Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Clinton Watch III--The photo

If you haven't seen it, it's here.

Jim Geraghty, at his Campaign Spot blog at NRO, unearthed a talking-points memo that adds a whole new chapter to the history of non-denial denial. The questions are the presumptive ones from reporter's; the answers are those that Hillary's staffers are expected to produce:

Q: In the campaign’s official statement today Maggie Williams does not directly respond to whether the Clinton campaign circulated this picture. Do you know whether anyone in your camp circulated this picture?

A: No. I was not aware of it, the campaign didn’t sanction it and did not know anything about it.

Q: Have you asked all of the campaign staff about this?

A: We have over 700 people on this campaign and I’m not in a position to know what each one of them may or may not have done.

Have you actually seen the email the campaign is supposedly circulating? If you do see it, let me know.

For now, all we know is that the Drudge Report mentions an e-mail, but you haven’t seen it and to date, it’s not clear whether this e-mail even exists.

Q: Are you going to make any effort to question the staff about whether anybody actually sent out an e-mail like that?

A: I’m not in the position to ask 700 people to come in and answer questions about it. To put this as clearly and simply as I can: I was not aware of it, the campaign didn’t sanction it and did not know anything about it.

In the end--if this was unearthed by Hillary's camp, and if it was circulated (probably by a staffer protected by five layers of deniability, sort of the analog to Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather) the irony would be palpable, since no one made more of a fetish than Hillary in dressing up in native garb during her endless goodwill missions as First Lady. Just sayin'.

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