.. with HIllary as the first female president. We need someone like Hillary who can take the battering of a Republican candidate. HIllary as the experience to beat a Republican Obama or Edwards do not!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  266. Ray

    Bill Clinton has no room to talk about ethics or positions. One Word: IMPEACHMENT! Why should anyone listen to an Impeached President who couldnt bring Republicans, Democrats and Independents together in his own two-terms. If Bill Clinton had addressed Al'Quida when they attacked the USS COLE, The WTC and American Embassies when he was in Office, maybe Bush's war would not have been possible. Bill, you have NO Credibility; and your wife has no personality.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  267. Andy Sevilla

    The Clinton camp realizes that the President of the United States is one of the most powerful positions in the world, thus they have ill-advised Hillary to portray herself as a robot with an illustrious resume, however, we as Americans know she has an impresive resume, we know what she is capable of. What we need from her now is to show us that she has the best interest of America at heart, her emotional speech did exactly that. It provided us with a sense of a motherly protection, the kind of protection that America needs to heal the open wounds the current irresponsible administration is still picking at. Hillary needs to do away with the script and speak from the heart. We know her record, now we need her sincerity.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  268. Carl Douglas


    Give me a break! All of the opther candidates have a scripts also. Should the male candidates both demoratic and republican throw away their scripts? It would not matter. Scripted or not, journalists such as you and Wolf provide commentary on sound bites to boost your ratings! If Senator Clinton went unscripted you would find another fault with her.

    It is really beginning to appear that you and Wolf do not value diversity. When is CNN going to hold the commentators on the Situation Room accountable for being fair and balanced?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  269. Copenxin

    Wow. You mean to tell me that you actually fell for that strategy? Come on. Open your eyes and look at the video one more time.

    What you saw in Hillary's Broadway display was nothing more than the result of a few hours debate with her campaign advisor's hectic brainstorming on how to get more votes.

    They look at the news just like the rest of us – quite likely more than most of us. They hear all the reports of how she usually comes off too strong and dictatorial. And after the last ABC debate when the "real" Hillary came raging out, they huddled in their hotel rooms over hot coffee and developed that strategy of teary eyed strategy.

    Hillary can no more be compassionate on a regular basis than those present Republican front runners can look beyond their 'Freidman Economics" damnation of the middle class!


    It's pronounced:
    kōh • pəhn • shēēn

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  270. Jody

    I don't think Hillary is capable of operating without a "script". Yes, even the illusion of genuineness or authenticity is far more appealing than the persona she's displayed since day one...but when it comes to the REAL DEAL of being a candid and empathic human being, with Hillary, there's no" there" there. She has numerous facades that she's (mostly) capable of pulling off when the situation calls for it...but the "real" Hillary is a truly political animal.
    Champaign, IL

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  271. Marjorie Afterman

    I believe her so-called break-down was scripted. We've learned that her advisers have told her to show more humanity, emotions. And that is exactly what she did. I believe the tears are genuine, but I think they are tears of trustration and anger, and only confirm those who think that women cannot control their emotions. This country does not need a president whose emotions spill out. Up to now, in my opinion, the real Hillary was on display: aggressively lashing out at her opposition. And her assertions about Obama and Iraq do not sound credible from someone who voted for the war and, unlike John Edwards, never apologized or even explained her vote, only saying "if I knew then..." Not good enough....a lot of us not in government "knew then". We do not need another president, like Bush, who never admits being wrong.
    Incidentally, I am a John Edwards supporter because I like his message, and I believe he is most likely to beat any Republican in the November election.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  272. Jack


    The very fact that we're so astonished that Hillary is capable of showing emotion should tell us that she's not ready for the White House. The Clinton camp is desperate. I don't think her tears were scripted but let's face it: their press coverage over the last few days has consisted of either clips of her on the verge of tears or Bill venting about Obama and the press, not about their stance on the issues.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  273. Sharon Pietrzak-Suzda

    It would be great if she threw away the script, but that means that former President Clinton has to stay out of the campaign or she will be perceived as presenting a phony presentation–just a different script.

    I fear that for Hillary, being politically savy and playing the game is being real. She's been entrenched in the "political" for too many years to be anything else.

    This truly saddens me because as a woman, I would love to see a woman president, but I don't want a woman as president just so we can say we've done it. We need the right woman, and sadly, Hillary's not it.

    Wilmette, IL

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  274. Abby McMillin


    The question almost answers itself - of course she should throw out the script. Clinton has always seemed like some sort of ice queen to many Americans, whether this is true or not is not the issue. The issue is that she seems too calculated, too out for blood, or out to prove something. This nation doesn't want a president who wins because of spiteful rederick. We want someone who's real. Someone who has confidence enough to stand up for themselves and us, confidence enough to show emotion, and the courage to not stoop to belittling the competition.

    I have always liked Hillary and want a female president more than anything...but I love Barack and his calm, collected demeanor- he is what America needs without having to critique or script a thing. If Clinton had had this approach from the start this race would be a completely different thing. But I'm afraid it's just too little, too late for this former first lady. Bill was right- we can't turn her into Barack. She's good, but not good enough this time around.

    Abby McMillin, 23
    Iowa City, IA

    January 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  275. Jeremy

    Hillary's "crying game" I believe was 50% scripted. It was probably mentioned to her to show a little more emotional content, and the professional she is, took it to the next level. I did not drink the Hillary 'cool aid', but whatever she is, she is intelligent, and professional politician.

    Obama is even scripted to such an extent, but with his law education, and experience in teaching, I think he has an exceptional talent at gaining the trust and respect of the people. It isn't so much what Mr. Mikinney from Texas was frothing at the mouth about, Obama has been extremely specific in his outline for the country, which I want to go. I will honestly say that I am voting for him if he makes it to the general election, but at least until Ohio, I thought there was no beating the Clinton political machine (which whether you hate them or love them, they are a powerful force and would make a good adminstration).

    Of the subject, my dream team is Obama/Edwards. That would be an administration that could change the course of the U.S. The statesmanship of Obama, and the go for the jugular against the HMOs and corporate interests that Edwards could bring. It could end up lasting for 16 years, if Edwards was the VP of a driven administration, he could easily run for President, and have the experience he needs for it.

    Anyways that is my 2 cents worth. Keep up the good work Jack!!


    January 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  276. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    Senator Clinton should through away the caution,the political correctness so to speak.Senator Obama has gotten a soft ride so far because he is black , because both liberals and conservatives are scared to point out his shortcomings and inconsistencies because of race.And he has milked that to great success in his campaign.Senator Clinton has to say out loud what many think but are afraid to say out loud about Senator Obama's suitability to be president.Some have now started to speak out against his personal attacks on Senator Clinton which many find offensive and there can be a potential backlash against Senator Obama that can be exploited,but only if Senator Clinton takes the fight to him.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  277. Leilani

    What she did yesterday made her look desperate. She could have been herself a long time ago but she decided to pander and be phony to the American people, As I women I am offended at her behavior yesterday and how she feels entitled to be the President, what about us the people, we want a better future and to me she does not understand the middle class, the poor or what America really needs. When I think of Hilary I think of how power hungry she is she does not care about us, she and Bill care about there legacy more. He did some good things but give other people a chance to help and build bridges, she is better know for blowing up bridges than creating them.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  278. Loras from Fountain Hills, AZ

    Jack –
    Hillary should have dumped the script back in Iowa. While she is dumping, she should dump Bill and his "campaign frustration". He is making excusses for her thus weakening her image as a tough, hardball, no nonsense leader. Bill could and should be portrayed as an asset not the "first husband" who takes care of the little women.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  279. Joe Redwine

    Clinton unscripted? Bull!!
    Someone should make sure the person asking the question was unscripted.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  280. Richard, Mckinney Texas

    Hillary Clinton could walk across the stage naked ( Now there is an ugly image, Yuck!) and it would not change who or what she is. America has seen what she is and it isn't very impressive.
    There is no strategy or script to change your past. Especially one so well covered over the years by the media. Some people think the media is not being, "Fair" to poor little misunderstood Hillary. To those people I say, "All media coverage both negative and positive is fair in politics". I would rather hear it on the news now then it not be told and we all find out later after it is too late.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  281. Paul Ascenzi

    Reply to question: Yes
    My thoughts: She has thus far campaigned as an asexual entity wearing "power pants" and campaigning against men on their ground and their terms.
    I think that her best shot would have been as a woman in good business suits saying that after eight years of the worst we have ever seen and forty-four years of mostly mistakes and misdirection, you finally have something really different on the ballot, and then tell us how.
    If how were good enough, she could have been elected. Most, if not all, of her early support was to the effect that the right woman could very easily be elected President of the United States.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  282. Steve M

    For sure!!! Throw out the script!!! Talk more about the sincerity of the issues the President will be dealing with. Tax breaks for middle and lower middle class working people. Working families that earn less then 100 thousand, less then 50 thousand.

    Voters want to see and know, how much do these candidates really care about the every day issues and deliemas that constantly concern them. Enough of repeating over and over again "change, change, change". just for the sake of saying it.

    I believe that voters should see genuine feelings from candidates, if they really have any, especially where retirees and low income familes have everyday struggles with home heating bills, etc.

    All of the candidates should throw out the scripted rehtoric and tell the voters truthfully how and how soon they will impliment the "Changes" they blab on and on about, stop all of the hyperbole and convince me that I can TRUST YOU!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  283. John Thompson

    I was very impressed with the video showing Hillary's "softer side". She actually looked and sounded like a woman, not some overprogrammed attack robot. Her voice, her mannerisms, everything was completely different from her usual presentation. I think people will respect her human side, and I believe she should jettison some of the people telling her to "stay on message" and on the attack, and be herself. She should not be ashamed of her humanity and her womanhood.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  284. Carol Martin

    I believe that Hillary would do better if she threw away the script – but I don't think she is capable of doing that. She is a consumate politician through and through and that is what I, for one, am rejecting right now. Don't get me wrong – I'll vote for her if she is the democratic candidate but I do wish she could get REAL.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  285. Dan Freeman

    You are assuming that Hillary's moist-eyed meltdown wasn't scripted. Funny, isn't it, that the person asking the question once hosted campaign events for Bill Clinton.

    Brooklyn, New York

    January 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  286. Elizabeth Hainstock

    You just talked about Hillary Clinton and her so-called personal moment. I'd love to see a woman president, but she has spun like a top every time there is pressure. Please take a look at the Democrat's Sunday debate, and watch John Edwards talking about it being "personal". He's been saying that all along. You're not a woman, so you don't know the world of "faking it". Hillary was not real in that moment. I've seen it played over and over. And, Obama didn't talk about big corporations or change or lobbying until John Edwards hammered away at it. If Sen. Clinton complains about not enough air time, look at every other candidate. All networks talk only about either party's polling 1st or 2nd candidate. We have to let candidates survive to get to states like Pennsylvania. There won't be anyone left by then if you only concentrate on the top 2.

    Elizabeth Hainstock
    Harrisburg Pensylvania

    January 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  287. Nick Ilban

    Let's face it: the script is part of the game. It is unfair to say that Hillary Clinton is the only one who is using scripted messages. We criticised her for being soft when she was being attacked, and keep criticising her when she is the one who is on the offensive-portraying her as a nasty, old school politician! The press needs to stop its love affair with Obama.
    Do you actually believe that Barack Obama's inspirational victory speech in Iowa was not scripted? Every move John Edwards is making is part of a script, aligning himself with Obama on the change issue... since when Edwards stop being part of the status quo? He was running with the status quo just 4 years ago. We need to stop believing in rosy messages and really focus on the candidate who is going to get us out of this mess we are in-whoever that might be!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  288. Sara/CA

    Yes, definitely yes

    I’m not Democrat or Republican, but Hillary gets my vote
    She doesn’t have to sell my her ideas, I believe she is the only one who could help our country with all the problems we have and facing in next few years. No one is perfect, but she has done her share of mistakes, she has the experience, the knowledge and skills to make a real “change”

    We are all so enthusiastic about change that no one is bothering to ask the candidates, specially Mr. Obama who invented the “change”; how and what are they going to “change”???????

    January 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  289. Joan Barnett

    Hello Jack,

    Thank you so much for your most positive comments, the past two days, abouy Hillary's very human show of emotion. I totally agree with them.

    Yes, I do believe that Hillary should "throw away the scripts" and let the true, feeling Hillary show thru. (She is a Scorpio, you know – extremely deep feeling and very capable while keeping an austere countenance).

    I, for one, will continue to support her and will vote for her in the Florida primaries!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  290. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    Hillary needs to back off from this "I've paid my dues for the past 35 years therefore I'm entitled to be president" attitude scripted or unscripted.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  291. James Martin

    Absolutely! To have Hillery become "human" again and really speak from the heart, is what voters want to hear. She has it in her to speak what she feels on all the issues concerning the American voter. Disreguard her political addvisors and say what counts. At this stage, what has she got to loose!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  292. Dawn

    You remind me of my father–a decent fella but clueless at some level about the range of emotional expression of which women are capable. Throughout her campaign, one can appreciate appropriate emotional responses from Mrs. Clinton. They simply are more nuanced and varied than those usually appreciated from the male candidates whose bluster, and rage, and competitive dogfighting is expected. Mrs. Clinton, in her candidacy, is presented with a more difficult challenge–besides the usual tactics and strategy of a fight. She must engage (as they say) in high heels, dancing backwards, with a keen intellect, a ready wit, an exquisite sense of her situation, and–of course–a smile. It's that classic expression of femininity (vulnerabiilty, emotion) that you fellas seem, still, to pine over. Why, yesterday, women readily understood Hillary's response-in-the-moment and then moved on with their lives. But you fellas went on and on about it the whole live long day. It was breathtaking to watch, if not monotonous to bear.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  293. Jonathan Buffington

    Oh yeah Jack by the way if this is how her and Bill handle an election, how do we expect them to handle Pakistan, Iran, or Ossama Bin Laden? No wonder they couldn't get him in the 90's, they were to busy having a total meltdown in the West Wing!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  294. Teresa

    At this point it is clear that whatever Senator Clinton's does and say will no doubt draw criticism, as did President elect Al Gore. After witnessing "feel good" George W. Bush be elected, I am stunned that many people have forgotten the valuable lesson that experience counts!

    Bottom line, in this day and age with Iran's provocative posturing, stateless terrorist groups and a downhill economy, I want someone who has a history of effectuating change by challenging the status quo. This takes guts and smarts. That person is Sentator Hillary Clinton!


    January 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  295. Rock

    Absolutely!! It was a breath of fresh air to see Hillary Clinton be "human". In that unscripted moment of reality, we saw Mrs. Clinton at her core, a human core, not someone who is being mastered into repeating the endless details of materials contained in the volumnous briefing books that her campaign staff have prepared for her. To see a candidate become more a member of the electorate, speaking "to" people instead of speaking "at" people, shows a more humanistic side to their usually staid adroit personalties.

    In Canada, there was only one politician that I could think of who possessed that humanistic quality in spades – Tommy Douglas, the man regarded as the father of universal medicare in this country. He spoke to the soul of the populous, not "at" them.

    Toronto, Canada

    January 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  296. Bob W.

    Should she throw away the script? If showing her "sensitive side" by breaking down momentarily is an example, No! A president has to show resolve even if there is stress on a personal level. As President what would she say to Osama? "If you do that again I'll cry"? "That really hurt me and my country"? "Why have you added to my stress in an already stressful job"? "Do you care about how this is affecting me"?
    However if she does want to throw away the script, perhaps she should start with Bill. He doesn't have credibility to add. If she does become president, it has been asked what his role would be? Perhaps he could be given oversight of the "Intern" program. He has experience there!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  297. Laura in Fishers

    Jack, it is still scripted – just a different one. Her best moment in the lat debate was when she showed some emotion and said " That hurts my feelings " . I'm sure this little break into her emotions was planned and we will see more of them. It helps to create an underdog feeling for her, which America loves an underdog.
    Problem is it won't work on me, I don't believe a word out of her mouth. When she could have led and helped us, by not voting for the Iraq war – she cowarded out. She was too afraid to be called unpatriotic and vote against it. I hope she never gets the chance to decide my sons future.

    Go Obama – Go Obama

    January 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  298. Jeff Hauge

    This wasn't scripted? It was a direct reaction to Edwards in the debate. Edwards talked about politics being personal. he talked about his father and grandmother working in a mill and how politics isn't a theory to him. It resonated well. Hillary has been trying to shed the robotic view most have of her and this is no different a ploy then the Sunday Morning laughing routine she pulled a month ago.

    Forget that she teared up. Listen to the words she said. They were nearly identical to edwards' in theme.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  299. Ludo from Budapest

    Too little too late; Clinton has taken too long to develop a human side. Scripted or not, this emotion comes too late to make a difference in a race where Obama is increasingly connecting with the American people. Throwing away the script would be tantamount to throwing in the towel. Clinton should do the only honorable thing and figure out her story and stick to it.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  300. Robert Zaccaria

    She is intelligent and her intelligence is shown by her mannerism. She is a human, and yes can cry, feel hurt or happy. This is business, and it is the business of running for the highest office in the "World" She is loyal and strong, as shown when Bill was "P".

    January 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  301. Sonja Kittleson

    I think Hillary has already thrown away the script. Yesterday she was sitting answering questions when, the almost brought to tears, episode happened. Why is it you are not on top of what went on her campaign yesterday. She spent the day taking questions, no script. You really love dumping on Sen. Clinton. I wish you had dthe same respect for her as you do for the rest of the candidates. You use their title when you talk about them. It seems is all all of you do is look for the negative because she is an intelligent woman. Lets all ask all of the candidates to throw away their scripts and the CHEERLEADING and take real questions.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  302. Karina

    I definitely don't think Hillary should throw away the script. I think she should change her strategy, but seeing more emotion from her isn't going to sway me either way.

    It's good to see she has a human side, but at the same time I'm not looking for a president I can feel compassion for, I'm looking for someone who can lead the country.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  303. H Goetz

    I have often admired your comments but your comment today on Hillary and throwing away the script was wonderful and it prompted my response for the first time.

    Her sensitive reflection on the state of the union and not going backwards was a reflective insight into her goals as President. I felt for the first time a link to Hillary. It reminded me of John Kerry who was so managed that the real person never emerged. His keen wit and personality only emerged after his campaigning. I felt cheated that we never really got to know him. Our community is the home of a person who was contemplating running. During his term of office I felt he no chance to win the nomination because he appeared too bland and not a national leader. I heard his foreign polilcy speech and was so impressed. I mentioned it to him and he was surprised and remarked that "it was the first speech he was allowed to give without handlers."

