2008 Political Quote of the Day
posted by January 16 at 15:06 PMon
Watch out, Clinton-doubters. There’s nothing Americans (and the American media) love more than a redemption narrative, and ever since the New Hampshire primary the Clinton campaign has been spinning a good one.
It goes like this: Clinton reached an emotional breaking point in New Hampshire that brought tears to her eyes and forced her to realize that she needed to let her true self shine through to the people. Now, after winning New Hampshire in part because of that realization, she’s back in the game and realer than ever. She’s found her voice. She’s found her true self.
Tonight on the NBC Nightly News, Clinton pushes this narrative in person:
WILLIAMS: What was it you felt turning in New Hampshire? Enough with the analysis. Let’s hear it from the candidate. What do you think happened in New Hampshire?
CLINTON: I think the election in a very real way started with the New Hampshire debate. I felt like that debate really began to draw the comparisons and contrasts– among us as candidates. I– as soon as I left the stage, I was walking out, a cameraman grabbed my hand and said, “That was great.”
I began to hear from people that, you know, didn’t have any stake in it one way or the other that, you know, they agreed with me on the issues. They thought that I had really put forth a strong– argument for my candidacy. I went door to door– in Manchester, in and out of people’s homes. I could feel the sense that people had that this election needed to be about them.
You know, enough with the– with all due respect, the people on TV and being told what’s going to happen. You know, New Hampshire voters are notoriously independent. They wanted to make their own judgment. I answered hundreds of questions. I saw thousands of people. I– I think I began in a much better way than I had previously in the campaign, you know, connecting with people on all levels.
You know, as a woman, I may have gone a little overboard in the beginning of this campaign to really make my case to be commander-in-chief. Because I know at the end of the day people look at who’s running for President and they have to ask themselves, “Is this somebody who will protect and defend us?” And I didn’t spend as much time talking about why I’m motivated to do what I do, what I’ve done for 35 years. All of that came together in New Hampshire. And I felt really good about it.