Hubris n. : Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.
Back on November 15--a mere 130 days ago--the Clinton campaign was of a very different mindset than the one exhibited today.
Cocky, brash--dare we say it?--arrogant and in the full throes of hubris, the campaign was more of a Clinton Early Inauguration Committee than a campaign braintrust.
This is what Clinton chief strategist Mark Penn told The Hill on November 15 2007.
Mark Penn, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) chief strategist, said Thursday that the Democratic front-runner would get 360 electoral votes if the election were held tomorrow and she faced former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R).
The Clinton campaign was totally convinced that they would roll over all comers, regardless of party or persuasion. Penn said as much in a campaign memo.
Republicans, at the time, were a bit more skeptical.
“It is good to see that the Clinton camp can maintain a sense of humor after the worst two weeks of their campaign,” said Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. “Before they start drafting memos on general election strategy, someone ought to write a plan to stop Hillary Clinton’s sinking poll numbers in the early states or figure out where their candidate stands on Social Security, tax reform, and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.”
We mention this only because an email from DBKP's own RidesAPaleHorse was discovered this evening.
We wonder how many pundits would have taken his words seriously 130 days ago, but RAPH sounds positively like a political prophet now.
He supplied the picture below and wrote, "Do you suppose this is the landslide they're talking about? Looks like she won in this one at least. :-D "
This just proves one thing, which should be remembered some TV talking head issues a solemn prediction on a news talk show.
130 days is an eternity in the political campaign game.
images: photobucket; RidesAPaleHorse
* Clinton Campaign Hubris: "Landslide" Was Prediction in November
* Clinton Campaign: Hillary would Win in a Landslide if Election were held Tomorrow
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