    So much for expensive campaign handlers who have no confidence in their candidates and only serve as thwart the real condidates and thus the electoral process.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  304. Rebekka

    Yes she needs to stop giving speeches. Instead she needs to go to colleges, ask the students what issues they have and tell them what she plans to do to fix that issue, without regurgitating anything from any of her speech writers. It has to be from her heart. And she needs to point out about how horrid private health care is. I wrote to Obama's campaign site about how bad his plan is cos health care could be a dollar every month, if you don't have any money you can't even afford that dollar every month. He actually responded himself, saying basically he understands but doesn't care..This is who people are rallying behind..Someone who knows, but doesn't care. Why doesn't he care? Which insurance companies are in his pocket? Cos I truely doubt he is just that plain stupid. There has to be ulterior motives. There are millions of us without jobs cos they were sent overseas or, like myself, have a disability, and we live with friends or family, or are simply homeless. His plan doesn't account for us. Besides which, even if I could afford it, I would never get it cos I have a pre-existing condition. They would all deny coverage for me. And if, by some miracle I did get coverage, I'd still get denied treatment, even if I requested to get on Lithium which has been used since the ancient Greeks time and is tried and true, I would be told it is too "experimental" and get denied. Private Health Care does not work. It is irreversably broken. Obama is straight stupid to think his plan is any good, or corrupt already. Clinton has good policies, Obama does not, she needs to remind people of that. Being well spoken and charismatic will not effect our lives. Policies will. It is stupid for people to vote based on something that will not do anything for them personally. Did people learn nothing from how Hitler got elected?

    I was born in Germany. Doctors are paid nicely, they aren't stressed with too many patients who have emergencies cos problems are caught early on when they are less expensive and easier to treat, and Germany is light years ahead of America when it comes to treatment for ailments such as cancer. Anyone who thinks private insurance is working is on crack.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  305. Jack Dodd

    We did get a peek behind Clinton's campaign mask: she does have feelings like all of us, she is motivated to do great things to serve the American people, and the campaigning, debating and scrutiny take an enormous toll that few can withstand. She should dump the script SOMETIMES, so we can see the commitment behind the politics. But no candidate can afford to "wing it" all the time. This is for the presidency after all, the leadership of the free world. Let's be smart about it.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  306. Rick

    There's no question that the press has given Obama a pass on his criticism of Hillary. The media also obviously hasn't compared and contrasted Hillary's and Obama's voting record, as well as Obama's record in the Illinois State Legislature.

    On your question, Hillary already done a great deal of impromptu responses to a wealth of individual questions. Perhaps, if she does anything different, she should share more on a personal level and she should talk about inclusiveness (we're all in this together) and the potential of unleashing inclusive which takes a more active role in determining government priorities and policies.

    I would like to see someone suggest that we have yearly votes on national, state and local priorities, as well as the budget. Also, I would like to see one of the candidates suggest that the administration should have compulsory ethics rules and that all ethics rules in Congress and the Administration should be litigated before an expanded D.C. Federal court or the D.C. Circuit.
    Thanks, Rick

    January 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  307. Daniel

    I'm a 22 year old fresh out of college and I've been turned away from one job after the other because my resume doesn't include the experience needed for the positions I've applied for. I wish these companies would view my resume the way this country views Obama's. If highest position in our government requires no experience, then maybe I'll run for president.... When Clinton announced she would run for president we asked ourselves if a woman would be too emotional for the job... now we’re saying she's not emotional enough. I don't care if our president can get on our level and show some tears... I want a president that can fix the reasons why WE are crying.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  308. Aris Millare

    Jack, I"m a young guy in college and the casual, raw style of Barack Obama's speeches (which I am sure are anything but) is what gets my attention. Often, we younger voters feel like candidates are talking down to us much like the way our teachers or employers do to validate their pedestal above us. Senator Clinton with her polished style and the way she keeps repeating her resume' has been exemplary of this. The only time it looked like she was talking with us and not to us was in that N.H. diner. While it maybe too late for Senator Clinton I think if she were to adopt that style we saw in N.H., she may just end up being a comeback kid herself.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  309. Barbara

    YES! She knows all her stuff backward and forward and upside down and in her sleep. She commands so much more attention ans is so much more engaging when she is genuine and extemporaneous. She rings true then. She's credible then. The only risk is something I saw last night: FOX. They were reporting on "Hillary's Breakdown." But she's not after those people, anyway and she was never going to get them. Her extemporaneous self will attract many more people than she could possibly lose to that kind of smarmy exaggeration. Ans while she's at it, she should lose the platitudes. I heard her talk the other day about Ginger doing everything backward and in heels; it was charming and effective when Ann Richards introduced us to it years ago.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  310. Deborah Stewart

    And I don't understand why experience and a record to prove the experience is categorized as a script. People today in New Hampshire coming out of the polling booths covered by CNN on the republican side said they picked McCain because of experience. And what Bill Clinton said today was true...the media from what I have seen from day one when they knew Hillary Clinton was ahead was all they could cover was how horrible horrible Hillary Clinton is and how wonderful wonderful Obama is. You are telling me that this in the media is unbiased and fair journalism...That within itself is a fairy tale. I feel like we are back in the Bush Jr days when the media was FORCED to cover how wonderful wonderful George Bush Jr is. Now that is a fairy tale. I saw it from day one what the media was doing in the Bush Jr coverings and now Hillary Clinton. When it comes to Hillary Clinton the public is not seeing an unbiased fair coverage from the media....Period...Final...Period......Final

    January 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  311. Rosemarie Stone

    The real position is that Hillary has run out of scripts and her writers are at an impasse. She has written her own best script–to destroy her own candidacy by her bragging about how perfect she would be as our next President. People have seen beyond her veil and falsitudes and are now laying claim to the person who will, in fact, be our next President–Barack O'Bama. Hillary, herself, is falling apart because of her inability to control her emotions due to the fact that she is not the front runner. Tears won't win you the highest office. Hillary is not as strong as she has claimed to be. Right now, I believe she is pitiful. If she were elected President and be unable to negotiate with high-ranking foreign enemies, what's she going to do? Bring out the handkerchief and sob? That's why she is not electable and also the wrong woman to be future President of the United States.

    Obama is electric! He is the "light in the universe" who will ride the tide to the White House. Obama possesses honesty, integrity, intelligence and is the real proponent for "change". He adopted this stance from the very beginning of his campaign. Everyone else using it today–including Hillary–is trying to captivate his aura. It won't work! Obama stands for "hope" and a promising future for America. He is the epitome of the American spirit!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  312. Amanda Blanco

    Hillary is a women in a man's game and she needs to realize what is great about women is that we show our emotions, speak from the heart and have a genuine compassion for others. I am in love with Hillary's ideas, I just have to fall back in love with Hilary as a person.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  313. F Rodgers

    The tender side of Hillary, her spin on the issues, and The Clintons attacking against Obama will not work. A new script will not either! As the votes are casted across America, what The Clintons must truly understand is that the American people do not what to see a BUSH, CLINTON, BUSH, CLINTON White House for one reason. The other reason is that many Dems, Independents, and Reps have a better option in Senator Barack Obama. It does not matter what Hillary creates, the American people will not buy into her stock. She is a great public servant and her many accolades are honorable, but as president she is so past tense.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  314. Sarah Pope

    Hellary is between a rock and a hard place. If she continues forceful, she is strident and if she showes emotion and tears up she is really "a weak female." She has to be one of the strongest people on earth. She stood up to all sort of personal attacks from the Republicans and up against unfaithfulness from her husband. She came out smiling, willing to help the nation and with a husband. No one can say she doesn't have "family values" (she is still in her first marriage) and they can't rightfully blame her for anything that they think was wrong in Bill's administration.

    I can joyfully and fully support our Democratic candidates.

    Sarah Pope

    January 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  315. Phyllis Hancock

    Before answering your question, I want to say one thing. It is Bush that is defeating Hillary. Because Bush has been so bad, voters are assuming that "any democrat" will become the next president. This is a big mistake. Obama is a great orator but we really know very little about him.

    I am sure that Hillary's people know things that will show Obama not to be the pure and saintly person. She has tried to avoid pointing these things out as to do so would make her appear negative. Well, being nice got her nowhere.

    To answer your question, yes. Hillary must learn point out Obama's contridictions but, like you suggest, do so in a softer and more friendly way.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  316. Sharon

    Will it make any difference if Hillary does toss the script? The press will dissect that to death too. They'll analyze her motivation and whether she is reacting to polls and focus groups to show who she is.

    Obama is being held to a different standard. Enough already of this "rock star" status and that he "sucks the oxygen out of the room". Can the media pundits use any other vocabulary for him? You know that the nouns the press chooses to use for her and him matter in creating public sentiment

    January 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  317. Heather

    Jack that is exactly what Hillary needs to do. She needs to throw out the playbook and everything that she has always done. Obama inspires people. She doesn't. She keeps focusing on the past and what her husband did. We were attacked on 9/11 and because of that we live in a very different world. Her run for president should be about her ideas and visions about how our country can be better and thats on her shoulders not her husbands. Her current approach shows voters that she is apart of the problem that needs to be changed. I hope she realizes soon that all she has to do is be herself and inspire us with her new and exciting ideas to make our country better by working together.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  318. Linda Johnson

    How wonderful to see that everyone in our great and wonderful country has not fallen under the bilandhil scheme to take over out country again. We cannot stand even another four years of their lies and cheating, so it is wonderful to see her finally being put in her place. I don't know who I am going to vote for either Demo or repub. but I know that I don't want to have to leave my beloved country so let's all see that she is defeated and eliminated as soon as possible and the sooner the better, I am a woman and i would love to see a woman president, just not that horrid woman. Linda Johnson, Thomasville, NC

    January 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  319. jabenson

    you say that the American people are not easily manipulated, but I think that is a ridiculous statement. I have watched time and time again Obama being asked a specific question and he continually talks around, over, under, dodging an answer. He speaks of all these lofty ideas, dreams and hopes, but I still don't know what he will DO as president. Hillary Clinton has given us very specific answers to questions, and you media people call her on this, like it's a bad thing. I wish someone would try to make Obama answer a single question. That would be a truly unscripted moment! I about fell out of my chair when I heard on CNN that a woman was saying that her head tells her to vote for Clinton, but her heart tells her to vote for Obama, so she'll probably vote for Obama. We don't need another guy to tell us what our dreams are... We need someone who is going to tell us how she's going to help us make our dreams come true.

    Anchorage, Alaska

    January 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  320. C Carr

    Jack –

    Yes! Clinton should throw away her scripts. I am a supporter of hers and I like her resume much more than Obama's. I believe Obama is a great candidate and can do great things for us domestically, I just fall short on faith of his abilities internationally. I believe Hillary can bring this country together domestically, and bring forth friendships internationally.

    The point here is the people need to see the human side of Hillary and I wish her campaign advisor's would allow her or advise her to do just that. I think she did a great job defending her position of change against the joined Obama and Edwards attacks in Saturdays debate and that shows she has the ability to be strong and has the passion to tackle the challenges that face her.

    Being a young man in his twenties I believe that the people of my generation are flocking to Obama because of his charisma, ability to smile, and laugh and that brings to light the humanity of himself which we can relate to.

    I believe if Chelsy felt comfortable enough, her making public appearances and speaking for her mother would help win some of the young voters back. Listening to Chelsy and her views of the countries issues and her mothers plan of tackling those issues can help young voters, especially women, relate to Hillary and her plan.

    Bottom line is we need to see Hillary's humanity; her laughs, her tears, her smiles, and her headaches. For that will define her as a human and a human afterall is what we want and will have for our next president.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  321. Liz Frazier

    I think Hillary should throw away the script. When she talked so honestly and showed her emotions about the country, I felt stronger about her than I ever have. I still am disturbed by her taking so much money from the lobbyists and special interest groups. That prevents me from voting for her.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  322. Rebekka from Miami, FL.

    Yes she needs to stop giving speeches. Instead she needs to go to colleges, ask the students what issues they have and tell them what she plans to do to fix that issue, without regurgitating anything from any of her speech writers. It has to be from her heart. And she needs to point out about how horrid private health care is. I wrote to Obama's campaign site about how bad his plan is cos health care could be a dollar every month, if you don't have any money you can't even afford that dollar every month. He actually responded himself, saying basically he understands but doesn't care..This is who people are rallying behind..Someone who knows, but doesn't care. Why doesn't he care? Which insurance companies are in his pocket? Cos I truely doubt he is just that plain stupid. There has to be ulterior motives. There are millions of us without jobs cos they were sent overseas or, like myself, have a disability, and we live with friends or family, or are simply homeless. His plan doesn't account for us. Besides which, even if I could afford it, I would never get it cos I have a pre-existing condition. They would all deny coverage for me. And if, by some miracle I did get coverage, I'd still get denied treatment, even if I requested to get on Lithium which has been used since the ancient Greeks time and is tried and true, I would be told it is too "experimental" and get denied. Private Health Care does not work. It is irreversably broken. Obama is straight stupid to think his plan is any good, or corrupt already. Clinton has good policies, Obama does not, she needs to remind people of that. Being well spoken and charismatic will not effect our lives. Policies will. It is stupid for people to vote based on something that will not do anything for them personally. Did people learn nothing from how Hitler got elected?

    I was born in Germany. Doctors are paid nicely, they aren't stressed with too many patients who have emergencies cos problems are caught early on when they are less expensive and easier to treat, and Germany is light years ahead of America when it comes to treatment for ailments such as cancer. Anyone who thinks private insurance is working is an idiot.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  323. N. McCoy

    Throw away the script! She's the only one that has any substance to what she's saying. All Barack and John can say is change. She points out specifics about what to change. The script she has is all about what we need solutions to. Her script may be long like Gone With the WInd, but it is so good!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  324. Margaret

    When I saw the clip of Senator Clintons emotions yesterday, I felt so bad for her bu at the same time I felt angry. As a young American woman, I don't think she's faking any tears or emotions. I think she was being real. Not everyone likes to show emotions inculding myself. If she doesn't show emotions or fights back people call her a b****. If she shows emotions, people call her weak or fake. It's too much negativity going on towards her.It's very ignorant for people to questions anyone's emotions. Since Saturdays debate both John Edwards and Barack Obama turned me off. They both tag teamed against her. And John Edwards needs to remember one thing, he didn't win second place by much, so he shouldn't get ahead of himself. And Barack Obama's repsonce to Hillary "Your liked enough" sounded and looked so ignorant and cocky. If Obama gets the nomination, he might lose the election because Republicans are already plotting on him. He may be liked right now, but November it may be a different story.This is my opinion, if some people want to vote for Hillary then fine, if you don't like her, don't vote for her and just shut up! And as for Hillary, she has my vote, I hope she wins, having her as president would make change because a woman would lead the America and the saying would be true "You can anything you want to be when you grow up".

    January 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  325. Lee Ann McIndoo

    Why should Hillary throw away any script she may have? I haven't heard you ask that question of the other candidates. They ALL have a script!! They ALL say the same things over and over. Why do you think they have advisors and campaign "Strategists"? At least Hillary has some substance to her's instead of counting on the "Young and for change" vote or the "Poor me, I grew up middle class" vote.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  326. Ron

    What, and throw away her life?! The only reason she cracked was because she started to realize all the acting over the years may have been for nothing. Her "whitewater" deals her sticking with her husband even though he cheated on her at least twice, her trying to make herself seem like less of a "liberal" when she thought the whole country was religoius by going to a church quoting scripture as though forced to and and standing and claping several times with Joe Liberman, as the lone democrats during the president's address. Then having to realign herself after the 2006 elections, and now boistering herself with someone else's slogan. No I don't think she can drop the script or we would really see how sad she really is!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  327. scott

    Jack Changing her script is the last thing she needs to do we all know what change and hope she is for and has already tried to do. but what is really Baraks hope for change? Hard to say when they never really vote for anything and most the time or just state as present? Sounds like a typical civil rights speech to me and what a better way to blind the people but by combining the speeches of Lincoln and King.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  328. Kris B

    Your analogy of Hillary throwing out the old script and adapting a new one only points toward the how utterly phony all of these candidates are. You want real? Here is reality; none of these individuals want to impose valid leadership during these very troubled times. However each and every one of them wants to capture the power attached to that high office, and then exploit it for their personal gain. My heart has been broken by how corrupt our governmental body has become. All this election will do is put a new devil in the work shop.

    Kris of Chicago

    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  329. Barbara

    Hillary is treading a path that no high heels have tread before in this country. It must be difficult for her to know just how to be. Perhaps she feels that if she shows too much emotion such as she did yesterday she may be perceived as being too soft to be commander-in-chief. I don't think so. She's shown she can be tough as nails. I don't thing the young people in this country are familiar with the saying "an iron fist in a velvet glove".

    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  330. Rhett Howells

    Dear Jack,

    I appreciate your wisdom. Could you share some of it with John King?
    He said President Clinton shouldn't be attacking Sen. Obama. Why not?
    Former presidents have been concerned about who would be their successor throughout our country's history. Politics is, was, and always will be rough and tumble. Sen. Obama talks of change, change, change. It really would be a sad change if a person with so little political experience and a lack of actual p;ans were to be elected. Hillary may not always be right or successful, but she tries. She puts her ideas and her reputation out there on the battlefield and takes the consequences. As did President Clinton. Sen. Obama is just a talker, but I don't feel he is capable of doing anything.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  331. Gary Pearce


    Make no mistake we Canadians up here north of "The 49th" are well tuned in to Presidential Race now taking place in the US. Most of us are very familiar with US politics and several of the candidates on both the Republican and Democratic sides.

    As far as I am concerned, I think it is far too late for Hillary Clinton to even consider throwing away "The Script". I firmly believe that because of her husbands previously held office, I am convinced she believed that it would be a "Shoe In" to win the Democratic nomination.

    Jack I believe you are right, had Mrs Clinton showed more professionalism in addressing the true concerns of all American citizens instead of taking it personally the fact that Obama has had tremendous gains in recent months, she would be much farther ahead at this point. I further think that Bill Clinton's intervention at this stage of the race what with the NH polls closing in three hours or so will only be a further detriment to her success.

    Thanks Jack, enjoy your regular commentaries on "The Situation Room.

