How Experienced Is Hillary?
January 18, 2008
Hollywood super-agent Ari Gold Emanuel has a few questions about Hillary Clinton's "35 years of experience making change": Well, Senator Clinton, I'm confused. I've done the math. You're 60, which means that 35 years ago you were 25. And I Googled your name, looking for all the change you were making as a 25 year old and, frankly, I'm not finding much. You were going to Yale Law School at the time -- which I'm sure was a personally transformative experience, but it's hardly the kind of change that should count on one's Presidential Training Experience resume, is it?
Is That Hillary Clinton Talking? Or Grover Norquist?
January 17, 2008
Barack Obama has taken a lot of grief for appropriating right-wing talking points. And rightly so. Consider health care. When he has argued against "forcing" people to buy insurance, as Hillary Clinton and John Edwards have proposed to do, he undermined the case for an individual mandate -- something virtually every expert agrees is necessary to achieve truly universal coverage. But look who's talking like a conservative now.
Speaking Of Endorsements
January 16, 2008
I know a few bloggers have questioned the value of an endorsement that takes shots at the candidate being endorsed, as the Las Vegas Review Journal does in its Obama endorsement today. But I still think it could help him. If for no other reason than that it completely lays into Hillary. It's like a widely-circulated piece of negative mail that is in no way traceable to your campaign. Here's how the editorial begins: As state Democrats prepare to hold their Saturday caucuses, cynical Republicans might well encourage them to choose Sen.
Breaking News: Clinton Surrogates Show No Class
January 14, 2008
Given that cable news and the internet are abuzz with talk of Robert Johnson's despicable allusions to Obama's teenage drug use, I was curious to see what Clinton surrogates would be saying about the matter. And, sure enough, Chris Matthews had Sheila Jackson Lee, an African-American Congresswoman from Texas, on to talk about the campaign (she's a big Clinton supporter). Anyway, Matthews asked her what she thought about the comments. She conspiculously did not even try to address the question, instead blathering on about Hillary's heart.
Hillary On Obama's Anti-war Cred
January 14, 2008
Like Matt Yglesias, I don't entirely get what Hillary Clinton is aiming for by raising questions about Obama's war-opposition. Yes, Obama toned down his opposition once he arrived in the Senate. But, as Matt says, "Russ Feingold's not his opponent. Hillary Clinton is." And, at pretty much every step of the way, Hillary was either where Obama was or to the right of him on this issue.
Does Edwards Prefer Obama?
January 11, 2008
I do this with great trepidation, but I think I'm going to have to disagree with Dan Balz, who, wondering if/when John Edwards will drop out, writes: In a largely two-person race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, it's clear where Edwards's sentiments lie. If he can't be the nominee, he strongly prefers Obama to Clinton. If there were any doubt before, his performance in the Jan. 5 New Hampshire debate answered that question definitively.
Kennedy Not Endorsing Soon
January 11, 2008
Apart from Al Gore, the most prized Democratic endorsement still out there belongs to the senior senator from Massachusetts. Both the Obama and Clinton camps have been working Kennedy hard. But I'm told not to expect him to pick a side before February 5. (My off-the-cuff hunch, incidentally, is that that's a letdown for Hillary Clinton. Kennedy is a real creature of Washington who worked well with the Clinton White House and has backed establishment candidates--Al Gore, John Kerry--in past primary fights. I would think his default choice would be Hillary.
Quote Of The Day
January 11, 2008
"We treat these problems as if one is guacamole and one is chips, when ... they both go together." --Hillary Clinton, in a heavily Latino Las Vegas-area neighborhood, January 10. Relatedly, today's WSJ has a look at Clinton's efforts to court Latino voters. No mention of the Do the Right Thing factor, though. P.S.
Will Obama Win The African-american Vote?
January 10, 2008
It's already more than a day since the odds have once again shifted in the Democratic sweepstakes. I went to bed at about 3:30 a.m.
How Ron Paul Ended Up In My Pants
January 09, 2008
Yesterday I joined the Gloria Steinem/ Hillary Clinton pile-on, arguing that younger women like me didn't buy Steinem's argument that sisterhood naturally equals a vote for Hillary Clinton. Eve questions whether last night's results have changed my stance. I'm not backing down yet. There's an age skew in the exit polling (older and married women providing the bulk of Clinton's muscle) that suggests the sisterhood argument has a generational appeal. What last night really showed is that Clinton herself played the gender card brilliantly (see today's Maureen Dowd column).