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CNN Stands for Clinton News Network

Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 10:10 AM

By John LeBoutillier

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Last week’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas — aired on CNN — proved one thing: For the second consecutive decade, CNN stands for Clinton News Network.

Beginning several days before the debate, the Clinton forces fired a shot across debate moderator Wolf Blitzer’s bow through Matt Drudge: a warning that he better be fair and not pull “a Russert,” referring to NBC News’ Tim Russert, who had hosted the MSNBC debate and asked Hillary the driver's-licenses-for-illegals question that drove Hillary into despair.

Never has a campaign tried to intimidate the host and the questioners in advance. And in public no less!

But team Clinton is now in full panic mode as they can see a scenario developing: they lose Iowa to Obama, who then surges into New Hampshire five days later where 44 percent of the voters are registered as independents and are thus eligible to vote in the Democratic primary. If Obama should win these first two contests, then Hillary’s dream is toast.

The Democrats would begin looking to Obama or to Edwards; Hillary would be deemed a loser and no longer the heroine many see her as today.

So CNN went into the tank at that debate for Hillary. They asked her easy questions and no tough follow-ups, especially about her 180 degree flip-flop reversal on driver's licenses for illegals. Within 16 days she went from wanting to give them to illegals to saying as president she would not allow it. And CNN never even asked her about this reversal!

Two weeks ago team Hillary got caught planting softball questions in her town hall audiences. Last week CNN planted them for her. For example, “Senator Clinton, which do you like more: pearls or diamonds?”

A really tough question to test a future president, eh?

Then, on the panel afterwards to analyze the debate, James Carville appeared and of course praised Hillary’s performance. But no one bothered to mention that Carville is an adviser to Hillary’s campaign!

Back in the 1990s, under the stewardship of Rick Kaplan, who now runs Katie Courics’ left-leaning and ratings-challenged CBS evening new show, CNN indeed became the Clinton News Network. The obvious bias there in fact opened the way for Fox News Channel to come into existence and find an audience of viewers who were aghast at CNN’s bias. Thus the "Fair and Balanced" moniker.

And to cap the week off, team Clinton went back to Drudge and praised Wolf Blitzer’s performance! Can you imagine this? The gall of these Clintonistas to try to intimidate and then praise a host of a debate.

In other political developments:

  • As predicted in this space, the Fred Thompson campaign has just drifted into almost-non-existence. A soggy candidate with no hunger or focus isn’t going to get the job done; he has become irrelevant.

  • The buzz on the Internet continues to surround Ron Paul. Why? Because he actually stands for something!

  • Mike Huckabee, too, is hot in Iowa. But he has huge flaws in his record that make him unacceptable to the GOP base.

  • Also as predicted here, the Giuliani campaign has suddenly realized their strategy is ill-conceived. To blow off Iowa is a terrible mistake. And to then lose New Hampshire, Michigan, and South Carolina makes the Giuliani dream of winning Florida and then the Feb. 5 Tsunami Tuesday unrealistic. If Romney sweeps those first four, how can Rudy stop him? The Big Mo is a powerful force. Plus, Rudy does not fit the GOP.

  • Usually in these campaigns the hungriest candidate and campaign wins. Usually. But there is also the factor of working smartly. Romney has done this. He has a sound campaign plan and is sticking to it. The others seems to drift along, making up their strategy day-to-day.

    The GOP has all along assumed Hillary will be their 2008 opponent. This space has repeatedly said that may not be the case. Why would an anti-war party choose the only unashamedly pro-war candidate in their field — Hillary? It just makes no sense.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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