Hillary had announced her intentions to run for President and the media is all in a tizzy. NewsBusters notes that today on its “Early Show,” CBS “ran four stories pertaining to Hillary Clinton entering the Democratic race for president.” The show failed to provide “any coverage at all” when the top tier Republican candidates made their presidential intentions known. The show did provide coverage of some of the other Democratic candidates, but not nearly as much as they offered Mrs. Clinton.
Alhtough she has high negatives, even among her own party, Mrs. Clinton still has a strong shot at the Democratic nomination. Yet, if she were a sure thing, Democrats and the media would not have gone all gaga over Illinois Senator Barack Obama. She’ll probably have the best organization of any candidate in the race and an ability to raise a lot of cash. But, she risks being overshadowed by her husband.
The London Times indicates that she intends to run as the “new Thatcher” (H/t: OpinionJournal’s Political Diary (available by subscription)). Give me a break. The Iron Lady she ain’t. Lady Thatcher didn’t need to tell anyone she was tough. She showed them she was. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe made sure to remind the report that she is “perceived as very tough.”
A woman who is truly tough wouldn’t be changing her stands to accommodate shifts in public opinion polls.
While I think Mrs. Clinton will have a solid campaign and will be a formidable candidate for the Democratic nomination, but her victory is no sure thing. As we have seen with the dirt her people have been digging up on Senator Obama, she, like her husband, will stop at little to destroy their opponents. If she keeps this up, this could backfire and reinforce her negatives.
That said, the Republican nominee should review his own past actions to make sure they’re prepared for late releases of information damaging to his candidacy.
So, Hillary has announced much earlier than she would have liked. She did a cutesy Oprah-like infomercial on her web-site which offered little in the way of an agenda except to say that she intends to hold a conversation and that she doesn’t like President Bush. If she wants to win in 2008, she’s going to do more than offer such banalities and do more than play to her party’s Bush-bashing base.
Like her husband in 1992, she’s going to have to come up with a positive agenda of policies she wants to put forward. But, her party’s left-wing base has grown stronger in the last 15 years. And she risks alienating them if she attempts to campaign on the centrist policies that served him so well against the first President Bush.