Hillary Watch: Week of October 17

2006 GOPers. Potential New York 2006 U.S. Senate candidate Ed Cox said recently in an interview, “After the ’04 election, I received an e-mail from Karl Rove. It said, ‘We have to do something about her [Hillary].’” Cox also claims the political guru went on to say he had a r???? ©sum???? © that would allow him to “go toe-to-toe with Mrs. Clinton.” Yet the administration has been publicly silent since Cox made his intentions known, and has not made its choice clear among Cox, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro and any other potential candidates.

Meanwhile, the Pirro campaign is regrouping after a difficult beginning. The candidate flubbed her announcement speech and was rocked by allegations of scandal. According to the Westchester County Journal News, Pirro is “already getting help from the outside.” Brian Donahue, a Republican National Committee operative from New Jersey who ran the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign in West Virginia, was just hired to serve as her campaign manager. Donahue has said the Pirro campaign had hired a communications director and was putting together a fund-raising team.

Hill of Fame. Hillary was recently inducted as part of the class of 2005 for the National Women’s Hall of Fame in upstate New York. She was joined by nine other inductees. Hillary remembered how she wrote a letter to NASA in 1961, when she was 14, asking what she needed to do to become an astronaut. The space agency’s reply was that girls are not being recruited by the nation’s space program.

Said Hill: “It had never crossed my mind up until that point that there might be doors closed to me simply because I was a girl.” Now, she says, “I don’t think there has ever been a better time to be a woman than in the United States of America in the 21st Century.”

Hooray for Hollywood. The New York Daily News reports that Hillary, despite her highly publicized efforts to clean up the movie and video-game industries, still receives significant support from the Hollywood elite. The paper took a look at her latest federal election records and found “a blinding universe of glitterati” who have “cracked their checkbooks for Clinton.”

The Hollywood donors include “Hanoi Jane” Fonda, who gave Hillary $2,000, and movie legend Robert DeNiro, who gave (along with his wife) the maximum $8,400. Hillary’s records “read like a Who’s Who of the arts world,” said Lee Miringoff, a pollster at Marist College, and this characterization is hard to dispute. Other famous donors included Barbra Streisand ($2,000), Chevy Chase ($3,000), Eagles singer Don Henley and his wife ($8,400), TV producer and People For the American Way founder Norman Lear ($4,100), Jamie Lee Curtis ($1,000) and “Meathead” Rob Reiner ($2,000).

Hillary Woos N.H. The New Hampshire Union Leader recently reported that when New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D.) and Hillary meet in Boston on October 28 for a Lynch fund-raiser, it “won’t be the first time they have communicated.” In fact, the two exchanged phone messages about the first-in-the-nation status of the New Hampshire presidential primary. A Democratic commission is considering changing its primary and caucus system, and Lynch asked Hillary if she supported New Hampshire’s remaining first. Although they didn’t actually reach each other, the message Hillary left for the governor was that “she and her husband were both supportive of the New Hampshire primary.”