Friday, January 25, 2008

if he continues this way

the new york times has endorsed hillary clinton for the democratic nomination for president, something that i'm sure will come as no surprise to my father or his closest friends.
"we know that she is capable of both uniting and leading. we saw her going town by town through new york in 2000, including places where clinton-bashing was a popular sport. she won over skeptical voters and then delivered on her promises and handily won re-election in 2006."
what may come as a surprise is how the times used their endorsement to admonish mrs. clinton, and give her husband a fairly stern warning:

"as strongly as we back her candidacy, we urge mrs. clinton to take the lead in changing the tone of the campaign. it is not good for the country, the democratic party or for mrs. clinton, who is often tagged as divisive, in part because of bitter feeling about her husband’s administration and the so-called permanent campaign. (indeed, bill clinton’s overheated comments are feeding those resentments, and could do long-term damage to her candidacy if he continues this way.)"

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