February 23, 2007


A Surmountable Hill: Mrs. Clinton seems less inevitable after this week. (Peggy Noonan, February 23, 2007, Opinion Journal)

Republicans and conservatives have been trying to sink Mrs. Clinton for years, but she keeps bob-bob-bobbing along. "Oh those Clinton haters, what's wrong with them?"

Only a Democrat could hurt her, and a Democrat just did. Hollywood titan David Geffen, who now supports Barack Obama, this week famously retagged the Clintons as an Ivy League Bonnie and Clyde. Bill is "reckless," Hillary relentless--"God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary?" In an interview that seemed like an audience, with the New York Times's Maureen Dowd, Mr. Geffen said, "Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it's troubling." In this he was, knowingly or unknowingly, echoing Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska senator, who said in 1996 of the then-president, "Clinton's an unusually good liar. Unusually good. Do you realize that?" Mr. Kerrey suffered for the remark and was shunned within his party for a while, but didn't retract.

In her column Ms. Dowd labeled the campaign operation "Hillary Inc." but Mr. Geffen got closer to the heart of it: It is the Clinton "machine" and it "is going to be very unpleasant and unattractive and effective."

He's probably about to find out how true that is.

She'd have done better to ignore the bitching, but Ms. Clinton wins the exchange easily when she points out that Mr. Geffen is upset that the Clintons didn't spring a terrorist who killed federal officers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 23, 2007 8:43 AM


Formally, you may be right. But no one remembers who Leonard Peltier is, and Obama got in extra points for playing the race card against Hillary in SC.

Plus, Howard Wolfson is just an embarrassment. Even Carville is better as a front man than him. It's like McAuliffe all over again.

Posted by: ratbert at February 23, 2007 11:57 AM

Yes, Hillary should have ignored it, but now should drape the cop-killer around Barack Hussein's neck.

Posted by: oj at February 23, 2007 12:33 PM

Are you forgetting that the only audience for this exchange is poltical junkies and partisan Democrats? I'm not sure that those two groups care much about jailing people who kill the police.

Posted by: Brandon at February 23, 2007 1:23 PM

Good grief. David Geffen is right that Hillary can't win. Hillary is right that a candidate who has David Geffen as a prominent & vocal supporter can't win. Hillary & Obama are both right that the other one's a loser, making the rest of us are the real winners.

Posted by: b at February 23, 2007 2:42 PM


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