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'NYT' Reporter Blames Hillary -- for McCain Incident

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'NYT' Reporter Blames Hillary -- for McCain Incident

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The New York Times has picked up on Sen. John McCain's "How do we beat the bitch?" incident that TPM (Talking Points Memo) Election Central first noted earlier in the week, but get a load of the double-triple-reverse psychology that Katharine Q. Seelye's piece employs.

Her angle (albeit not a new one) is how the McCain people are trying to use CNN's report on the "bitch" comment directed at Sen. Hillary Clinton as a fundraising tool. It's a hackneyed GOP ploy: attack the messenger and your opponent at the same time. But Seelye sees it as just another example of the sort of thing all the campaigns do: "Several presidential candidates this year have tried to cash in instantly on negative publicity, seeing it as a way to tap into anger that their supporters feel on their behalf.

"John Edwards of North Carolina sent a fund-raising letter after he was attacked by Ann Coulter, the conservative pundit. Mrs. Clinton, a New York Democrat, derided a newspaper article about her cleavage and then used it in a fund-raising appeal."

Are those comparable? Hardly. You be the judge.

But we also learn from Seelye that this whole incident could really hurt Clinton because, you know, it's a reminder of how much voters don't like her: "Mr. …

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