ABC Falls for Hillary’s Crying Game in New Hampshire, Will Others?

She got rocked in Iowa last week, and things aren't looking good in New Hampshire tomorrow.

I guess that means it's time for the smartest woman in the world to choke up on camera, and tug at the heartstrings of folks that are easy prey for such passion plays.

For those fortunate enough to have missed it, has posted a video of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) getting a bit misty Monday about how things are going on the campaign trail lately.

Kate Snow, who apparently posted a blog concerning the event at ABC's website, appears to have fallen for Hillary's crying game hook, line and sinker (emphasis added throughout):

The Senator from New York was sitting at a big table in Cafe Espresso in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with 16 undecided voters, mostly women, warmly and calmly taking questions.

Then she took an unexpected question from a woman standing in the back.

"My question is very personal, how do you do it?" asked Marianne Pernold Young, a freelance photographer from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She mentioned Clinton's hair and appearance always looking perfectly coifed. "How do you, how do you keep upbeat and so wonderful?"

Here's Hillary's response:

You know, I think, well luckily, on special days I do have help. If you see me every day and if you look on some of the websites and listen to some of the commentators they always find me on the day I didn't have help. It's not easy. It's not easy, and I couldn't do it if I didn't passionately believe it was the right thing to do. You know, I have so many opportunities from this country just don't want to see us fall backwards.

(Eyes welling up a bit) You know, this is very personal for me. It's not just political it's not just public. I see what's happening, and we have to reverse it. Some people think elections are a game, lot's of who's up or who's down, [but] it's about our country , it's about our kids' futures, and it's really about all of us together.

You know, some of us put ourselves out there and do this against some pretty difficult odds, and we do it, each one of us because we care about our country but some of us are right and some of us are wrong, some of us are ready and some of us are not, some of us know what we will do on day one and some of us haven't thought that through enough.

And so when we look at the array of problems we have and the potential for it really spinning out of control, this is one of the most important elections American has ever faced.

Snow clearly liked what she saw:

After the event, Pernold Young told ABC News that she was glad Clinton showed emotion.

"She allowed herself to feel," Pernold Young said. " I was surprised and I said, 'wow there's someone there.'"

Another woman in the group, Alison Hamilton of Portsmouth, New Hampshire said she, like most of the people in the group, had been considering Obama.

But after seeing Clinton become emotional, she said she was going to vote for Clinton.

"Her whole thing today really convinced me but that really did clinch it for me," Hamilton said. "She's very impressive."

I guess Snow wasn't interested in the possibility that the smartest woman in the world - along with her handlers as well as her husband who loved to get misty whenever he discussed how he felt others' pain - might have choreographed this whole emotional display.

That would have been too much like journalism I guess.

Moving forward, with the New Hampshire primaries tomorrow, it will be very interesting to see whether the rest of the media fall for this nonsense as easily as ABC did.

Stay tuned. 

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