Clinton Blew It -- Years Ago
Can't say Hillary Clinton wasn't warned. Heck, I warned her, five years ago. In September 2003, months before Democrats rallied around Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as their 2004 nominee, I wrote for BusinessWeek Online that if she really wanted to be the first woman U.S. President, her moment had arrived. To think she could bide her time and walk effortlessly into the White House in 2008 was "foolish," I cautioned. "The scrapheap of politics is littered with the ambitions of those who thought they could bide their time or wait their turn for a Presidential run." Ted Kennedy, Mario Cuomo, Bob Dole, the list is long.
Of this much I am certain. She had her chance four years ago -- and she blew it. If
As it turned out, Kerry narrowly lost to an incumbent president who was highly vulnerable because of an unpopular war and a weak economy. Hillary Clinton had the as-yet-untarnished marquee name, the fundraising prowess and the charged-up following to handily defeat Bush. The magic moment had arrived, and she ignored it. In contrast, Barack Obama had no such blind spot. All the things that were said about him at the beginning of the 2008 race (too green, not enough
Will Hillary Clinton's time come again? I doubt it. The unseemly maneuverings of the