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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 02:19 AM
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IS there a Hillary Connection to the John Edwards Affair Smear In National Enquirer? LINK
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1007/The_Clinton...

"The Clintonite who owns National Enquirer"

by Ben Smith

The political world has been holding its nose for the last twenty-four hours while peering at the weekly tabloid National Enquirer, which published a story yesterday alleging that presidential candidate John Edwards had an extra-marital affair.

"The story is false," Edwards told reporters in South Carolina today, according to a reporter who was there.

What the tabloid's readers, in politics and out, may not know is that a key owner of the Enquirer is a prominent New York investment banker and one of Hillary Clinton's key backers, Roger Altman. Altman was an official in the first Clinton administration, and his name is often mentioned as a possible Clinton Treasury Secretary."

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Interesting Comment: "...Hillary is connected to fugitive fundraiser Norman Hsu, her main strategist is connected to the folks at Blackwater, and her 'friend' is connected to a tabloid that "suddenly" had a disgusting front page story about one of her main rivals."
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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 02:20 AM
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1. Gasp!
Did she also help fake the moon landing and blow up the twin towers?
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 02:34 AM
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2. Of course. Go Hillary.
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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 02:37 AM
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3. As far as we know she was involved in neither the moon landing nor twin towers, however....
.... since Edwards was called upon to address the obviously false allegation, I would expect Hillary likewise to be issuing a statement on these two items you raised any time now.

BTW the OP was a link to a published article.

However, there is no denying that one of her close supporters is a partial owner of the National Enquirer.
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DLnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 02:41 AM
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4. HRC is not my favorite. But she has no reason to fear JE.
Much more likely is that real live conservatives have a need to turn things nasty.
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avrdream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 03:30 AM
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5. That was my thought.
Likely the Republicans are more scared of John than Hillary is.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 03:42 AM
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6. It is more likely the rovian group, Media trashing Obama for the Lapal pin, and this on Edwards
They want very much to run against Hillary to motivate their base

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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 05:37 AM
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12. You Nailed It
They want to run against Hillary because they do so well against her:


Riding a crest in her political appeal, Senator Hillary Clinton now leads former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani 48% to 41%. She also claims a stunning double-digit lead of 52% to 37% over former Senator Fred Thompson. Two weeks ago, Clinton led Giuliani by five and Thompson by eight.


http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics...
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 06:11 AM
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13. Edwards beats Giuliani 50% to 41%. Edwards STILL is our best candidate.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 06:53 AM
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14. If You Look At All The Polls It Tells A Different Story
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 12:41 PM
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17. Forget the polls for a minute, and focus on their hate. Hate motivates and that is what they are
looking at. They believe, rightly or wrongly, that they can utilize that to their advantage. During the republican debates, it is Hillary they attack and demonize the most out of all the Democratic candidates. That is the only point I was making, not who stands the best chance against them, it is who they want to run against




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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 03:57 AM
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7. Wow. A Clinton Smear Story About an Edwards Smear Story.
Hmmmm. Maybe Ben Smith is working for Obama. Then we'd have a third-order smear, a smear of a smear of a smear. Like xeroxing a mirror. Weird.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 04:03 AM
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8. How big are Altman's holdings?
How connected is he to the paper itself? What kind of person is he? Until you know something about this, it's just a tenuous connection at best.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 07:43 PM
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20. Finally a voice of sanity
Also, did he have any knowledge of the content of the tabloid - that seems to write stories like these as its main purpose to exist. I assume that if someone had a stack of them - disgusting as they are - there are likely some less than positive Bill, Hillary or even Chelsea stories.

Is it really news that the National Enquirer prints lies? It also makes no sense. Edwards is running third, about 25 points behind HRC - killing his candacy would likely accomplish what will likely not happen otherwise - make it more of a two way race - or elevate one of the third tier. The latter would be interesting. I have heard some people - in real life - reluctantly pick Hillary because they think neither Edwards or Obama have the experience and no one else has a chance. Any of the third tier would be an experienced non-Hillary choice. Knocking out Edwards would HURT Hillary -0 especially if her fingerprints showed.

In 2004, it was reputed to be other Democrats who spread the intern lie about Kerry. They did it though as Kerry was winning primary after primary. There this despicable act, that hurt a talented young woman, who did not have an affair with the Senator, could have helped one of the lower candidates if Kerry did not handle it well.
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 05:01 AM
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9. THE biggest pile of bubbling horseshit post of the day. --To the GREATEST PAGE!
Edited on Sat Oct-13-07 05:11 AM by A-Schwarzenegger
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 05:02 AM
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10. By posting this nonsense is a sure way to perpetuate a smear..n/t
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 05:34 AM
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11. That's What Rush Limbaugh Suggested On His Radio Show Friday
Edited on Sat Oct-13-07 05:38 AM by DemocratSinceBirth
He also mocked Walter Mondale's endorsement of Hillary saying who would want an endorsement of that loser, a meme that was reported here too...

Every right wing meme is reported here...


Lenin was right about "useful idiots"...
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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 09:09 AM
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15. Where is Chris Lehane working these days? n/t
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watercolors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 09:49 AM
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16. Just more trash talk!
Sounds like another Hillary basher, when do you all grow up? You only make yourselves look very imature when this nonsense is posted. It doesn't have to be at Hillary, it could be any Dem candidate, have some loyalty for cripes sake. You make us sound like freeperville!
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 05:57 PM
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18. Amazing: the rightwing politico gets to take a swipe at one Dem while repeating a slur of another
What horsesh!t.
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-13-07 07:14 PM
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19. I love how some people love to blame Hillary for everything
without the slightest bit of proof. It's actually a Rovian trick.
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