    Gary Pearce
    Vancouver Island

    January 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  332. James

    Yes and she may as well bake cupcakes and cookies for everyone while she's at it. The average American voter is so darn stupid that they treat this election as if they were still in Junior High voting for their class president. It doesn't matter what you're credentials are just as long as your the media darling and likeable.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  333. Dunne (North Carolina)

    That episode was a classic example of menopausal politics and therefore the same thing we would get as president. Her mood swings and flip flop are absolutely the worst thing we need. Whether the next President has the right answers is not the requirement. It's the candidate who will get it done, right or wrong. Her script needs an entire overhaul and the plot stinks!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  334. Todd Lambert

    CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE....How can anyone truly influence change in a successful manner without experience? She has the experience to create change. She is a proven leader, and should be given the opportunity to be our next President. And have we all forgotten, we were not involved in a useless war during the first Clinton administration. Go Hillary Go!!!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  335. Bruce

    So we saw her "human" side when she choked up, after we saw her angry side in this weekend's debates...was it real? Who knows... but if so do we really want a President that is so uneven in her demeanor and/or emotions?!? How would she react when dealing with the real bad guys? I, for one, am not ready to find out.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  336. Patricia

    I didn't see her cry, I did see a moment where she choked-up a bit & that's a reason to say she shouldn't be President? I've seen male candidate tear-up for less.... Look, I've said this here & in other blogs, the reason Hillary shouldn't be President has nothing to do with whether she's right on some of these issues, because she is right on a great many of them. The reason she shouldn't have been running for President has to do with the hate-mongers I see writing right here in this blog. She has done a fine job as a Senator from New York, she has worked as hard, hell, even harder than some Republican Senators I've seen in the Senate now. She's not taken any of the gifts & goodies that lobbists have been handing out & she hasn't been padding her nest with speaking fees. But, it's just the pure hate of you people that would make her job harder if she were President, not that she wouldn't try & work through your hate, she would, she just shouldn't have to. If Republicans got any type of a majority while she was President, they would drag her through WhiteWater, the Rose Law Firm & the mistakes of President Clinton's presidency. Has she made mistakes of her own? Yep. Are they so bad that she shouldn't have the right to run for President? No.
    She's right about 1 thing, you Republicans want to drag her & the rest of this country backwards & it just plain sucks.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  337. Rob Harrison

    Hey Jack.
    I remember the all out assault on Hillary Clinton back in '93, because she dared to suggest that all Americans deserved affordable & accessable health care. She stuck her neck out on behalf of all of us, and as a reward had her head removed while even the people who voted for her husband sulked away. Now even the Republicants are calling for an effort to provide health care (Romney still seems to think that people without coverage just refuse to participate, however). Of course she needs to throw out the script, but the Hillary that rose from the ashes of the early nineties is the Hillary who plays ball with the same people who tried to smeer her into political non-exsistence. If any of the Dem contenders really want to convice myself or the American people that change is coming they could start by telling Pelosi that impeachment is back on the table.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  338. Bill

    It may be that all is fair in love, war, and politics but crying? Winners never cry.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  339. Roderick Renfrew

    Dear Jack:

    I am a big fan of you. Having followed this race very closely, I think that for Hillary to throw away the script would serve her a lot better than to have Paul Begala and James Carville (two old timers the Obama campaign would have a field day by saying we are returning to the early 90's) come out of their CNN roles.

    Please, please Hillary...we still love you but you have Mr. Congeniality running against you whose oratory skills remind one of JFK and make even a Hillary supporter cry. Don’t give Obama the "in" to argue further on "back to the 90's " and please get your husband off the campaign trail if he can not contain his bitterness. The moment is now and it's critical.

    Roderick Renfrew
    Miami Beach, Fl.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  340. Marilyn Murphy

    I have watched Hillary for a long time. I find her to be like most of us, with many sides & emotions. She needs to show her empathetic side more often. remember the Iron Butterfly from England, Hillary is that & more!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  341. Shane

    Senator Clintons script has worked for her over a year, having double digit leads over the canidates. Its unfair for her. How can this change occur overnight? She is smart, has a clear vision for the country, and wants to work harder that anyone I know. I truly think that the media reports are to blame. The polls changed too fast. Its the medias fault...

    Little Rock, Arkansas

    January 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  342. Mary Gallegos

    Jack – I listen to you and Wolf often, and respect your coverage, and the depth of your questions. Today's question motivated me to respond to you, as follows:

    Hillary should definitely throw away the script. She is much too talented, too smart to be controlled by her handlers. She should never have allowed that to happen, and she has paid the price. Finally, yesterday her true nature showed through, and I for one am so glad to see it.

    There is no question in my mind that women in power (and in particular HIllary, because of her aggressive, take-no-punches style) are not treated fairly by the press, or our citizens. We are not ready for women to be aggressive; we want Laura Bushes, who smile and say "thank you" every other word. I am of Hillary's generation and fully understand her disadvantage. Those of us in her generation have battled daily with our degradation and ridicule when we play the same game the men play. How dare we do that? Just who do we think we are? We should just stay home and as Hillary herself once put it "bake cookies". Why are we not seeing, over and over again, the photo of the man with the sign "Iron my Shirts" at her rally yesterday? Where is your fairness? You would never allow a woman to disgrace a male candidate by displaying "Take out my Trash" signs at an Obama rally, in particular a white woman to a black male candidate. Just think about the press coverage on that!!

    Hillary and Bill have every right to be angry, and they should speak out. Americans need to hear the truth.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  343. bh shapiro

    As Tom Hanks said to the lady baseball player in "A League of their Own" there's no crying in baseball, there's no crying in politics. (See Muskie, Schroeder, et. al.)

    January 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  344. Dave

    I think the script should throw away Hillary Clinton.If she had to negotiate with Iran,would she start crying and say "Please don't blow us up!" ?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  345. L Chapman

    Jack, I agree Hilary should dump the scripts and speak from the heart. I also agree with Lou Dobbs that this whole thing is/has been media driven and the candidates have not been vetted by the press or most of the media . Including Cnn with Lou being the exception and your self. Keep telling it like it is both of you we depend on you since the majority of reporters are skewed and so full of themselves the real news or unbiased opinions aren't possible. It's not just Fox News doing this. A "wave" is just that, it comes and then goes. For goodness sake you the media start being fair and running the extra mile to not give us "your" take on how things are going to end up. We do have brains as well. Let us decide.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  346. shane

    you really think that was unscripted, perhaps it was but if so then Americans should be concerned. Hillary's most emotional sentence was " I just dont want to see us fall backwards" Why would anyone want to someone who is going to choke up like that over what might go wrong with America. If another terrorist attack happens we will might as well expect to see her crying on national television. Great image for the rest of the world to see!! Also think of it this way something scripted means Hillary has put in more thought into something she plans to say, so in a sense Hillary's past of scripted answers is a better glimpse of who she really is. And thats a person who has apparently not gotten enough votes.........Shane...GJ, CO

    January 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  347. Sharon Wendzel

    Give me a break, Hillary! I'm sick of the crying and whining about unfair media coverage. You thought every woman would vote for you just because you are a woman. I'm a Yellow-Dog Democrat and I won't be voting for a Clinton this year. Obama has touched my heart and my mind!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  348. Robert

    I simply couldn't believe that you would suggest that Hillary show yet ANOTHER side of her multiple personas! She may have been actually moved by her heart at that particular moment but it frieghtens me to think that she could possibly become our next Commander in Chief. The American people, most especially our soldiers, need a President that can weigh the consequences of combat without emotion being a contributing, or even worse, a delayed reaction that may cost many young men or womens their lives. This Nation is speaking.... but unfortunately the Clinton campaign isn't listening (whats new?). HERE'S THE FACTS HILLARY:
    CHANGE EQUATES TO = NO MORE CLINTON/BUSH. Listen to the people for a change!!!
    Austin, TX

    January 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  349. J Roberts

    I met Hillary Clinton at a fund raiser when Bill announced his run for the presidency. She may not be the warm and fuzzy type, I'll give you that...but smart and committed she is. Any woman who runs for president has the problem of showing her "softer side". If she had been doing that is the past everyone would say, "Women are too emotional to handle the office."...And for you to suggest that Hillary's strong response during the debate on Saturday reminded you of President Bush...you've got to be kidding. Don't mistake strength and passion for petulance and stubborn behavior....After nearly eight years of this "train wreck" I would think you would know the difference.
    J Roberts
    Los Angeles

    January 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  350. Nadia

    I am a twenty eight year old female that has been keeping very close attention to all the Presidential candidates. I am truly concerned about how this nation will move forward in the future. And, I would like to make sure that the person we elect is one that will bring forth positive change throughout this nation/world not just a person who talks about change.

    I believe that Hillary, along with ALL other Presidential candidates should "throw away the script." The character of the Presidential candidate is just important as their opinion/stance on foreign policy, taxes, immigration and healthcare. We demand too little from our Presidential candidates and those in positions of power.

    My generation will have to clean up the messes that our government and all other policy makers and enforcers have made. What we want now is people who are real. People who like us, make mistakes, but are willing to take accountability for those mistakes and learn from them. We want people who like us, are not perfect but truly want change. (Especially the person who holds the office of the President).

    January 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  351. Beatrice

    Let her cry because her life has always been a lie!
    We have not forgotten how the "Triangulation" ruined the Democratic party and the whole Country. Or, was it a "Fairy Tale" ?.....

    January 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  352. Lori L McMaster

    I just got done reading some of these folks comments. Wow are people that cruel.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  353. Shirley from AZ

    Dear Jack,
    If you had paid 1/2 the attention to Hilary this last 3 days, instead of your constant
    attention to the coronation of Obama, you would have noticed that she has been
    answering questions from her audience at every campaign stop, UNSCRIPTED
    I would add. It would seem that somehow the media hasn't paid much attention
    to that fact, they've been so busy bashing her.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  354. Mayor Mitch Ward


    As a twice elected City Council official, and incidentally a professionally trained actor (SAG, AFTRA, AEA), I know a little about acting and politics. What you are asking Senator Clinton the politician to do is improvise or change her act on the campaign stage now that her campaign is a disaster. Come on Jack you can't teach and old politician a new trick at this late stage in the OBAMA CHANGE game. Go Barack!

    Mitch Ward, Councilmember, Manhattan Beach California

    January 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  355. Jerry Wilson

    Jack, Hillary is doing fine , and no, throwing out the script isn't in her best interest. Her script is fine i.e. national healthcare, geld the Robber Barons, open government, tax the rich, protect individual rights etc.

    Jerry Wilson

    January 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  356. Maureen Michelson


    it doesn't matter what Hillary Clinton does, she will be judged by a double standard. If she stays strong, she's labeled "cold and reserved." If she shows emotion or softness, she's labeled an emotional "cry baby," at last confirming many men's beliefs that a hysterical woman just can't govern. Your spin on her emotional moment doesn't fit the standard judgment flying around the media today. You must be "too sensitive" as a man!

    I found today's NY Times op-ed piece by Gloria Steinem very interesting. she writes about the current primary and the dynamics of Clinton, Obama, etc. and the dynamics of sexism and racism. Her description of the double standard is accurate.

    During the televised New Hampshire debate I was stunned when Edwards accused Clinton of being the "status quo" as he waved his hand in her direction. What I witnessed was Edwards and Obama creating a politically convenient alliance using the ultimate status quo move-maintaining the good ol' boy network as they dismissed the female candidate. I lost a lot of respect for Edwards and Obama that night, realizing that win at all costs is the ultimate deal, even if it means standing on the shoulders of sexism.

    I am baffled by the media's eagerness to jump on the "dream wagon" and dump a known entity, Hillary Clinton. And I question if and when will journalists begin to ask the hard questions about HOW do we achieve hope and change. In the end, I do hope someone other than one more white male wins the presidency-now, that would be change and moving away from the status quo

    January 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  357. Kat

    Expecting Hillary to tear up in order to be worthy of the white house is judging her by a different standard than would ever be applied to the men in the race. Her compassion is in her expertly crafted plans, positions and many gutsy actions during her career.
    What she will do now is move from detailed plans for change to describing a short and sweet compelling vision for the nation.
    When Clinton goes into that mode, not she, but the competition, will be feeling like pulling out their hankies.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  358. Rebekka from Miami, FL.

    I also want to point out that Obama said he'd run clean too but started smearing Clinton long before she finally caved. He also has a nasty attitude in his body language and snide remarks. Why don't people get upset with his doing that just like they do with Hillary? Why is there a double standard?

    January 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  359. Dorothy

    Other spouses have been making the case against the other candidates, so why is it different if it's Bill Clinton rather than say, Elizabeth Edwards?
    No one – not any network or reporter – has examined Obama's voting record (or non-voting record) or the various positions he has taken. It seems as though to me that CNN is riding the Obama train with everyone else. Wake up people. This guy could be another George W. Bush. We want a Democrat who will win the White House this November – not someone the Republicans can shred to pieces. Hiliary has already been sent through the exam by the Pubs.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  360. George R. Dean


    When my wife woke up this morning I told her of Hilary almost coming to tears. My wife, who is seldom wrong (ok, never) said, "Crocodile Tears".

    January 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  361. James Martin

    Jim from Ohio
    Absoultely! To have Hillery become "human" again and really speak from the heart is what voters want to hear. She has it in her to say what she feels on all the issues concerning the American voter. Disregard her political advisors and say what counts. At this stage, what has she got to loose!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  362. Adam, New York

    It's amazing for her to show her human side. Unfortunately, as others said, it will be viewed as "calculated".

    Take a minute and think about this...

    A woman has to work WAY harder than a man does to be respected in this country. We may feel all high and mighty and say that women have 100% equal rights to men, but that really isn't the case.

    It's just a cultural mindset which we are all trapped in. She has to be so very strong to even stand up to the weakest male competitors. By showing her "tears" she will be ridiculed for being weak now, it's a shame that people in this country are still to blind to see the truth.

    The truth is that Hillary is the only democrat who can win us back the white house in 2008.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  363. marco tucker

    yes i like the clintons and feel sorry for them. it hurt my feeling to see bill sound off like he did today. i would like to see them in office ,BUT SHE has got to get real with us ,we the have changed. WE have a HEART , and WE are hurting right now. govt,has let us down. to answer your question, YES hillary,shouold throw away the script. GET REAL,PERSONABLE, show some compassion.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  364. Le, Delware


    I think it would be good for Hilary to throw out the script and be herself. It’s a shame that she is caught up in a catch-twenty-two having had to put up a tough exterior in order to compete for a position that has historically been a man’s so as not to come across as weak and incapable and now it’s turned around to bite her in the rear. It’s sad that for years it’s been difficult for women to compete because they were seen as weak and emotional. So she has come across strong as to show that she is capable of running our country. Now people are being drawn to the open and emotional persona of Obama’s demeanor. You just can’t win!!

    Le, Delaware

    January 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  365. Big D, Natalia, Texas

    By no means!!! I enjoy watching her and others come up with new tactics when the chips are down. She's even thrown the BC (Bill Clinton) chip on the table since the tears have dried out. Shameful but entertaining.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  366. Janice Williams

    Yes, I too think Hillary should "drop" the script. Yesterday, for the first time I saw the Hillary I always knew existed!! She was real, herself and I actually wanted to give her a much deserved hug. This woman has dedicated her life to helping her fellow man and all she's received from us and the MEDIA is grief. Like the president said (Bill Clinton), "give me a break". Obama has had a "cake walk" every since he announced his candidacy. The media has chosen to be "hands off" when it comes to asking him the "tough" questions but "grills" Hillary every chance they get. What's gives?? People wake up! This man is running for President!! If you are not careful, we will have another George Bush in the White house. Get back to reality, Hillary or Bill Richardson would be a better choice. Obama try again within a few years, heck, I might even vote for you ! ......................that's my two cents

    January 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  367. Sally Pitman

    If Obama is so good at unifying Democrats and Republicans, then the best role he can play is Vice President and thus President of the Senate. He will then be in the best position to lobby on both sides of the aisle and cast the deciding vote in case of a tie.

    So let's let Obama run for VP and Clinton for President. That would be a winning team against the Republicans who are all warmongers.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  368. Joseph Cammarano

    Perceptions of Hillary would change if she went unscripted; but how is that possible? Doesn't today's tirade by Bill, the once President and future First Gentleman(he hopes), show that he controls the strings?
    The person who stands by her man through all that he's done for her and to her will never be allowed to stray too far from Bill's script.
    Joe C

    January 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  369. Tiffany

    If going off script for Hilary Clinton means insinuating that Barack Obama is a quota candidate getting a free pass from the media and the voters, then she should avoid improvising at all costs. Her tears were followed by a pointed attack on Obama which made the whole thing seem disingenuous. Senator Clinton's best bet would be to admit the total failure of her campaign up to this point and revamp her style. She needs to avoid the dirty politics and focus on proving to the American people that she is truly the best qualified candidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  370. B4Real

    "An unscripted Clinton?" Uhmm... not sure if yesterdays Hillary Clinton performance wasn't unscripted. Teary and compassionate seems to be very unusual for her. Scares me! Can she be trusted?
    Also, I am very disappointed in Pres. Clinton and Hillary. It's time out for political cat and dog fights, our county is at stake, and the Clintons seem to be the forerunners. Desparation is ugly! I hope Americans are not!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  371. Mark

    The real story behind the story at the polls today is the extraodinary number of New Hampshire's registered Republicans who are changing their post-ballot registration status to Independent prior to exiting the polling place. Not a good sign for a party struggling to maintain parity with registered Democrats on a national basis.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  372. Michael

    I don't recall the Clintons crying wolf when the media was talking them up during the past Summer and Fall of '07. Obama has been honest,down to earth and a lil folksy. Obama is a straight shooter,who is telling the American people that they possess the ability to make changes that will make all Americans proud of themselves. He speaks to the working class like they're the real Americans and we are.


    January 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  373. Norma Swank

    Please, you are surely aware of what you do to tear down people when they react natually.
    I remember because of Bill Clintons tender heartedness how he got made fun of, you said he faked it too.
    They made fun of Hillary on the morning shows because she has that hearty, throathy, laugh. What the hell do you want? Maybe a robot????
    Remember Howard Dean? You all deliberatly ran and re-ran that clip to sink him. You know it ,and because of it, this country is changing and we got GW BUSH, because of it. The news channels can make and break and you do it for ratings, money in your pockets, and you could give a damn about the harm you do. I am 77 years old and know something, CNN is not what it used to be. You are trying to keep up ratings I understand, but do you sleep well at night? Have you considered National Inquirer, they need people like you. N.Swank

    January 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  374. Wendy

    Hilary Clinton will be our next President! This country is not ready for a Obama a Black President, and Oprah Winfrey as our First Lady> President Bill Clinton had every right to speak out for Hillary and tell the truth about the " False" Hope Obama has and is still creating for the public. We, our Country is in Crises we need someone with experience in Foreign Policy, not a new politician like Obama whom still has not outlined his new ideas, he has only given false fairy tales lies.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  375. Ken Halpern

    To me, the teary response was NOT unscripted. I can easily imagine it having been rehearsed , together with the question, to have her appear human.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  376. Shannon

    Hillary is in a unique, unenviable position; casting the mold for the first serious female presidential contender. It has yet to be determined what image a female leader should project : a balance of traditionally "feminine" qualities ( warmth, approachability) and established leadership characteristics ( objectivity, self confidence) is most likely the combination that a successful female candidate will possess. However, using the script is tantamount to the current political Holy Grail of "stay on message". It seems that the real difficulty Clinton faces is groping for a persona that integrates the archetypes of "male" and "female". American society has not decided what constitutes the ideal female leader; the question is still too fresh.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  377. Peter Newcomb

    Everyone seems to have bought Hillary's act hook, line, and sinker. Isn't it possible that it was an intentional, planned moment that would enable her to take over the media coverage on the eve of the NH primary? I actually like her and am considering voting for her, but I don't think the public has EVER seen an unscripted Senator Clinton.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  378. Laura Navarro

    I believe that Hillary should throw out the script. She should express her emotions and vulnerability. We need to see the human qualities of passion and compassion. It can't hurt for her. And we still should look at her political track record and compare it to her adversaries side by side before we make any judgment calls while going to the polls.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  379. Jim

    It doesn't matter if she is reading scripted lies or coming up with them on her own. When she speaks I have the feeling that I am 12 yrs old again and my mom is barking orders and telling me, every step of the way, what I should do and how I should feel.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  380. Joe Mathews

    If she had done this months ago, it might have made a difference. Now it just comes over as canned and a stunt. No hatred here, just amazement that someone who touts "experience" let others run her campaign into the ground.

