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Jealous much?

Today's Lesson: You can only sue for libel if it's false.

Hillary cracks me up. In her tirade at Obama for his mailers, the Hillary states:
"Enough with the speeches and the big rallies, and then using tactics out of Karl Rove's playbook."

Wow. She's equating him to Karl Rove. And talking like she's his mom. That's low. And picking on him for getting 10-times the turn-out at his rallies as she gets? Petty jealousies. Plus it's really nitpicky, her argument about the mailers. Fortunately I'm good at nitpicking.

She mentions the word "boon" on his mailer, referring to her stance on NAFTA, a word she never said (until she started griping about it last week), but which a NY Newsday article used to describe her stance. That article was printed in 9/11/2006. Funny she never took umbrage with that during the last year-and-a-half. And the mailer clearly quotes the article, at least inside.

As an editor, I have to say it is in fact those quotes around "Boon" that make it misleading, and are technically incorrect. [There are more uses of quotation marks allowed in the English language in addition to using it for direct quotes, but setting off a word with quote marks to emphasize that word is gramatically wrong. The editor should have italicized or underlined it for emphasis. Bad editor. Bad.]

Inside the mailer, the campaign clarifies the partial thought: "A little more than a year ago, Hillary Clinton thought NAFTA was a “boon” to the economy. According to a Newsday issues rundown, “Clinton thinks NAFTA has been a boon to the economy.” [New York Newsday, 9/11/06]" Clearly he's quoting the Newspaper, but he also clearly fudges it a bit.

The entire piece from Newsday was a synopsis of candidates' positions at the time. Hillary's read:

"Clinton thinks NAFTA has been a boon to the economy, but voted against the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement, saying it would drive jobs offshore."

He could have included the entire text, it's just as confusing. It's typical Clinton double-talk: 'She supports NAFTA free trade, but not that one.' We're left wondering, as usual, exactly where she does stand on open trade with Latin America.

Another quote from the text of the mailer: "She even touted NAFTA in her own book. " Now, that's pretty irrefutable on her part.

What the heck is the Hillary is getting at? She won't come out and say, straightforward, what her position on NAFTA is today, or how and why it's changed since she supported it during her husband's administration. She does a lot of yelling like a mother in her tirade against Obama. However, her mountain-out-of-molehill building skills are flagging. Calling this a smear campaign is ridiculous. That's her projecting. She's ludicrous. She'd have better luck digging around in his Kindergarten classwork again.

She's clearly trying to make him look like a bad guy, trying to get a rise out of him. Her main criticism seems to be that he left out her side of the story. Since when is he responsible for promoting her side? He's promoting his side. Let her send out her own mailers, if her campaign (which has suffered a lot from fiscal mismanagement) can afford any more donuts.

As for the Kenyan outfit, Hillary needs to realize that the whole country is just too sophisticated for that trite of a tactic. And we know she did it. Now she's turning it around to say he's offensive for being offended. Please. No one is going to fault him for donning the traditional robes of his father's country anymore than we question Muslims around the world wearing jeans.

Extra-credit Lesson: Of the candidate who can manage campaign funds, and the one who stocks up on snow shovels when it doesn't snow, who is better prepared to lower the 9-trillion-dollar deficit?

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