The Democrats seem to be going to their usual lengths to lose the next election, bogging their own primary down in squabbles between Hillary and Obama which has both of them at their worst for reasons explained by Clive Crook.
From my distance I wouldn’t know, but I think Karl Rove is licking his chops at getting Hillary as the Republicans’ opponent. Edwards would presumably be the safest bet. And Obama – well I reckon he could do really well – I see him as the heir to (Bill) Clinton’s brand of triangulating politics.
Hillary’s problem has always been her charmlessness and her aggression is unlikely to endear her to the great mass of American voters. I think women have some quite substantial advantages as well as some disadvantages in politics. If I was a woman in politics trying to accentuate my advantages, the last thing I’d do would be to be as aggressive and combative as Hillary is being. It may work to mess with Obama, but I think it’s a mug’s game if you want to win the big one.