CINCINNATI (TDB) -- The Ohio Republican Party is out with a 10-page background document from RNC headquarters that roughs up Sen. Hillary Clinton and contends she has been borrowing her stump themes from others. Specifically, the GOP says she is echoing Democratic rival John Edwards, who trails her in the national polls but has been running strong in Iowa. "In Iowa, Hillary adapted Edwards ideas and rhetoric as her own," the GOP says. (Check page 2 of the document.)
The Republicans point out a handful of standard oratorical flourishes in phrases like "basic bargain" and "play by the rules" that crop up in Edwards campaign appearances over the past few years. And, of course, they both talk a lot about health care, especially for children. The GOP says Hillary has sounded too eerily similar recently -- but the material it cites seems to fall somewhat short of full copyright infringement.
Still, the GOP wisely is monitoring every word and may eventually catch one of the Democrats delivering another candidate's script. Wouldn't that make great TV?