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Posted by on Dec 5, 2006 in At TMV | 14 comments

Just Making Some Phone Calls

Hillary is calling her friends in Iowa:

Sen. Hillary Clinton began making calls Monday to Iowa Democrats about the state’s political landscape with an eye toward its 2008 presidential nominating caucuses, aides to Clinton said.

The moves come as the New York senator has accelerated the steps she has taken since her November re-election toward making a decision about whether to run for president.

“She’s begun the process of making some calls into Iowa,” Lorraine Voles, Clinton’s communication director, said Monday in a telephone interview with The Des Moines Register.
[…]
Clinton, by far the best-known among the Democrats eyeing the 2008 campaign, has ranked first in all national polls measuring support for prospective Democratic candidates for president.

However, two Iowa polls in the past year have borne out what some party activists worry are potential problems for Clinton.

A Register poll in June showed Clinton second to former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards among likely Democratic caucusgoers. In September, a Register poll of Iowa voters showed Clinton trailing all four Republicans listed in a hypothetical general election matchup.

Here she comes. Some argue that the Republicans dream about Hillary as the Democratic candidate. I am not so sure about that. Their attacks on her in the past imply, actually, that they are afraid of her. They can act differently now, by talking about this subject in a ‘please nominate her so we are sure that we’ll win’, but I am not so sure whether that is how they truly feel. Besides, this new attitude could also be interpreted as just another style of attacking her.

Hillary has money, she is extremely well-known, she is very talented, ambitious, has important contacts (important people backing her up), her husband is a former President so she knows what campaigns for President are like, how to fight back, how to unite people, etc.

Perhaps the US is divided about her right now, but don’t forget that a lot of it is also about momentum. If there is any Democrat who can create just that, it’s Hillary, of that I am sure (and Obama perhaps).

I’m not saying that she will win, but I am saying that the Republican party’d better not underestimate her.

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  • C Stanley

    She’s a shrewd politician and I don’t think she’ll be underestimated by the GOP. I just think that there’s a recognition on both sides that she is a divisive figure and that the GOP sees that as her achilles heel.

  • bellisaurius

    “Hillary has money, she is extremely well-known, she is very talented, ambitious, has important contacts”

    Take a moment to digest that line as an american might, mike.

    Hillary has money– ie she’s rich, from the upper class, in a country where even people making over a hundred thousand still call themselves middle class.

    talented, ambitous– The problem here is that everybody knows she knows this. We have a certain “More humble than thou” attitude to transcend. Her intellect may move effortlessly, but that’s something to be embarrassed of in how we generally look at our chief executive. We want them to be almost as smart as us, but not quite.

    important contacts– Translates to washington insider.

  • Hmm, bellisaurius, good comment. Once again it proves that I’m not American… I had not even thought about it like that.

    However, I cannot help but laugh about the ambitious, talented, etc. remark…
    If there is something American is famous for…

  • bellisaurius

    It’s funny isn’t it? We’re nominally a meritocracy, but we hate the idea of aristocracy so much that we try to avoid it. We don’t get credit for nuance too often, but sometimes, we can be pretty surprising, as to what sort of intellectual contortions we need to do to fit our ideals into our world view…

    The comment about “almost as smart but not quite” is actually sort of lifted from the comic bloom county, where Binkley’s dad is given his dream girl who has that quality. I was musing about that on my blog last week.

  • You have a blog? Why don’t you link to it in your post name?

    Anyway,

    We don’t get credit for nuance too often, but sometimes, we can be pretty surprising, as to what sort of intellectual contortions we need to do to fit our ideals into our world view…

    lol yeah. One has to perform quite some intellectual magic tricks to be able to do so every now and then, no?;)

    The comment about “almost as smart but not quite” is actually sort of lifted from the comic bloom county, where Binkley’s dad is given his dream girl who has that quality.

    lol! that’s a great line. if I thought that my girlfriend would let me get away with it, I would say something like ‘amen’, but knowing the situation to be slightly different… I will refrain from commenting on it..

  • bellisaurius

    I’ve talked to a lot of guys about the topic before, and pretty much every one agrees on the intelligence thing.

    Sometimes women look at me funny if that topic comes up, as if they expect the guy to want someone who’s equal or better (Now, that said, I’m not saying I wouldn’t take a girl who was smarter than me). The couple of times that’s happened, I just ask them how they would feel about going out with a guy who’s shorter. They’d probably go out, but they have a hard time denying it wouldn’t feel odd.

  • BTW, I checked the link to your blog out. Very good post there. Enjoyed reading it. Not just the post, but also the comments.

    One thing though… the written word remains… whether you think like that or not, I presume that your girlfriend or wife would not be too fond hearing you say and defend it

    😉

    Personally, I want my girlfriend to be intelligent, to be funny, to be interested in some things I’m interested in… I want to be able to have an ‘intelligent’ conversation about politics and / or literature, etc.

    One comment I found absolutely fascinating was from the female commenter who wrote something like that every man wants his girlfriend / wife to be both his lover and his muse.

    That was absolutely a great remark.

  • C Stanley

    belli and MvdG,
    Yeah, the intelligence gap was always a problem for me in relationships with men LOL

  • You’re asking for it CS…

    Why? Is it that difficult to find a less intelligent man for ya?

    Just kidding of course.

  • bellisaurius

    I liked her remark too, MvG. I can see where I’ve done that before and been mistaken. It’s sort like that quote from “Eternal Sunshine of a spotless mind”

    Too many guys think I’m a concept, or I complete them, or I’m gonna make them alive. But I’m just a fucked-up girl who’s lookin’ for my own piece of mind; don’t assign me yours.

    CS:
    A woman complaining about choices in men…. Such a separate discussion that always gets me in trouble (A lot more than the above one, actually)…

  • C Stanley

    MvdG: Ha.

    Belli: Luckily I’m not in the market anymore so my comment was just in jest. I enjoyed your post about the topic though.

  • I was just kidding of course C.S. In fact I noticed yesterday that I constantly respond to your posts like “great comment CS!”, “well put”, etc. Something like a male cheerleader lol.

    Belli: good one. that being said, I think that in a good relationship both inspire each other.

    BTW: I put it on the front page. Enjoyed the article at your blog.

  • C Stanley

    MvdG: And I knew you were kidding, of course, but I do rather like the idea of having a cheerleader so feel free to continue in that role LOL.

  • liberalhawk

    Hillary is rich? Huh? When I think of her as “having money”, its that she has a strong fund raising network, not a personal fortune. Ned Lamont she aint.

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