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. Janice

    Ya, we have several lunch-box type folk in this state. A lot of victims of the american education system. IE: Clinton Drones. Oh and of course you can't forget white vs. black. These are the type of people that do not want to see a black man in the office.

    I am a white female and I would hate to have hilary in office, I would rather vote for McCain.

    Obama 08!

    April 23, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  2. Sean

    I hope Pennsylvanians have gas money after helping her gain what, 3 delgates? Woohoo! break out the champagne...better make that beer...I'm sure your Clinton donations will be well received at the Dunkin Donuts..

    April 23, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  3. bigdog

    Ok maybe it's me but if the News Paper where you are a Senator of verbally wirte's about how much they dislike your campaign tatics and have also been a supporters or yours then there is a problem. The facts she lied about Bosnia,she supported Bush in invading Iraq and it wasn't even 3 a.m she is $10 million in debts from this campaign who is going to have to help her make up that and how do you make $109 million over 8 yrs working for the general public hhmmm. She has hurt the Democratic Party with these thug like do whatever it take's to win mentality a short term victory can lead to a long term faliure and come November the people will let her and Democratic Party know excatly how they feel if she is the Nominee

    April 23, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  4. Ronnie...Charlottesville, Va

    SO WHAT...if she shows Osama in her video. He's not dead...never been caught. It was just a montage of challenging issues that face our leaders. Then she makes the case that she is the best one to deal with those challenges. Are we to ignore Osama?

    April 23, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  5. Rak

    I cannot believe my fellow democrats are not infuriated as I am after seeing Hillary Clinton play the fear game like the Republicans and GW Bush has been doing for 8 years. She showed a image of Bin Laden in her ad, this is the same thing she has been fighting against, fear tactics, and now she pulls that card. UNBELIEVABLE.

    April 23, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  6. Bev

    If you are wondering what Hillary did to piss off the NYTimes, you obviously have not read the article (or maybe understood it). Clinton is using old time, Karl Rove nasty politics. Even McCain is not as nasty as HIllary. I can not imagine what she would do to this country, she is so divisive. According to senators who worked with her on the health issue under Bill, it was her way or the highway – not my type of woman.
    Why does Hillary not compare her policies to Obama'a instead of wasting all this time?
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  7. Shayne

    As though Obama hasn't been negative as well??

    Obama outspent her 3 to 1 and STILL couldn't stop a double-digit win by Hillary Clinton. In the past 4 hours the Clinton campaign has raised over $3 million, 80% of which came from first time donors.

    Hillary has now received MORE VOTES than Barack Obama. She is winning in the popular vote. How can you say that Obama should be our candidate? Because he won in counties that are given more delegates?? In states that we will never carry in the general election??

    The people have spoken. This isn't over. Hillary is still willing to fight for us, because America is worth fighting for.

    Hillary 08. Because America is worth fighting for!!

    April 23, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  8. Cory

    Get over nothing. She's as power hungry and morraly bankrupt a Bush and Cheney. Good luck trying to get elected when you've completely alienated the African-American vote to the point they will stay home along with 90% of the people new to the process.

    Villian in 2000 that led to Pres. Bush = Nader. Villan in 2008 that led to Pres. McCain = Hillary. Maybe once she loses we can be rid of the Clintons once and for all. Good ridance.

    April 23, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  9. Susan K from CA

    It's good to hear that from her own hometown newspaper! That is so true, Democrats watch out; even if Obama is named the eventual nominee, which unless something drastic happens he will be, she will have hurt democrats in a huge way; giving McCain freebies and ammo from within his own party. It's time for this to stop; Hillary has no chance and is acting in her own self-interest and prideful ego.

    April 23, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  10. Formerly of PA

    The only "spin" is Hilary's. Sorry to disappoint you Hilary fans, but the latest count from the PA State Election page shows 98.9% of the votes in with Hilary's margin of victory a mere 8.6%. Wake up boneheads, this is not anywhere near the kind of victory she needed to revive her already broke campaign. She's a desperate woman hanging on by her claws.