    Sure Obama's good, but Clinton shot herself in the foot. Don't count her out, but it's uphill from here. Yikes; "who'da thunk!"

    January 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  381. Andrea McAuslan

    Hi Jack,

    No, as the disciplined candidate she is, she should not throw away the script. But it wouldn't hurt her to ad lib once in a while or more, or update the script as necessary.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  382. nestor morales

    mr cafferty i heard your comments on mrs hillary clinton and i cannot disagree with you more. i think you are bias,she deserves a break why should she throw her script away ? of course not; i dont think she is a quitter.i wish her better luck .

    January 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  383. fik

    Dear Jack Cafferty,

    I absolutely agree that Sen. Clinton needs to throw away her scripts. When a new force comes and throws us off from our normal way of thinking in what works to win, the best course of action is always to let go. Letting go in the sense of willing to accept the outcome of something. When we don't try to control situations and and just be ourselves, our eyes become much more open to all the possible ways to connect and to win because now we would be operating from a place of not fearing the unknown and embracing and accepting the future. If Sen Clinton focuses more on what's good for the country to the point of accepting losing, rather than just focusing on her ambitions, maybe then all her good qualities would come out to help her. But the way she is going on now is reacting and changing her scripts, instead of being authentic; and the American people see much less genuiness in her and much more in Obama

    January 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  384. Butch Belt

    Okay, take off the N word and just use the N word.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  385. steve, Ca

    The test isn't throwing away the script, it can't be changed because the public that has voted to this point isn't buying the tears, the southern accent, the canidate of change. Hillary doesn't have grace, when you see her husband frantic and angry you see them cornered and lashing out.
    People that have voted thus far see it as an attack on themselves, the citizens of this nation see it as attack on making our nation a place where special interests no longer dictate to their own end. You can't manipulate an over whelming turnout against you Hillary, you and Bill don't get it.
    She is who she is, and the White House isn't for sale no matter what she tries to do to get people to vote for her, she is finished.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  386. Mary

    Hilary Clinton has been running against the "Neocon" Republicans and trying to beat them at their own game. She has been using the style of rhetoric straight from the Karl Rove playbook. American voters are so sick of that style and especially the results it obtained in 2000 and 2004. She should have been smart enough to know that before all of this began. I think it's too late to do a "180" now.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  387. Chris

    Hillary act without a script? Everything they do is scripted, even the tears she shed yesterday. Now she has Bill out talking about a left wing conspiracy, what happend to the right wing one? I for one am tired of someone whom takes my vote for granited. You have to earn people's vote, not by trashing others, but by telling people what you are going to do for them, and work for the people. I seriously doubt that Hillary can make any Health care reforms while taking money from insurance companies, and Dr's lobbies. No one is buying it. She doesn't know how to act without a script! She needs to fire everyone and start over, but it's too late for that!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  388. Kevin

    Typically Jack, it's too late.
    Hilary's already showed off her robot style speeches to America and she cannot just become Mr. Rogers
    Besides, Obama's got the naturtal voice.
    He doesn't have to cry to get attention..

    January 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  389. Karl

    She needs to dump the script, shut Bill up and sell herself. Negativity isn't working.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  390. DReeve

    Hillary might have pulled the wool over some eyes with her "crying eyes", but not mine. The woman is a bulldog and only started showing some human emotion after the media noted she hadn't to this point. How much do you want to bet she made the decision to "get emotional" after she got her feelings hurt about "likability" at the ABC/WMUR debate the other night?

    She ought to be ashamed of the way her husband acted today. What an embarrassment from a former President. Where's the dignity? She can try all she wants to catch up with Obama, but she won't. He is what this country needs and I'm proud people are going to the polls in his support....I know I will be.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  391. JOEL

    No action is required of her. America is not ready for a female head of state. That's why Obama is leading. However Obama is a republican. He will win most of the primaries because republicans are the ones voting for him in mass: A republican strategy that democrats will discover too late. Obama will then get the nomination.

    As we all know, an African American cannot become the president of the United States.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  392. Jackie Anderson

    Yes they should all throw away the "script" and talk about their vision for the future...for at home, for Iraq and for our relationship with the wider world.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  393. Jason Hindman

    Yes she should. Now she needs to appeal to the people as a *visionary*. Her accomplishments and plans are always impressive-now it's time to shift gears and send us the clear un-scripted message that reveals she is INDEED the President to take us forward. Make the people believe.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  394. Sue Mixson

    IF Hillary Clinton is scripted, it is past time to throw it away.

    We know you are capable and we know you are ready to lead. Describe your vision, your goals and your dreams for us all. Don't tell us what you think about Obama....that is not important. What you think and feel is!

    Please! Tell us how you feel, how you really, really feel!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  395. Doug

    President Clintons attacks on Senator Obama demonstrate that they know their script clearly. CNN’s own report showed that they are parsing words truncating sentences and dredging up retracted statements. They are still trying to figure out what “is” is. Well it is time for them to get out of the way and let someone lead who cares more about the American People then they do winning.
    P.S. Jack as a blind person if you put your book on CD I could read it.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  396. Zak

    Hillary should really change her ways and have an actual conversation with America. We've had two terms of robotic rhetoric from the current president. Charisma and passion is what resonates with me as a voter in today's climate.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  397. Holly McGehee

    I don't know who has my vote but, I am very tired of the Senator Clinton bashing. She has a point that Senator Obama's record needs to be addressed and with as much interest as the rest of the people running for the office of President. As for the news people, including Jack, you try to push your personal opinions off to the public and that is scary. If you can't report the news fairly then go join someone's compaign and work for them!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  398. Stephen From Wilmington,NC

    This woman is such a fake it's unreal. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  399. Jim B

    That is the problem with all the candidates, they are all scripted. They tell you what they think you want to hear to get your vote. Not without a lot of doubletalk at that! Then once they get in office they do what they need to do to benefit themselves and thier political party. Too heck with what is best for the American People and the Country. It's a sad state of affairs when you talk to people and they say they will vote for the candidate they distrust the least.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  400. Kirk

    Oh if it really was sincere. This is like the joke about lawyers, you know the one, "how do you know when a lawyer is lying?". Well you get the point. She is no more sincere about wanting to help America than is Al-Queda is wanting to see America prosper. Her tears and seemingly heart-felt expressions of being a human is a joke at best. Those tears were for her slipping campaign and fall into obscurity when this all blows over. Her script is that she is what it is "a heartless robot politician that will say or do (even excreet tears – how do you get a robot to do that?) anything to get elected. Jack, it's time for the American public to turn the page and rid ourselves of the Bush- Clinton- Bush- Clinton dynasty. This isn't football afterall and the best team isn't winning this thing. Its our lives we are talking about here.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  401. JAZREL

    it' funny as an black young adult that I remember the clintons as force for all and having compassion for blacks to see them slum it up to fight obama on what change they should want change unless they have something else planed do we not remember her game when she was a fresh sen. claiming she had no desire to run she was not going to run is she mad cause waited to long she lost my vote and the more she push she may lose the black vote

    January 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  402. Siobhan Ogilvie

    As I read all these comments it's so clear that by the media telling us constantly only amazing things about Barack Obama – I haven't heard one negative thing yet and believe me, they are there and we will hear them all once the race begins with the Republican and then telling us Hillary is too hard and scripted, or weak and emotional, or her fundraisers are leaving her, or she has too much experience etc etc. Well I am not surprised the polls are going against her. Wake Up – Barack will make a great president some day but not yet – he doen't have a lick of experience. Do you really thing using George Bush' arguments of freshness (yes – he said he was goin to do that also) will work again. He is too green and unexperienced. We elected someone like that last time and look at the mess we are in. We really need to elect someone who can pick up the phone with any world leaded who already is respected, not a new face that needs to earn it and I hope she puts Bill to work also. He may not have been the best husband but that is between them and she stood by her man just like she will stand by her country and Bill was the best president we have had i my lifetime – He turned a defecit into a surplus, we had peace, and our country was prosperous and respected. They know something about how to run a country and I want guarantees this time around.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  403. Bill Wallen

    Throw in the towel? If she gives in to the Obama raving "change" "one more day"
    The Democrats will be giving the White House back to the Republicans......

    The Republicans would love to run a campagne against Obama...
    A sure win for the GOP

    January 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  404. joey collins

    being an operation enduring freedom veteran twice over, 24 years old, and never having voted makes me the target audience for all candidates. and honestly, none of them have my vote.

    senator clinton showed that she is human yesterday and thats what americans need...americans are not politically correct. americans dont speak proper english. americans dont know how the government works...americans watch sports and drink beer. americans work everyday to pay bills. americans use cuss words and dont care what others think about it. americans want someone that will talk straight to them. we want the truth, not a script.

    you give me a candidate that can talk to people and not just spew some typed rhetoric pertaining to lobbied interests and ill give you a vote.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  405. Margo Mann

    It doesn't matter whether Hillary throws away her script. You and all of CNN will continue to give her bad press. You have shown prejudice against her every step of the way. Is it because she is a woman? She's either too cold, or too emotional in your eyes. I am not particularly for Hillary. I am very impressed with Obama, but I will gladly vote for which ever Democrat wins and gets to run for president. If Hillary wins, I will gladly vote for her. I am so sick of the news media trying to influence voters.
    I hope I live to see a candidate judged for attributes and ability alone, and race or gender not even mentioned. They are beside the point. Margo

    January 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  406. Andrew D.

    This is a sign of how polarized we have become, that this incident is either decried as political theater or hailed as touchingly human. Clinton should open up more about her personal concern for people and our future, if for nothing else, just so we can judge her sincerity, read between the lines for her motivation and judge her character for suitability for the post she seeks. I hope more candidates can expand their campaigns this way which Edwards started. I want to see and hear the candidates open up emotionally and honestly a little. But I also want to still hear their well-reasoned, hard-thought strategies for realizing their visions.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  407. Carolyn

    Any changes in her behavior would be short lived and would be viewed as insincere. Hillary has an agenda with goals that would meet her needs and not those of the American people. I perceive her as egotistical and self serving.

    Being a 73 year old , I am well aware of the Clinton's history, Hillary has alot of baggage, Bill being one example. Bill's behavior in the Oval Office was inexcuseable

    I am a female and would love to see a female become President. but Hillary just isn't that female. She is part of the "good old boy Democratic society" and has
    lots of favors to pay back. Plus I think she is dishonest and untrustworthy.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  408. R. Johnson

    We seem to be blundering in prioritizing what is important in a president. Oratory and compelling speech making is all nice, but you need a president who is credible and knows how to deliver. Look back in history and see how often we have been fooled or let down by people who seem to have this amazing "leadership" quality, speak well and make sweeping generalities on how to fix all the problems in simple terms. Unfortunately, the general public is taken in by such posturing. Happened with Al Gore vs. George Bush. And to some extent with John Kerry though Kerry had other problems as well.

    None of us know if Obama can deliver or is capable of managing the complex tasks of a President. Hillary has shown that she has the chops. So what if she does not smile that much or appear to speak from the heart. If you want to feel loved, go and watch a movie with your favourite stars and then elect the most competent person as President. I am not sure if this country can afford yet another presidential melt down – a la George Bush. Could drive us into a tail spin that we will be unable to get out of.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  409. John Adkisson

    If she has been on a "script" - her writers must have been on strike!

    January 8, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  410. Tom Muir

    Sincere?? You gotta be kidding me.
    Just shows how desperate Hillary is.... she will even resort to fake tears to get votes. What a nasty person she is. I doubt such a cold, calouse person has seen tears for the past 50 years...
    Funny how she runs on a 'womans' ticket, yet resorts to the oldest (second oldest) strategy of all... fake tears

    January 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  411. Rosalie Gottlieb

    I believe that Hillary is almost a perfect person and have been happy with whatever she does. She is the person that is smart enough to straighten out the mess that te occupiers of the White House have and still have time to make it worse.
    I also feel that the media is not giving her the attention that others are getting. The media acts as if they have a crystal ball and can see out of 50 states that because one state voted the way Iowa did means everyone will do the same.
    I also was pleased to see Bill Clinton speak out for Hillary. He and she are both sights for sore eyes. What we have had to look at and listen to the last seven years has been sickening, and Hillary and Bill are so refreshing

    January 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  412. L Chapman

    Definately forgo the scripts ! Bring on Carville and Begala and get Mark Penn gone. She needs to speak from the heart. At this point and as always, she's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't. The media has been "warning" others not to attack the first black American candidate, what about the same respect and consideration to the first female candidate. The media is so disgusting and full of themselves. To have the audacity to call this election this soon is reprehensible and unfair to the remaining states yet to vote. Gee, is this what they mean when they say " media driven" ? The black community should be very proud, but his says little for the progress or respect given to a woman. Shame on all of you. prejudice still exists.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  413. Jeff K.

    Script? Hillary had/has a script? With all the changes in personality changes she has gone through in recent days had me believing she was running on daily moods because even HER writers "must" have been on strike.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  414. David R. Blair

    You're the greatest Jack!

    I couldn't agree with you more! Yes, throw away the speech and talk from the heart..

    January 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  415. Allison from California


    You are focusing on all the good aspects of Obama's campaign while you sift out the good things that Hillary stands for and concentrate on her flaws. Let's face it, when she was ahead you did the same thing. Now that she is running a little bit behind, you take away her shoes and make her run barefoot over the rocky terrain. She gets bad press no matter what she is doing and there is no reason for this kind of treatment.

    MEANWHILE, you neglect to point out the negatives that Obama brings to the table. Oh, I forgot, no one knows what he has done because he hasn't done anything. He concentrates on slogans that have no substance and it's becoming a bit boring.

    It's been reported that Obama is not playing the race card. Well, he indeed has done exactly that. It started the moment he won in Iowa when he threw that card on the table and the news media took it and played it for him. You guys are so predictable.

    Obama's speech writers are excellent as well as clever, and his delivery of their work is impeccable. But It's clear to me that the American people, and the press, aren't listening to what he is really saying, because he isn't saying anything. This is not change. It's the same old game of politics and it ain't a pretty thing to watch from the sidelines.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most intelligent and courageous person in this presidential race, now that Joe Biden has dropped out. She's a hard worker and knows how to make things happen. She has the experience needed to do the job.

    I love you Jack. I appreciate and look forward to your reports, but I am not in agreement with your treatment of Hillary. Do you hate all women or just Hillary Clinton? Because anytime that she shows the slightest signs of femininity, you and your buddies quickly refer to it as "a weakness".

    January 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  416. Jill Sangster

    Scripted or unscripted, Hillary Clinton is head and shoulders above any of the other candidates in terms of her knowledge and abilities. I share her frustration insofar as the media is concerned. I have watched most CNN coverage of this process thus hearing her words verbatum only to discover reporters and pundits distorting and misprepresenting them the very next day. Lou Dobbs is a good example with his "alot of wind" comment which was taken completely out of context.

    Everyday I observe Americans fall for inspirational words over substance and experience as witnessed by the fact that they seem to be discounting Ms. Clinton's very thoughtful and extensive answers in favour of Barack Obama's rhetoric and naive comments. There is no doubt he has come a long way in terms of his level of comfort while debating but he still has some way to go when it comes to answering the questions posed. The "best political team on television" must be self appointed for the level of accurate analysis is so far from what we would get in this country except perhaps for the thoughts of David Gergen. It is he whose comments are helping keep me sane as I observe this nighmare.

    I am so happy I live in Canada where we have a unified and sensible way of electing a leader, no disenfranchised voters and a health care system, albeit one that is in need of repair, that covers all our citizens.

    Good luck to you for as far as I am concerned you need it.

    January 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  417. ben

    Hillary Clinton sheds a few tears and evertbody thinks it's so endearing. Ahhh...isn't that sweet, this is so personal to her. Get real. If one of the men in this race shed a tear in public he'd be lambasted. So, should Hillary throw away the script? My answer is simple..."Cryin'! There's no cryin' in politics! "

    January 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  418. Michael John Lorenz

    It's too late for that. Today we have the internet on our side, we can look up politicians voting records and past judgements. Hillary has just too many skeletons in her closet that can be looked up at the click of a button.

    "Words build bridges into unexplored regions" – Hillary certainly found hers.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  419. Judy Clark


    I concur. I had a chance to meet Sen. Clinton (Hilliary) a few years ago. It was a small event for one of our Congresswomen. The "Hilliary" I see on the campaign trail sounds some of the same themes, but does it in a far different way than in that small group of 15 or so. In our group she talked about her hopes, her ideas, her possible solutions, and her personal beliefs in this Country. She listened as we all did the same. Her questions were insightful and authentically based in wanting to know what we thought. Where she thought we were wrong or didn't understand an issue fully, she informed us about other perspectives or dynamics that complicated our sometimes naive view.

    I went to the gathering wanting to know more about her and pleased at the chance to meet her. I walked away with the first inkling that she saw something special and might be a future candidate that would cares and lead – a powerful combination! She made us believers.

    I have been somewhat disapppointed that the person I met that day didn't appear to be who she was as a campaigner. I hope that person surfaces, and that it isn't too late for her to share her personal and obviously heartfelt and hard-won views. I want to believe again the way I did that day. Maybe this tough beginning will encourage her to once again share her aspirations with us, and listen to our fears and hopes. what she had to say to that small group is what we all still want and need to know about her.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  420. Jana Baldwin

    Had Hillary left Bill back in the day she would have been my woman. At that point in time she proved to all American women that it is OK to stay with your husband who lies and cheats on you. She could have taken the Senate ALONE, and now Bill again. . . is hurting her. . . .what a fool!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  421. Jason

    I think she has been scripted for so long that when she goes unscripted, it seems fake. I just didn't believe it. If you watch the whoel thing she goes in and out like shes TRYING to get emotional. It came off fake to me. But, unscripted Clinton would hopefully give her a little more, otherwise she continues to look like a robot.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  422. Nutmeg

    @Lloyd: I don't think Jack is asking if Hillary should change scripts. He's asking if Hillary should go without any script at all.

    As a voter, I wish all candidates would spend most of their time off-script. I don't care to hear the canned messages fed to candidates by their PR managers. After seeing George W. Bush campaign on certain issues then completely ignore many of them as soon as he got into office, I no longer have any faith that candidates will stick to their campaign promises.

    On the other hand, I feel that one can usually get some sense of which issues are personally important to candidates. Those are the issues I feel I can count on candidates to act on, and so those are the issues I base my vote on. Honestly, I feel I have a better sense of what Obama and Edwards are passionate about than I do with Hillary.

    Hillary in a tough spot. When a woman tries to push boundaries and break through a glass ceiling like she's trying to do, she almost always works so hard *not* to be a stereotypical woman that she overcompensates in many ways. I think Hillary has been falling into this trap, coming off at the most firm, strong, unemotional candidate. I think she should go off script more, and give us more opportunities to get to know her as a person. We know what Barak is passionate about, and that's why we love him. What is Hillary passionate about?

