Hillary Rodham Clinton

Debating Iran: [Dan Balz, The Washington Post]: "Iran is now the front line in a foreign policy debate that has found Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) defending a vote that her rivals said could embolden President Bush to once again launch unilateral military action against a Middle Eastern nation."   Subjective Torture?: [Michael Cooper, The New York Times]: "Asked at a community meeting here whether he considered waterboarding torture, Mr. Giuliani said: 'It depends on how it’s done. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it.'"   Levin v.

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Obama Takes Aim [Jim Rutenberg, New York Times]: "Senator Obama's campaign shared with reporters this morning this mailing it sent out highlighting his early opposition to the Iraq war 'when others went along' with the Bush war plan. But, in the latest wrinkle in the fight between the two Democratic candidates, the mailing also pointedly notes that, 'while other Democrats voted for the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment, Barack Obama opposed another Bush foreign policy fiasco.'" Electable, but Why?

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The Afternoon News

SEEING GREEN: Jim Kuhnhenn, AP: "Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has pulled ahead of rival Barack Obama at the bank as well as in the polls and both continue to crush Republicans in the money race." FAMILY FRIENDLY: Klaus Marre, The Hill: "Clinton proposed to let states come up with 'innovative paid family leave programs' that would be funded through a $1 billion grant program.

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Read This Review

"It's the piety, stupid." This is how a very smart review by Chris Lehmann in the New York Observer of Carl Bernstein's long awaited tome, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, begins. The sentence is an illumination. That's exactly what's wrong with her. She is pious and cynical. Read this article: it is an illumination. P.S.: In the same issue of the Observer, there's a piece by Jason Horowitz persuasively disentangling Hillary's views on the war. Or at least her views on the war on the day the Observer came out.

I always wondered why Hillary Rodham Clinton never boasted about her service on the Wal-Mart board. After all, she boasts--even exaggerates--about everything she's done and does. I have had this "story" in my head for maybe fourteen years. I tried to get New Republic staffers to go after it, anyway without the success. Let me be frank. I think that the argument about Wal-Mart does not come out one-sided, either in terms of the economy as a whole (not just in the U.S.) or of local economies.

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Hillary's Iraq Vote

This paragraph from the Washington Post is a real classic. Try to count how many times her position ping-pongs: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), the 2008 Democratic presidential front-runner, has long opposed setting a withdrawal date. But she voted for the Feingold measure as a message to Bush. Later, she sought to distance herself from the amendment by stressing its procedural nature, though when pressed by reporters, she acknowledged that she supports the Feingold proposal.

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Ingrates!

Two articles in the Times this morning must have given Hillary Clinton the hives. One was just a note in the Arts section headlined "Carl Bernstein's Hillary Clinton Book Due in June." Knopf has moved the pub date up from the fall, and did that on the day the author handed in his last pages. The book, to be called A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, will be 640 pages long in print.

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More Books On Hillary

My earlier post was about Carl Bernstein's quickly upcoming book about Hillary. The Times article I mentioned had also alluded to another volume, this one by Times reporters Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., to be published by Little, Brown. It also has a slightly frigid title: Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Do you recall the song sung by Frank Sinatra, "Doing It My Way?" Choreographed by Twyla Tharp and performed by Baryshnikov. Very sexy, both lyrics and dance.

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Hillary's War

In October 2000, Hillary Clinton was entering the home stretch of one of the most unusual Senate campaigns in American history. Although her husband still occupied the Oval Office, she had decamped to a Dutch Colonial in Westchester County to run for the seat of retiring New York Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan. To compensate for the fact that she had never actually lived in the state she intended to represent, she immersed herself in Empire State minutiae. Off the top of her head, she would describe in detail the virtues of the Northeast dairy compact and the rate of upstate job growth.

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Steep Hill

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.

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