April 23rd, 2008
10:26 AM ET
12 years ago

NY Times slams Clinton's 'negativity'

 Clinton celebrates her Pennsylvania victory with Gov. Ed Rendell.

Clinton celebrates her Pennsylvania victory with Gov. Ed Rendell.

(CNN) - Fresh off her victory in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton is facing a stinging rebuke of her campaign tactics from her hometown paper, The New York Times.

In the paper's Wednesday edition, the editorial board which endorsed Clinton's White House bid earlier this year says the New York senator's "negativity" is doing "harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election."

"The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it," the board writes.

The paper finds fault in Clinton's latest campaign ad, which includes an image of Osama bin Laden, and asks, "Who do you think has what it takes?"

"Mrs Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11," they write, adding that it is a tactic that is "torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook."

"Mrs. Clinton does more than just turn off voters who don’t like negative campaigning," the editorial also states. "She undercuts the rationale for her candidacy that led this page and others to support her: that she is more qualified, right now, to be president than Mr. Obama."

The paper also says Barack Obama deserves some of the blame for the negative tone. "He is increasingly rising to Mrs. Clinton’s bait, undercutting his own claims that he is offering a higher more inclusive form of politics."

But the editorial makes clear the paper thinks most of the blames lies with Clinton. "If she is ever to have a hope of persuading [superdelegates] to come back to her side, let alone win over the larger body of voters, she has to call off the dogs."

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  1. Tim

    Hillary was always going to win Penn. She will now lose NC. And Indiana will be up in the air. She needs 80% of the rest of the pledged delegates and needs 75% of the superdelegates to make it a close race.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger said it best in one of his movies:

    YOU LOSE

    April 23, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  2. Ralph

    Universal Healthcare should include free lobotomys to all Liberals. Wait. Youve already had it done.

    April 23, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  3. Jennifer from Ohio

    Wow – what a strategic move by the NY Times – she comes out winning by 10% and then you slam her. Her home state – shame on you.

    The press is negative – everytime you turn on the tv or read something, the media has a new spin on everything. Its a continuously feeding, viscious cycle. Nothing is ever positive – there's always a "plot" created to sway and/or attract viewers. It seems like a soap opera – news isnt news anymore – its continuous drama and make believe.

    April 23, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  4. James

    KICK 'EM WHILE THEY'RE GETTING UP CNN.

    THANK YOU PENN FOR VOTING SMART.

    NOW INDIANA. I'M DONATING ANOTHER $350 TO HILLARY. ANY MATCHES?

    HILLARY 08

    April 23, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  5. Pistoff

    It's pathetic that so many Americans support this self-serving, divisive figure. She's all set to bomb Iran and people just gobble it up. Pathetic.

    April 23, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  6. Janet

    Hillary's new ad, evoking 9-11 with images of bin Laden, brought back memories of the old anti-Goldwater ad. All it was missing was the little girl picking daisies and the mushroom cloud. When did the Clinton's hire Karl Rove?

    Guess if you overplay the gender card, you start dealing the fear card – hey, it worked for Dubya, so why change?

    Let's have more footage of Hillary and Chelsea dodging that sniper fire in Bosnia!

    April 23, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  7. Rebecca

    I agree with the NYTimes. I was truly in love with the Clintons...that is, until Billary started their antics. I have been a democrat all my life and for the first time since I've been old enough to vote, if they continue their antics and Obama loses, I will not vote...period. I'd rather see McCain in office knowing full well what he will do than to have Billary their lying and not ever knowing what they're up to or what they're capable of doing.

    I'm finished with the Clintons and the democratic party if they let the republicans run the democratic party.

    April 23, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  8. Kevin Morrison

    Tactics of the desperate.

    What else would be expected?

    If you expect these two to "play nice," you are sadly mistaken and naive.

    April 23, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  9. jo

    There are lots of reports now that voting machines in Philly were broken, turned off and voters' registrations were changed from Democratic to unafilliated.

    Sounds like a law suit is brewing.

    April 23, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  10. jeremy

    Ok people Clinton won! GOOD JOB, BUT BIG WHOOP ! Still no chance to catch up, She is slipping in the national polls, even lost support from her own people. No how much the negative adds, Us obama supporters are always going to be fired up and ready to go do what it takes, for Barack to be president. She is not trustworthy just like her husband. So she wanted to use osama bin laden in her commercial, thats pretty low! Especially when we had him in our sights but unfortunately Bill Was Playing with Monica at the time, and needed to take care of his own interest and he forgot about the american people and our safety. Why doesnt Hillary denounce Ed Rendell for his praise of Farrakhan? People of North Carolina/Indiana and the rest of the states that have primaries and caucause's left don't be blind by the negative ads/attacks. TOGETHER PEOPLE WE CAN GET THE COUNTRY TO WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE, AND IN THE END WE NEED TO ALL COME TO GETHER IN THE GENERAL AND GET THE REPUBLICANS OUT OF THE OFFICE.

