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Drudge has the big, raging headline: TALK OF HILLARY EXIT ENGULFS CAMPAIGNS. I rather suspect that this is a ploy – likely by the Clinton campaign itself.

Facing a double-digit defeat in New Hampshire, a sudden collapse in national polls and an expected fund-raising drought, Senator Hillary Clinton is preparing for a tough decision: Does she get out of the race? And when?!

"She can't take multiple double-digit losses in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada," laments one top campaign insider to the DRUDGE REPORT. "If she gets too badly embarrassed, it will really harm her. She doesn't want the Clinton brand to be damaged with back-to-back-to-back defeats."

Meanwhile, Democrat hopeful John Edwards has confided to senior staff that he is staying in the race because Hillary "could soon be out."

"Her money is going to dry up," Edwards confided, a top source said Monday morning.

That's twice the money problems rumor has surfaced just today. But James Carville is mentioned in the story as well. This story reeks of Carville and his media manipulation. I'm not the only one throwing the flag on this, either. Dan Riehl sees the Carville fingerprints on it:

…One cannot be re-born until you die. What better way to do it than to plant the story of your demise, eventually pinning it on the underhanded dealings of a presumably noble competitor's campaign? Nothing like sucking the wind out of your competitions headline grabbing success with a staged funeral that doesn't take place….

Sorry, it is too soon and the Clintons simply do not give up this easily. Look for a resurrection report very soon about Clinton's reborn campaign. She isn't done yet.

UPDATE: Others: (Not buying it):  Hot Air, Outside The Beltway, PoliGazette, Ann Althouse, Pundit GuyCaptain's Quarters, Wake Up America, Real Clear Politics, Blogs of War, Bits Blog, Gateway Pundit, Fausta,

(Sort of buying at least part of it): Daily Pundit, The Gun Toting Liberal JammieWearingFool, Daily Pundit, Powerline, Atlas Shrugs, Mac's Mind,

I expect that I'll be updating this list rapidly as more weigh in over at Memeorandum.

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19 Responses to Doubtful

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  2. feeblemind says:

    OK. This COULD be a ruse. But if it is, please explain how a rumor of HRC quitting the race will increase her support at the polls tomorrow? My feeble mind suspects this will depress her turnout and exacerbate the size of the loss. The last thing she needs.

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  4. Gaius says:

    It isn’t a short term fix, I suspect it is meant as the groundwork for the resurrection. Although that might be the wrong term since Baron Samedi will likely be involved in raising the dead campaign.

    She has already lost New Hampshire, but this might get her a few extra underdog-prone voters. I think the whole thing smells funky, feeblemind.

    (GTL just linked – he’s thinking it is a play for the VP slot – I can’t see the Clinton ego standing for that, though.)

  5. chezdiva says:

    The Clinton’s don’t give in or give up so easily. Definitely a media play by Carville and company. It’s all about managing expectations. They are getting ahead of the negative coverage she will get for losing NH.

    IMHO, don’t count her out. What really matters are the upcoming big state primaries. As for VP? No way, Hill is all about the top spot – she really doesn’t believe in co-anything.

  6. feeblemind says:

    Well, if this is a strategy, it strikes me as a long shot ploy. A lonnnnnng shot. I am in agreement with you on VP. I just don’t see her playing second fiddle to Obama.

  7. Maggie says:

    These [people] NEVER do or say ANYTHING without an ulterior motive … to their advantage.

    Hillary? Fall on her political sword? ~Ducking in case pigs have suddenly taken flight~

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  12. NortonPete says:

    I would look back on her only real election campaign, the 2000 NY Senate race. She was basically handed the Democratic nomination and ran against substitute candidate when Giuliani withdrew.
    She has never faced any opposition, and hubby has got to be getting on her nerves. Who knows?

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  14. McGehee says:

    It’s all about managing expectations. They are getting ahead of the negative coverage she will get for losing NH.

    Absolutely. The thing to remember is that with the Clintons, tactics is ideology. They don’t have to expend any energy on squaring those tactics with anything larger than winning the present battle, so they are far more agile than their opponents. If the situation calls for joining hands with Karl Rove and Dick Cheney and singing “Kumbaya,” they’ll do it. If it calls for snuffing out the sun and destroying all life on earth, the only consideration will be whether there’s a political constituency for doing so.

    So, staying in the Iowa race to keep Obama and Edwards from having that campaign to themselves — despite knowing she couldn’t win there — was perfectly rational. And poor-mouthing New Hampshire to the point of seeming suicidal, likewise.

  15. fletch says:


    But if it is, please explain how a rumor of HRC quitting the race will increase her support at the polls tomorrow?

    Only 1/2 of America hates Hillary!- It’s quite possible this could have a “humanizing” effect among her supporters… (Name a better way of shedding the “inevitable” label which has been her problem for the last year.)

  16. martian says:

    Gaius, I love the Baron Samedi reference – very apt!

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  18. Mockin'bird says:

    It is just a ruse to manipulate our perceptions that she is now an underdog fightin’ for the little people.

  19. Aakash says:

    Well, when you are viewed as the “front-runner,” and you are upset by another candidate in an early contest, you have to recover quickly… If not, you lose major momentum and support, and that makes it more likely that you will have to drop out.

    This is what almost happened to Bob Dole, in 1996, on the Republican side. [The GOP Establishment weighed in very heavily, following Iowa and New Hampshire, to push him into the nomination.]

    Howard Dean was sunk, in a similar way, after he stumbled in the early contests, during the last Democrat presidential nomination race.

    Hopefully, this will happen to Hillary as well.

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