Ahhhh…isn’t it fun when documents tumble into the public domain, revealing the hand-wringing that goes on behind the scenes? Hillary Clinton trails in Iowa behind John Edwards and Barack Obama, and one aide wrote a memo suggesting the NY Senator and 2008 presidential contender back out of the Iowa caucuses.

The memo from Mike Henry emerged days after a Des Moines Sunday Register poll of likely caucus-goers showed Clinton trailing rivals John Edwards and Barack Obama in Iowa, which is to hold its caucuses Jan. 14, 2008.

“I believe we need a new approach to winning the Democratic nomination,” Henry wrote. “This approach involves shifting the focus away from Iowa and running a campaign that is more focused on other early primary states and winning this new national primary.”

All the major presidential campaigns have been struggling to adapt to next year’s vastly accelerated calendar, with such states as California and New York holding primaries within weeks of Iowa and the other traditional small state powerhouse, New Hampshire. Clinton is under extra pressure now that Obama and Edwards threaten her strategy to project herself as the inevitable nominee.

Sorry Hil, you’re not getting anointed, you have to earn it. So after this memo leaked, she had to trot out and publicly re-commit herself to running in Iowa.

Her advisers fearing backlash from Iowa Democrats who cast the first votes of the 2008 presidential race, Clinton denounced the memo hours after it leaked from her headquarters and played down an internal debate over campaign strategy. “I am unalterably committed to competing in Iowa,” she told The Associated Press.

…After the AP reported Henry’s memo Wednesday, Clinton’s advisers – including those who had agreed with him – quickly closed ranks behind the Iowa-first strategy and sought to play down divisions within the campaign.

“This memo offered the views of one person,” Clinton told the AP. “I didn’t see the memo and didn’t know about the memo until it apparently fell into the hands of someone outside the campaign.”

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And just to show that while I’m not a Hillary supporter, I have no patience for right-wing gay-baiting like this from Cliff Kincaid, the head of Accuracy in Media is completely bottom-feeder BS. Read after the jump.(Media Matters) Kincaid:

“The sex scandal the media won’t touch involves Senator Hillary Clinton’s [D-NY] alleged lesbianism.” Kincaid later added: “This matter is as explosive as Senator Barack Obama’s [D-IL] mysterious upbringing as a Muslim in Indonesia and his quick conversion to Christianity.”

As Media Matters for America has repeatedly documented (here, here, here, here, and here), several right-wing media figures have attempted to advance rumors that Clinton is either bisexual or a lesbian. In suggesting that Clinton is a lesbian, Kincaid cited Edward Klein’s widely discredited book, The Truth about Hillary (Sentinel, June 2005), and “[c]onservative writer Jack Wheeler [who] flatly asserted in a Washington Times column, based on his sources, that [Clinton] is bisexual.” In his 2004 Times op-ed, Wheeler wrote:

One reason is that it’s too blindingly obvious that Mr. Clinton’s book should have been titled “My Lie.” All of that stuff about Hillary being mad, making him sleep on the couch, going to marriage counselors for a year, yada yada, is all made up. They have had a pact for decades: He gets to fool around with women, and she gets to fool around with women (plus the occasional man like Vince Foster).

Yes, she’s bisexual — I disclosed that in an infamous Strategic Investment column in January 1993, and Dick Morris publicly revealed it a few years ago. You knew that, right?

Boy, this sh*t is tired. If Hillary wasn’t so squeamish about public discussion about TEH GAY, she’d laugh this off and ask Cliff what’s wrong about being bi or a lesbian? I’d like to see him inspect some of the GOP marriages for merkins, beards and adultery. Does he really want to go there — if so, I’m ready to go make popcorn for that show.

Pam Spaulding

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