Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Clinton's Success in Presidential Race Is No Sure Thing

Hillary is still the big favorite, but is no doubt very worried:
Clinton’s Success in Presidential Race Is No Sure Thing
Published: January 21, 2007

Compared with the other Democrats who plan to run for president in 2008, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most battle-tested, has the biggest fund-raising network and can walk into the job with a unique set of skills and perspectives gleaned from eight years in the White House as first lady.

Yet none of that guarantees Mrs. Clinton will steamroll her opponents, or manage and master the issues that have long vexed her, like the war in Iraq and universal health insurance. Far from it: she has told friends that she is more worried about winning the Democratic nomination than winning a general election against a Republican...

Mrs. Clinton has also told friends that she does not think of herself as the Democratic front-runner, nor does she like the word — which are both things that front-runners tend to say, political analysts note. (Her new campaign wasted no time yesterday sending an e-mail message about a new Washington Post-ABC poll giving Mrs. Clinton a 24 percentage point lead over her closest rival, Mr. Obama.)


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