Hillary Clinton’s claim to being the most experienced candidate in the field is wearing pretty thin, even among diehard Democratic operatives. Maureen Dowd takes the mask off, and exposes the real Hillary experience:
Her Democratic rivals had meekly gone along, accepting her self-portrait as a former co-president who gets to take credit for everything important Bill Clinton did in the ’90s. But she was not elected or appointed to a position that needed Senate confirmation. And the part of the Clinton administration that worked best — the economy, stupid — was run by Robert Rubin. Hillary did not show good judgment in her areas of influence — the legal fiefdom, health care and running oppo-campaigns against Bill’s galpals.
The more people get to know the real Hillary, the less they like her. According to Dowd,
The Clinton campaign in Iowa is in a panic. Obama has been closing the gap with women and her ginning up of gender has lost her male votes.
When things get desperate, Hillary has a reputation for getting nasty. Look for a bombshell sometime in the next few weeks leading up to Iowa.