January 20, 2005


Sen. Clinton urges use of faith-based initiatives (Michael Jonas, January 20, 2005, Boston Globe)

On the eve of the presidential inauguration, US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton last night embraced an issue some pundits say helped seal a second term for George W. Bush: acceptance of the role of faith in addressing social ills.

In a speech at a fund-raising dinner for a Boston-based organization that promotes faith-based solutions to social problems, Clinton said there has been a "false division" between faith-based approaches to social problems and respect for the separation of church of state.

"There is no contradiction between support for faith-based initiatives and upholding our constitutional principles," said Clinton, a New York Democrat who often is mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2008.

Addressing a crowd of more than 500, including many religious leaders, at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza, Clinton invoked God more than half a dozen times, at one point declaring, "I've always been a praying person."

She said there must be room for religious people to "live out their faith in the public square."

Unless Rudy Giuliani defeats her in '06, she's running in '08.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2005 9:40 AM

Republicans who relish the prospect of a Hillary run should be careful what they wish for. She is at least as smart as Willie J., and is meaner and more disciplined to boot. Further, being moored to no apparent core beliefs and under no obligation to defend the more grotesque and tawdry aspects of the Slickster's regime, she will be as tough a target as a videogame shape-shifter.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at January 20, 2005 10:55 AM

She's not running in '006 precisely because she's running in '008. Can't take that chance of losing. Wouldn't be prudent.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 20, 2005 11:42 AM


Only a Republican Jew, woman, or black can win.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2005 1:16 PM

Alex: She pocketed a moiety of the Marc Rich swag so she is not clean.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 20, 2005 3:31 PM

At least when Hil has [inappropriate contact] with a young female intern she can keep it out of the papers.

Posted by: Governor Breck at January 20, 2005 8:14 PM

Hillary says, "I've always been a praying person." I don't think taking the Lord's name in vain while yelling @ Bill counts.

Posted by: Phil at January 21, 2005 2:30 PM

The left is moving back to the days of William Jennings Bryan and wrap itself in the faith mantle. It will be interesting to see how this plays among her Hollywood contributors. If they don't drop her like a hot potato, nobody in the faith community will be impressed.

She spent the better part of three decades as Slick Willie's bagperson. She probably sleepwalks at night, going to the sink and washes herself screaming 'Out out damn spot!'

Posted by: Bart at January 21, 2005 6:35 PM