August 29, 2003

Hilllary for President?

And you thought I was joking when I said in San Francisco that Hillary Clinton would enter the Presidential race...and win. We still don't know about the win part. Or even the enter part. But Drudge picked this story up from with this key graph: Hillary and her advisers will meet shortly after Labor Day, I hear, to discuss whether or not she should go for it. Senator Clinton is in the same high-stakes dilemma as one of her predecessors was 35 years ago. In 1968, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy was the most celebrated Democrat in the country after President Lyndon Johnson announced he would not run -- after almost being defeated in New Hampshire by a critic of the war in Vietnam, Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota. Kennedy threw caution and old non-candidate promises to the wind and entered the contest against McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey. There are great similarities between then and now, and between New York’s carpetbagger senators -- Bobby from Massachusetts, Hillary from Arkansas -- beginning with their name recognition, their armies of admirers and enemies and their dominating position in polls.


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