More damage control from team Hillary. Say, has anyone else noticed how Obama always refers to her as "hillary" and not "Mrs. Clinton " or Senator Clinton?" What's up with that? Frankly, as much as I dislike her, I find it off-putting and disrespectful. ************************************** From The Hill: Campaign call reveals Clinton debate concern By Sam Youngman November 01, 2007 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clintonâs (D-N.Y.) top advisers, doing damage control after the candidateâs debate performance Tuesday, told supporters on a conference call Wednesday that the campaign needed more money to fight back. Mark Penn, Clintonâs senior strategist and pollster, and Jonathan Mantz, the campaignâs finance director, told the supporters on the call, which The Hill listened to in its entirety, that they expect attacks from Clintonâs rivals to continue, and she will need the financial resources to deflect their attacks. Clinton came under withering assault in the Philadelphia debate, and some supporters on the call agreed with analysts that she stumbled. âI wouldnât say she lost her cool,â one caller said. âBut I would say she lost her footing.â The caller addded that Clintonâs response to questions about records from her time in the White House that have been sealed by the National Archives âmade me roll my eyes.â The criticisms followed Pennâs assertion that Clinton was âunflappable.â He also said criticisms from Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) would backfire and that he was already âdetecting some backlash,â particularly among female voters. Those female voters are saying, âSen. Clinton needs our support now more than ever if weâre going to see this six-on-one to try to bring her down,â Penn told those on the campaign call. He, Mantz and several supporters hinted repeatedly on the call that Clinton was unfairly targeted by Tim Russert, debate moderator and host of NBCâs âMeet the Press.â âRussert made it appear that President Clinton had done something new or unusual,â Penn said, before adding that it âis, in fact, an extremely confusing situation â¦ I think there will be further clarification.â âI hope so,â a female caller responded. âTo me, it was the most uncomfortable part of the debate.â Penn turned again to Russert. âThe other candidates were asked questions like, âIs there life in outer space?â â The object of the call, and a follow-up breakfast Thursday morning with campaign chairman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Terry McAuliffe, was apparently to stop whatever bleeding the senator might have sustained during a debate in which Clinton wore a bullâs-eye on her back throughout the evening. Penn and Mantz said âa new phaseâ in the campaign had begun with about 65 days to go before the Iowa caucuses. They expect Obama and Edwards to go ânegative on TV, and weâre going to need the resources to fight that front.â While one supporter voiced his concern that the Clinton campaign is not devoting enough money and staff to Iowa, lagging behind Obama, most supporters who commented on the call expressed their displeasure with what they saw as the moderatorsâ focus on Clinton. One caller from Oklahoma City said that âthe questions â¦ were designed to incite a brawl,â and that Russertâs and Brian Williamsâs moderating was âan abdication of journalistic responsibility.â Another said Russert âshould be shot,â before quickly adding that she shouldnât say that on a conference call. Penn and Mantz said they were hearing a lot of the same sentiment from other supporters, but they do not plan to engage the media or the debateâs moderators. âWeâre not challenging the media on that, but the sentiment youâve expressed is obviously one Iâve heard,â Penn said. Penn added that he conducted polling before and after the debate â a focus group, perhaps â that saw Clinton as the winner. Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.) âhad a good nightâ and John Edwards âdid better,â Penn said, though he added Edwardsâs numbers have been going down. âObama did not have a particularly good night,â Penn said. Those results diverge sharply from the assessment of most analysts who watched the debate, and thought Clinton did poorly. Her campaign appeared to be in full damage-control mode Wednesday. It received a big boost at midday when Clinton received the coveted endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Gerald McEntee, AFSCMEâs president, mentioned the debate during his endorsement speech, and took Pennâs and Mantzâs view of the results. âSome of you may have seen last nightâs debate,â McEntee said. âSix guys against Hillary, and Iâd call that a fair fight. This is a strong woman.â Obama and Edwards continued their assault throughout the day, trying to capitalize on the first chink in Clintonâs armor that they have seen in months. In a memo from the Obama campaign, spokesman Bill Burton said Clinton âoffered more of the same Washington political calculation and evasion that wonât bring the change America needs.â âThe âpolitics of hopeâ doesnât mean hoping you donât have to answer tough questions,â Burton wrote. Burton wrote that Clinton dodged questions on Social Security, Iran and the National Archives issue. And on one of the more talked-about moments from the end of the debate, Clintonâs position on a move by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) to grant driverâs licenses to illegal aliens, Burton said, âTwelve hours after the debate ended, the American people are still waiting for an answer on Sen. Clintonâs position â¦ She didnât answer the question in the debate and her campaign couldnât answer it afterwards.â In Wednesdayâs conference call, Penn said Clinton âclarified that she does support governors like Gov. Spitzerâ who are faced with the issue because of the federal governmentâs failure to offer comprehensive immigration reform. The Edwards campaign, apparently referring to the AFSCME endorsement, said Clinton was âtrying to change the subject after losing a debate.â Clinton drew fire throughout the day from the Republican National Committee, which sent around a compilation of negative press releases from state Republican parties in Texas, Florida, Georgia and California. Two conservative bloggers filed a complaint with the FEC charging that Clinton had engaged in questionable, and possibly illegal, fundraising practices. The Clinton campaign released a video Wednesday, entitled âThe Politics of Pile On,â showing clips of the senatorâs rivals going after her by name during the debate. The senator did not appear ready to surrender Wednesday, though. When accepting the AFSCME endorsement, Clinton handed McEntee a pair of boxing gloves. âWhen it comes to fighting for Americaâs working families, Iâll go 10 rounds with anybody,â she said.