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Can Mrs. Clinton Lose? – Peggy Noonan @ WSJ.com

Peggy Noonan has a good piece, Can Mrs Clinton Lose?, at the Wall Street Journal.

She writes on whether Mrs Bill Clinton can lose — with grace. She probably cannot, but examine Ms Noonan opening paragraphs:

If Hillary Clinton loses, does she know how to lose? What will that be, if she loses? Will she just say, “I concede” and go on vacation at a friend’s house on an island, and then go back to the Senate and wait?

Is it possible she could be so normal? Politicians lose battles, it’s part of what they do, win and lose. But she does not know how to lose. Can she lose with grace? But she does grace the way George W. Bush does nuance.

Some interesting questions posed in those paragraphs. In fact, Ms Noonan is right on how Mrs Bill Clinton will react — not well. And probably will not hear the end of it.

The rest of the piece focus on who really is the easier candidate for the GOP. Ms Noonan provides some interesting analysis :

With Mr. Obama the campaign will be about issues. “He’ll raise your taxes.” He will, and I suspect Americans may vote for him anyway. But the race won’t go low.

Mrs. Clinton would be easier for Republicans. With her cavalcade of scandals, they’d be delighted to go at her. They’d get medals for it. Consultants would get rich on it.

The Democrats have it exactly wrong. Hillary is the easier candidate, Mr. Obama the tougher. Hillary brings negative; it’s fair to hit her back with negative. Mr. Obama brings hope, and speaks of a better way. He’s not Bambi, he’s bulletproof.

The biggest problem for the Republicans will be that no matter what they say that is not issue oriented–“He’s too young, he’s never run anything, he’s not fully baked”–the mainstream media will tag them as dealing in racial overtones, or undertones. You can bet on this. Go to the bank on it.

The Democrats continue not to recognize what they have in this guy. Believe me, Republican professionals know. They can tell.

If Ms Noonan’s analysis is correct, the Democrats should nominate the stronger candidate, but neither one is appealing to me.

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  1. 8 February 2008 at 18:16

    I would guess guess that Hillary is utterly incapable of loosing graciously. Of course that will make it all the sweeter if she does loose.

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