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Hillary Clinton Ad Depicts Candidate as Nation's Night Watchman


A new ad from Hillary Clinton puts national security at the forefront.

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder calls it her most provocative ad yet, drawing comparisons to to LBJ's "Daisy" ad and Walter Mondale's "Red Phone" ads.

AD: "It's 3am and your children are safe and asleep. But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it's someone who already knows the world's leaders...knows the military...someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world. It's 3 am and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"

Says Ambinder: "Arguably, this is her best ... argument .. against Barack Obama, and yet it's taken her 13 months to make it so explicitly."

John Aravosis at AmericaBlog thinks she's taking Bill Kristol's advice and playing into the politics of fear.


AFTER THE JUMP, view the LBJ "Daisy" ad and the Mondale "Red Phone" ad.

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  1. Whow she has something lets see how the media and those sexists beasts will attack her...

    The american people though we have good intentions we are alittle slow and willign to go with anyone who offers "words" So if this is what it takes ...go for it Hillary!

    Posted by: Bosie | Feb 29, 2008 10:21:55 AM

  2. I know this is a non-issue, but I've never seen Hillary Clinton wearing glasses.

    Posted by: Wes | Feb 29, 2008 10:24:49 AM

  3. You'd think this should be a John McCain ad, but then you see her. Just because you think you are tested doesn't mean you have passed the test, lady. God, she is so despicable and revolting that she thinks her only chance is to use the politics of fear right out of the Bush/Rove playbook.

    Posted by: Gregg | Feb 29, 2008 10:27:38 AM

  4. She deserves to loose, if only for that ad alone. Awful awful awful.

    Posted by: protogenes | Feb 29, 2008 10:31:05 AM

  5. The first person _I_ thought of with that text was McCain -- not Hillary.

    Posted by: tjc | Feb 29, 2008 10:31:43 AM

  6. Great ad, great woman. I agree totally with Ambinder, it's taken her a long time to get something like this out there. Shows exactly why she is better and more prepared than anyone to be commander in chief. Never count a Clinton out. Hillary '08!

    Posted by: davey | Feb 29, 2008 10:35:01 AM

  7. I think its funny that people still think Obama can beat McCain. He is going to lose the vote in a toe-to-toe fight with McCain. He is too liberal, too young, too fluffy, not good for security.

    Like the Nytimes article said, Republicans attack Hillary because she is formidable. Its time that progressives elect a strongman (or a strongwoman - you get the idea) to defend our values. Hillary is one of them.

    Posted by: Landis | Feb 29, 2008 10:42:47 AM

  8. Too little, too late. It took her 35 years to come up with this?!?

    Posted by: jeff | Feb 29, 2008 10:45:31 AM

  9. Uh - Landis, what's your evidence for the assertion in your first paragraph? To date, all polling has shown just the opposite.

    And frankly when I see Hillary, I don't see tough. Sorry. How many times has she cried on camera now? I reject this criterion out of hand, but more importantly I reject how you've applied it here.

    Posted by: GM | Feb 29, 2008 10:48:11 AM

  10. i voted for hillary but she should run on her merits and not employ the politics of fear...

    Posted by: the queen | Feb 29, 2008 10:51:31 AM

  11. I was just going to say that, as an Obama supporter, this ad doesn't bother me; it doesn't attack Obama directly. The ad simply promotes Hillary Clinton. But some of y'all just want to fight no matter what--even when there is nothing to fight about.

    LANDIS, what the hell are you going to do when Obama wins the nomination? Vote Republican? I thought so.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 29, 2008 10:53:05 AM

  12. This isn't the politics of fear, it is the politics of reality... Obama seems too indecisive to make tough decision. He is a brilliant speaker, but unimpressive during press conferences and debates that require quick thinking.

    People can decide whether or not they think the politics of hope will protect Americans from dirty bombs in our cities, international crises, and worse.

    Obama's supporters seem to think that EVERYONE is inspired by him. Well, a majority of Americans really aren't. A lot of us see him as an empty suit who can't even give an original speech. The idea of Obama in the White House during a serious situation scares me.

