Presaging the kind of press control a President Hillary Clinton might try to impose, a member of her inner circle scolded Joe Scarborough today for having the audacity to mention a poll with results unfavorable to Clinton.
Here is the poll, Mark Penn is having trouble accepting.
Naturally, it isn't what he wants to hear so he denigrates the polling process used by Zogby and makes it the subject of the argument. Never mind that if the poll had been favorable to Sen. Clinton, this whole conversation would have never occurred.
Here is Zogby's response to Mr. Penn's criticism.
The bottom line here, is this:
Hillary's campaign is bleeding. It hasn't bled out yet, but it is actively bleeding and will do so, if they do not get a handle on it now. She is losing ground in Iowa, where many people (close to her) advised her to write off. She is losing ground nationally, maybe not as fast as Iowa, but support is beginning to erode.
I think the more she talks, the more people are not connecting with her. She comes across as polished, rehearsed, and seems to want to take on all of the softball interviews and reject those that want to ask the tough questions that need to be asked. Look at how Russert was demonized by her campaign for asking tough questions and how her campaign effectively brow beat Blitzer into easing up by making this a gender issue.
This is giving people the impression, she is weak. Not because she is a woman, but because Hillary the person is weak. Her talking out of both sides of her mouth is catching up to her.
At the same time, Obama is coming across as more sincere, despite his weaknesses in his ideology. He answers the questions posed to him with far less tap dancing. I may disagree with the vast majority of his answers and will not support him based on that alone, but make no mistake, people are connecting with him better. He firmly believes the wrong answers he gives are right and will not try to BS his way out of them, at least not to the degree that Sen. Clinton does.
I sense more desperation from the Clinton campaign these days. It's in her voice, her facial expressions, her body language, and now it's coming from her surrogate attack dogs like Mark Penn. Is this ropa-dopa, Ali-style? I doubt it. But, if it is, now is the time to punch back. She is absorbing too many blows right now and is swinging into the air, by sending people like Penn out to discredit a widely respected polling operation like Zogby.