The New York Times has an article discussing what Hillary’s basic strategy will be during the 2008 campaign for the nomination and a couple of interesting points are raised:
According to participants, Mrs. Clinton has pressed to find out everything from whether Al Gore will run again (he is inclined not to, people tell her) to how much support remains for Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party’s 2004 candidate, among Democratic leaders (anemic, she has heard).
Mrs. Clinton told Democrats that she viewed her two strongest potential Democratic opponents to be Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina.
The participants said that she considered Mr. Obama as her biggest obstacle to the nomination, but that she believed the threat of his candidacy would diminish as voters learned how inexperienced he was in government and foreign affairs. Without mentioning Mr. Obama by name, Mrs. Clinton and her camp are asserting that experience will be a major attribute for any successful candidate during difficult times, an argument that her team will no doubt make in a stronger way against Mr. Obama if they both jump into the race.
This doesn’t sound good for comm5ttee and anoodle who are on board for the Gore-Obama ticket. I trust Hillary’s sources that Gore is not inclined to run again, and any political science student knows Kerry doesn’t have the support of the base. What I find interesing is that she is more afraid of Obama than Edwards. It makes sense that she will attack his inexperience in legislating and foreign policy. I’m surprised more aren’t paying credence to Edwards though; as we’ve stated here he has a great chance to sweep the Southern primaries and Hillary has to know that she is not strong there.
The other interesting point they made is how Hillary wants to delay her announcement on running for as long as possible (her husband didn’t announce until October 1991.) but the size of the field and early announcement of Edwards may hamper that. She wants to be a part of a “reenergized Congress” to be able to claim as many legislative successes as possible. This is another reason to believe that the 100 hour agenda will be successful…it’s in every candidate’s interest to have something to brag about.
I’m not the biggest Hillary supporter right now (put me down for Obama-Richardson) but I am not writing her off as my choice once the real rough and tumble politics begin. It’s just interesting to see she’s aware of her challengers and her weaknesses and we’ll have to see how she addresses all of these things.