Did Christine O’Donnell Really See ‘Many Hillary Clinton for President Ads Running?’

In her surprise interview with CNN yesterday, Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell casually launched an aside that made me do a double-take. She said that she’s “seen many Hillary for President ads running.”

Although I checked and found the claim wanting, there was enough wiggle room to just let it go. However, Chris Matthews called O’Donnell out on Hardball today, which is impetus enough to release the results of my rather surprising fact check. While O’Donnell’s claim isn’t quite true, she didn’t conjure it out of thin air, either.

Here’s the quick Hardball segment, in which Matthews points out O’Donnell’s inversion of the current Hillary for VP buzz:

Before we examine O’Donnell’s claim, here’s the full context, her analysis of the prospects for repeal of health care reform: (emphasis added)

“If Barack Obama vetoes that the year before his re-election, he’s setting himself up to be very vulnerable and I’ve seen many Hillary for President ads running. So if he chooses to thumb his nose at the will of the American people and ram this unrealistic, unconstitutional bill down America’s throats, then there will be consequences politically for Obama.”

This was news to Matthews, and to me. However, a little research turned up good news for O’Donnell’s would-be gaffe: there has been at least one Hillary 2012 ad, barely a month ago. So far, so good.

The problem is that this appears to be the only one, which puts the tally far short of “many.” It’s also not likely that O’Donnell actually even “saw” this ad “running,” since it was only set to run in the New Orleans, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston markets.

The ad was financed by Chicago dentist William DeJean, so while it is technically a “Hillary for President” ad, it falls short as a harbinger of political reality.

Finally, although the ad says “Hillary Clinton for President,” it actually seems to be endorsing the unholy offspring of Clinton and Max Headroom. Check it out:

So, while O’Donnell’s pants are smoking, they’re not quite on fire. Even if they were, a cold shower would take care of that.

In Rare CNN Interview, Christine O’Donnell Won’t Say Sarah Palin’s Qualified to be President

Every journalist knows that when a politician tells you to “call my people and set something up,” that’s usually a definite signal not to hold one’s breath. In a shocking exception to that rule, media-phobic Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell made good on such a promise to CNN’s Jim Acosta the very next day.

O’Donnell may yet regret that decision, however, because when Acosta asked her if Sarah Palin is qualified to be President, O’Donnell couldn’t bring herself to respond in the affirmative (cue angry email from Todd Palin). The rest of the interview wasn’t much better. (h/t TPC)

What was O’Donnell’s response to the Palin for President question? “Is she running for president? Again, hypothetical.”

Ouch! Any Palin-backed candidate who’s reading this, repeat after me: “Is Sarah Palin qualified to be President? You Betcha!”

Even if you don’t believe it, just mutter “President of poop!” under your breath. This ain’t rocket science creationism.

Acosta also asked O’Donnell if Palin gives her advice. Great shot at damage control, right? “She gives me ‘You go, girl’ advice.”

As The Political Carnival points out, O’Donnell doesn’t think much about much, although she does offer up the threat of a Hillary Clinton candidacy to scare President Obama off of a health care repeal veto.

It definitely could have been worse, though. O’Donnell’s megawatt charm certainly does shine through, and she manages to successfully recite some GOP boilerplate. She’s most successful at answering for the parade of Bill Maher clips that have been trotted out to embarrass her, speaking about her youthful enthusiasm for a “new-found faith,” and saying that she saw the show as a “ministry opportunity.”

O’Donnell may have a witch’s chance in Salem of winning that Senate seat, but her camera-ready persona could have her casting a spell on cable news audiences for years to come.

Here’s the full interview: (printed highlights here)

Bob Woodward: ‘Obama-Clinton’ Ticket Is ‘On The Table’ For 2012 Presidential Run

Well in some respects, this isn’t that predictable. Author Bob Woodward was promoting his new book Obama’s War with CNN’s John King today and was asked about the political conversations surrounding the “real possibility” that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could “switch jobs” with Vice President Joe Biden. According to Woodward, its not as far fetched as one might have previously thought.

Writing for the CNN Political Ticker blog, Alexander Mooney reports:

“It’s on the table,” veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward told CNN’s John King in an interview for John King, USA to air Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. “Some of Hillary Clinton’s advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012.”

The scenario – whereby Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would switch positions – has been bandied about by political observers for months, seen by some as a potentially savvy strategy to gin up excitement among what appears to be a depressed Democratic base.

But it’s never been clear if the idea has been actually discussed in the White House, until now.

“President Obama needs some of the women, Latinos, retirees that she did so well with during the [2008] primaries and, so they switch jobs, not out of the question, and the other interesting question is, Hillary Clinton could run in her own right in 2016 and be younger than Ronald Reagan when he was elected president.”

There has already been much sturm und drang over a potential Hillary presidential run in 2012, and this would ostensibly short-circuit that plan, though Woodward does suggest that Hillary has not yet ruled out a potential run in 2016. See for your self in the clip below.

