Hillary Rodham Clinton

You know, for a candidate who says she'll be ready on day one as president, her campaign is remarkably ill-prepared. From today's WaPo: Supporters of Sen.

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It looks like some of Hillary's prominent black endorsers (who double as superdelegates) are starting to have serious second-thoughts about supporting her. Here's what the AP is reporting this evening: In a fresh sign of trouble for Hillary Rodham Clinton, one of the former first lady's congressional black supporters intends to vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, and a second, more prominent lawmaker is openly discussing a possible switch. Rep. David Scott's defection and Rep.

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A Labour prime minister iof Britain in the sixties and early seventies, Harold Wilson, once observed that "a week in politics is a very long time." It has certainly has been a long time since South Carolina.

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Pro And Con

Many of my friends and colleagues are firmly committed to either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama, but I am among those Democrats who shift their allegiance from week to week, and sometimes from day to day, and will probably finally decide who to vote for when I enter the polling booth in Maryland on Feb. 12. And the debates don't help me decide. They exacerbate my indecision, because they invariably highlight the complementary strengths and weaknesses of the two candidates. Clinton is substantive; a policy wonk who knows what she is talking about even when she is hedging her position.

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Second Thoughts Be Damned [Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times]: "After suffering a setback in New Hampshire, Senator Barack Obama received some welcome news today from two powerful labor unions in Nevada. UNITE HERE, which is by far the most powerful union in Nevada, announced its endorsement of Mr. Obama this afternoon." Still Rolling In [John Solomon, Washington Post]: "Hillary Clinton's fundraising team raised more money than Democratic rival Barack Obama in the final three months of 2007, staking claim to the biggest fundraiser in the presidential race for the second straight quarter."

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Continuing on today's Plank theme of gender and politics, it's worth checking out Jonathan Alter's latest column, in which he writes: Like most women in politics, [Hillary] lacks a critical asset. Male candidates can establish a magnetic and often sexual connection to women in the audience.

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Yesterday's news from the campaign trail--that Hillary Rodham Clinton got "visibly emotional" at a rally celebrating her political career--nicely complements her team's accelerating efforts to signpost her basic humanity. (Did anyone catch her middle-of-the-road New Year's resolutions at last week's debate?

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Hillary's Firewall Sees Shadow, Hibernates Until February 5 [Peter Nicholas, Los Angeles Times]: "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is anticipating that she will not have to wait long to become the Democratic presidential nominee, privately telling campaign donors in California that the race "is all going to be over by Feb. 5." Who Takes the Des Moines Register Cake? [Mark Ambinder, The Atlantic]: "The audience is undecided Democratic caucus goers. Who stood out? Who was different? Who seemed most presidential? Who parlayed their strengths?

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Immigration and Iowa: [Monica Davey, The New York Times]: “The nation’s struggle over immigration may seem distant in states like Iowa, hundreds of miles from any border, but the debate is part of daily life here, more than ever now as residents prepare to pick a president.”   At Least He Has An Energy Policy: [Lee Rood, The Des Moines Register]: “Rather than capping trade or punishing American companies, [Giuliani] said, he would offer government incentives to encourage energy independence and to promote cleaner coal, nuclear power and greener alternatives such as hydroelectric, wind and sola

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AFSCME Pushes One More Lady [Steven Greenhouse, The Caucus (NYT)]: "Gaining one of the biggest endorsements that organized labor has to offer, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is to receive the endorsement at 1:30 p.m. today of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a union official said today."  More on AFSCME below.   Wrestling Russert [Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics]: "Blaming Russert [for yesterday's debate] is not only ridiculous, it makes Hillary and her campaign look like a bunch of spoiled children.

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