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Jan
08

Attempting to polish a turd – The Clinton spin machine on Iowa 3rd place finish

I'm holding my breath till you like me!The old say “you can’t polish a turd” has never stopped a political spinmeister from doing their job because, frankly, without trying to do just that, they wouldn’t have a job in the first place. 

Politico got their hands on the talking points memo from the Clinton campaign, which we’ve pasted below, and what leaps out at us is this line:

Hillary began her campaign in Iowa behind. Some pundits wondered whether she could compete here.

Hillary was ahead in Iowa for a long, long time.  But, much like the nation as a whole, the more time she spent there and the more people got to know her, the less they liked what she had to say.  This will continue to be a problem for her in the future…

Here is the rest of the memo (you could play a drinking game with this if you have any creativity, beer and watch a cable news show):

“We’re going to continue to make the case that, in these serious times when America faces big challenges, it will take a leader with Hillary’s strength and experience to deliver real change,” the talking points say.

The Iowa Caucus

– The race begins here in Iowa but it ends when Democrats throughout America have their say. Hillary remains more than 20 points ahead nationally, 7 points ahead in New Hampshire and ahead in Nevada, South Carolina and the large Feb. 5th states

– We’re going to continue to make the case that in these serious times when America faces big challenges, it will take a leader with Hillary’s strength and experience to deliver real change.

– Hillary has the resources to run a national campaign where she will compete across the country in the weeks ahead. This campaign was built for a marathon.

– Hillary began her campaign in Iowa behind. Some pundits wondered whether she could compete here.

– That’s why we feel good about the real progress we made here in Iowa, and the momentum we’ve seen with large crowds turning out to see Hillary across the state.

– Now the campaign goes to New Hampshire where we have a first class organization and strong support, including key endorsements from the Concord Monitor and the Keene Sentinel.

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