Sunday, February 20, 2005

Hillary Sounds Like Bush

The Associated Press reports on Senator Clinton's trip to Iraq with four other senators. Link.
Clinton, a New York Democrat, said insurgents intent on destabilizing the country had failed to disrupt Iraq's landmark Jan. 30 elections.

"The concerted effort to disrupt the elections was an abject failure. Not one polling place was shut down or overrun," Clinton told reporters inside the U.S.-protected Green Zone, a sprawling complex of sandbagged buildings surrounded by blast walls and tanks. (...)

"The fact that you have these suicide bombers now, wreaking such hatred and violence while people pray, is to me, an indication of their failure," Clinton said.

It appears that at least one Democrat who wants to run for president in 2008 gets it. You do not gain the favor of the American people by rooting for an American defeat and humiliation. At this point, she appears to be the only prominent Democrat (besides Lieberman, who will not try again) who is positioning herself squarely in the mainstream of American public opinion. Kerry started the last primary process that way, but when he was getting clobbered by Dean among the party base, he ran way to the left and never moved back to the middle. My guess is that Hillary is counting on her not having a need to prove herself to the far left wing of the base. She has reason to hope they will not believe her when she sounds centrist, and know that she is really one of them, no matter what she says.

If it works, it will solve the greatest electoral problem the Democrats have, namely that, because the party is so far out of step with the majority of the American people, what is needed to win a Democratic primary and what is needed to win a general election are 180° off from each other.


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