John Deeth Blog: "Leaked" Clinton Campaign Memo on Iowa
Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
The buzz of the moment is the Hillary Clinton strategy memo, leaked and quickly denied with much love for corn and pigs offered, arguing for a Screw Iowa strategy. Ohhh, this is no accident. This isn't a sign of lack of discipline or intra-campaign strife. This is a deliberate, strategic move. ... By publicly considering the Screw Iowa strategy, she in effect does devalue Iowa, and gets to have it both ways. She dramatically reduces expectations by making the case for Screw Iowa and acknowledging weakness. But by not openly dissing Iowa (as Gore `88, McCain `00, and Lieberman/Clark '04 did) she keeps a hand in the game and avoids offending Iowa supporters (most prominently the Vilsacks).