Pre-spinning South Carolina

A memo from the Clinton campaign: Hey, look at Florida!

Topics: 2008 Elections, Hillary Rodham Clinton, War Room,

Pre-spinning South Carolina

Polls won’t close in South Carolina until 7 p.m., but the Hillary Clinton campaign wouldn’t mind if we’d just skip over all that and move along to what comes next. In a memo to “interested parties” this afternoon, Clinton campaign communications director Howard Wolfson says that, “Regardless of today’s outcome, the race quickly shifts to Florida, where hundreds of thousands of Democrats will turn out to vote on Tuesday.”

Call it Phase II of the Clinton campaign’s “Hey, Look Over There” strategy. As you’ll recall, the DNC stripped Florida of its delegates to the Democratic National Convention when the state scheduled its primary earlier than the party wanted. That turned Tuesday’s Florida primary into the same sort of meaningless affair the Michigan primary was — at least until Clinton issued a statement Friday in which she said that she’d fight to have delegates from both states seated at the convention after all.

Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have all vowed not to campaign in Florida. But in Wolfson’s message today, he implies that Obama and Obama alone is blowing off the Sunshine State. “Despite efforts by the Obama campaign to ignore Floridians,” Wolfson writes, “their voices will be heard loud and clear across the country, as the last state to vote before Super Tuesday on February 5th.”

You Might Also Like

As for South Carolina? Wolfson writes it off as an all-but-foregone conclusion. “The Obama campaign has been so confident of winning South Carolina that six months ago they flatly predicted victory in the Palmetto State,” Wolfson says. “Cornell Belcher, Senator Obama’s pollster, stated explicitly to the Politico on July 25, 2007, ‘We are going to outright win South Carolina.’”

What Wolfson doesn’t say: Just last week, the Clinton campaign’s Don Fowler said of South Carolina: “I’m confident with the kind of campaign we’re running next week we’re going to win.”

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 8
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Sonic's Bacon Double Cheddar Croissant Dog

    Sonic calls this a "gourmet twist" on a classic. I am not so, so fancy, but I know that sprinkling bacon and cheddar cheese onto a tube of pork is not gourmet, even if you have made a bun out of something that is theoretically French.

    Krispy Kreme

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Krispy Kreme's Doughnut Dog

    This stupid thing is a hotdog in a glazed doughnut bun, topped with bacon and raspberry jelly. It is only available at Delaware's Frawley Stadium, thank god.


    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    KFC's Double Down Dog

    This creation is notable for its fried chicken bun and ability to hastily kill your dreams.

    Pizza Hut

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza

    Pizza Hut basically just glued pigs-in-blankets to the crust of its normal pizza. This actually sounds good, and I blame America for brainwashing me into feeling that.

    Carl's Jr.

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Carl's Jr. Most American Thick Burger

    This is a burger stuffed with potato chips and hot dogs. Choose a meat, America! How hard is it to just choose a meat?!

    Tokyo Dog

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Tokyo Dog's Juuni Ban

    A food truck in Seattle called Tokyo Dog created this thing, which is notable for its distinction as the Guinness Book of World Records' most expensive hot dog at $169. It is a smoked cheese bratwurst, covered in butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayo in a brioche bun. Just calm down, Tokyo Dog. Calm down.


    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"

    This album art should be illegal.

  • Recent Slide Shows



Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>