Monday, December 04, 2006

Count me as a Hillary doubter...

CNN has a very unoriginal article about Hillary Clinton's political future as a 2008 presidential candidate. According to CNN, "Clinton leads '08 pack; 'electability' in question" and I don't think anyone that has been paying attention will be surprised.

The article is interesting because it has quotes from all sides. I agree with "Dick Harpootlian, a former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party not aligned with any presidential hopeful, [who] is among the nay-sayers.

'She's a senator, she'd be the first woman running, and she's Hillary Clinton,' he said. 'All of that is almost insurmountable for a general election.'"

However, not all are doubters. She has some agnostics. "'Everyone knows Hillary Clinton can raise the money and that she has a good team, but it's mitigated by all the mumbling that she's not electable,' said Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean's upstart 2004 presidential campaign."

Finally, Clinton has her backers. "'Certainly she could win the states John Kerry did,' [strategist James Carville and longtime pollster Mark Penn] wrote. 'But with the path-breaking possibility of this country's first female president ... states that were close in the past, from Arkansas to Colorado to Florida to Ohio, could well move to the Democratic column.'"

Which quote fits your opinion of a Hillary run in 2008? Is it the first, second or third? Let us know in the margins.