    Posted by: Ian | Feb 29, 2008 11:00:18 AM

  13. The idea of the the people responsible for Hillary Clinton's primary campaign being in the White House during a crisis scares me.

    Posted by: 24play | Feb 29, 2008 11:07:53 AM

  14. I say let the call go to voicemail.

    Posted by: Greg2 | Feb 29, 2008 11:07:54 AM

  15. Again, I voted for Hillary, but I see no reason to doubt Barack's abilities. Just to play devil's advocate: Would you rather see Hillary in charge of our weaponry knowing she has in the past made at least one big-time, war-related decision purely based on her future presidential hopes (sorry, love her, but she voted to authorize the war strictly for that reason and that reason alone)? Isn't she more likely to wag the dog? I don't believe that strongly; I would trust her. But I think it's a joke to doubt Barack's intelligence and decision-making ability based on the fact that HE TALKS GOOD. What's so negative about having a candidate, or a president, who is capable of making eloquent speeches as long as he or she can back it up with results? And don't tell me Barack is all words—Google him once and you'll find the many things he's accomplished with his life in and out of politics.

    When anti-Obamans say "he's an empty suit!" "you're drinking the Kool-Aid!" "words! words! words!" it's IDENTICAL to when the right-wingers and frightened non-right-wingers would bitterly tell all of us lefties quote "you don't know what you're tallllllking about!" in response to our objections to the war.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Feb 29, 2008 11:09:10 AM

  16. Derrick, Landis would have to be an American to vote in this election.

    Posted by: 24play | Feb 29, 2008 11:11:37 AM

  17. I agree with Landis, Obama will not beat McCain EVER, polls mean nothing and can change at the drop of a hat. If the Democrats make the mistake of nominating Obama, which knowing our track record of stupid and idiotic moves might happen, the republicans are going to beat Obama into the ground on EVERY issue. To the person who brought up about Hill crying, who cares? Many politicians have cried in public from Mitt Romney to Bush Senior. Happy Friday all!

    Posted by: davey | Feb 29, 2008 11:20:27 AM

  18. But, where's the quartered screen and ticking bombs? Wait, you mean this isn't a preview of 24? Well, shucks.

    Posted by: taodon | Feb 29, 2008 11:21:00 AM

  19. Testing=

    -$23,000,000 debt for her campaign

    -unpad campaign bills going back to iowa

    -allowed the Clinton name and connections to be conquered by a little known Senator

    -had no blan B after super tuesday

    tried, tested, vetted = FAILED to manage a campaign which is far far far smaller than the US govt.

    Hopefuly she will allow this soul wrenching defeat to motivate her to become the next liberal stalwart/lion of the senate. Losing will free her from the lobysist she enslavd herself to to fuel her presidential ambitions.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Feb 29, 2008 11:36:36 AM

  20. Landis

    The latest polls have Obama beating mcain by 5-6% and Hillary losing from 2-5% to McCain

    Posted by: Jimmboyo | Feb 29, 2008 11:38:36 AM

  21. "Shows exactly why she is better and more prepared than anyone to be commander in chief."

    How, exactly, does this ad show whe is better and more prepared? It shows nothing of the sort. It an ad designed to frighten, not inform.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 29, 2008 11:42:35 AM

  22. PS

    The ad is a great ad.

    Davey said "it's taken her a long time to get something like this out there. Shows exactly why she is better and more prepared than anyone to be commander in chief"

    Uhmmmm just the opposite. To take soooooooooooooooo long to finaly put out a great ad shows that she is not ready to lead.

    We can't wait for her to react to things. She should have put ads like this one out there from the start. To take so long to do so just shows she is not the one in 08.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Feb 29, 2008 11:43:14 AM

  23. Take this with the the humor it is intended:

    Hillary is up at 3 am because she is trying to find out why Bill is not in bed with here....where is he???...mmmm...maybe he is in the Oval office...with...?!?

    Chip Arndt

    Posted by: Chip Arndt | Feb 29, 2008 11:46:52 AM

  24. Carter stayed up late, too.

    Posted by: Yet Another Mike | Feb 29, 2008 11:50:04 AM

  25. whoops.... " bed with her..."

    Posted by: Chip Arndt | Feb 29, 2008 11:50:51 AM

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