    Canaan, NH

    January 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  423. Gary Stebnitz

    Bill Clinton was absolutely right to critisize the media and Obama for their treatment of Hillary. For William Bennett to denagrate President Clinton for defending his wife just shows his conservative stupidity.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  424. Steph

    I think Hillary sticks to the script, but tweaks the delivery. The script is the same - real issues facing this country and the fact that she has actually created change and brought disparate parties togethter to find solutions to a whole host of issues.

    (Hmmm... has anyone looked at the fairy tales Obama spewed in his ILL senate run and the reality of what was accomplished? When did he ever get truly disparate parties to consensus? If he can't deliver at that level, you think he's really going to get the far more powerful and vested to "sit down and talk"? oh please)

    The delivery needs to change - ditch the programmatic responses, speak from the heart, worry less about saying something the press will beat her up on (at this point, she has nothing to lose) and use examples!!!! She's done so much, but she takes too much time prefacing her answers with explaining her rationale that you never get to hear the actual supporting facts! She needs to adopt Bill Richardson's style of quick bullet point answers with passion!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  425. Elizabeth

    calculating? I want calculating when we are on the verge of more trouble with other countries. Weepy and soft? She's a woman, we have more than two emotions you know. Cold? I think you have to be cold to be able to deal with press smears, peoples' attacks, and the constant resurfacing of her husbands infidelity. I realize obama sounds new and fresh but I am not sure new and fresh will help when we deal with the same kinds of people who hate us so much now. I would love to hope that he will do well but I don't think I would bet my house on it. I want someone who can force change, argue intelligently, persuade passionately and fight to the bitter end and I believe she can.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  426. Steve FLA

    We don't need another Clinton or Bush to take this country out of the stalemate
    politics of Washington DC. We need a third party to offset the current indecisiveness that exists.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  427. Terri Romeo

    I don't believe that anything Hillary Clinton does is un-scripted, including the teary eyed show yesterday morning. I believe the whole coffee shop incident was completely scripted to show that Hillary possibly has a human side with warmth. The question was most likely set up and asked by a Clinton campaign worker. The Clinton's are 2 definite control freaks who can not risk being un-scripted. Every word, facial expression, etc. is calculated and planned. Obviously the way things are going, the voters cannot and will not be fooled.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  428. Ruby Coria, CA.

    Jack, we all know that everyone in politics run their lifes on a script that's why we watch...it's just that some of us either buy or not. They should all drop the script: Change to someone young, Change for someone who fights, Change things with expirince....Change and have faith, Change I know how to handle money...RON PAUL seems like the only one with out a script. p.s did you see him on Leno?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  429. CMacias

    If Hillary does not get the nomination. I will vote for a republican. No other democratic candidate can fix our image around the world.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  430. william fitzwater , ca

    I feel that Hillary does a great deal of "Grandstanding".
    It is not wrong for a man or woman to show emotion but in Hillary's case I wonder if it is crocdile tears.

    Obama is sending a clear message and if certain people who choose not to listen. The underhandered dirty tricks, cynical sound bytes and lap dog poltical announcers are going who are some how going to give the white house based how much money influce or dirty tricvks isn't goning to work. Remember American voters are smart and they are clearly choosing some one who might fix the problems in washington and that starts with remembering we are all americans not matter our party and it is time to put away dysnfunctional polticls and abrasce a better way.

    Obama is my man

    January 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  431. Victoria

    GIVE me a Break–like Bill Clinton said. However, I want to tell the Clintons–give US a BREAK from the Clintons. It's time for him to be the FORMER dignified President not a sniveling wimp for his wife that he cheated on repeatedly. The tears from Hilliary were STAGED– give me a BREAK!!! The time has come and now passed– new ideas, new blood, new everything-. By the way, I supported Bill Clinton x 2 elections!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  432. Manny Wittmann

    As many have stated, this, if genuine, is a signal of weakness, unfitting for a president, but most probably, given her icy personality, is an theater scenified under instructions of her public relation people.

    It seems strange that Jack Cafferty, with all his experience, or is he a Hillary fan
    who tries to help her sinking ship ??

    January 8, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  433. Walt, Belton, TX

    It was scripted, stupid!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  434. Tana

    Jack, I find it so disheartening to read all of the responses to your simple question. Hardly anyone can JUST answer the question. Everyone has a view, and every view is different. We are such a divided nation. There is so much skepticism.....so much PAST that NOONE is willing to let go of. Anyway, here is my answer:

    I think Hillary MUST throw away the script. I finally saw the real Hillary, and from what I saw, I liked her quite a bit. She touched me, and I believe that even if her script was to "not have a script", it was Hillary speaking from her heart. That's where she should stay for the rest of the campaign, even when she is answering tough questions. She is extremely intelligent, and she needs to find a way to combine that with the heart that I know she has.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  435. Lee

    It was good to see and hear Hilary have a human moment yesterday. I believe that it may have been one of her best polical and personal public moments. You can argue as to wether or not she was believable but even generating that contention will make people re-examine Hilary as a presidential prospect. Maybe they finally get it! We , the people, are sick and tired of receiving the same old warmed over stuff from politicians. It is the 1st time that I hear any passion from Hilary about what she wants for the country, her self, her family and why. It seems like it's taken too many years to get her to this point.


    January 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  436. Neil

    Barack Obama for US President? Have we lost our minds? He is a Muslim who attended one of the schools in Indonesia which we are trying to get closed down due to its teaching of hate towards the US. I can not possibly fathom our electoral college nominating this man to become the next US President and if it does I have a feeling that many Americans might just change their citizenship. We need to get over our emotions and really look closely at this scary situation. All one needs to do is look at the HUGE stock market decline today due to the scare of Obamas rise. Hillary is the viable candidate who can beat the Republicans. Edwards needs to get a grip on reality and bid his farewell. Hanging on Obamas coat tails to get a post is sad..didn't he learn anything from the last election? A spokesman for poverty when he has made most of his money from poor people? Someone should look at that phenomenon. Go Hillary...DO NOT QUIT PLEASE.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  437. DiANA

    Yes I think she should throw away the script. I also think she needs to have a conversation with her husband. I was undecided until I heard what our former president had to say about Obama. I am a 38 year old african american woman, who was considering voting for either Hilary or Obama. I am now voting for Obama.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  438. Ivonne Toro

    Based on the attacks on Hilary Clinton by the media and the public in the last few days, I believe the United States is not ready to have a female President, despite the fact the she is the most qualified of all the candidates running for President, Democrats or Republicans.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  439. Don

    I am a strong supporter of Mrs. Clinton and do believe that she should be less scripted and more off the cuff. Should Mr. Obama win this he can thank the press, including CNN for treating him like a saint. No one, including CNN, has pushed Mr Obama on anything, however, Mrs. Clinton is ripped apart for everything. Maybe if the press handled both equally the race would be on equal footing.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  440. Tracy

    Hillary is a strong and confidant women and that scares people. She should be herself and let america get to know her. I am a democrat and I will vote for a republican before I vote for barrack obama in the general election. If Barrack cant put his hand over his heart to say the pledge of allegiance he probably wont put his hand on the bible to take the oath of office. Will he be the first president to use the koran?

    January 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  441. Caroline

    Hillary should definitely drop the program and be herself. Her town meetings all over New York State when she was running for Senator were terrific. It would also be important for her to actually reveal her beliefs and discuss a real campaign platform. While I'm at it, I would like to ask Bill to pipe down. He is definitely confusing the issue.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  442. chris

    Hillary Clinton should throw away her script only when all the other candidates, including Mr. Obama, throw their scripts away. I'm thankful she has a plan that goes along with a vision for our country. Unfortunately, the American electorate is so shallow and vain – – and can't see beyond the surface. They go for warm and fuzzy – – like Tickle Me Elmo – – Well, we elected "warm and fuzzy" seven years ago, and we are paying the price. Remember, a whole lot of fluff, and little substance from GW. Oh yes, Americans also have short memories.

    Give me this woman with substance anyday over the warm and fuzzy Obama, who can't seem to give us any kind of details. Hillary Clinton has a vision, and a plan. Yikes! Wake up America.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  443. Jim Bell, Savannah, GA

    If Hillary expresses her emotions more, that might help. But the the simple fact is that she is invariably associated with Bill, and the past, and all the doubts about the Clinton Presidency at that time. That will always be a problem for her politically. However, another simple fact is that she posesses more presidential skill and political know-how than any of the candidates; she is simply the most qualified.

    Imagine you were hiring someone for a very important job, and you were faced with chosing between two candidates. One candidate is young, dashing, very likeable, and seems to say all the right things; but, he is very inexperienced in key areas of the job, and simply lacks many of the skills you're looking for. The other job candidate is not so young, a bit snobby and arrogant, and not so likeable; however, her skills and qualifications are far superior to the first candidate. Who would you choose for this most important job?

    I wouldn't count Hillary out just yet.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  444. Bel

    I strongly believe that Hilary's tears are related to her loss of control. The Clintons are control freaks! Anyone who knows them knows this to be true. Remember her tears in 1994 when the Democratic congress was overturned in part to the public outrage at her failed health care reform initiative? I don't think she can operate without a script and I don't want a President who goes to pieces when the chips are down.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  445. Carolyne Hinkel

    Scrupt or no script I think Hillary is hands down by
    far the best candidate for president. As a woman I am
    deeply offended by the way the press has been treating
    her and I've noticed almost no criticism of Obama or
    no in-depth questioning. I absolutely agree with Bill Clinton
    that Obama and his supporters are living in a fairy
    tale. And he has the right to say it because he
    knows first hand how tough the job of president is.
    How dare Obama and Edwards call voting for the first
    woman president status quo. I find Obamas rhetoric
    old hat and without substance. I just don't get why
    the media has been so kind to him and so unkind to
    Hillary. Isn't the unprecidented truth of a woman for president
    Change??? As a woman who represents over half the American population I am deeply upset at seeing both the media and her running mate's treating her so harshly. Not a hopeful sign of the times. No change in that at all.

    Sincerely hoping for Hillary's Historic Victory,
    Carolyne Hinkel

    January 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  446. Jessica in Maryland

    I'm rooting for Hillary, but am keeping my options open for a candidate. I've been watching everyones styles. Hillary does need to throw away the script, and show more emotion and a little more humor. IMO Obama is winning because he comes acrossed like he's speaking to you (one on one) and HIllary comes acrossed like she's speaking at you. They're both great speakers, but Obama breaks it down more. Huckabee does the same thing when speaking as Obama ... and I feel it's really put them ahead. Please read this on air, because like I said, I'm rooting for HIllary and I want her to get the message.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  447. Doug

    well as far as obama ..i think that he doebn't have enought experience to run the us maybe sometime in the future.as far as clinton she has experience for the job ,but can she do the job ..if the senate,etc. let her do it. my daughter called me and said that it really didn't matter who wins ....cause no matter who wins her and her mother and my situation it would stay the same ..rich ger richer and we just get poorer and forget about and left to either eat or try to pay bills,etc. as a choice ..ty in advance i know what she talking about cause 1200 a mo. ..rent 500.oo, then try to pay bills etc.....can't realyy have any thing or a good future just live day to day as best we can

    January 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  448. Tess L

    Even when we think she might be unscripted, she's still scripted. I almost believed her teary moment – yes I believe she was touched by the audience member's question. But then her response made me believe she's was pulling a stunt. Her words were almost exactly what John Edwards said in the NH debate about "it's not (just) political, it's personal". She'll never be real in public. Every day it's a different character to put on depending on what naturally works for the other candidates. It comes off as all staged.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  449. Alan

    Rather than "throwing away the script", a better solution would be to "throw in the towel". We would all be better off at the end of the day.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  450. Ron

    Hillary is a crook and a criminal. So is her husband. He did more to ruin the image of the Presidency than all others in history combined. He is an adulterer and a liar and so is she. Every business partner in your life dead or in prison says something. Why are so many people in this country so blind?
    All I can say is if we keep it up we shouldn't call ourselves Americans we should call ourselves sheep. We need less career politicians in our government. It used to be an honor and a privilege to serve but now it is a job that these cut-throats will do anything to keep.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  451. Murad

    Good day Sir,

    Fomer President Bill Clinton is certainly among the most respected figures across the Global. His recent remarks on Senator Obama are not up to his reputation and are very disappointing. Is he running for President again? he should give the Presidential compain a break and stay behind the scenes.

    Thank you.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  452. Tommie

    I am really confused now as to exactly who is running for President; Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton? Is this what we and the rest of the world can expect to endure if she is elected and has a bad day? I can remember when Bill and Hillary were the laughing stock of the entire country and we were so glad to be rid of them. Even the media was glad when their U-Haul pulled up in front of the White House.

    I haven't noticed the other candidate's spouses taking center stage to rant and rave about another candidate. I suggest if Hillary can't take "incoming fire" then she certainly won't be able to handle the pressures of the office of the President.

    Not only did Bill Clinton embarrase his family and this nation as President, but he is now thinking only of himself and his desire to get back into the White House in any way he can. Bill, get a life of your own!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  453. Donna

    Jack: As I look at it, I'd like to see Huckabee win Republican nomination. I'd like to see Obama win the Demo nomination. Hillary, is not what this country needs. Kill the Clinton machine for good. She needs to put her tale between her legs and run away home, where ever that it is.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  454. Dee

    Immediately after Clinton teared up she went back on the attack....its not a script this is who she is. She can't be one person in private, another person in public...this is what we call "Fake".

    January 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  455. Shaugn

    So, the question: "Should Hillary throw away the script?"

    I'd say no. The jaded side of me would say that her "unguarded" moment was carefully scripted to test the waters. The real problem with dropping the script for Mrs. Clinton is that she doesn't really know how to be "genuine" with the electorate. She has always been somewhat aloof and aristocratic. Honestly, has she ever spent a day without that silver spoon in her mouth?

    The "unscripted" thing works for Obama because that is his natural style. From working the local precincts in Chicago to the campaign trail in Iowa. Obama comes off as genuine, precisely because he has a perspective that is more like the middle class to whom he speaks.

    That's the thing about a "grass-roots" movement. You have to resonate with a whole lot of people on a personal level. You have to be able to relate to a large block of individual voters. Hillary's natural audience is the upper income aristocratic set. She has more in common with those folks than she does with those of us in the lower middle class. She does well at fundraising because she relates well to the "elite" who have plenty of money to throw in her war chest.

    If Hillary cannot carry the vote by playing to her strengths, then, if she is really as concerned about America as she says, she must step asside and throw her considerable influence behind the individual issues that finds important. She could play a very valuable and powerfull part in a Democrat controlled Congress paired with a coalition building president.

    If Hillary could bring herself to do that, we just might end up with some of the most productive years of change and progress that this country has seen in decades.

    The only thing is, we (the electorate) need to eschew the politics of fear and hatred. We must all rise up above the petty attacks on the character of people who's opinions differ from our own. Our leaders have lured us into decades of bitter political division. These blogs are a great example. Ignorant people level irrelevant personal attacks on the faceless contributors to the forum. At the end of the day Zero progress is made and nobody's life is any better. What would happen if we could have respectful discourse about the important topics instead of verbally clubbing each other to death?

    Whoa, sorry about that. Let me just jump down off this soap box and let somebody else talk. Oh, and by the way, I left a few special treats in the words above for anybody looking for some irrelevant personal attack material.

    Best to all.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  456. Cody Weber

    It would have done her some good to throw away the husband when everything hit the fan the first time but now its too late so why not try to throw away the script shes not going to do anything the way it is now.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  457. Dolores Ward

    What Hillary should dump is the press, especially you Jack. You have done her more harm then obama has. If she had been given the kind of press that obama has she would be so far in the lead you couldn't even see her tail lights but for some unknown reason, guess you don't think a woman could be President, you have gone after her tooth and nail. She couldn't get your vote if she were the Pope. You don't like her period.......or like I said, you don't think a woman is intelligent enough to be President. I have news for you Jack, you used to be my favorite but you aren't good enough to polish her shoes now. And I am sure CNN will replay Bill Clinton getting mad as many times as they did the hug with Monica Lewinski. They seem to like to be like the National Enquirer when it comes to the Clintons. The Clintons have done more for this country then anyone in modern history and if the 90's are an indication of Status Quo, I'm all for Status Quo, not an inexperienced character like obama. Of corse if he gets the nomintation the Republicans will have him for lunch and that is why the republicans are all praising him. They know they could beat him and they know they couldn't beat Hillary. If he does get the nomination, I will be voting Republican for the first time in my life, unless huckabee gets the republican nomination then I won't vote at all.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  458. Walter Fleming

    Jack, the U.S. is the first country to accuse other countries of vote rigging. The U.S. is just as guilty of vote rigging, it is called bad press, like Hillary Clinton is getting. Give her a break for God's sake, she is the only female and running against all males. You guys are just like Muslims, you can't stand women in high places.


    January 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  459. Valerie Keenan

    She probably will fair better if she adopts a more touchy feely approach...but how sad, intelligent, determined and experienced what more do you need from a President. She will do the job and do it well, vote for her America, if not for you then for the rest of us, she will be a balm to world politics after President (hapless) Bush.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  460. Tone

    Her emotions might have helped with some voters, but in my personal belief she may have damaged herself more than anyone knows.

    Why do I say this?

    Well lets remember we are voting on a candidate to be the president of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    If she is under alot of stress just running in the primaries, what kind of mental breakdown is she going to have if something serious happens?

    I don't believe the President of the United States of America should wear their emotions on their sleeves, they must be able to think rational then to act on emotions.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  461. Char

    I didn't think we were electing a Queen; Drama Queen that is? Is Hillary running for Drama Queen or President? She was surely acting like a drama queen in New Hampshire after her LOSS in Iowa. Bill has now taken on her bitbull role so she can showcase her other acting abilities! Give me a break Hillary; your fakeness is too obvious.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  462. Paul

    Hillary can't throw away her script for one reason: She'd have to admit her socialist agenda – ensuring her loss.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  463. Leonora Anderson

    Dear Jack,
    Hillary should throw away the script. Right now Americans seem to want inspiration before they look closely at the issues. I can still remember being inspired by Jimmy Carter. He was also going to change the face of Washington .But Washington is still Washington, and while hight standard are are what we should aspire to, who's going to be able to get the job done when they get there! I still haven't decided who I'd like to see get the nomination, but I'm not so naive as to think that the next president isn't going to have to do a lot of political manuvering to get anything accomplished.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  464. Jacqueline Mongeot

    Let's not get emotional about Hillary's (justified) emotions. Instead let's examine the qualificatons of the 3 democrat candidates. The 3 of them have the will to CHANGE the present situation. The 3 of them are passionate and sincere about the future of our country and its present reputation in the world. The 3 of them want to end the war in Iraq. The 3 of them want to establish universal health care. The 3 of them want prosperity for all Americans. The 3 of them want to balance the budget. The 3 of them want peace in the world. We have 3 good candidates. The question should be "which one would be the most capable to accomplish these goals?" Another debate might give us the clue. It might reside in Foreign Policy.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  465. annie


    Hillary should definitely drop the script. Look at how popular Obama is. That's because he comes off as real, and has all along. When she came off as real in the beginning, even making a joke about dealing with difficult men, she was sitting on top.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  466. Josh

    It's hard to tell if the tears were part of her desperate and heavily calculated campaign strategy at this point, but I'm inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt. The problem with her emotional display is that it lends itself to a very important question, namely: if it's that hard to deal with the stress of running a campaign, how hard will it be to make decisions as Commander in Chief in a time of crisis???

