Wednesday, August 02, 2006


I don't quite know what to make of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D. NY). I met her some years ago at the gabfest called "Rennaisance Weekend." She is a forceful speaker, but quite far to the left, including stuff that was quite critical of Israel. But she knows the main chance when she sees it. She is now vigorously supportive of the Israeli cause, and has been generally supportive of the US position in Iraq.
I have little doubt that she will run for the Presidency in 2008, but (as posted earlier) those "multi-candidate" primaries are near-impossible to figure out. But she has a ton of financial support and as Jesse Unruh a fabled Democratic leader in California said"Money is the mother's milk of politics."
We shall see.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recognize that she has a lot of financial backing and virtually universal name recognition, but she will be the Lieberman of 2008. Democratic primary-voters will only loathe US troop deployments in Iraq more intensely and there is no way for her to change course without seriously compromising her general-election viability. Furthermore, why would liberal primary-voters go for Hillary when they could have a more genuinely liberal Senator like Russ Feingold, who has not only consistently opposed the Iraq war but also the Patriot Act?

I think that the Democrats will also be desperate for an "electable" candidate. , particularly if the Republicans look to choose someone who is vaguely conservative. Electability appeared to be central in Dean's 2004 burnout. Given that Hillary is already a known quantity-- and most polls indicate that she is starting behind well-known Republican contenders like McCain and Guiliani-- she does not appear electable at first glance.

Final verdict : John Edwards as the Democratic candidate for president. Feingold as VP.

--"BMac" McKenzie
Government Relations

August 02, 2006  
Blogger Ben Wattenberg said...

OK. Diff'rent strokes for different folks. But I'd guess that and Edwards-Feingold ticket is way too liberal for America today.

August 02, 2006  

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