Friday, August 29, 2003
A couple of things we need to cover as we head into the weekend.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are thinking of jumping into the race before their protege, Howard Dean, runs away with the nomination. This would be a mistake for Hillary, and I do not believe she will go up against George W. Bush.
Despite his present "vulnerability" (and I put that in quotes deliberately), the President still remains in firm command of the electoral map. Recent Zogby and Newsweek polls showing Bush in the low fifties got Washington Democrats very excited. Then Gallup came out a couple of days ago and showed Bush holding steady at 59%. At this time in his father's term, Bush the elder was dropping like a rock. Not so Bush the Younger. He's got the staying power that his father never had.
If she goes up against Bush and gets hammered nationwide, she becomes damaged goods for 2008. She's a smart politico, and I believe she will hold her tongue for this election.
Meanwhile, in California, Schwarzenegger got pasted by a 1977 interview with Oui magazine, an old porn rag. I'm not sure why people think that this is important. Most Californians will ignore it, save for some of the bluenoses who weren't going to vote for Arnold anyway.
Finally, in a Shiite vs. Shiite affair, someone set of a car bomb near the Ali Mosque in Najaf, in southern Iraq. It killed a prominent Shi'a cleric and will cause more difficulties as the occupation authority figures out what to do with the political fallout from this assassination.