The Empress Strikes Back

Hillary was asked about comments that White House political strategist Karl Rove made in the newly released book Strategery, regarding her 2008 prospects.  She said that Rove apparently "spends a lot of time obsessing about me," and that "He spends more time thinking about my political future than I do."  

She continued to pretend that Rove is stalking her, saying that "Karl Rove is a brilliant strategist. So, if I were thinking about this, I’d say why are they spending so much time talking about me?"   

To that end, Mrs. Clinton speculated that Republicans are using the specter of her candidacy to distract from their many problems.  

"What they’re hoping is that all of their missteps, which are now numbering in the hundreds, are going to somehow be overlooked because people, instead of focusing on the ’06 election, will jump ahead and think about the next one," she said.  

During the same interview, Hillary was asked whether it was unfair to New York voters to not tell them whether she might run for president in two years, to which she responded, "Any New Yorker who worries about what might happen in the future should certainly take that into consideration."  

As lame as this sounds, it is more truthful that what her husband told Arkansas voters in 1991, when he pledged to serve a full four-year term as governor of the state but entered the presidential race only a few months later.  And her response seems to be inching closer to what Gov. George W. Bush told Texas voters in 1998, that his running for president in two years was at least a possibility.


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