Tuesday, January 08, 2008

In New Hampshire, Bill Clinton Finds Less Spark

For a moment, I almost felt bad for Bill Clinton -- but then the moment passed!

In New Hampshire, Bill Clinton Finds Less Spark

Published: January 7, 2008

DURHAM, N.H. — Is this what it would have been like had Elvis been reduced to playing Reno?

Bill Clinton in North Conway, N.H., with Jen Bella, middle, and her daughter, Veronica Schartor. Ms. Bella wrote a favorable article about Hillary Rodham Clinton in The Conway Daily Sun.

Former President Bill Clinton has been drawing sleepy and sometimes smallish crowds at big venues in the state that revived his presidential campaign in 1992. He entered to polite applause and rows of empty seats at the University of New Hampshire on Friday. Several people filed out midspeech, and the room was largely quiet as he spoke, with few interruptions for laughter or applause. He talked about his administration, his foundation work and some about his wife.

“Hillary’s got good plans,” Mr. Clinton kept saying as he worked through a hoarse-voiced litany of why his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, is a “world-class change agent.” He urged his audience to “caucus” on Tuesday for Mrs. Clinton, before correcting himself (“vote”). He took questions, quickly worked a rope line and left.


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