Carol Platt Liebau: A "Hil" of a Mess?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A "Hil" of a Mess?

Michael Goodwin points out that the political strength of John Edwards and Barack Obama signals discontent in the Democratic ranks with the prospect of a Hillary Clinton candidacy.

With the withdrawal of moderates like Mark Warner and Evan Bayh from the Democratic presidential race, it's tilting to the left. This should help Hillary Clinton, who's been trying to burnish her moderate credentials, in a general presidential election.

But she's got two problems in the primary: (1) They're dominated by lefties; and (2) They're dominated by activist politicos who are interested in winning. The lefties are mad at the new, more moderate Hillary -- and they also undestand that she's a deeply polarizing figure in America, which makes it more difficult for her to reach out and win new adherents.


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