I’m starting to think that Hillary Clinton is by far the smartest Democrat out there. As the Howard Dean wing of the party leads themselves lemming-like off the political cliff, Hillary Clinton is poising herself as a centrist. Which means that Hillary understands that a hard-left liberal can’t win an election in this country, and that she has every intention of running in 2008. She’s gotten tough on immigration, she’s blasting Bush for not balancing the budget, and she’s now trying to paint herself as a moderate on social issues.
The Clintons may not have much in terms of personal morals, but in terms of political acumen Bill and Hill are second to none. I’ve always argued that Hillary wouldn’t have a chance at obtaining national office – but if Hillary keeps up this triangulation strategy, I’m not so sure that would be the case. Hillary certainly understands the American electorate far better than her Democratic contemporaries, and the Bush Administration better be taking a hard look at the issues she’s pushing and start getting tough on immigration, the budget, and other issues.