    January 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  467. PAUL

    Jack,you and alot of newspeople are being sham into thinking that the independents are going over to Obama. What most people can't fiqure out is that the republicians are afraid of Hillary Clinton and most of the independents are coming from the Republician side. I myself like John Edwards. Obama has not given us anything except hype and when asked to tell us how he will put his programs together he changes subject just like everyone else in Washington.
    The republicians are counting on getting Obama to be party favorite because they know that all they need is a couple of spins on what he will do for the blacks in America. The people will not vote for someone who hasn't any experience in this time of conflict in the world and so far his answers are not coming out right.
    He is a terrible debater and I can see the republicians asking for 4 or five debates.
    Wake up and notice how the right is trying to get Obama into the election so they will win and believe me they will.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  468. Alicia K

    Hillary is not a smooth talker, she's an action person who can multitask with positive results. She handled the Monica fiasco with dignity, while silently moving herself into a place of strength. With that skill, she could move America back into strength from the Bush administration fiasco. Barack is a sexy smooth talker, but can he multitask? We have a large chance of another terrorist attack. On the job training may "CHANGE" this country to dust! We need Hillary. The mother in her will pave the way for the next generation, while not abandoning the old. The intelligence in her can play the international & national chess game of maneuvering for strength, not just talking about it. Yes, she should express her dreams and wants more. She needs to tell us where she will take us, for those that like to hear the rhetoric.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  469. Vince Casella

    I don`t think Hilliary Clinton should throw away the script, not entirely anyway. I wouldn`t hurt to show a little softness around the edges but the core has to remain strong and tough. I want a strong president. One who will meet the challenges of getting this country back on track head on. I would like to have a president who will expend a lot of energy working FOR the American people. The next president will have to be tough yet not afraid to show human charactaristics.
    I think Hilliary Clinton will be the one to do best for this country.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  470. Ronald Seagrave

    Hillary's perpetual philandering husband shows poor judgment on her part and that type of poor judgement we do not need as a President, nor from a First Husband for that matter. They're not trustworthy - remember how one defines the word "is". The U.S. has been disgraced long enough.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  471. Angie

    As a woman I see Hillary as sending women back to the dark ages if she keeps up with her 'WOE IS ME', 'THEY ARE PICKING ON ME', and then sending her husband in to fight her battles. We Women are strong and capable of fighting our own battles. I never ask my husband to fight my battles. In fact, we have different views. The times I want tears are when I see the people being massacre as in DARFUR, which the Bush administration ignored for years. The times I want tears are when I see people in peaceful demonstration being battered and beaten by their police and government like what I saw in Pakistan. I do not want a man or woman to say WOE IS ME, THEY ARE PICKING ON ME when he/she are running for the nomination for president of their party. I certainly would not vote for a WOE IS ME candidate who has their big strong spouse beating up the opposing side. FIGHT YOUR OWN BATTLES or get out of the race.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  472. Gerri

    Bill Clinton has a nerve accusing ANYONE of spinning fairy "tails" after having publicly disgraced the office of the United States President in front of the entire world. Did we all forget how he lied to our faces and embarassed us all globally? Is his scorned, spineless wife the one we want to lead our country in these dangerous times? …or is it a ploy for him to get back in a position of power?
    All his speech did, was remind me of HIS legacy – do we really need more deceit back in our Whitehouse?
    Thanks for letting me vent!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  473. Denis Renihan

    I think Hillary Clinton is a listener and a learner. Her husband was an astute president but too much of a pragmatist while in office and he compromised on issues, maybe too often, to survive. He needs to stay in the background. Because of the Obama phenonomen, Hillary has seen that power and money is temporal. At this point, I'd rather see her seach her soul and be herself. Don't go negative on the other candidates. Concentrate on promoting her vision of how things "could be". She has to begin to relate to the new voters and tell them that idealism benefits from experience as experience would benefit from their idealism. Too often people are anxious for change but once they throw out everything, they don't know what to do next. I have seen it my whole life. People with experience and a knowledge of history are better at change than people who ignore the lessons of history. I don't trust an idealist who wants to disregard the lessons of the sixties and the previous decades and centuries. Hillary is suffering the backlash of the present do-nothing Congress.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  474. Sam

    i don't know why everyone is getting their underware in knot about what bill clinton had to say about sen. obama when john edwards through his hat in the ring to run for president his wife was doing the same thing and no one said a thing about it.


    January 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  475. Debbie

    Hillary captured my attention yesterday when she shed the political mask and shared her true self – a person passionate and committed to seeing our country move toward the future away from the disgrace and dishonesty we have been given over the past 7 years. I do believe she is one of the few candidates that can put together a cabinet that will provide the integrity and intelligence to guide us through a very turbulent ride. Give us more of you Hillary and you will get more of us!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  476. Robert

    2 Things

    The day after polls show she is not likeable and needs to show her "human" side, she "breaks down".

    When interviewed about it, she happens to have at the ready, a list of emotions shown by male presidents in the past.

    How Clintonesque.

    It gets me sick to think people buy this as authentic.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  477. K. Rhodes

    I think she should have the script because it will then reduce her laughter when she's dumbfounded.

    January 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  478. Mildred Baiton

    I am a Canadian viewer very much interested in the Election of 2008 in the U.S.A.

    Please read on:

    This woman has the whole package to make a geat President!

    Hillary Clinton is a compassionate, friendly,extremely intelligent and highly experienced in what the job requires.

    Yes, at some crucial point in this campaign she should put down the scripts and tell the American people the truth on what it takes to do a good job.

    Not just some false promises. A young candidate talking about changes with no experience on the job simply put just cannot walk the talk. With no experience it would take 2-4 years just to learn the job. It would be just another great mistake for America!

    HILLARY CLINTON is equipped to do the job!

    January 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  479. Brian Crowell

    Hillary needs to recapture the magic of the Coretta Scott-King funeral.. If not she is toast..

    January 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  480. jkbowman

    Yea – This was unscripted just like the Monica-blue dress.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  481. Paul Ojeikere


    The only script Hillary needs to change is to stop listening to the gabbage churned day-in day-out out by you and CNN on her chances. Yeah, Americans are not easily manipulated all right! Guess why Bush has been a White House tennant for the last 7 years.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  482. Al Smith

    Being an Independent and watching the media in action especially CNN it is my opinion that you all are in the attach mode when itr comes to Hillary.The only Demo would vote for is John Edwards.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  483. Mary Hoehmann

    Jack, I just bought your book, 'It's getting Ugly Out There' and I've already devoured half of it! Great stuff! I don't expect you to read all, or any of this email on the air, but thanks for letting me vent. I don't care if Hillary cries, or if her tears are real. I don't care how many hissy fits Bill thows. My son is stationed in Afghanistan and the only thing on TV this week is this two year campaign farce! Do you know how many Americans don't even realize American soldiers are still in Afghanistan and how few people can even find it on a map. If the money spent on these campaigns went to education, my son might have had options, other than joining the service! I'm an independant Real Estate Broker and I'm spoon feeding gas into my car. I have no health care and I'm saving up to go see a dentist, while I walk around with an impacted tooth. Once I can afford the dentist I will have the tooth pulled rather than save it with a root canal because of the cost. If Abe Lincoln were running for office today, he would soundly lose. It's a game for the rich and blue collar people like me vote for the lesser of the evils. Do I think any of todays canidates really care about middle or low income Americans. Lets ask some of the residents of the 9th ward in New Orleans. Oh wait, there are no residents of the ninth ward! ~Mary Hoehmann, Monroe, NY

    January 8, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  484. Reality Check

    The crying was Scripted!

    Lets be honest with ourselves – Hillary does not do anything without planning it out ahead of time...she knew exactly what she was doing by crying....she was pulling in all the Dopecrats as well as Repukelicans that would find a soft spot for a few tears. And her plan worked flawlessly. Look how you feel for it Jack Cafferty. Yeah many people like her because of her rancid attitude toward people, but you have to give her credit for being a very calculating player.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  485. Peter C

    Jack, isn't it a little coincidental that the super-scripter Clinton, who has never been anything this entire campaign but scripted, "lost" her composure a few days after losing to the compassionate and unscripted Obama? Seriously, Clinton doesn't even sneeze without planning it in advance so I'm very suspicious that her tears – while probably genuine – were not scripted. I can easily imagine some adviser suggesting she project a more compassionate nature rather than the ice-cold front we've seen over the past year. Frankly, she's in quite a pickle because if she acts more compassionate she'll get berated for being soft and if she keeps acting tough she'll be too frosty. Well, I'm not supporting her so I don't feel too bad. I'm just glad I'm not a politician.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  486. Mike

    Everybody could find use for scripts when having to touch on a high number of issues in a limited amount of time; but these canditates have to convince their audience that they really mean what they are saying, and this can be achieved with free discussions and by displaying their human side. For Hillary Clinton, this may not be enough to win the race, though; for Hillary Rodham it may have been.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  487. Lis Baumann

    I don't think a woman who had to poll-test Barbra Streisand's backing of her can run without a script.

    Obama '08

    January 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  488. Ashley

    Of course she should throw the script away and just....be herself. BUT as others have said IF that were to happen, she'd just be slammed for that too. I dont understand WHY people, WOMEN especially, are so quick to jump on this Obama sensationalism, slamming Hillary's every move, and taking whatever Obama says at face value? Is it because of Oprah? I dont get it. He is literally spoon feeding the American public what they want to hear and people are readily gobbling it up! Obama criticizes Clinton for her comments in Iowa, he even goes as far as to say she should spend less time attacking him and more time worrying about the problems the people of Iowa are facing...nevermind ALL the time Obama and Edwards spent attacking Hillary Clinton...nevermind the debate time that was spent criticizing her....its like its only "ok" when Obama does it. The point is, he knew what part to play in Iowa..."poor me, look at how Clinton attacks me when all I do is look out for the people of Iowa". Gobble, Gobble, Gobble. Hillary is criticized for constantly touting her resume, but isnt that what we, as Americans should be looking at? We NEED to be very, very careful, critical, and

    I find it truly amazing that the media has been so critical of Hillary, way more than any other canidate thus far. Whatever she does do, its never enough. She isnt going to satisfy everyone and thats what she needs to figure out.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  489. Kim

    The Clinton's will do or say anything to be President (again). Don't believe the hype of her tear jerker. Remember she is the "experienced" politician, and NOTHING she does is unscripted. She's been doing this for 35 years, remember??

    I voted for the Clinton's 2x. But I swear this time if she wins the nomination, I will vote for the Republican, whoever it is, and I'm a registered Democrat.

    I can't afford to move to Canada.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  490. Deborah

    It seems like the Clintons always continue with their antics when it comes to votes, i e the almost tears, the "iron my shirt"..... It seems like they will go to any length to get what they want. Now we have to endure the rantings of Carville and Bigalla. It makes a person wonder just how far the duo will go to get back in the big whitehouse. It's so true what someone said earlier,"when the party is over, the polite thing to do is GO HOME."

    January 8, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  491. Paul

    Alter sounds more like it. First off, her script must not sound like one and come from the heart. It shoudn't be so much on the defensive, confident without sounding arrogant or aloof. It should be more focused on the strength of her platform or agenda and not the weakness of her competitors. It should also address how she is not part of the status quo or establishment that Obama intends to erradicate. It should also do away with the negative ads or attack or at least allude subtley so as not to add fuel that she is part of the old worn-out traditional way of campaigning or highlight the contrast between Obama's highground and her campaign's mud-slinging. Lastly, she should still hold her head high and not come across as too badly bruised, hurt, and desperate.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  492. Tom Riordan

    "Unscripted" my arse. I do not believe for a second that Hillary's campaign did not tell her to do that. And in any case, even if I have a *seed* of doubt about that or anything else Hillary and her campaign do or say, that's enough for me not to trust her.

    Anyone wanting to know more about her should look back at the Amadou Diallo case in NYC a few years ago. She was the first one out to sell the police down the river when the popular tide was against them...and she got awfully quiet when they got acquitted. That was the first but not the last I have seen of this politically expedient yet wholly unqualified candidate.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  493. Glynn David

    I am very disappointed in Bill and Hilary Clinton's
    sadly condescending and patronizing tone. As one who
    stood in long lines in the rain and cold night air with my kids,
    to support Bill on more than one occassion, I feel like
    I am watching an unfortunate descent from dignity,
    dressed in a nasty air of superiority out there in New Hampshire!
    But that's just Me!!! ANYWAY . . .

    Alright Then Boiz and GurZ
    PLZ . . . Stay informed and prepare
    to make informed decisions when it's your turn!!!


    January 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  494. DrC

    In response to critics who fault Hillary Clinton for having an "emotional" moment...
    She was answering a question on how she is "holding up" through undertaking the grueling journey of becoming president. She did not get teary when asked whether she takes cream or sugar in her coffee. Hillary Clinton showed all of us that America is in her heart. She spoke from her heart about her hopes for what once was a great country. This race is not a game for her; this race is about her life and the lives of the people she hopes to one day represent as leader. I am elated that Hillary takes this privilege as personally as she does. I wish the other candidates did too.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  495. wendy

    Dear Caroll,

    True, it is impolite to stay after the party is over...but it is more impolite to shove people out the door before the party is over. What a snotty comment. Shame on you.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  496. Scott in GA

    What makes you so sure this wasn't scripted??

    January 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  497. Alex

    This moment actually rang really false for me. I think she is just trying out a new strategy to offset peoples' current view of her as cold and calculating, but this move was just as calculated as every other thing she has done.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  498. Ron K - San Diegp

    Hi Jack:

    Hilary Clinton reminds me of one of those child actors. She gives the appearance that she is being coached on what to say and how to act. Moreover, she comes across as not being herself. She should, yes, throw away the script. One thing I appreciated about her husband was he appeared to be genuine in his approach. She is trying too hard and she is blowing it.

    Ron K. CA

    January 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  499. miller

    Has Hillary been in Senate longer than Obama? She was not President. What has been mentioned about her Whitewater experience?

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  500. Bryan

    You ask, "what if Hillary threw away the script?" Do you mean the script that said exit polls indicated that she was too cold and that she needed to show more humanity – queue press covered emotional expression at dinner – after all these years of the pair Clinton doing whatever pollsters told them to do, do you really think the "brief, unguarded moment,” was not scripted? At best you are overly optimistic, at worst you are dangerously naïve. I hope voters pay more attention than that…

    January 8, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  501. Janyce

    Hillary can stay--you Jack need to go.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  502. Susan

    I think this was just an act. She has such a reputation for being an "ice queen" that she felt a crack in her voice would show she was human. I don't think it worked.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  503. Colleen

    From a non-American....

    How soon you folks forget! President Clinton left you all with a huge surplus and
    an America that was held in high esteem throughout the world, particularly in places like Northern Ireland, where, thanks to him and Senator George Mitchell, tthere is now peace and prosperity.

    Hillary Clinton was a classy First Lady who did her best to implement national health care but was defeated by many of the same people who are now doing their best to cause her downfall.

    She has the experience – and I dare to say – the trust of many leaders in the world to handle the job of President of the United States of America. Please think before you elect a young man with a lot of charm but no international experience to try to undo what President Bush has done to your great country.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  504. Sue, Michigan

    If her name were not Clinton, many people would support her with no qualms. I think she is by far the best person to lead this country. Every single Republican the other night supported Bush's war down to the last guy, which means we will be there for the next 50 years, in order to give the US military something to do, evidently.
    The other point to bring out is that whomever is elected still has to get along with Congress (roughshod Bush being the exception!) I feel that Senator Clinton can do that; can lead us back into the world with grace, and that it is good that she feels deeply for her country. I have cried too, over some of the heinous things done in the name of security in this country and abroad.
    We do need to know more about Sen. Obama, who says he has a plan of hope-that isn't very specific, is it? I hear from the media that Sen. Clinton never answers a question, yet in the past week she has had GOOD answers to every question asked of her. Don't react with your gut, listen to her.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  505. Mary Sweeney

    This is a 50-state democracy! Can the folks in the media let the rest of us vote – – please!

    I live in CA and we are TIRED of the media calling the primaries and elections when only a tiny percentage of US citizens have voted...BEFORE the most populous states' citizens have weighed in.

    We need a National Primary NOW! (And, NO reporting of election results in the East until the West has finished voting.) The Founding Fathers could not have imagined the detrimental influence of mass media on electoral outcomes in this age.

    Hang in there, Hillary! I cannot wait to have the chance to vote for you!

    Unless the corporate and self-obsessed windbags in the follow-the-bandwagon media tell the rest of America what they should think...and they listen.

    This is an IMPORTANT election.

    I would like to hear MORE of ALL of the CANDIDATES – scripted, unscripted...however they choose to present their platforms.

    And LESS of Russert, Matthews, Blitzer. Borger and all the rest. Who cares what they think about the horse race and the money and the other non-issues. They seem more interested in gossip and the horse race than policy. They probably think policy is boring. God knows they do not understand it or explain it to the people, but policy is what will change people's lives for the better or the worst.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  506. Kym Lamb

    Help me out here, Jack, I'm confused. Yesterday, you belittled Hillary for being "angry" when she defended herself and her record assertively, and today she receives apparent praise from you for tearing up in response to a personal and caring question directed toward her (how does she do it?). Which emotions are ok for female presidential candidates to express in front of the camera?

    Did you see John Edwards tear up the other night in Iowa, when he talked about his campaign being a personal one? What did you think of that? Should Edwards throw away his script? Or as some of the responders have suggested is true of Hillary: Was Edwards "faking it"?

    Here's a compelling question for the (assumed to be very ignorant) American public: Which candidate would you rather have a beer with? Let's look at something that really matters.

    January 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  507. D D

    Isn't it amazing how quickly people jump on the bandwagon when they believe they are on the winning team. Shame on the media for doing the same thing.. I am so sick of hearing how great Obama is. Please someone tell me his track record of all the amazing things he has done. I am sure Obama probably has many fine qualities – but is he ready to run a country. Especially a country who has all the problems we do right now.

    I think Hillary Clinton is one of the strongest women I have ever seen. She held up while her personal life was blasted all over the world. She stood by her husband's side when they tried to impeach him. After all of that when most women would have tucked their tails and run she still had the brass ones to run for President of the United States. At this point in the game I don't think anyone should count Hillary out.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  508. Buck Reuter

    I am 56 and voted in every election since I was 18. Being a registerd Republican most of my life, I have voted Dem, Ind and Rep for the person, not the party. When the Republican party tried to crucify the Clintons for what I felt no reason, I formally changed parties. What a waste of time, taxpayer money and energy!!!!

