Hillary Clinton’s campaign team is battening down the hatches in preparation for Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Philadelphia and launching a pre-emptive strike to offset a potential pile-on from certain other presidential hopefuls who’ve been zinging her of late. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Mitt Romney has also joined the fray.

The Politico:

Expecting rival Democrats to unload on her at tonight’s debate, aides to Hillary Clinton are trying to frame the attack with a cheeky Web feature headlined “The Politics of Hope.”

The posting is intended to focus viewers, voters and pundits on the attackers rather than the substance of the attacks, which is a standard practice of the Clinton campaign.

The feature went up this morning on HillaryHub.com, the campaign’s official news site.

Among the posting’s unusual elements are links to articles featuring attacks on Clinton. That showcases her campaign’s effort to convince Democrats that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has turned his back on the new kind of politics he once had promised.

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