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Hillary's presidential remake leaves the Clinton heartland cold
The Age ^ | January 14, 2006 | Anne Summers

Posted on 01/14/2006 4:29:15 AM PST by yoe

Although it is still more than two years before the main parties in the United States decide on their candidates for the 2008 presidential election, it is widely assumed that the Democratic Party candidate will be the junior senator from New York, Hillary Clinton.

You might expect the political conversation among Democrats to be along the lines of "is Hillary electable" (given the preponderance of red states on the American political map) but as I discovered during a recent visit to the US, many in her natural base have already washed their hands of her.

[snip] At a dinner party in New York last week with a group that included writers, lawyers, a former senior staff member for the Clinton administration and a columnist for The New York Times, the hatred of Hillary Clinton was unconcealed. It was articulated with the passion of people scorned. Clinton has not just disappointed, she has betrayed them. I might have been more surprised at the way these Upper West Side liberals were slagging off at someone many of them would once have seen as a political ally, if not a personal friend, had it not been for a pretty savage piece in that week's New York magazine.

[snip] A far bigger complaint is not about her personality, but her politics. In recent months, Clinton has cosied up to the leading members of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" she once excoriated for trying to bring down her husband. (That was before she knew the truth about Monica Lewinsky.) Former House speaker Newt Gingrich torpedoed the "Hillarycare" health insurance plan in 1994 but that hasn't stopped her making recent common cause with him - on the need to reform health care......

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hillary; hillary2008
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To: Global2010

It's a matched set, I'm certain...

51 posted on 01/14/2006 7:19:16 AM PST by Old Sarge (In a Hole in the Ground, there Lived a Fobbit...)
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To: Old Sarge

That pic. Those eyes. That Hillary.

Oh, jeez, how could you? I won't eat for a week now.

(BARF!) You're cruel! (ERRRP!!)

52 posted on 01/14/2006 7:30:28 AM PST by elcid1970
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To: sure_fine
if she got her own cigar treatment, she might get happier

Damn you, I don't even want that image in my mind. My attorney will be in touch.

53 posted on 01/14/2006 9:10:53 AM PST by Hardastarboard
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To: yoe
There will be many more screams from scorned supporters. The big question is: will spurning her base enable her to win enough "rednecks' to become the 44th president or will she just end up being reviled by everyone? It's going to be a fascinating ride.

Well, I might use a word other than "fascinating."

54 posted on 01/14/2006 9:28:21 AM PST by wouldntbprudent
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To: kjo

Yes, just like their holding their noses now to vote out Santorum.

55 posted on 01/14/2006 9:30:23 AM PST by wouldntbprudent
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To: yoe
"The First Female President" alone will be enough to a) vastly increase the Dems share of women who currenly vote, and b) bring out enough new women voters, to easily take the presidency. (The media on MTV and CNN and CBS etc will sway millions of existing female voters and bring in millions of females who have not voted previously. It will have this same affect on liberal men, who are who pansies by definition.)

Unless the Pubs co-opt the "first female president" thing. And even then I would still bet on the Hildebeast. Dems are working now to improve the vote rigging and stealing tactics they used in 2000 and 2004.

56 posted on 01/14/2006 10:00:15 AM PST by gg188
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