    The youth movement for Obama is impressive and refeshing to see young people getting involved in our country, however, what scares me about this is that our world is in turmoil every where we look. This is probaly the most important election in my lifetime for our future. Obama seems like a nice guy, but do we want a nice guy or a connected, world experianced person running this country. The Clintons are well respected in the world and we need thier leadership again in the White House.

    I sincerely pray that people look realistically about how important this election is and put Hillary in the White House. The other candidates are not even on the same planet as Hillary. There are things I do not like about her, however, there are more things about her that I feel that she can get this country back as being respected and not cursed.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  509. Lizette

    I completely agree with Adam from New York. I am a 24 year-old female democrat and as such, I am ashamed to see how people can be so negative towards Hillary Clinton just because she is a woman. The worst part is that they won't accept it and when asked why they don't like her, their comeback is usually childish, outdated, baseless and false. I take this very personal and I'm sure you can see why. I am also ashamed to see how the media and others attack her husband just because he defends her. I don't see them doing the same when the spouses of other candidates defend their husbands.

    I am extremely proud to have someone as intelligent powerful, prepared, experienced, and full of passion for our country running for the democratic presidential nomination (regardless of her gender) and as you can see, she does have a lot of young voters on her side. We are not all a bunch of hippies being brainwashed by Obama's "feel good" strategy. We like many others are looking for someone that we know will be (and not hope that will be – like Obama) great for our country and for our future.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  510. Bill

    HIllary Clinton is THE most consummately qualified person in this race. I am astonished and, indeed, angered by the News commentators who have already predicted her demise when well over 97% of this country has yet to vote! I find it dispicable that, when a woman shows emotion, we call her emotional. When Rudy Giuliani cries about his prostate cancer or his role in 9/11, we reward him by saying how " in touch" he is with his feelings! Wow, talk about gender bias.

    If we Americans think that bantering about "change" is all that is needed, I would remind us all once again about the swaggering Texan who preached his compassionate conservatism and reminded us about how "in touch" he was with us all and how much he cared and wanted to restore dignity to the White House and then, when he came into office, became the least professional President in the history of this country. He brought change, indeed. Whether we like it or not, experience counts. And, by the way, what was so wrong with the Clinton years? We had a balanced budget; we were admired in the world; we still had decent jobs in this country that we could all aspire to. Things have changed, haven't they?

    January 8, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  511. Jennifer

    I believe Hillary Clinton should trust herself... she certainly has the brains, the smarts and the personality to win. When we saw her let her guard down for a brief moment, she became so genuine and so inspiring that I got goose bumps and my soul became elated that I was supporting this person to become the democratic candidate. She showed she CARED! I never doubted she did, but at that moment I was able to experience it. I feel the people want to see more of that Hillary.
    It is, without a question, a tough position for her, just the fact that she is a woman running for the presidency, yet the fact that she IS a woman and could potentially become the next and FIRST woman president of the United States, IS CHANGE! She should play that card more, I mean...Obama's talk about change is great, but what more change than having a competent and capable woman running this country for the first time?
    Hillary be yourself...you are great!

    January 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm |
  512. anders

    Throw away the script?

    Hillary is a script. You said it yourself: "in 25 years you have never seen her like that." And now that her campaign has been perceived as cold and calculating we are supposed to believe that this is the real Clinton? I believe that moment of "breakdown" was engineered. It was a last minute emotional appeal. It was very well timed too well timed. If it was not engineered it was still too little too late.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  513. Jay Nasium

    Hillary is only one delegate vote behind Obama at this point, so regardless of who is winning a state, it is virtually a dead heat. And Edwards is only one delegate vote behind Hillary. To e elected at the part convention it is a matter of who has the most delegates (50% locks it up for a candidate), and it is not a matter of winning states. Not to mention the primary race is just getting started and doesn't really weigh in until Super Tuesday. So why is Hillary crying? She knows that she is only one delegate behind Obama, and she is by no means out of it...in fact she has the political machine and money to keep on going when Obama beguns to run dry. So why the tears? A planned and scripted tactic to make her look more warm, fuzzy, and human.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:39 pm |
  514. Mark Tee

    The Media does not really believe that Hillary's crying was unscripted. It knows it was all an act and a ploy to get her written up in the news and broadcast media. I know that the media loves stuff like this though so that they have some new juicy morsel to tell the public about. As Marie Antoinette said "let them eat cake", and that's about all we will get from the media too...never the real meat and potatoes. Hillary was scripted down to the last tear she shed.

    January 8, 2008 at 7:51 pm |
  515. Sherry

    The Constitution limits presidential terms to the maximum that Bill Clinton has served, yet today we hear campaign coverage about "the Clintons' " race versus every other candidate. We don't hear about the Obamas, or the Huckabbees, we hear about Obama and Huckabee, and we hear about "the Clintons". In fact Senator Clinton leverages her husband's presidency, in part, to declare her experience compared to other candidates toward winning the election. Many years from now it will be common to hear of female candidates for the presidency, which creates the possibility that upon completion of a president's term limit, the spouse could run and carry the legacy. Should we not include the spouse of a former president under the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution?

    January 8, 2008 at 8:54 pm |
  516. Dale from Tennessee

    I like Hillary, and Bill, he did do alright but could have done a lot better! I don't think that this a good time for another Clinton, but my father said "she is a good looking woman, she is HOT".
    I don't care anything for Obama, but he would make a good used car salesman. He puts out a lot of empty promises and false hopes, and can't do anything. The reason I say this is that, no one else in politics would go for his hair brain ideas.
    Edwards seems to be a good man, but we can't afford to pay for his ideas, there would be a big price tag on his programs.
    I have been a democrat all my life, and voted every year that we have had an election. But I can't vote for democrats that are so liberal, so I guess I'm more moderate.
    I really do like Mike Huckabee and Mccain, their point of views are somewhat like mine.They need to be tough on immigration!!! BE tough on getting something done about the energy problems NOW!! Don't promise it down the road, do something now!!! Build up our military to what it has never been before. We need to even start back up the draft, our country has been going down the drain ever since we stopped it. Our men don't have the respect that the military can teach them. They make real men out of them, and make them responsible people. That would in turn, help our communities as well as our country, and our familes.
    We need to change our trade policies, so we can compete with everyone, and have better paying jobs here in America. We can do so much more for our Citizens, and our country.
    Also we don't,and won't take God out of this Country. God Bless America!!!
    And God Bless our Troops, we love them all.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:08 pm |
  517. Dale from Tennessee

    I like her and she does need to throw away the script, so people can really know what she is made of.

    January 8, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  518. Frank Warren Sr

    That "unguarded" mement of Hillary was worth quite a few million dollars of free advertising from every network in the USA, so I should congratulate the news agenceis and pundits for giving her the election in New Hampshire. No one in the history of politices in the US has ever had that much advertising before. Also it should win her the acadmey award for 2008 for best actreress. It sure turned the women around in NH to assist her.

    January 8, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  519. Ralph

    She should ask the American people: "Where's the Beef?"

    January 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  520. j

    Wow!! So all you have to do when you are behind in the Polls is shed a few tears so everyone feels bad for you. Then you can use those tears to get a sympathy vote. I bet we see all the canidates tearing up down in South Carolina!!!!

    January 8, 2008 at 11:26 pm |
  521. Chub Conner

    Where in the world does CNN get some of the pundits that guest on the election night programming?

    The clear Clinton-hater that spoke this evening, following Hillary's election win, who indicated that Bill Clinton was baggage and a burden to her campaign needs to come out of the closet and walk about the streets of America.

    Other than the war, the election is all about "The Economy,Stupid". Just as it was when Bill was elected, except I believe our country is much worse off now than we were then. The decisions and positive can do attitude that were made and brought about under Bill Clinton's administration is exactly what America needs.

    Middle class is becoming nearly non-existant and we (the middle class) are the backbone of America. Hillary, along with Bill, will be there for us.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  522. Duff Crart

    Should Senator Clinton go "unscripted"? That would be politically refreshing, but I think her tears/moist eyes were not a "departure" but a tactical "change" (pardon the now-overused word). Since Senator Clinton's political situation was worsening before her incident of longing, and now (on Tuesday evening) is getting better, it reminds me of another political figure's "teary" incident of not long ago: Richard Nixon's political and legal situation was going bad until he made his famous "Checkers" speech (a few more tears were shed). After that speech, things did get better, in the short term, at least, for Nixon. .Sympathy, I believe, helped both people. I do admire Senator Clinton's timing; because she did apparently achieve political gain from the incident. But when, I rhetorically must ask, will she start showing her true self and show what she really can do and achieve? I do hope that will be soon for us all.

    January 8, 2008 at 11:49 pm |
  523. dianne

    Hillary Clinton is just what this country needs. An intelligent, educated person who is passionate about this country and it's people. She has found her voice and I hope she continues to use it. Washington has been an "old boys club" for way too long. An educated woman such as Hillary Clinton will be a fresh new beginning for America. Through her leadership, her eyes, her heart and her intelligence, America can begin to remind the rest of the world once again, of the great and generous country we have always been and also of the diverse American people that fill it !

    January 9, 2008 at 12:06 am |
  524. dave susskind

    It is not the teary eyes, or the emotional moment. Hillary is the first to utter the word "Recession".

    Just like McCain, telling the truth to the american poeple is what mothers and wives and daughter in NH liked in Hillary.

    January 9, 2008 at 12:17 am |
  525. Mary Barnes

    Ha! Ha! She won Tonight! I hope now you will ,as Governer Huckabee said "Cut her some slack!" and you said " her showing her emotions made her like the rest of us " Heaven forbid that she be like you. I think you are hateful , mean and malicious! and for me , you ruin the Situation Room! MB

    January 9, 2008 at 12:22 am |
  526. John

    I am firmly convinced that CNNs attempt to manipulate the results of the New Hampshire primary against Hillary failed miserably! I am also as firm in my belief that the people of this great country is also smart enough to reallize that CNN is attempting to make the news instead of reporting the news.

    It is high time for you to remove your blinders and allow us an insite to ALL of the candidates running for president. This means that you have to remove yourself from promoting your candidate and ask ALL of the candidates the hard questions instead of the "fluff" and "wedge issue" type questions.

    Why did Obama vote "present" on various state legislature issues in Illinois? How many times did he vote "present" and why? Who is this guy? Why are you not asking him the hard questions?

    Why are you folks at CNN hung up on "wedge issues"? Could it be because it makes people want to watch the talking heads bob up and down?

    Can I make a suggestion? How about "reporting" on real issues and ask real questions as a responsible journalist would ask? We, the people, can then make a better informed decision come election day and perhaps we, the people, can clean up some of the corruption that is corroding our government's ability to govern. Do your duty so we can do our duty and vote fully informed on the "real" issues facing this great nation of ours!

    January 9, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  527. Denis Renihan

    Hillary may have "found her own voice in this campaign". Let's hope so. I like it. It's a big improvement. I've said she is a good listener. It looks as though people might listen to her now. It's time for her campaign people to allow her some freedom to be herself. Years ago, Robert Kennedy had an epiphany during his campaign and found his voice. He showed the people a view of him that was far from the "ruthless" tag given him by his enemies. Hopefully folks will stop prejudging Hillary and listen to her now.

    Clinton and Obama should speak their messages and stop attacking each other. It's a turn-off. John Edwards paid a price in New Hampshire for his attacks. Let's see some improvement.

    Together, Clinton and Obama could go a long way to create the "change" voters are looking for. People with seniority in political warfare should not be so jaded that they dismiss the idealism and enthusiasm of the young. The young should not dismiss the wisdom of those who have been there. Work together.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:09 am |
  528. dave walker

    Say what you will about Hillary,I'd give her a chance. Anything is better than the dog crap we have in the white house now. Maybe it is time to give a woman a shot. The upside to that is that we need Bill Clinton to be secretary of state to mend the fences the Bush crime family have demolished.

    January 9, 2008 at 2:04 am |
  529. Eric Woodruff

    No Jack, CNN should throw away the script. You guys over there seem to have an unquenchable desire to have this cold, calculating, "establishment" canidate elected. America is not an aristocracy and I despice your apparent and seeming desire to make it so. "We" the people, are tired of Canadites who don't care enough to communicate with us. That "moment" yesterday was as scripted as Monday Night "Pro" Wrestling matchups. Give Edwards a little time in your programs. Is it some kind of coincidence that he came in 2nd and then 3rd with far less money to spend and drastically less media coverage backing him? Wake up Jack. Change doesn't and never has, come from the top down. It's always been from the bottom up. Please give Edwards fair amounts of time in your media coverage.

    Eric Woodruff

    P.S. Give Cafferty a raise – he's the only media head worth a damn (besides Lou).

    January 9, 2008 at 4:37 am |
  530. Steve Schwartz

    Tears and Weakness maybe the formula Hillary needed to get elected in New Hampshire, but I wonder how Tears and Weakness is seen throughout the World?
    Maybe Tears and Weakness will solve the Palestinian Question, and put pressure on Alkida to surrender. Yes, Tears and Weakness may solve American Free Trade deals with China and Mexico. And just maybe Corporate America will stop sending American jobs offshore. Hmmm, I guess that is what Hillary was eluding to when she said she has the experience to take on the Republicans, tears and weakness & compromise.
    Hillary may have suddenly learned to listen to the voters in New Hampshire, but whom do you think President Hilliary will listen to? Mom & Pop or Corporate Lobbyist with their large finanacial contributions? No member of Congress today recieves more financial contributions from Lobbiest than Hillary Clinton. Fundamental Change cannot take place in this country as long as politicians are receiving large financial contributions from lobbist in Washington D.C.. Candidates that take financial contributions from Lobbiest are for the Statis Quo, and buisness as usuall, lobbiest will dominate our political system, and mom & pop will continue to be unheard.
    People seem to forget that the Clintons brought us Free Trade deals like NAFTA and GATT, and that because of their negotiated trade deals, manufacturing jobs began to go offshore during the Clinton adminstration. We had Bush, Clinton, and Bush, do we really want Clinton once again? Do we want to contine the economic policies of the last two decades? Or do we say enough is enough, that we are only going to elect politicans that refuse to take gifts or contributions from lobbiest?

    January 9, 2008 at 5:17 am |
  531. Harold Read

    Way to go Jack!

    Did you really think that you could trash Hillary all day and no one would pay attention?


    January 9, 2008 at 6:13 am |
  532. Tom Darby

    Jacik, are you sure you want to be on the "BEST POLITICAN TEAM ON TV." They sure were wrong on NH. Maybe, they should return to the Math Class. A poll with a five percent error cannot be used to predict a race with a two percent difference. The sample size is to small. The talking heads need to report and not commentate. A good question for you would be, "What is wrong with "THE BEST POLITICAL TEAM ON TV."

    January 9, 2008 at 7:58 am |
  533. Paula

    Yes,she should throw it away and up until her speech she was doing ok.She should have looked everyone in the eye during her speech last night but she read again from a script.Obama and Edwards spoke from the heart to everyone during their speeches and they both kept eye contact. Hilary seldom looked up from her notes.This shows me someone else is still speaking for her and that moment of sympathy I had for her went right out the window.

    January 9, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  534. Patti

    I think the press has too much input into every little nuance of Hillary's behavior. And in spite of the press, she won NH. Give her some slack. She is the brightest and the best candidate and, of course, is human too, just not the 'warm, fuzzy,emotional' person that everyone wants. Are they forgetting we are looking for a president? This is not a job application for a teacher.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:24 am |
  535. David

    I question why the reporters and commentators were so surprised at her loss in Iowa when, as I understand from some of the same reporters and commentators speaking before the Iowa caucus, no woman had ever been elected to any political office in the state. Perhaps the “comeback” in New Hampshire is just the way it should have been in any "gender-blind" state. Unfortunately, parts of our nation are not as gender blind as New Hampshire.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:51 am |
  536. James P. of Bellflower, CA

    If she did, she would have to get rid of Bill. That is her problem. Most of us Americans do not want another Clinton or Bush in the WH. There isn't a script available for Hillary to use that will allow her to win the Democratic nomination.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:52 am |
  537. Doris

    I think Hillary has thrown away her old script and picked up a new one. She is a fighter and will do whatever it takes to win. Her emotional breakdown was a good job of "acting" from her new script. She will resume her true role of a divisive, polarizing agent if we give her the nomination. That's why the Republicans want her to win so badly; she is less formidable than Barack Obama. And where does Bill Clinton get off calling Obama's rise a "fairy tale?" He was good and happy when he garnerd Black support around the nation when he was running for office. So Bill, we really see your true color now. I hope African-Americans wake up and realize how they have been used by the Clintons.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:10 am |
  538. Dan Hickey

    Manny Wittmann, Jack Cafferty an Hillary apologist? That man is so much vinegar in his blood, he even cringes when he looks at himself in the mirror. Jack hates the Clinton's and makes no apologies for it. I can't wait to toddle down to the local Liquor Store and replenish my liquor supply so I can watch his squirm on CNN this afternoon feeling an additional warm glow.. I wonder how Wolf will handle him? Gosh, I can't wait to see him wriggle and wiggle. "Happy Days' are here again!"

    January 9, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  539. Joan Tallman

    I wish you could find out if "THE" question was planted and Hilary's answer ready????????????

    My suspicion continues.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:37 am |
  540. Timothy Powell

    Hello Jack, I love you man but lighten up. We have an african american, a woman and a Hillbilly running for the highest office in the world. Things just couldn't be any better. Ha Ha.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  541. Tia Rodman


    Hillary may be a nominee for an award for her emotional "ACT". How will she react when the US has another crisis like 911? Will Bill be VP? Can Ameican's take 4 years of the HILLBILLY's in office? Bill will run the country NOT Hillary. If she becomes our president, I'm moving out of the country.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  542. Swati

    Should Hillary throw away the script and act (I mean "act") like Obama? If so are you going to trust her? Not me. From the very beginning of Clinton dynesty, I found both Mr. & Mrs. Clintons are for themselves and only for themselves. She would say anything that will sell NOW, to be the President of the United States. She is a Power hungry person.
    l often wonder how Vince Foster died and after all those hearings Hillary came out clean. Vince Foster did not commit suicide, Clintons carefully removed all the evidence before the hearing started. Similarly, Mr. Clinton, with a straight face told the nation that he did not have sex with "that woman".
    Do you still want to put THEM back into the white house? As Obama says it is a true gambling, to try the same old things with the same old people, expecting a different result ; it resonets with me. I don't know about you. I agree with Cafferty on the fact that American people wake up. They sure wake up, KNOWING that it is too late. That's what they did in 2004. That's what they will do in 2008. Enjoy the same old ride!

    January 9, 2008 at 12:03 pm |
  543. Suzy

    8 January 2008
    Super woman but still a Sacred Cow

    Hillary believes that women are equal to men, and maybe a little better. However, when she believed she would lose the New Hampshire primary she pulled out the water works! Yes, the “gimmie me a break” and the “white girl” cards… the tears, the same tears that have killed black men in this country for centuries; yes the same tears that had Emmett Till killed. American white women are the most privileged group in the WORLD. They claim to be superwomen that can run with the big boys but when the going gets tough, they know they can always fall back on their sacred cow status, meaning you cannot use big boy’s rules to play with me, because I am a white girl, which is sacred in American society.

