Hillary Watch: Week of September 5

How About Plan C? Hillary recently joined Sen. Patty Murray (D.-Wash.) in sending a strongly worded letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, expressing outrage over what they perceive as further delays in a decision over emergency contraception Plan B. Hillary is a strong supporter of this abortifacient and lectured Leavitt, “It is both disappointing and frustrating that our job has been hindered by the disingenuous actions of HHS and FDA with regard to Plan B emergency contraceptives.”

They further said: “In a July 13 letter . . . you gave your word that a decision on Plan B’s over-the-counter application would be made by September 1,” and, “Based on your promise that FDA would deliver a yes or no answer by September 1, we entered into a good faith agreement and lifted our hold on the President’s nominee to head the agency. The President now has his FDA administrator, but the American public still does not have an answer on Plan B.”

Then the ladies get a bit catty, telling Leavitt that “for six months we have asked for a simple yes or no answer on Plan B and you clearly understood this. A delay is not a decision, and no amount of semantics can change that. You can play word games all you want, but it is time for the FDA to stop playing games with the health and well-being of millions of American women.”

Unilateral Idiocy. Hillary’s probable 2006 Senate challenger, Jeanine Pirro, has been accused of being like Hillary in many regards—successful woman, married to a controversial husband, liberal politics, etc. But Pirro is apparently distinguishing herself from Clinton by promising not to fight back against a series of vicious personal attacks by Mr. and Mrs. Clinton’s cronies and media allies. Pirro has vowed, “This is not going to be about personal attacks, because this job is too important.”

Pirro campaign manager Kieran Mahoney insists that “Republicans who want us to throw mud at [Hillary] will be disappointed.  We won’t engage in negative attacks.”  Mahoney instead says that Pirro’s campaign will be largely based on the premise that Hillary is a “part-time” senator with her eyes on the White House. And to any critics who say this unilateral disarmament by the Pirro campaign is a misguided policy, Mahoney simply says: “Those people have never won a New York statewide election. I’ve won many.”

A Choice Not an Echo? Pirro did come out recently on the Sean Hannity show and offer some criticism of Hillary, promising: “Make no mistake, I will attack her record. Her record is going to be a target of my campaign.” She went on to attack Clinton for failing to obtain enough homeland security funding for New York and for her failed economic policies. “I walked Ground Zero the day after 9/11 with a friend who was looking for her husband,” said Pirro. “I know what can happen in New York and all of the trauma that comes from the problem with homeland security and the fact that we don’t have enough money to defend ourselves the way New Yorkers need to.”

Then Pirro pointed out, “Here’s a woman who came to New York and she said, ‘I’m going to promise 200,000 upstate jobs for upstate New Yorkers.’ She didn’t deliver on that promise—and we’re going to hold her to that.” She also noted that in Hillary, New York has “a woman here who wants to tax New Yorkers. She thinks that taxes are good for New York.”

Pirro even took issue with the notion that Hillary is working especially hard for the state: “You don’t submit seven bills and say, ‘OK, I did my job,’ even though they all died in committee.”