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The Garden of Hillary: Another plant steps forward

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 10, 2007 08:30 PM

Update: Chris Muir weighs in…

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Who knew Hillary had such a green thumb? Another campaign plant stepped forward earlier today. ABC News reports:

One day after Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign confirmed that a staffer planted a question for the presidential candidate at a recent campaign stop, another person has come forward with a similar story.

Geoff Mitchell, a minister who recently moved to Hamilton, Ill., from Iowa, told ABC News that he was approached this spring by Clinton’s Iowa political director Chris Haylor to ask Clinton a question about war funding.

…Mitchell said he introduced himself to Haylor because he had heard of him before and knew that he had worked on Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh’s campaign. Before the campaign event, Haylor asked Mitchell if he would pose a specific question about Iraq. The question was about how Clinton would be tough on President Bush about funding the Iraq war, Mitchell said. The event, however, ran out of time before reaching a question-and-answer period.

…The Clinton campaign confirmed to ABC News that Clinton’s staffer and Mitchell did speak about a possible Iraq question.

“Chris Haylor and Geoff Mitchell knew each other and they started talking and the subject of Iraq came up,” Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said, “and Chris suggested that he ask a question about Iraq.”

Mo Elliethee, spokesman for Clinton’s campaign in Iowa, tried to downplay the story in an interview with FOX News:

“It’s not newsworthy. It’s innocent. It’s not yesterday.” That was a reference to Clinton’s campaign admitting, first to FOX News, that it planted a question on global warming at a Newton, Iowa, event on Tuesday.

In a sense, he’s right. Clintonian deception is nothing new.

It’s the admission of guilt and the eroding illusion of infallibility that are newsworthy.

Can’t wait for Hillary’s “Fact Hub” to give us the “straight scoop.”

How many other plants in the Garden of Hillary? At least we know what they use for fertilizer…

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A Hillar-ious flashback of Sen. Clinton’s “the lady doth protest too much” moment(hat tip readers and commenters):

At a campaign stop here, Hillary Clinton sparred verbally for several minutes with a man who pressed her on her recent vote to call Iran’s army a terrorist organization.

Randall Rolph, from nearby Nashua, asked why he should support Clinton’s candidacy when she did not appear to have learned any lessons from having voted to authorize force in Iraq.

Clinton thanked him for the question and explained her Iran vote would lay the groundwork for using diplomacy and sanctions to pressure that government.

Clinton accused the man of being a plant who had been sent to ask the question, to which he took exception, saying the question was a result of his own research.

“I apologize,” Clinton said, explaining that she had been asked the very same question in three other places.

Takes one to know one…

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