Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race by Dick Morris

By Dick Morris

Who can be president in 2008? Many think that the White home is Hillary Clinton's to lose. As long-time strategists Dick Morris and Eileen McGann exhibit in Condi vs. Hillary, in spite of the fact that, Hillary's plans for larger place of work are liable to a problem from a so much unforeseen sector: the Bush administration's secretary of nation and previous nationwide defense consultant, Condoleezza Rice. Rice is the single determine at the nationwide scene who has the credentials, the credibility, and the aura to guide the GOP in 2008. And, as this primary ebook at the topic demonstrates, a race among those commanding, yet very various, ladies is a really actual chance -- and could necessarily end up probably the most attention-grabbing and critical races in American background. mixing insider perception and political foresight, Condi vs. Hillary surveys the strengths and weaknesses of the 2 applicants, discovering persuasive clues approximately what we'd count on from every one of them as a main govt. It strains their very diversified childhoods -- Hillary Rodham's in unchallenging suburban convenience, Condi Rice's in Birmingham, Alabama, through the civil rights period -- and unearths in each one the roots in their latter-day selves. It explores their profession in public existence -- Hillary's as an formidable liberal who hooked up herself to a governor at the upward push, Condi's as a girl of vast and deep abilities who has earned her personal approach. It turns a discerning eye on how each one has spent her time in executive, contrasting Condi's progress and maturation in place of work with Hillary's checklist of underachievement as either first girl and senator from manhattan. And it unearths how a draft-Condi move may possibly sweep the secretary of nation into the presidency at the same time she forgoes campaigning to handle her obligations as secretary of country. the US, in brief, can be at the verge of an ideal typhoon of twenty-first-century politics, pitting of America's preferred -- and arguable -- ladies opposed to one another, and delivering american citizens a decision among pleasing the goals of 1 of our so much polarizing figures . . . or altering background by means of electing not only the 1st girl, but additionally the 1st African American lady, to steer the loose global into the long run.

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Finally, Bill Clinton is still Hillary ’s most useful surrogate in the political processes of fund-raising, parrying opposition attacks, and inveighing against her opponent. He is her heavy artillery, brought out when the going gets tough. Who better to send to a fund-raiser to maximize contributions than Bill Clinton? Even if he no longer has the Lincoln bedroom or Camp David to auction off, he still packs plenty of star power. It will be Bill who will raise much of Hillary ’s money, just as he did when she ran for the Senate.

Most voters in most states don’t really care. Let the candidate do what he wants, they typically tell pollsters. But the special circumstances surrounding Hillary ’s adoption of New York as her home 48 CONDI VS. HILLARY state and the way she first came there to run for the Senate may have made New Yorkers more sensitive to the issue. Every New Yorker knew that Hillary was a carpetbagger. The closest she could came to claiming hometown roots was to say that she was part Jewish (her grandmother’s second husband was Jewish—no genetic relation) and that she’d always been a New York Yankees fan!

Again, this harkens back to 1996, when President Clinton responded to my polls showing that people suspected he didn’t share their values by drastically changing his rhetoric. No longer were his public statements devoted to talk of programs, or budgets, or details. Instead he talked about values. Instead of speaking of the Head Start Program or the need to increase the number of children it reached, he talked about giving children more opportunity. 16 According to Newsweek, even as the former president was about to undergo heart surgery, he urged Kerry to do more to appeal to mainstream American values in his campaign—advice the Democratic nominee didn’t understand and didn’t take.

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