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Clinton in dire need of a new punchline

   CLEVELAND -- So maybe Hillary Clinton should hire a new punchline writer.

   Last week at a debate in Austin, Texas, she upbraided Barack Obama for purloining passages of a supporter's speech, calling it "change you can Xerox."

   The audience booed.

   And last night here in Cleveland, she complained that she always gets the first question at debates.

   "You know, I'll be happy to field them, but I do find it curious. And if anybody saw "Saturday Night Live," you know, maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow," she said.

   The audience groaned.

   For his part, Obama tends to avoid these sort of zingers, and thus maybe doesn't get his debate clips picked up quite so often afterwards.

   But the question is: Why does Clinton, a candidate with a notoriously high "negative" rating, persist in lobbing pointed bon mots at the man who' is beating her in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination?

   Is it helping her in any way?

  -- Jerry Zremski

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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