DATE: 3/12/2005 11:19:00 AM
Liberal Dreams - Eleanor Clift tries to make the case that Hillary Clinton, in her recent political 'evolution,' is "frustrating the right by proving different from the caricature they made of her." Clift says that Hillary is a formidable candidate because she understands the cultural weakness of the Democratic party.
Her evidence? That Hillary has recently come out against our sex and violence-drenched media. This, Clift believes, will make her nearly unbeatable by any Republican candidate. Of course, to prove this point, Clift compares Hillary to two candidates - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. She doesn't mention the one candidate the Democrats are probably most worried about, and who currently leads most Republican primary polls - former New York Governor Rudy Guiliani.
Bill Frist has no chance of becoming the Republican presidential nominee. Simply put, the man is a wimp. He's allowed the Democrats to walk all over the Republicans in the Senate and still shows no indication he's willing to fight them - just empty threat after empty threat. Rank and file Republicans are angry at the seeming ineffectiveness of the Senate leadership. Unless Frist does something impressive fast, he will be a Gary Bauer-sized blip on the radar.
Rice would make a good vice-presidential pick, but probably doesn't have the experience to run as a major-party candidate.
Clift is also wrong on the issues that matter to voters. Those concerned about social issues won't fall all over themselves for Hillary based on her views on video games and movies. It's her views on social issues like abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage and others that will determine how social issues voters look at a Hillary candidacy.
In addition, Clift ignores a major fact - as a presidential candidate, Hillary would represent not only herself, but a party that has spent the past four years alienating itself from middle-America.
If secondary social issues and third-tier candidates are all Clift has to offer in defense of a Hillary candidacy, I think more work needs to be done. I think Hillary could make a good candidate. She just needs to find a different party.