File this under “never a dull moment,” never, where Hillary Clinton is concerned. The Secretary of State has been on a little vacation since her awesome Syria statement on August 18, dubbed “presidential” by Sarah Palin and Greta Van Susteren.
As we might have predicted, however, that little Carney-Kinsolving exchange I posted from yesterday’s White House press briefing has garnered a small bouquet of opinions on the matter in the media – along with a weed or two.
From the LA Times
Political commentary from Andrew Malcolm
August 30, 2011 | 9:02 am
They’ve started again — the Hillary questions.
Will the once-vanquished first lady, who’s been the solid voice of administration foreign policy since Day One, challenge White House incumbent Barack Obama for the Democrats’ presidential nomination a year from now in Charlotte, N.C.?
Of course, she and everyone will say no, no, no — until the day they might say, well, actually, yes.
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Pressure Grows on Hillary to Challenge Sinking Obama
Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 03:56 PM
By Martin Gould
Will Hillary Clinton challenge Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination?
She says no, that she never wants to run for office again. But the pressure is growing on her to change her mind as Obama continues to slide in the polls — and as the left bloc of the party and Latino and black voters become more vocal in their disapproval of the president.
From Fox News
By Charles W. Dunn
Published August 30, 2011
Lyndon Johnson won one of history’s biggest landslides in 1964, but four years later he dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The hand-writing was on the wall for LBJ, facing an unpopular war in Vietnam, domestic unrest at home, and discontent among fellow Democrats, who saw him as an albatross around their necks.
Will 2012 be President Obama’s déjà vu? Will it be 1968 all over again? After all, our current president is entangled in not one, but two unpopular wars, domestic unrest about the continuing high jobless rates, uncontrollable budget deficit and soaring debt ceiling, and plummeting approval ratings.
Then party-pooper, David Weigel , strides in and dumps a whole bucket of water over the floral arrangement.
By David Weigel
| Posted Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at 2:56 PM EDT
Les Kinsolving asks Jay Carney if Hillary Clinton will primary Barack Obama. “You’d have to ask her,” says Carney. That’s our cue for pages of baseless speculation about whether or not Hillary Clinton could primary Barack Obama. (My favorite offering in the genre — Andrew Malcolm’s long take that consults the sources in his mind, who are easier to get on the phone than real sources.)
If we’re going to be this lazy, we need some insta-data. We need someone to do a poll testing Clinton against the Republican candidates. One poll showing her doing better than him against Romney, or beating Palin by such a large margin that we need to invent another number to describe it, and we can engage in some seriously baseless speculation. But who can do it?
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You, of course, can and may discuss this amongst yourselves. The telling thing, though, is that we are not alone!
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