Hillary Clinton

King Or Candidate?
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February 23, 2007

Former Gore spinner Chris Lehane tells the NYT this about the Obama-Hillary spat: "If you're to run as something fundamentally different--the philosopher king--you have to have a campaign that is completely different," said Mr. Lehane, who has not endorsed a candidate. "Long term, there is peril here for Obama: if he is presenting a message that he represents a new style of governance, once you start to engage in the back and forth, you really diminish this kind of message." I disagree--and I think Lehane knows better. Why?

Dept. Of Non-credible Threats
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February 23, 2007

Maybe I just don't know what it's like to receive one of Hillary Clinton's Sopranos-like appeals, but her strategy of forcing donors to pick sides in her recently-joined death-match with Obama strikes me as pretty unlikely to work: For weeks, the Clinton campaign has been dealing with the threat from Mr. Obama aggressively, if not in such a public way as it did on Wednesday. Mrs.

Home Boy
February 19, 2007

SOMEWHERE ALONG U.S. ROUTE 20, IOWA  “I think I’m making political history,” Tom Vilsack tells me. It’s a frigid January night, and we’re in an SUV barreling down a lonely stretch of highway amid the fallow cornfields of eastern Iowa. With the speedometer nudging 70 miles per hour, we’re headed to the tiny city of Independence, where a restaurant is hosting an event for Vilsack’s presidential campaign.

Biden Time
February 19, 2007

JOE BIDEN IS THE REASON Barack Obama was smart to run for president. He’s a textbook example of why lengthy service in the U.S. Senate makes it harder to win the White House. Once upon a time, Biden—elected to the Senate at age 29—was a politicalup-and-comer. He was brainy but blue-collar: a Catholic from a state that is more culturally conservative than it seems. And he was eloquent. People forget, but Biden is one of the best speechmakers in the Democratic Party. When he ran for president in 1988, passion was his forte. Sure, he was undisciplined, but so was Bill Clinton.

Hillary's Feminist Tightrope
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February 19, 2007

Down in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton says "this presidential election is about breaking barriers." But what she means is gender barriers, not racial ones, because she goes on to say that "I am the candidate with the experience to break the barriers." (And you're apparently not, Obama.) It'll be interesting to see how hard she works this barrier-breaking theme. To take one useful precedent, I recall that Nancy Pelosi often hemmed and hawed about whether her gender was in and of itself an argument for her political advancement.

Hillary Clinton On Her Iraq War Vote
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February 13, 2007

In New Hampshire on Saturday, Senator Hillary Clinton got visibly testy when a voter asked her if she would admit, without nuance, that her vote to authorize the Iraq war was a mistake. Her reply began with the tired claim that she had "taken responsibility for that vote." Which means what? "Taking responsibility" in contemporary political discourse means you want to change the subject. And, her demeanor suggested that, only three weeks into the race, she is already tired of defending her Iraq war vote.

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.

Tyran-a-Soros
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
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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.

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