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And The Cry Went Out, 'who Lost Richardson?!'

If I'm Hillary, the biggest sign that my campaign's in trouble isn't my declining poll numbers, it's the fact that Bill Richardson is attacking me. From the NYT's Patrick Healy:

MUSCATINE, Iowa — I just got a phone call — unprompted — from Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a Democratic candidate for president, blasting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for saying she would withdraw nearly all American troops from Iraq within a year of beginning redeployment.

“Senator Clinton’s comments are a stunning flip-flop — she’s been saying she would keep troops in Iraq for five years, until 2013, and now she comes up with an inconsistent, incredible turnaround,” Mr. Richardson said.

Remember, it was only a couple weeks ago that Richardson--presumably with his eye on the number two spot on the Democratic ticket--couldn't kiss up to Hillary enough. And now he's calling reporters himself to go negative on her. How much longer until he calls them--unprompted--to offer kind words for Obama?

--Jason Zengerle