Probably nothing, move along.
Via Drudge, The Daily Mail reports to the surprise of no one who has followed the Clintons, that Hillary’s coffee shop talk in Iowa was staged:
Hillary Clinton’s astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa.
Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton.
Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city.
Price then drove them to the coffee house to meet Clinton after vetting them for about a half-hour.
The three got the lion’s share of Mrs. Clinton’s time and participated in what breathless news reports described as a ’roundtable’– the first of many in her brief Iowa campaign swing.
Bird himself is a frequent participant in Iowa Democratic Party events. He interned with President Obama’s 2012 presidential re-election campaign, and was tapped to chauffeur Vice President Joe Biden in October 2014 when he visited Davenport.
‘What happened is, we were just asked to be there by Troy,’ Bird said Wednesday in a phone interview….
It’s unclear how many Iowans featured in photographs with Clinton that rocketed around the country on Tuesday were planted.
If the coffee shop crowd was planted, what about that near-perfect Chipotle incognito appearance.
You know, the one which was so incognito that someone tipped off Maggie Haberman at The NY Times that Hillary was there.
Haberman then called the Chipotle manager, who professed not to know, but pulled security camera video to create the Burrito Bowl image heard round the world. The media went gaga, and conservatives went gag gag.
It was more than perfect. Hillary was just a person buying a Burrito Bowl, like the regular folk, minding her own business on an All-American road trip. Not looking for publicity. But publicity just happened to find her. Uh huh.
That Chipotle appearance was just too cute, by half.
So who tipped off Haberman? The campaign? An operative working for the campaign? People playing the same role as in the coffee shop, making sure the photo ops were just right?
I emailed Haberman about her tip, whether it was from the campaign or someone else, but she didn’t respond. Can’t say I blame her, I wouldn’t reveal the source of a tip.
Oh, it’s probably nothing. Just a little birdie.DONATE
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