Hillary Clinton

Hillary's Twang
March 05, 2007

Years ago, I read a book by Erving Goffman called The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. As intriguing as its title, the book actually did a microsociological analysis of the deployment of different personalities and affects for different circumstances and needs. Well, Hillary Clinton is a case in extremis of the phenomenon. Hillary is the greatest makeover artist of the era. Her hair, her face, her names, her beliefs. And now, courtesy of Powerline, you can hear how she's made here voice over... or voice-over.

Your Mansion Or Mine?
March 05, 2007

The LA Times has more on the David Geffen-Hillary Clinton spat, including this gem about Geffen's rivalry with fellow billionaire Ron Burkle for President Clinton's affection: During one of [Bill] Clinton's visits to the West Coast in 1999, according to a California Democrat, Geffen insisted that Clinton stay at his home even though Geffen would be out of town.

Has She No Shame? Yes, She Has No Shame
March 03, 2007

Barack Obama announced a few weeks ago that he would join (my old friend and comrade) Rep. John Lewis on the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to mark the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965, when the state police beat the hell out of peaceful civil right demonstrators... and bashed the skull of Lewis, then head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Hillary And Health Care
March 02, 2007

One more thing about the New York Times poll that Cohn mentioned earlier: Hillary Clinton's numbers are pretty bad. Here's the Times: Looking ahead to the presidential campaign, 36 percent of Americans polled said they had confidence in the ability of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York, to "make the right decisions on health care," while 49 percent said they were uneasy about her.But Mrs.

Where Have You Gone, Bob Woodward?
February 27, 2007

Over my bowl of cereal this morning, I saw a front page headline on The Washington Post: "CLINTONS' CHARITY NOT LISTED ON SENATE DISCLOSURE FORMS." Upon reading this, my first, split-second thought was, "This has to be a John Solomon story." Indeed it is, along with a co-reporter.

Obama's Electability
February 26, 2007

Regarding the Zogby poll Mike referenced below, I think the most interesting part is at the bottom of the article. Check out this chart of potential general election matchups: Giuliani 47%, Clinton 40% Giuliani 40%, Obama 46% Giuliani 46%, Edwards 40% McCain 47%, Clinton 39% McCain 40%, Obama 44% McCain 47%, Edwards 38% Romney 35%, Clinton 45% Romney 29%, Obama 51% Romney 32%, Edwards 47% Right now Romney would lose badly to any Democrat.

King Or Candidate?
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
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.