Hillary Clinton

The "genius" Of Karl Rove
August 20, 2007

I don't often agree with the press critic Jay Rosen, but I think he had a smart point when he argued in one of the thousands of Rove postmortems from last week: Savviness is what journalists admire in others. Savvy is what they themselves dearly wish to be. (And to be unsavvy is far worse than being wrong.) Savviness--that quality of being shrewd, practical, well-informed, perceptive, ironic, "with it," and unsentimental in all things political--is, in a sense, their professional religion. They make a cult of it.

Overreact Much?
August 15, 2007

Here's Barack Obama talking about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: "I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can," Obama said. "I will add, by the way, that is not entirely a problem of her making. Some of those battles in the '90s that she went through were the result of some pretty unfair attacks on the Clintons. But that history exists, and so, yes, I believe I can bring the country together in a way she cannot do.

Hillary 1, Ignorant Critics 0
August 09, 2007

I haven't seen the exchange, described in this item from the New York Times campaign blog, between Hillary Clinton and a critic of universal health care. But if the description is accurate, I wish I had. And, for the record, Hillary was absolutely correct. See here and here if you need evidence of why. --Jonathan Cohn

Buttering Up Hillary
August 08, 2007

Below, Jamie Kirchick has what strikes me as an odd post about Robert Reich. He refers to Reich as "co-founder of a magazine called The American Prospect." If he's truly unfamiliar with it, he could ask me, Jonathan Cohn, Richard Just, or Jason Zengerle, who started out at TAP before ascending to TNR. Reich's main sin is that he recalled going to a movie with a young Hillary Clinton and saying: "She wanted a lot of butter on her popcorn," Mr. Reich said on his blog. "A lot of butter. Significant? You be the judge." Jamie says this is "pathetic." I don't get that at all.

"i'm No Hillary"
August 02, 2007

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the first lady of Argentina who is running to succeed her husband as president of the country that Juan Peron and Evita Peron once ruled, does not like the comparisons often made (like mine) between herself and Hillary Clinton. Reuters has it as a big story: "I'm no Hillary Clinton."

Covering The Debate Coverage
July 24, 2007

The votes are in: commentators mooned over the format (this will change all Presidential debate forever!), identified some mistakes (both gun nut- and blouse-related), appreciated Edwards' boldness, and were pained, pained to declare Hillary the winner. YouTube Forever! Katherine Q. Seelye, The Caucus "The videos added such a personal element and an unpredictable element, and made the debate seem so broadly open to everyone in the country, that it seems unlikely that future debates will not include them." Rick Klein, The Note "The biggest winner?

Hillary To Guest Star On "24"?
July 23, 2007

Having never seen "24," I'll defer to Chris's judgment that "the show is beyond politics altogether--or, perhaps more accurately, beneath them." But that hasn't stopped numerous conservative commentators (not to mention the odd Supreme Court Justice) from trying to make political hay out of the show. So, given the current Democratic frontrunner in the '08 presidential race, it's probably worth noting that for the show's seventh and upcoming season, the president on "24" will be a woman.

Fighting The Last War
July 06, 2007

A couple days ago Noam made the smart point that Hillary Clinton is executing a campaign strategy that she drew up for a political environment that doesn't actually match the political environment she's now competing in.

O'reilly's Latest
June 22, 2007

Here's an excerpt from a transcript of Bill O'Reilly's interview with a Democratic consultant. O'Reilly seems to have discovered a new tactic when he doesn't like what someone is saying: Pretend they make no sense. And then move on. O'REILLY: Why do you think the far left is disenchanted with [Hillary Clinton]? Why?SWANSON: Well, I think that she has put herself in a position to explain a little too much in terms of her past votes.

Dowd On Clinton
June 21, 2007

"You and I" it is. I've never met you and it surely isn't me. The "I" is Hillary Clinton. First person singular. Except it is two people plural, Hillary and Bill. Do we really want their high-wire act again? I don't know whom Maureen Dowd likes among the candidates. Maybe she like none of them. But she surely doesn't like Hillary. She makes a grand case against the Missus. And Dowd is well, hilarious. Beware: with Hillary Clinton also comes the simpering black lady poet Maya Angelou, the only one worse being belle hooks. Yes, without capital letters.