Posted by Dan Draney on August 14, 2005
Hilary Clinton will be facing an opponent in her attempt to extend her tour in the US Senate. Republican Jeanine Pirro, the Westchester County District Attorney, is not given much chance to slow down Hilary’s march to glory, let alone win. However, at TownHall.com, Tony Blankley thinks the campaign could hold real dangers for Sen. Clinton:
“While the junior senator from New York holds an impressive opening poll advantage of 63 percent to 29 percent over Pirro, this is a campaign well worth vigorously fighting. Hillary R. Clinton has nowhere to go but down in her re-election bid — and how far down is yet to be determined.
Moreover, her re-election campaign result will inevitably be seen as either an impressive or not impressive launch of her presidential campaign. Hillary is likely to grow to hate that 63 percent-29 percent advantage she currently holds, because any win much under 60 percent will likely be something of a letdown. Anything under 55 percent will be judged a near disaster — inevitably resulting in the obligatory campaign shake-up just as she enters the 2007 presidential launch. And, of course, if lightning strikes …”
The main danger is the “play it safe and run out the clock” mode that any campaign tends to get into when it has a big lead. Forcing an actual campaign may imperil Sen. Clinton’s 8 year plan to become a “polarizing centrist” for the 2008 presidential race.
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