Barb got me another book on tape to listen to on my long commute (she does this frequently–I love it and she knows me well enough to seldom ‘miss’). This time it was Hillary’s Choice. I haven’t finished it yet but so far it is fabulous. I never really understood what the big deal was with Hillary. Why were people so impressed with her and why did so many people hate her? As I was telling Barb the other day Hillary was an absolutely driven person from a very young age. She was a top scholar from her first contact with school. She was interested in politics from a young age and was first politically involved with the Republican party.
All this was very interesting to me and I’m looking forward to hearing some more of the tape tomorrow on my drive home. Then tonight I read an opinion piece by Peggy Noonon on why and how she thinks Clinton will run for president in 2008. It fits so well with what I’ve been hearing on tape that it was like a key turning an expensive and well oiled lock. It really clicked with what I had been hearing. Here is a sample of what Ms Noonon has to say:
Three reasons. The first is that she knows another attack on American soil is inevitable and wants to position herself politically as The Wise One Who Warned Us.
Second, she knows that a woman perceived as a liberal has no chance at winning the presidency while a woman perceived as a tough, pragmatic moderate does. So she is tough where Mr. Compassionate Conservative is soft (immigration), or is vulnerable, after a coming attack, to charges that he was soft (homeland security). She can’t lose on this one. Security can always be better, and after America is attacked again anger and finger pointing will be widespread.
Third, Mrs. Clinton knows the Democratic Party as a whole is to the left of the electorate. She is used to this. It is the story of her life. The electorate in Arkansas were always more moderate than Gov. and Mrs. Clinton, and President and Mrs. Clinton for that matter. She knows how to operate in such conditions. She does not intend to go down in flames as a leftist when she runs for president. This will take guile. She has guile.
We live in interesting times. Yes, I know–a Chinese curse and all that.