Hill Asking Bill to 'Chill?'

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jan 28, 2008 8:08 AM
Some in her campaign feel he dampened her appeal as a "strong female leader:"

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign team, seeking to readjust after her lopsided defeat in South Carolina and amid a sense among many Democrats that Mr. Clinton had injected himself clumsily into the race, will try to shift the former president back into the sunnier, supportive-spouse role that he played before Mrs. Clinton’s loss in the Iowa caucuses, Clinton advisers said.

But Democrats said it was not clear whether the effects of Mr. Clinton’s high profile could be brushed away by having him modulate his campaign style. They said Mr. Clinton had upset some of the central themes of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, including her appeal to women and her assertions that her time in the White House during the 1990s amounted to vital experience rather than a link to a presidency defined as much by scandal and partisan divisions as by its successes on fronts like the economy.

Yeah, good luck with that. I have my serious doubts about the Clintons' ability to tone it down when credibly threatened. And, didn't the attacks last week do what they wanted them to do-- get Obama off-message and allude to his race repeatedly?

In other news: Why, John Edwards, why?