    April 23, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  11. Goldie

    Democratic women, this is not a game, not an American Idol contest. It is a crucial time in history and we need a Democratic nominee, fast. Hillary Clinton cannot win the nomination. She made her mistakes early on. Now she can only lose. Meanwhile, she is damaging the future nominee with lies and innuendo.
    At another moment in history, women could hold out for that daydream of a woman in the White House. This is not the time to do it. This moment in time is too grave for that. Our children are depending on us to put a Democrat in the White House. Their future is at stake. If women continue to put an egocentric goal ahead of the future of this whole planet, they we will be like Pandora opening the box, unleashing untold harm on the human race. We got a peek at that awful future with Hillary's reckless comment about obliterating Iran in nuclear war. It was a bad omen for all of us. It made me shiver. All her negativity is encapsulated in that word: obliteration. She is not the one meant to lead us. Not at all.

    April 23, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  12. RD Taylor

    I'm a Democrat. What is happening to me.....I'm beginning to think this drama is too tiresome – maybe I'll just vote for McCain. End this now or lose '08.

    April 23, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  13. Elisabeth

    Why should Hillary Clinton "call off the dogs?" It works, just like it worked for Karl Rove.
    It is obvious that most people want dirty politics and politicians who will say and do anything to get elected and will stand for nothing.

    April 23, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  14. Jason

    Yayyy Hillary won and she'll win again!

    April 23, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  15. Soji Brown

    Jay in Kansas who said "Help wanted/Experience required" is why jobs get outsourced. The people who don't have experience, which if you look at facts, Obama does, are capable of doing the jobs and sometimes even better.

    It's the old, tired leaders that don't change and keep doing things the same way, it's the young that need to lead in new ways.

    Obama is a better candidate.

    April 23, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  16. Bryce Beamish

    The NYT Piece is right on. Hillary Clinton is the best campaign tactic John McCain has.

    There's absolutely no way she can win this thing. To keep going on shows a reckless disregard for her party and her country.

    April 23, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  17. Mauri

    New York Times sounds like it's pandering to Senator Clinton's opponent. As for the media bias against Hillary - and we all know who does it - I just wonder if this comes down to how much money each candidate has to spend on advertising. And again, we also know who has the most. But it couldn't buy Pennsylvania. As for her ad, what's wrong with it? It showed the real world we live in, and who can argue with that?

    April 23, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  18. plain jane

    Hillary is blamed for a lot of things that she doesn't do. He ad never mentioned Obama. Fox News broke the Wright story, a New York paper the WM. Ayers story, Huffington Post, the cling to guns story.

    Obama is very negative in his speeches. Get onto Obama.

    Hillary 08!!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  19. Jetty

    Make no mistake. OBAMA wil be the United States president come November 08.

    Stay the course OBAMA

    April 23, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  20. jaymzz

    needed a double digit blow out, didn get it!!! 9.4% is certainly not double digit n way much less than 25% she had 6 weeks ago. obama just sealed his nomination!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  21. KPO'M

    Hmm. Clinton won by 9.4% (not double digits) in a state with a closed primary, one in which almost every Democrat in the establishment supported her candidacy, and one that is whiter, older, and more blue collar than Ohio. It seems like a "hold" to me, not a "turning point." As for the New York Times, they offer harsh criticism of Clinton, which IS significant, since they endorsed her candidacy in the New York primary. I think even they realize that she can't win, and if she stays in the race until the convention, she'll have the same luck as McCarthy in 1968, Kennedy in 1980, Hart in 1984, and even Reagan in 1976 (the last four candidates who took the nomination to the convention floor). She'll just drag her party down.

    April 23, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  22. Hillary The True Leader!

    Like I said before Obama can't buy Votes!, and spent 12 Million!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  23. TK

    It is unfortunate a fellow democrat waves the republican flag. It shows fear tactic works and shame on HRC. What gives me hope is the fact that Obama cut her lead from 30% down to 10% without being NEGATIVE. Why are we Americans not learning that whoever is playing to our fears will be the worst leader? I'm for one done with senator Hillary.

    April 23, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  24. Susan

    Clinton has proved to be mean and vindictive. She would never make a diplomatic president. Her ONLY experience is being the WIFE of a president!

    April 23, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  25. rose

    Go New York Times & CNN You have a point, Clinton is very negative and she wants ONLY POWER she doesnt care about people.

    April 23, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
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