    April 23, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  11. Ronald

    HOW COME THE MEDIA HAS NOTHING TO SAY REGARDING THE SEX CHILD ABUSE SITUATION WITH HILLARY's PASTOR.

    April 23, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  12. jorge thompson

    I didn't notice the NYT complaining when Obama was chiding
    her to reveal her income tax returns, and saying "what is she
    hiding?"

    Or when Obama (and the NYT) claimed that Clinton had
    lied about the pregnant woman who lost her life because of
    a bad health system.

    Or the Obama memos pointing to framing Bill Clinton as a
    racist.

    Double standard going on at the NYT?

    April 23, 2008 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  13. Raymond Cocteau

    For someone who is supposed to be educated, Hillary Clinton doesn't seem to understand the concept of a Pyhrric victory. Her net gain from her 'win' was 6 delegates, she STILL can't win.

    It is clear now that her goal is to damage Senator Obama to the point where the Super Delegates deem in unelectable. When she creates a commercial that uses video of Osama Bin Laden, she has clearly demonstrated that she is willing to stoop to that level just to eek out a hollow victory.

    The super delegates should reject this type of republican fear mongering and reject Hillary Clinton immediately. She MUST NOT profit from using gutter politics.

    April 23, 2008 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  14. godson

    Americans do not know what they need. The war has driven the econmoy to the bush, and they are voting for another war. Yes another war as Hilary wants to obliterate Iran. Is it not time to change the perception of America all over the world?

    April 23, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  15. Frankie

    The New York times makes a very important point. The negative campaining resembles what occurred under the Bush Campaigns.
    That was fear. Under fear people cannot make decisions about what
    matters internally in the US, economy, crime, and enviroment. Clinton's mainstream conservatism is not that different than Bush's.

    April 23, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  16. Ken

    To the NY Times Editorial board and to Obama

    If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

    Politics is a contact sport. Good for her.

    April 23, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  17. Joyce in Florida

    Yeah!!!!! Hillary Clinton won Pennsylvania and she will win Indiana and others. I am so proud of her. I sincerely hope that she will be our nominee for President. She is the strongest candidate by far and she has shown she will bring our country around. Keep fighting Senator Clinton. It will be well worth it and I can't wait to see you in the White House again. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  18. S Callahan Captial District New York State

    You can bet there are stories to be told of the connection between the Bush's dynasty and Clinton dynasty being interconnected. It is visually obvious. Shame on your Hillary, you sold us all out.

    April 23, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  19. FYI

    I like Hillary, but I saw on Youtube that her Pastor or ex-Pastor was convicted on a sex child abuse case. Shouldn't the news channels in this country have something to say about that?

    April 23, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  20. Kevin

    I find it amazing how many are so stupid as to believe that "Operation Chaos" is not behind much of this. This is going to destroy the Democratic party and won't have a chance come November. The only Democrat that will win will be McCain since he is such an incredible liberal. Almost more that Billary or Barrack Mohammed Hussein OBAMA. Cnn keeps on not printing stories as well as the drive by media continually denies that Operation Chaos is not behind. What a joke. The Clinton News Network turned Obama News Network doesn't surprise me anymore.

    April 23, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  21. Henry - New Zealand

    It is hard to believe that the American people could possibly contemplate having for a president someone who is prepared to, in her own words, "obliterate" an entire nation i.e. Iran. I am sure this is rhetoric but it is the same kind of rhetoric that led Hillary Clinton to support the war in Iraq, something which she wants now, desperately, to back peddle on. Obama, on the other hand, is a person who is a tough listener. No knee jerk reactions from him. Come on Americans, the choice is obvious. Yes, if Clinton were the only choice is way ahead of anything the Republicans have to offer but she is not the only choice you have on offer.

    April 23, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  22. Alison

    Having knocked on doors for Obama in Pennsylvania, I can tell you from first hand experience that the majority of people who voted for Clinton had strong racist attitudes. One man flat out told me he was a racist.

    Also, many Clinton supporters tended to be missing a lot of teeth.

    I would be ashamed if I were she. But she's too shameless.

    The New York Times should never have endorsed her but I am glad they are calling her out on this. She could lose her Senate seat.

    April 23, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  23. Nino

    Double Digits Does It. What a good, no what a GREAT punchline.

    Under the condition that you obtain a double digit lead, anything less would imply the end of your campaign.

    Note, that Mrs. Clinton is the projected winner with a 9,4 percent lead.

    April 23, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  24. 9999

    It's very unlikely this is going to end up being Hilary vs. McCain. Let's hope not. If you think Bush is bad, which most people do, Hilary will be ten times worse.

    April 23, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  25. Brando

    NYT: The lies you told, the secrets you keep.

    April 23, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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