Hillary Clinton

Steep Hill
February 12, 2007

THERE ALMOST SEEMS to be a conspiracy dedicated to convincing us that Hillary Clinton is the inevitable Democratic nominee for president. She’s certainly made the inevitability of her victory her primary campaign theme. (Her announcement began, “I’m in. And I’m in to win.”) The press regularly suggests she’ll win. (The Washington Post: “Clinton begins the long campaign as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination.”) Even her most bitter enemies, giving voice to their horror fantasies, say it.

February 12, 2007

GEORGE SOROS LUNCHED with some reporters on Saturday at Davos. He talked about spending $600 million on civil society projects during the 1990s, then trying to cut back to $300 million, and how this year it will be between $450 and $500 million. His new projects aim, in Floyd Norris’s words, to promote a “common European foreign policy” (read: an anti-American foreign policy) and also to study the integration (or so he thinks) of Muslims in eleven European cities.

Ladies' Choice
February 12, 2007

LAST WEEK, I ARGUED that Barack Obama could be elected president partly because he defies white people’s stereotypes of blacks (“Black Like Me,” February 5). As it happens, I think Hillary Clinton is electable, too, but partly for the opposite reason: because she confirms people’s stereotypes of women. Let me explain. The research on female electability is surprisingly rosy.

Hillary In New Hampshire
February 11, 2007

Hillary Clinton was in New Hampshire on Saturday, and The Boston Globereported that she drew crowds and cheers. What else did the headline writers think she would draw? These were not open meetings. You had to get tickets in advance. Does the Clinton campaign not trust a meeting just open to the public? Apparently not. The article reports that in Concord Hillary said she wanted a "conversation." Surely, she knows how to conduct a conversation.

Tabloid Journalism
February 08, 2007

It was always evident that Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, for better and (mostly) worse, was going to receive a great deal more scrutiny on the grocery-store-checkout racks than those of her competitors. But I didn't expect The Washington Post editorial page to follow suit. The lead editorial in the paper today is titled "Sen. Clinton's Bundles: Who are the big-money fundraisers underwriting her campaign?" It begins by describing a recent large-donor event and asking "What are the candidate's plans to release the names of her big bundlers? ...

Great Moments In Honesty
February 04, 2007

John Edwards on "Meet the Press" today: TIM RUSSERT: Do you believe that Senator Clinton has been open and honest about her support of the war in Iraq? JOHN EDWARDS: I don't know the answer to that question. Honestly. I don't know what's inside her head and her heart about this. I can't tell whether there are political calculations going on. I just don't know. Does it really sound like Edwards is being open and honest about whether he thinks Hillary Clinton is being open and honest? I think he thinks he knows what she's thinking. Honestly! --Michael Crowley

Exes Of Evil
January 29, 2007

It hasn't taken long for the old Hillary Clinton dynamic to kick into place: Clinton goes ever so slightly off script, news media misinterprets, conservatives go wild.

"just Deck 'em, Mom"
January 28, 2007

by Linda Hirshman All weekend the websites and papers were full of coverage of Hillary Clinton in Iowa. In addition to being a citizen myself, I am interested in Clinton's campaign, because I have been working on a project on women as citizens for a while.

The Hollywood Primary Begins
January 28, 2007

Steven Spielberg is holding a fund-raiser for Barack Obama. Steven Spielberg is raising money for John Edwards. And, come spring, Steven Spielberg will host a money party for Hillary Clinton. So whom does he actually support? It's anybody's guess. Unlike the Wall Street houses and their executives who give to candidates from both parties, Spielberg and much of Hollywood sticks to Democrats. But what is his and its motive?

Hillary's Imaginary Traps
January 23, 2007

Hillary Clinton must have been on television all day Monday. But I saw her only with Charles Gibson on ABC News in the early evening. She was asked five or six plain vanilla questions, and none of them did she take up directly. She seemed to imagine a trap in each query. So Hillary was running as prey she was not. This is going to be a trap for her, persuading the electorate that the last kind of answer she wants to give is an honest one. As I pointed out on The Spine earlier, she announced that she wanted to have a conversation with the public.