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Hillary’s Holiday Ad

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Hillary Clinton’s Christmas ad is a bit more cinematic than the others, but definitely wonkish. The message: She’ll give the gift of things like “alternative energy,” “universal pre-K” and “bring troops home.” (And where are Bill and Chelsea?) In that regard, save for promising fruitcakes for everyone, she falls in line with one of Rudy Giuliani’s ad, in which he pledged to give the gift of such things as “strict constructionist judges.”

How about we just leave it to an iPhone?

What’s interesting is that as the week goes one, the holiday ads have gone from straight out Christmas greetings to holiday-themed policy pitches. It’s a distinction that Mike Huckabee has tried to exploit as Mitt Romney continues his attacks. Huckabee tells ABC News, “I don’t plan to fight with him. He’s throwing punches and I’m saying, ‘Merry Christmas.’ ”

“Because most people go to the mailbox and they want some nice
comfortable Christmas cards that say, ‘Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards
Man,’ not ‘Here’s a hammer, let’s crack this fellow’s kneecaps.’ I
mean, it’s unbecoming.”

Meanwhile, save for what looks for a short on-screen blizzard, which he has had to endure several times in his campaign, Joe Biden’s “January Night” ad doesn’t get at all sentimental but spells credentials for out his plan for Iraq.

Donor List: The New York Times has compiled the first comprehensive list to donors to the Clinton Foundation. Among the contributors: Steve Bing, who contributed more than $10 million in stock in 2005.

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