The Corner

Who Will Be the Hillary Clinton of the General Election?

It’s odd how the loser in the primaries, Hillary Clinton, would be better-suited to the current political environment than either John McCain or Barack Obama. Neither of them are connecting with working-class voters or persuasively speaking to economic anxieties at this extraordinary moment when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are at the edge of collapse. In 2000, John McCain was the feisty–angry even–crusader against Washington and the status quo. The trouble was that it wasn’t the ideal message for a Republican primary audience at that time, but now that voters desperately want that kind of candidate, McCain can’t quite find his old 2000 mojo.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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