HRC Playbook: Agree with the ‘surge’ but not too much


Today, in trying to re-assert her perceived front-runner status in the Democratic primary race, HRC announced a plan to not vote against the troop surge proposed by the President but call for a cap and require troops be sent to Afghanistan.

She appeared on all the morning shows to make this very important policy announcement (read: sarcasm).

Is this really the type of candidate we want to run in a general? Is this the best she can come up with to re-assert herself? This goes to anoodle’s comment in the post about Obama’s announcement of the formation of his exploratory committee.


2 Responses to HRC Playbook: Agree with the ‘surge’ but not too much

  1. anoodle says:

    This is probably an overused analogy, but I really think Hillary thinks she’s the tortoise and Obama is the hare. I think she is resisting the urge to be what she considers overly reactionary, and present herself as a cautious, practical politician. She knows how polarizing she is; she knows that there are people out there waiting to pounce on her as a wishy-washy, weak, hand-wringing liberal. She has spent the last 6 years trying to dispel that.

    You could make an argument that, to some extent, it’s working. She came into NY in the 2000 senate race with very high unfavorables, especially upstate. She spent that whole campaign, against a god awful opponent (remember Rick Lazio) going door to door and building bipartisan support. Her approval rating now in NY is sky high. Think about how amazing it is that the RNC couldn’t recruit a real candidate to oppose her this time. If I told you in 2000 that she would basically run unopposed in 2006, no one ever would have believed me. The RNC should have been salivating at the possibility of wounding her for the 2008 race, but they couldn’t even field a formidable candidate. The fact that no one wanted to take her on is amazing.

    Don’t get me wrong– I still think the constant positioning and sticking the finger in the wind rubs me the wrong way, and I would love to see her stand up and fight against this administration, but I know for a fact that she has some of the best people in the party working for her, and they know what they are doing.

    In the long run, if she gradually shifts further and further away from the way, she will likely end up in nearly the same place as most of the potential candidates on the democratic side will be, and I’m not sure those opponents can really damage her on this, as long as she keeps gradually moving further against the war.

    The other important thing to remember is that a lot of the primary season will depend on three things– 1) name recognition, 2) organization and operatives on the ground, and 3) fundraising. There’s no question that she has a gigantic lead in #1, she has already locked up many of the top organizers and fundraisers, and she has the benefit of having run 2 campaigns, as well as the experience of being at Bill’s side for multiple gubernatorial campaigns as well as 2 presidential campaigns. She, and her people are ready for anything.

    If Hillary can survive the primary season and if she doesn’t get pushed too hard to the left (and she manages to not allow the RNC to define her) she could be a formidable candidate because of her organization and cash.

    If she stumbles early though, I could see someone else leapfrogging her (sorry for the animal analogy again), but it’s going to take a huge gaffe. She is way too prudent, way too disciplined, and way too smart to have that happen. I worry a little that some of the other candidates who are less experienced could fall into the Kerry trap of constantly defending yesterday’s attack ad instead of positively defining themselves….

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