Apparently Drudge Is Worried Hillary Clinton Is Possessed By The Devil

Or maybe he thinks she’s a witch? Really, who knows. The point is Reuters made available some random photos of the Secretary of State at a news conference in Amman from 12 days ago and Drudge plucked it from obscurity and blared it across the top of his website in the hopes that…we will all flashback to the Hillary nutcracker on a broomstick days? Regardless, the underlying message here appears to be Hillary Clinton is an evil force. Though, the fact he describes her as a demon and not a witch suggests she is evil for reasons other than her being a woman. Or maybe this is Drudge’s way of expressing affection. Either that or Drudge is having a temper tantrum that over the fact Sarah Palin has stolen his Republican talking points thunder with her Facebook page and Hillary was the proxy target.

Bob Woodward Discusses President Obama’s Wartime Drama With Diane Sawyer

Promoting his new book, Obama’s War, author Bob Woodward sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer to expand on the stories in his book– namely those on the President’s frustration with the rigidity of the military in Iraq and Afghanistan and the internal struggles of the White House as the President did his best to push for an end to military expansion without defying the expertise of his generals.

Woodward relied on a series of internal sources for his anecdotes and background facts, telling Sawyer that, while many initially believed it impossible for Woodward to find openness on the part of staffers to talk about it, “by the end of the process,” he said skeptical staffers were “reading his own notes of the top-secret meetings.” And the conclusion he came to from their information is that the President “wants out” of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan– “that is his bedrock conclusion.”

So why the delay in both regions? Woodward contends that there was both a feeling that, Obama being a young president, the military could keep his demand to go home at bay, while Obama himself strugged with, as Woodward puts it, “five blocks of granite: Hillary Clinton; Secretary of Defense Gates; Admiral Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs; Petraeus, who was then CENTCOM commander; and then General McChrystal.”

Woodward also goes on to talk about Gen. David Petraeus‘ suspected presidential aspirations, the on-the-ground strategies in the wars that Obama had to choose from, and his relationship with his staff and his military, in which Sawyer notes “you feel this constant erosion of his position.”

The interview from tonight’s ABC World News tonight:

Is Mitt Romney The Hillary Clinton Of The Right?

As Tea Party Fever spreads in conservative circles, many established Republicans are trying to catch it — look no further than once-moderate-ish leaders like Newt Gingrich pandering to his party’s newly fervent populist wing. Mitt Romney, however, is hardly ever confused for a populist, and that’s why the seers at NPR suspect his 2012 campaign might go the way of Hillary Clinton’s, circa 2008.

How does NPR think the fiscally oriented former governor of Massachusetts — the state of school field trips to mosques, gay marriage, but also, to a lesser extent, Scott Brown — will fare against the new wave of anti-establishment culture warriors? Not well:

The Tea Party movement means many things to different people, but it means one thing to Mr. Romney. It means the Republican riptide he reasonably expected to ride in 2012 is rushing past him instead, lifting other vessels quite different from his own.

No surprise there, nor in the fact that the almost robotically slick Romney lost to the more fleshy, salt-of-the-earth Mike Huckabee in a poll at this weekend’s Values Voters Summit. What raises eyebrows is the prospect of Romney being the Clinton of the Republican Party:

Underestimating the power of activists, even small numbers of them in places like Idaho and Nebraska and Kansas, ultimately cost Hillary Clinton the nomination she once assumed was hers. … So in this preidential cycle, we are all paying more attention to the populists. Maybe too much attention. But then, if you are Mitt Romney, can you ignore the lesson Hillary learned so bitterly?

Not anymore, he can’t. The last thing Romney probably wants is to be compared — by NPR, no less — to Hillary Clinton. But 2012 is a long way from now — if you can recall, almost nobody during the 2008 primary season had heard of Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, or tea parties that weren’t thrown by dead Bostonians or living children — and, if he heeds NPR’s advice, Romney just might have a chance yet.

Sec. Hillary Clinton Tackles The Middle East With Her Special Lady-ness

The Middle East peace progress has always been delicate, fraught with tensions and complexities that trip up all but the most skilled diplomats. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is working hard to make significant progress before Israel’s settlement freeze expires at the end of the month.

In this ABC News report, Senior National Correspondent Claire Shipman explores why Clinton may succeed where so many others have failed and “how she may be bring something different to this Middle East process.”

What different thing does Clinton bring to the process? Her magical lady-ness! She has something called “female EQ,” which apparently gives her “a special touch at wooing both sides back to the table.”

If this miraculous female EQ fails to heal the Middle East, Clinton has another tool at her disposal. According to Shipman, Clinton is also “getting rave reviews for her long, cool new ‘do!” At the end of the clip, Shipman groans about her own reporting, saying “not the hair again!” Yeah, not the hair again.

Here’s the report: