The Junior Senator was brimming with coyishness last week during the Democratic debate in New Hampshire. It turns out that all of those Cheshire cat grins hid a secret that would be hers---until today.
Knowing that the end of the third fundraising quarter was upon them, the Clinton Ladies' Intervention Team sprung into action. Early last week, they leaked to ABC News that they expected this quarter to be something of a bummer. They listed a whole litany of reasons why the money wouldn't exactly be rolling in to the campaign this time: folks go on vacation during the summer months, they said, she's tapped out the big donors already, and some fundraising fatigue had set in. They went on to suggest that Clinton may have "only" raised between $17 and $19 million this quarter---and that they expected Barack Obama to raise much more. Like $10 million more.
It was going to be a sad day for Team Clinton.
But as the Junior Senator herself might say, "Let's turn those frowns upside down, people!"
Seems that those wily ones over at the Chappaqua HQ set us up. Seems that they knew all along that their gal was going to rake in about $27 million, and that Obama was going to be in the poor house by comparison, with $20 million.
Nobody plays the expectations game better than the Ladies of the Intervention Team. Nobody sets up opponents better than she does: first comes the lethargic smile, then comes the faux disappointment in the opponent, and then comes the slow, steady application of the knife in his back.
Poor Obama doesn't know what hit him. Maybe only now does he realize that he got played.
Rudy Giuliani, on the other hand, is prepared for the smooth kneecapping efforts that are the speciality of the Intervention Team Enforcers. He's prepared because he's from New York. He's seen them in action, up close and personal.
Are any of the other Republican candidates prepared for the Clinton Death Tango? They'd better be, or she is going to dance right over them and have them for breakfast.