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Bill's 15-yard penalty

In West Virginia on Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton, ever so graceful on the campaign trail, reminded us that ""If a politician doesn't wanna get beat up, he shouldn't run for office. If a football player doesn't want to get tackled or want the risk of an occasional clip he shouldn't put the pads on."

CNN's got the video.

The thing is, clipping is illegal (and quite dangerous!), even if it's only done occasionally. The penalty is as strong as it gets in football — 15 yards! Just like low blows in boxing, political "clippling" may be an occupational hazard, but it's certainly not something we should be glib about. This isn't Matt Lauer talking to Tom Cruise about Ritalin!

Penalties — be it in yards, or points on a boxing scorecard — are what's appropriate when someone gets hit unfairly. Fortunately, karma seems to be sorting this one out all on its own.

According to Chuck Todd, in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, it's Sen. Clinton who's really suffering from using the "Tonya Harding option" to kneecap Sen. Obama.

"Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37 percent positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York."

Maybe clipping, low blows, the kitchen sink and President Clinton's Jeff Gillooly impersonation aren't such a winning strategy after all. Maybe someone should've asked Tonya Harding how that strategy worked out for her? Or better yet, ask Nancy Kerrigan, she won a medal that year!


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