January 8, 2008

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( Updated via D-Day at Digby) Still smarting from their collective premature obituaries on Hillary Clinton's campaign, the pundits at MSNBC Election Central cast about for reasons why Hillary Clinton exceeded expectations in the New Hampshire primary.

Air America host Rachel Maddow had the best reason why Hillary won: let's call it The Tweety Effect.

BUCHANAN: My guess is this: the New Hampshire voters said ‘look the press has been telling us Obama is the second coming. We don't think so. The press has been telling us she's gone." And the women came out and said, "no, she's not." What New Hampshire did was stand up and body slam the national establishment, the press corps, the pollsters, the whole bunch who came in here as well as Barack Obama's folks, who must be in a state of shock tonight.

MADDOW: Pat, I will tell you that on the influential-influential, perhaps, on the left-website Talking Points Memo today, you want to know who they're blaming for women voters breaking for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama, who they're blaming for this late showing and a big vote for Hillary Clinton? They're blaming Chris Matthews. People are citing specifically Chris-not only for his own views but also for...as symbol of what the mainstream media has done to Hillary Clinton.

MATTHEWS: What website is this?

MADDOW: This is Talking Points Memo dot com. And it's a...it's a...you're being cited anecdotally, not specifically...

MATTHEWS: My influence over American politics looms over the people. I'm overwhelmed myself.

MADDOW: People feel the media is piling on Hillary Clinton and they're coming to her defense with their vote.

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