Hillary’s Little Helpers

Hillary Clinton is getting some premium help on the campaign trail in Iowa this week. And that’s critical in the final, fateful hours.

According to AP, her daughter Chelsea is doing a great job keeping the nasty wolves in the press at bay.

“Sydney Rieckhoff, a Cedar Rapids fourth grader and “kid reporter” for Scholastic News, has posed questions to seven Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls as they’ve campaigned across Iowa this year. But when she approached the 27-year-old Chelsea after a campaign event Sunday, she got a different response.

“Do you think your dad would be a good ‘first man’ in the White House?” Sydney asked, but Chelsea brushed her question aside.

“I’m sorry, I don’t talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you’re cute,” Chelsea told the pint-sized journalist.”

Way to play hard ball, Chelsea.

Also, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is lending a big hand to his favorite Democratic hopeful. He’s really getting Iowans’ attention, as this Columbus Dispatch article shows.

Beginning the presidential nominating process in Iowa, as will occur this week, “makes no sense,” says Gov. Ted Strickland, who recently campaigned there for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

“I’d like to see both parties say, ‘We’re going to bring this to an end,’ ” he said.

Sometimes insult is the sincerest form of flattery.

And finally, hats off to Clinton’s Midwest co-chair Jerry Crawford, who gave a sketchy/ambiguous answer to a WHO TV reporter when asked if Clinton would be in Iowa on caucus night. No, I mean yes, I mean probably.

Hillary had to clear this one up herself on the same Des Moines channel.

“Well, my plan is to be here on Caucus night. It’s certainly what I’m planning to do. I want to thank, you know, the Iowans who have supported me, so many have volunteered for me, everybody who caucused for me, everyone who went through the trouble to drive somebody else there…I just want to thank Iowans for everything they’ve done for me the past year.” 

But first, be sure to thank your surrogates for keeping it all smooth sailing in the final hours. Bonuses for everyone.

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