By Kate Phillips
The New York Times
January 8, 2008
MANCHESTER, N.H. — On the eve of the primary, the Clinton campaign on several fronts seemed to well over with emotion, making us wonder as we reviewed those video moments whether the sentiments – ranging from anger to near despair to exhaustion – would be in evidence as returns came in Tuesday night.
Machine says he will join “Team
Hillary” as early as Wednesday.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the Clinton campaign, as the realization sunk in that her lead had slipped away around here. It feels like the tightly spun machine has come a bit unwound.
….In response to a question about the Clinton camp’s pollster Mark Penn wrongly insisting initially that Mr. Obama had gotten no “bounce’’ out of Iowa, Mr. Clinton began by acknowledging that Mr. Penn had been wrong. Then he fired away, in a mocking tone:
“But since you raised the judgment issue let’s go over this again. That is the central argument for his campaign. It doesn’t matter that ‘I’ started running for president less than a year after ‘I’ got to the senate after the Illinois senate. ‘I’ am a great speaker and a charismatic figure and ‘I’ am the only one who had the judgment to oppose this war from the beginning – always always always.”