Hillary Clinton’s “Plan B” For An Iowa Loss

It’s not too shocking, she’s going to focus on New Hampshire with a vengeance, as will each candidate I’m sure.

Story from the AP via MyWay:

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton’s backup plan if she falters in Iowa can be summed up in two words: New Hampshire.

Clinton’s Democratic team is preparing television ads here criticizing Barack Obama’s health care plan and working to build what campaigns call a firewall. If the Obama presidential campaign ignites in Iowa, she wants to be ready to cool him off in a state where her organization is strong and her support has proven durable.

This past weekend, the Clinton campaign already had volunteers going door-to-door with fliers criticizing Obama on health care, and possible TV ads against him were screened for focus groups.

Obama has them shaking in their boots:

Advisers to the New York senator acknowledge there’s been uneasiness as Obama has risen in national and several early state polls, including Iowa and New Hampshire. But they insist their master blueprint – emphasizing Clinton’s experience, toughness and ability to withstand Republican attacks – remains sound.

If Hillary wins Iowa, the Democratic race is over in my opinion. However, if she loses, the fangs will come out against Obama in a way that will make the pillaging of Ghengis Kahn look like a children’s birthday party. Just a joke! I’m not comparing Hillary to Kahn so don’t get all over me.

  • Michael Jerryson

    It looks like Obama is going to take Iowa, and I don’t see much Hillary can do to stop his momentum, if this is the case, in New Hampshire and South Carolina, where he trails by a few percentage points.

    She is in a tight spot – if she goes negative (or rather, ‘allow her campaign volunteers’ to go negative), then this hurts her even more. She needs something actually substantive to go after Obama, and as of right now, she doesn’t have much.

    All I see on the horizon is a ‘fear’ and ‘lack of experience’ blurb, which is more like a lob over to the Obama campaign. Oprah had a good point about government experience– is this really something that is beneficial? Considering the numerous scandals and deplorable state our government is in right now with lobbyists and personal agendas, I would think not.

  • I guess we’ll see when the gloves come off tomorrow at the Democratic debate from Iowa. I’m betting there will be a lot of “contrasting” between Obama and Hillary.

    I still think Iowa is pretty open but you could be right about Obama winning.