    A Nebraska Black Woman

    January 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  544. teresa

    YOu don't hear about the Obamas or the Huckabees – because their spouse have NOTHING to offer. Like it or not Bill is a force to be reckoned with. He served this country well and when Hillary is ordained we will see some of his talents as well. Does she need him to win – absolutely not. Is it a bonus that he comes as long as part of the package – you bet it is. He is not just a pretty face with a big butt and an empty mind – he is the real deal – the others aren't.

    Enough about Bill – Hillary – has touched me – I would go to the ends of the earth to support her. She is bright, competent, creative and touching. SHe is passionate – you can YELL all you want Oprah Obama (is that your name – seems like it) but you will never come close to empowering one tenth of the passion Hillary has in a quiet thoughtful speech that took less than a minute. You just don't get it – screaming your message doesn't work – WORKING the message and feeling the message means so much more.
    A Canadian

    January 9, 2008 at 12:39 pm |
  545. The Rayman

    Obama does not have a legitimate American birth certificate.His parents were born in Kenya,Africa, and he was born there, and migrated to USA..Obama can not run for Pres. He must be American born.He is not.

    January 9, 2008 at 12:45 pm |
  546. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, UT

    I agree wholeheartedly with Jennifer H., (near the top of this page). We DO need change, we need candidates on BOTH sides who are willing to level with us; who will NOT engage in character bashing. Negative campaigning does not work, no matter what the consultants say. Americans tune out, because we can't take the divisive rhetoric anymore.

    As an Independent, who has voted for a Democrat in the last two elections, I can only hope that Sen. Obama can rise above the fray and truly be the candidate for change. He has not, so far, attacked Sen. Clinton or any other candidate. We need new blood in DC. We need hope, that 'business-as-usual' will be history. That's why, I am interested in Sen. Obama. He may not have 25 years of experience, but he has some fresh ideas and he has fire in his belly!

    January 9, 2008 at 12:47 pm |
  547. Jp Brasca

    Go Hillary, go Hillary, keep showing your human side, its strength that many, many people do not have , like Jack

    January 9, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  548. Albert Colone

    I listened to the bush/Olmert press conference today; bush, in referring to Iran, suggested that the Iranian people are being misled by their government leaders. This coming from the "master of misleading." bush is 7+ years too late to have any positive effect on the Israeli/Palestinian situations. Rather than trying to do something he's helpless to achieve, he'd be better-off taking vacation time; maybe a week at Disney World? Just as he's deliberately passing the Iraq War mess on to the next administration, he should do the same with Israeli/Palestinian Peace
    Process. Had he and his boss, Cheney, tried to deal with this back in 2001, you can make a case that the action could have averted 9/11; for sure it would have discouraged the expansion of radicalism. Now, bush is powerless, he has no influence, he has no credibility all the while, reducing the overall global leadership of the USA.

    January 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  549. tj henderson texas

    hillary was being to much a tomboy.,.,we want a woman not a mans woman.,shes a mama above all else n thats what we want.,save the children ,. they are our future and our only hope,.,tj

    January 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  550. Ash

    Scripted or unscripted? I think the primary concern should be based on truth. No matter what political views or stance you are taking; we want someone who is truthful in what they stand for and how they will represent our country. In day to day life, you can be a sincere person living a very calculated and balanced life and still have breaking points based on a number of circumstances; for example, passion of a cause. She stands out among the public eye because she is a woman, also because she was the former first lady, therefore; I think she feels she must be seen as stern and non-emotional as most men are perceived in order to be taken seriously. "Change" they all promise change...she isn't the first politician to promise change so don't scrutinize her for that.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  551. Albert Colone

    I don't know if Senator Clinton's win yesterday really means that much; there's still a long way to go in the nomination process. After all, Senator Obama did pretty well yesterday, too. The poor read of the lead-up polls was probably the inability of pollsters and the media to know where the independents were going to go. McCain and even Ron Paul may have peeled-away independent votes from Obama, plus Mrs. Clinton rallied the female vote; that's not likely to happen in upcoming primaries.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  552. Tom

    Hillary's tears were not for the nation. They were for herself. What makes her think that the Country will fall back without her being in the White house? What about the rest of the Presidential candidates? Seem like they don't love their country. For record, her husband Mr. Clinton went to England just to avoid drafting during Vietnam war. Her daughter never bothered to join the millitary even during peace time. What does she think of us? Are we bunch of baboons, waiting for her to salvage us from falling backwards?

    January 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  553. June

    During Saturday night debate Hillary showed anger on the issue of change. Then on Monday in cafe she displayed emotion and went teary. After her win in N.H. she was exhillarated. If elected President, Is she emotionally stable enough to run the White House effectively?

    January 9, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  554. Ginny Terrell

    Just when I start to believe the media will quit scrutinizing every look, affected tear or sharp word, they come back at us with this baloney. I ask you, Jack – Do you really believe that her emotional side was unscripted? Give me a break! There's nothing she does that's unscripted!

    Can we please get back to the real news? I'm tired of suppositions and "what if's"... and being sucker punched by a snarky scripted emotional moment.

    January 9, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  555. Every Wilson

    I want to know why Mrs. Clinton said Mr. Obama was a freeloader? I also want to know why Mr. Clinton said Mr. Obama was a fairy tale? What I noticed was, Mrs. Clintons emotional tearful display the day before the New Hampshire election, and I thought it a joke. Unfortunately it was on the people of New Hampshire. I also want to know, when Mr. Clinton lied under oath about the monica lewinsky affair, was it a joke or a fairy tale. Also, why didn't Mrs. Clinton cry on national Television about such an emotional traumatic experience, is it because she wasn't running for political office. I think the fairy tale ending to her campaign will be her getting into the white house and Mr.Clinton getting the experience of his life in the white house blue room with all the young hotties available. That is when the joke will be on her. I want to leave you with this comment. Mrs. Clinton wants to get into office to continue her husbands legacy. Mr. Bush had the same strong desire, and the american people are living with the aftermath. Mr. Obama represents the future with hope, and The Clintons represent the past of filth, lies, manipulation, deceit, and moral decay. America needs our reputation back!

    A faithful democrat for change

    January 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  556. CDR

    "THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING IN AMERICA!" Since August The Honorable Senator Barack Obama has been gaining increasing momentum. In late December, the Obama campaign closed a huge double digit gap in New Hampshire. On January 3rd, the Obama campaign swept Iowa and on January 8th in New Hampshire, (largely a Clinton stronghold) the Clinton regime escaped defeat only by the skin of their teeth by 2 percentage points but not without deploying very NEGATIVE, UNDERHANDED, and SUSPECT tactics which will surely hunt the Clinton regime.

    Despite the inflated overprojections from most polls days before the NH Primary, CLINTON IS NO COMEBACK . Never place too much stock in polls, particularly when vetted against reason, and it was unreasonable to expect a nearly 40 percent voting difference over a 2 week time frame from previous steady and consistent projections. However, the Obama campaign did make significant large margins of gain. The Obama Campaign drew larger crowds compared to both Clintons. The Clinton regime, should have coasted through NH but they limped out barely and it is reasonable for every expert to say that the Clinton regime is underperforming and some triumphant comeback is not the case as the Clinton regime continues to lose ground.

    "THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING IN AMERICA!" and it is can be simply put that the Clinton regime "The Establishment" is losing votes and the Barack Obama Campaign "The Future" is gaining votes and delegates. CHANGE is on the Horizon and "Yes ,we can be the CHANGE we want to see in the World when we BELIVE and VOTE for Barack OBAMA (A CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE and "THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP!")

    OBAMA '08


    January 9, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  557. Ralph

    Obama, Clinton, and all of those in search of the presidential nomination have given the only script to be followed: listen to the will of the people and act in the best intersts of your country.

    January 9, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  558. Rebecca


    I think the tears got to the voters of NH. That's pathetic. Vote on the issues, not tears! Personally, I think the emotion she displayed was because she realized she might not be crowned Queen of the US. Her life plan was crashing down. So, yes the emotions were real, but because she wasn't getting her way. And the voters of NH fell for it!

    Rebecca in CT

    January 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  559. Dan

    Sure she showed emotion and all that fun stuff but is that really what we want in the Wite House? Someone who cries everytime something doesn't go her way. God forbid we have another terrorist attack she lock herself in her room for days!

    January 9, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  560. Pat

    Of course CHANGE is the right mantra. Who in their right mind would want to support 4 more years of the George Bush agenda?

    But are we SO DESPERATE that we'll vote for a CHANGE cheerleader to quarterback the CHANGE team?

    Cheerleaders do excellent, necessary work on the sidelines. We need a quarterback as President.

    Quarterbacks all make the usual and predictable mistakes in various quarterbacking positions on the road to excellence. Then, he/she can take the top team to the super bowl.

    New Hampshire noticed Obama and Huckabee are great cheerleaders, but do not have the background to be quarterback of the CHANGE super bowl team.

    January 9, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  561. Marvin

    I think the tears were real and scripted. Earlier that morning, a CNN reporter was on the bus with Obama. He showed Obama a copy of Newsweek with his picture on the cover and asked him "Who does that make you think of?" He said it makes him thnk of his mother, who is no longer with us. Then he described how his mother would have cried and been proud of him.
    The reporters said that it was an "emotional moment for Obama" That was 6:30AM EST.

    That was the last time I saw that clip on CNN. Later in the day there is Clinton crying in a cafe. A day later they are STILL showing that clip of clinton.

    I think she cried because the Clinton group knew that Obama was getting too much air time after Iowa.

    Her tears worked, she's still getting air time from it.

    January 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  562. Dan Frank

    Unscripted? There's a laugh!

    "the American people are not as easily manipulated as some people think"

    That "unguarded" moment was for easily manipulated fools like you, Cafferty. Boy did it work like a charm, too!

    January 9, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
  563. Belle Stilwill

    I am astounded at the hatred for Hillary Clinton. Here is a woman that I did not much care for during the presidency of Bill Clinton. But Hillary took on National Health care as a wife of a president when not one single congressman or senator would take on that unpopular task. That showed me she has more guts than most of our lawmakers.
    I do think she needs to drop the script, be the attorney advocate for children, share who she is. I would imagine it would be difficult though, if you cry, you get the commentators saying they are scripted tears; if you show humor, then you are not serious enough; if you show poise, then you have no emotions whatsoever and are cold; yet I don't see any of the commentators or the Hillary bashers running for president, and making history as the first woman in the United States to actually win a state in a presidential race. Curing American politics would be making BOTH congress and the senate a service position instead of a paid position. I have never gotten paid for a full day for only working 29 seconds....have you?

    January 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm |
  564. Georgia

    Let's get real folks. Hillary's tears were for sympathy and an appeal to the older woman.

    I have come to believe that Hillary doesn't care for the poor or the middle class, we are just part of the marketing plan. A plan that she has had for a long time.
    And, tears would be in order if "history was slipping away".

    In my opinion, her main goal is to become the first woman president of the US and in doing so, the only husband and wife politicians to be elected to the office of US President.

    Just imagine hear standing in the dust and rubble of the Twin Towers crying. That would certainly scare the terrorist. The thought scares me.

    I'm an older Demorcrat woman who will vote Republican if Hillary gets the nomination.

    January 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  565. DGrendahl

    I'm not buying it. It didn't ring true for me. I think it was fake.

    January 9, 2008 at 9:35 pm |
  566. Clifton Cochran, PA

    Don't you think that Clinton played the "S" Card during that interview? (Sympathy)
    That is how she won New Hampshire. What was the report on CNN that Obama
    called his fathers homeland head of the country to ask him to start talking among
    themselves to settle dispute over the election? That was not true. Obama did not call.

    January 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm |
  567. Gary


    Hillary plans to support funding higher education for women and minorities in science and math. Sounds to me like the white male is being intentionally left out in the cold again. We should all have an equal shot at a higher education reguardless of sex or race. Isn't that what this country is about.

    Please ask on your program if America would vote for someone who plans to impliment institutional discrimination.

    January 9, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  568. jay, sanfrancisco

    I agreed jack. Everthing she read was perharps written by Bill clinton and edited by Bill and Chelsey. Even though i think a woman can become a president in America, I also think this is not the time. Especially for a develop country like America and obstacles we has faced in the last 7yr. I can assure a lot of voters out there that , this election is not about gender and race. If the democrat nominate Hillary, the republicans are in to run the country for a third time. My question is what will Hillary do without Bill presence.

    January 10, 2008 at 1:17 am |
  569. Frantz

    Yes, she should go unscripted and certainly can since she is one of the brightest, smartest politicians of our time. Here is her problem, when she toughness, stoicity, she is a cold, calculating woman, but a man exhibiting these qualities is hailed as having strong charater. She finally showed some emotion the other day, some claim se staged it or decided she was weak as the presidential race is a very tough business. This is nothing but sexism, it is hard to imagine that in today's society some men feel threatened by a woman in power or in command. India, Israel, Pakistan, have women as Prime Ministers, and now Argentina has just elected a woman President.
    We, the United States of America, the leader of the free world feel insecure about having a woman as our President. I can put my young son to bed at night, sleep safely in the comfort of my home knowing she is in charge .
    I hope she ignores the incessant pounding she has been taking from the right, radio talk shows, tv commentators and shows the world what a terrific, warm, charming person she really is.

    January 10, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  570. Joe Tyrrell

    Interesting comments. The Hillary hates think that it was fake. If they read the foolow-up interview with the woman, they will se that their predjuice is blinding them. Then there are the Hillary lovrs who think that if th mdia dose not praise eevthing that she dose, they are out of line – giving Obama a fre ride.

    Well there is nothing wrong with a littyle emotion but it is not a subsitute for substyance. We have been seen plenty of crocodile teary from Geo., it is understable but does not change the worst record for a President.

    Let's look at the uissues.

    Joe in Delware

    January 10, 2008 at 9:25 am |
  571. Joe Tyrrell

    The comment on Hillary's emotion is not a duplicate. Your site seeems to have a glich because you frequently mistakenly identify comments as duplicate.

    Joe in Delware

    January 10, 2008 at 9:28 am |
  572. susan

    I think hillary should leave the speach at home, and just bring her heart. She is a Mom, a woman, & would make a great President. She just needs to speak from the heart. I think that is what we all (women) want to hear, from some one who genuinely knows the trials, hardships, and sufferings a woman goes through. We are strong enough to run a Nation, and warm enough to know how. Its our (women) chance now! Men have been running this country long enough. Where has it gotten us? We (women) are short changed every chance we get. Aren't you tired of it? I know I am, Im voting for Hillary!

    January 10, 2008 at 10:29 am |
  573. H J

    Well if people want change, did you notice how Bill up to rescue the situation when she was loosing? He kicked somebody and got the old Democratic ball rolling. Next thing you know, she's ahead! He can't wait to get back to the oval office can he? She'd do better on her own – because we don't want him back.

    Some one should tell Bill a fairytale isn't about Obama's campaign, it's what he told us about NOT having sex with that woman!!!!!

    HJof CA

    January 10, 2008 at 11:24 am |
  574. judy mathewson

    people need to wake up is'nt what all americans want is to be able to go to the doctor if they get sick, their children to have a chance at a higher education, the social programs that we had for our kids and our president now has cut funds for all these programs and this has put our kids back on thier own until mom or dad get home from work or mom and dad work different shifts so they can be there for their kids, being able to have the american dream owning a house. good grief and that is exactly what it is going to continue to be is our grief. so please people of our great americas vote for hillary and get over it. because this is what she stands for.

    January 10, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  575. mohammad

    if hellary wins, what will be the title of Bill...first gentelman, first man......?It just doesent sound right

    america..let OBAMA be our next prisedent , he has extraordinary skills to leed and unite this country and put usa back on the top of the world....with respect

    January 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  576. Sher

    Hillary's 'emotions' should not have moved anyone except away from her. She has been in politics since she was a teenager and don't doubt for one moment that every word and move and nuance is carefully crafted by the Clinton political machine. There was no real emotion of a woman who cares so much about this country. If there was any shred of real emotion, it was because she was getting panic stricken that she might lose. She could could see the Clinton dynasty in jeopardy. She and Bill somehow feel they are entitled to be back in the White House. This country needs some real honesty - not more of the smoke and mirrors and double talk of the Clintons. The Clintons egos are more important to them than anything. The last thing this country needs is 4 more years of double talk, lies and deception. It's time for something new and fresh and honest – it's time for Obama.

    January 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  577. kassandra New York

    Have you heard that even Bill Clinton doesn't believe in Hilary being the president of the United States. He is just playing along the husband and wife thing to make up for his affair with Monica....He rather votes for someone else, and maybe he will vote for Barak Obama or Mike Bloomberg if he decides to run.

    January 10, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  578. Doug Pierson

    I ask again do we really want a President who cries, who runs to Bill to defend her when those nasty men dishonor her by questioning her ability? There have been and are really strong capable women who could run the country...but Hillary? The more I see of her the more nervous I get.

    January 10, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  579. lew russo

    Dear Jack
    The buzz word seems to be "change". We all know what has to change.
    They need to do away with proffesional lobyist, cut one third {at least}
    of the waiste, limit congresses terms to two years and do away with their
    lucrative retirement plan and draw social security like the rest of us.
    That is not going to happen because they make all the rules.
    Sadley I dont think any thing is going to change.
    Lew Russo N.C..

    January 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  580. NHack

    Why has everyone beating up on Hillary. Are they afraid she is goin to win!!!???
    I think she is the best for the best with the most experiance! I was a Republican for years but am proud to say I am a Democrat! Go Hillary! You can do it!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  581. Harry Geduld

    Bush's promises to deliver a peace settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. He must have been inspired by the example of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain who, in 1939, came back from his meeting with Hitler, waved a paper and announced "Peace in our Time."
    Peace in the Middle East? Don't hold your breath.
    - Harry

    January 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  582. Lee Rigg

    So Mrs. Clinton showed an emotional moment. This is a rather typical feminine reaction when things are not going as they wish.
    Personally, when things get a little tough, I don't want my president to put their chin in their hands and cry.

    January 13, 2008 at 8:46 pm |
  583. Rosemary

    My comments are not directed at you Jack, but at the media in general. They are doing a great disservice to the voting public by focusing on the "race" issue. This country needs to elect a strong, intelligent President this year to deal with the mess that has been created by the Republicans and President Bush. If the Democrats have any chance at winning, the press needs to stop focusing on Hillary's tears, etc. Yesterday, on "Meet the Press" Hillary stood up for herself and all I heard this morning on NBC was "Do you think she should have stood up to Tim Russert the way she did?" What is Tim Russert, some sort of God? He's a political commentator! If she does not try to set things straight without being interrupted, then who will?

    Maybe you could bring this up as one of your questions?

    January 14, 2008 at 9:28 am |