John on November 10, 2007 at 5:17 pm
Update: John Edwards is so upset about the planted questions he’s…bashing Bush. Non sequitur you say? Clearly you’re not getting the big picture so I’ll break it down for you:
Plants = bad.
Bush = a kind of plant.
Bush = bad.
You see it all makes perfect sense. Once you understand that Bush is the locus of evil in the world, things just fall into place.
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One month ago, Hillary was caught on video accusing a questioner at one of her events of being a plant:
Turns out it must have been projection on her part. Yesterday, Hillary was accused of planting a question by an Iowa college student who attended one of her one of her events:
On Tuesday Nov. 6, the Clinton campaign stopped at a biodiesel plant in Newton as part of a weeklong series of events to introduce her new energy plan. The event was clearly intended to be as much about the press as the Iowa voters in attendance, as a large press core helped fill the small venue. Reporters from many major national news outlets came to the small Iowa town, from such media giants as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and CNN.
After her speech, Clinton accepted questions. But according to Grinnell College student Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff ’10, some of the questions from the audience were planned in advance. “They were canned,” she said. Before the event began, a Clinton staff member approached Gallo-Chasanoff to ask a specific question after Clinton’s speech. “One of the senior staffers told me what [to ask],” she said.Clinton called on Gallo-Chasanoff after her speech to ask a question: what Clinton would do to stop the effects of global warming. Clinton began her response by noting that young people often pose this question to her before delving into the benefits of her plan.
But the source of the question was no coincidenceâ€”at this event “they wanted a question from a college student,” Gallo-Chasanoff said. She also noted that staffers prompted Clinton to call on her and another who had been approached before the event, although Clinton used her discretion to select questions and called on people who had not been prepped before hand. Some of the questions asked were confusing and clearly off-message.
This is not standard policy…I guess that depends on what your definition of the word “standard” is.Hillary’s campaign has admitted this took place and promised it won’t happen again. Actually what they said was “This is not standard policy and will not be repeated again.” I guess that depends on what your definition of the word “standard” is (Why does it always get down to definitions with the Clintons?).
So you’ve probably guessed by now. A second Clinton plant has come forward:
Geoff Mitchell, a minister who recently moved to Hamilton, Ill., from Iowa, told ABC News that he was approached this spring by Clinton’s Iowa political director Chris Haylor to ask Clinton a question about war funding.
Mitchell, 32, said that the request “did not sit well with me in the tradition of the Iowa caucus.” “I grew up in Iowa and I value the tradition of the caucuses of answering the questions of the people,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said he introduced himself to Haylor because he had heard of him before and knew that he had worked on Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh’s campaign.
Before the campaign event, Haylor asked Mitchell if he would pose a specific question about Iraq. The question was about how Clinton would be tough on President Bush about funding the Iraq war, Mitchell said.
The event, however, ran out of time before reaching a question-and-answer period…The Clinton campaign confirmed to ABC News that Clinton’s staffer and Mitchell did speak about a possible Iraq question.
I’m sure Hillary’s Plumbers at Media Matters are already hard at work on their response to this. Watch this space for some sort of lame effort at misdirection Monday morning. It won’t change the fact that there are probably as many plants out there waiting to spill to local media as there were bimbos back in Bill’s day. It’s tough being a Clinton.
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