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Sat Jan 30, 2016, 07:24 PM

Hillary Clinton Calm and Confident In Closing Days of Iowa

A sharp contrast to the chaos of her final push in 2008.

http://time.com/4201183/hillary-clinton-calm-and-confident-in-closing-days-of-iowa/

Mary Jo Peterson isn’t worried. “I think Hillary is going to be the best president we’ve ever had,” she says, calmly surveilling a crowd of about 1,500 in Davenport for Bill and Hillary Clinton Friday night.

Peterson, a 53-year-old teacher from Grand Mount, first got involved in politics in 2007 for Clinton’s first presidential bid. Before those caucuses she worked her heart out—as did the whole campaign—in a frantic belated push to counter a surging Barack Obama. When Clinton placed third in Iowa, Peterson was crushed. But this time, she says, she’s a lot more confident.

In recent weeks, Clinton has battled a flurry of headlines declaring her “panicked” at rival Bernie Sander’s surge in polls and fundraising. Clinton is “racing to close the enthusiasm gap,” while her polls numbers are in “an absolute free fall,” and “Sanders’ surge threatens a replay of 2008 for Clinton.” But the reality on the ground doesn’t bear this out.
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The Davenport rally, essentially Clinton’s closing argument to Iowa’s eastern Quad Cities, was one of the largest crowds Clinton has addressed by design. As Clinton makes her way across the Hawkeye State ahead of Monday’s caucuses, her events—as well as her husband’s—are by design smaller and more intimate. There are no desperate recriminations, just a calm outline of the differences between Clinton and her rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She is so on message that her events hardly vary in structure and tone. Her husband’s events are so quiet—a retelling of how he met his wife and how she has over the years been a force of good in his life and, he argues, the world—that the New York Times declared “the magic seems to be missing” and quoted political observers worried about his health.

What’s missing, actually, is the panic. The final month before the 2008 Iowa caucuses was a long, chaotic freak out. ...

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BlueMTexpat Jan 2016 OP
NanceGreggs Jan 2016 #1
BlueMTexpat Jan 2016 #2
Cha Jan 2016 #5
lunamagica Jan 2016 #3
BlueMTexpat Jan 2016 #9
pandr32 Jan 2016 #4
Cha Jan 2016 #6
BlueMTexpat Jan 2016 #10
Cha Jan 2016 #7
BlueMTexpat Jan 2016 #11
Cha Jan 2016 #13
SunSeeker Jan 2016 #8
BlueMTexpat Jan 2016 #12
Name removed Jan 2016 #14
BlueMTexpat Jan 2016 #15
ismnotwasm Jan 2016 #16
Tarheel_Dem Jan 2016 #17
Kath1 Jan 2016 #18
NurseJackie Feb 2016 #19
BlueMTexpat Feb 2016 #20

Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 07:36 PM

1. The author must read DU.

"In recent weeks, Clinton has battled a flurry of headlines declaring her “panicked” at rival Bernie Sander’s surge in polls and fundraising. Clinton is “racing to close the enthusiasm gap,” while her polls numbers are in “an absolute free fall,” and “Sanders’ surge threatens a replay of 2008 for Clinton.”


"But the reality on the ground doesn’t bear this out. " That's the part - "reality" - that has been continually ignored by a certain group.


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Response to NanceGreggs (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 07:40 PM

2. I can't stand to read

the trash that is posted about Hillary on a daily basis here. DU has practically become Freeper HQ.

This article is pretty good generally and the others embedded within it are also heartening.

Bless you, Nance! You remain a voice of sanity in a chaotic world.

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Response to NanceGreggs (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 11:24 PM

5. Absolute bullpucky. I've never even read those.. lol. What I get for hanging out

in Hill's Group and Hillary Clinton Supporters.Com..

No, [strike]bullpucky![/strike]

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 08:04 PM

3. K&R. Great article. Thanks, BlueMTexpat!

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Response to lunamagica (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 03:33 AM

9. My pleasure, lunamagica!

Just doing my part to show reality outside DU!

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 10:05 PM

4. She has grace

And at the same time Sanders has gone as negative as can be--amazing for someone with so much integrity (supporters have claimed) and who personally vowed to never resort to such common, ugly political behavior. I heard him today and am shocked.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 11:26 PM

6. Grace and Dignity, pandr!

The other guy is desperate and it's not pretty.

this will blow back on him.. says everything about him and absolutely nothing about his target.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 03:34 AM

10. She has such grace, dignity, and

belief in the American people after the constant stream of crap she has experienced in her political life.

She is definitely Presidential material.

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 11:28 PM

7. Mahalo, BlueMTex!

Great piece! Love the pic!



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Response to Cha (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 03:36 AM

11. Mahalo, Cha! And thanks!

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 03:59 AM

13. Thank you, Blue!

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 03:23 AM

8. She looks fantastic in that picture.

She inspires me. I wish I could be as calm as she is.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 03:47 AM

12. She sees and listens to those who

support her and even to those who don't. She thinks carefully about what they say and ask. She is also not afraid to admit her mistakes and change course, after careful consideration.

To her detractors, that particular quality is not seen as strength but derided. But it is definitely a strength, IMO, and is one of her many, many attributes that inspire me. And yes, right now, her calmness is impressive.

We have her back!

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Response to Name removed (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 12:38 PM

15. You've got that right.

MoDo has never been a Hillary fan.

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 12:41 PM

16. K&R

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 09:53 PM

17. K&R

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Sun Jan 31, 2016, 10:04 PM

18. She is rocking!

Looking good from here!

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 08:11 PM

19. I love that photo of Hillary!!! <3

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 1, 2016, 11:25 PM

20. Same here! eom

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