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Hillary Clinton casts herself in a new role

April 3, 2008 | 12:38 pm

Earlier this week in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton offered herself as a political version of Rocky Balboa -- a beleaguered underdog fighting to hold her own against the advantages enjoyed by Barack Obama (an analogy that overlooked Clinton's consistent, though shrinking, lead in Pennsylvania polls).

Today, as she landed in Burbank to head for a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, she compared herself to a different hero -- this one a real-life figure of Revolutionary War vintage.

Asked during a brief tarmac news conference about more bad news concerning the U.S. economy, Clinton asserted that she, much more so than any other presidential contender, has been sounding the clarion call for aggressive action on this front.

She has felt, she said, at times like "Paulette Revere," warning, "The recession is coming, the recession is coming."

Before leaving Burbank, Clinton was taping an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." We'll be watching to see who else she may decide to link herself to.

-- Don Frederick