The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Hillary in New Hampshire


While Obama was announcing in Illinois, Hillary was in New Hampshire this weekend. Continuing to listen to voters. And, you know, talk to them, too. The Post tells us:

Clinton veered away from drawing simple conclusions on issues such as the war in Iraq and health care, insisting that each is a complex problem that does not lend itself to a simple solution.

No easy answers – hooray! Somewhat seriously, that can’t be what the party’s base voters wanted to hear.


Meanwhile, Don Surber notices that Hillary is insisting that when she voted for the Iraq War resolution, she’s claiming she “wasn’t voting for pre-emptive war.” I think I will have a rare moment of agreement with her critics on the left who are asking, what, exactly, she thought President Bush was going to do with the authority to use military force against Iraq?


Senator, your explanatory options are A) you didn’t really read the resolution before you voted for it B) you are being disingenuous, and hope that no blogger or voter actually goes back and checks what the resolution said or C) you have been afflicted by amnesia.


On a related note, something I’ve been wondering about Hillary’s unexpected “conservative” initiatives of the past few years: Does Hillary Clinton honestly believe that a skeptic who sees her as liberalism incarnate is going to look at her proposals to ban flag-burning and Grand Theft Auto and say, “whoa, I was mistaken there – she’s really a moderate”?


And maybe I’m projecting my policy priorities onto the rest of the country, but is there any American for whom flag-burning and violent video games are their top two priorities? Top two out of, say, top five?

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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