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Thursday, June 30, 2005
COILED, READY TO STRIKE
"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."
HILLARY IS SMART TO ZIP HER LIP
RIGHT now, Sen. Hillary Clinton seems to be the only Democratic White House wannabe with the smarts to understand that President Bush won't be her 2008 opponent, so Bush-bashing isn't always smart.
After Bush's big Iraq speech Tuesday night, Clinton didn't issue a reaction statement and skipped the chance to make high-profile TV appearances lambasting him.
By contrast, other Dem hopefuls, like Sens. John Kerry (Mass.), Joe Biden (Del.) and Evan Bayh (Ind.), blabbed everywhere they could. Kerry even flip-flopped, raising "the specter of quagmire" in a New York Times op-ed piece that ran before the speech, and then admitting after the speech that "we've made progress" in Iraq.
Clinton is doing a better job of hedging her bets than her rivals, possibly because she learned the hard way.
In December 2003, she went to Baghdad and came back second-guessing Bush's military strategy, claiming he sent the wrong "mix of troops" and saying victory "is not assured."