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With Clinton in Iowa as She Presses Her Case

Traveling with Hillary Clinton on her "Time to Pick a President" tour through Iowa, Anne Kornblut assesses Clinton's "closing argument" and how Benazir Bhutto's death -- an unexpected tragedy in the final days of the race in Iowa -- plays into the campaign's message that Clinton has the most experience to lead.

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By Washington Post editors  |  December 28, 2007; 12:01 PM ET
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Thank you, peterdc, for a great post.
I agree with every single word.

Posted by: freespeak | December 29, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

to JakeD... okay, i believe you...

Picking him to win... of course!!!

The Clintons are past their expiration date. They did all the damage they could in the eight years they were in the White House. Like a bad houseguest, I'll send them a periodic Christmas card, but no way are they ever staying in my house again.

OBAMA '08!

Posted by: jade_7243 | December 28, 2007 10:07 PM | Report abuse

peterdc's comments are the best and most incisive I've seen on this post. I wish more writers like peter would let us know there are some extremely intelligent and articulate persons on the net. Thanks.

Posted by: sfjackie | December 28, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I am always amazed that the Post pays Anne Kornblut anything!!

He assessment is totally irrelevant and as most of her columns doesn't add anything to the discussion. Had the Post just run Hillary's statement and left it to people to decide what it meant it would have been more valuable.

I am not sure how old Anne Kornblut was when Hillary visited Bhutto in Pakistan in 1995 but the fact that Hillary took her daughter to meet with the Prime Minister and actually discussed the roles of family and women's rights with the Prime Minister was a great thing at that time. Let us not forget that Bhutto was the first woman leader of a muslim nation.

When Kornblut said it seems heartfelt after listening to Hillary speak of Bhutto it comes across as insulting. It is I am sure heartfelt. Kornblut has denigrated much of Hillary's 35 years of working for families, children, and healthcare in her columns over the last few months.

But were it not for women like Hillary chances are Kornblut wouldn't have the job she does today.

I think that there will always be Hillary haters and Bill Clinton haters out there and much of the hate comes out of jealousy that both of them have been so successful.

Hillary is a briliant woman and that shines through. Those that accuse her, and the reporters that repeat the accusations, of being scripted and to thoughtful don't seem to get the fact that she has more information at hand than most people ever understand. She understands problems in a global way and realizes that there are rarely easy answers to problems.

It is easier to be like Obama and some other candidates and just talk globally without ever gettting into an issue in depth. I am surprised when reporters don't try to follow up the generallities they spout to find out that they don't really know the details.

Hillary will be our next President because she is the smartest person running and the only one with the experience and intelligence combined to make a real difference in our lives.

And the Anne Kornblut's of the world will be able to tell their daughters that despite their making it harder for Hillary than for any other candidate, she did prevail and allowed us to tell our daughters what previously we have only been able to tell our sons, "You can grow up to be anything you want-even President of the United States".

Posted by: peterdc | December 28, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Clinton's the first choice because she's smart aggressive and experienced. She knows how to handle complicated situations.

Edwards is a strong second choice, but he wants a fight, more than he wants solutions.

Obama just isn't a rational option. He's been runniing to DC as fast as he can, he's already crooked, he's inexperience, and he doesn't show up to do his regular job at the state or federal level.
He's an empty suit

Posted by: newagent99 | December 28, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Interesting peek into the mind of Anne Kornblut. First, when Sen Clinton makes an entirely appropriate acknowledgment of recent events and her connection to them, Anne tells us what Clinton really means is she is more experienced. Second, Anne states as fact the Clinton campaign's mention of those events, again as normal and expected as a mention could possibly be, somehow is a move "they think really shows she is able to turn on a dime no matter what happens around the world". To sum up, Anne Kornblut takes the most innocuous and ordinary event imaginable and through a combination of mind reading and fantasy, somehow imputes sophisticated political calculations and machinations.
Can someone really be this much of an idiot and occupy such an important post informing our political discourse? How have we reached this point and what do we do about it?

Posted by: zukermand | December 28, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

manuelenterprise, interesting post. Though I suspect that 'experience' is not why the HRC supporters support her. I think her support results largely from sentimentality, and partially out of habit. She has been demonized by the so-called Vast Right Wing Conspiracy for so long that people have a reflexive reaction in defense of her. I think they say they like her 'experience' for lack of a better reason.

Posted by: bsimon | December 28, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Purely thinking about the political calculous, Obama could benefit from the argument that you need more experience in the white house. Biden, Richardson and Dodd have been left out of the conversation, but each possess superior experience in foriegn affairs than Clinton. New direction voters stick with Obama and Edwards, Experience voters (who don't like Hillary) may be attracted by other candidates.

Posted by: manuelenterprise | December 28, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

That's okay, JakeD. You capture the essence of the HRC campaign. Mindless repetition equating 'experience' with shared luncheon ceremonies.

Posted by: twstroud | December 28, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Yes I am -- are you picking Obama to win, place, or show?

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

BTW: doesn't Hillary's new slogan remind you of:

"Time to make the doughnuts!"

What's next?
"Please don't squeeze the intern!"

Posted by: jade_7243 | December 28, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

JakeD... no, you're not.

I pick OBAMA.

Posted by: jade_7243 | December 28, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

(Sorry for the repeat posts)

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Anne -- experience counts -- that's exactly why I am predicting Iowa for Hillary.

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Anne -- experience counts -- that's exactly why I am predicting Iowa for Hillary.

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Anne -- experience counts -- that's exactly why I am predicting Iowa for Hillary.

Posted by: JakeD | December 28, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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