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That Word, I Don’t Think It Means What You Think It Means


If Peter Beinart is going to claim that ”on the right, speculation is already rampant” that Hillary Clinton will challenge Obama in 2012, he probably should come up with more than one paragraph in a Peggy Noonan column, a RedState post, and the umpteenth round of speculation from Dick Morris.

Sure, speculation about this is around, if you look hard enough. But then again, most ideas are.

I mean, look at this guy, speculating about another Hillary presidential bid in mid-November 2008:

She might even make it back to the White House. After all, Barack Obama’s meteoric rise is the exception: Most politicians—Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush I—need to lose a presidential bid or two before they finally win. Hillary still has time. In eight years, she’ll be younger than Reagan was when he entered the White House, and younger than McCain is now. (Something that can’t be said for, say, Joe Biden).

That guy, of course . . . is Peter Beinart.

Tags: Barack Obama , Hillary Clinton


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