Hillary's chances

Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief of The New Republic, has a delightfully jaundiced take on Hillary Clinton's run for the presidency. There is some wonderful prose here.
One of the problems about figuring all the angles is that you can't. And, believe me, Hillary tried. She has had an apparatus in place for just that chore for years. [....]
There was no way to see Barack Obama coming. And, damn it, he is a picture of America's future, black and white. African father. Columbia. Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Law Review, no slouch he. Taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, greater evidence of his brilliance. Supple in mind and bearing, evoking energy and thoughtfulness. Ah, yes, his most important public quality: He is comfortable in his own skin. She is not. Oh, is she not! What could Hillary possibly say against him? In the Democratic Party, it is still difficult to honestly criticize an African American. You can't even say a bad word about Al Sharpton, even though you can't say a truthful good word about him, either. But what, for heaven's sake, is there to criticize about Obama? Nothing. 
Be warned that Peretz is a former teacher and mentor of Al Gore, so there is a rather indulgent view of Global Warming Theory's principal propagandist.  But Peretz is most definitely not delusional when it comes to herself. Worth a read.
Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief of The New Republic, has a delightfully jaundiced take on Hillary Clinton's run for the presidency. There is some wonderful prose here.
One of the problems about figuring all the angles is that you can't. And, believe me, Hillary tried. She has had an apparatus in place for just that chore for years. [....]
There was no way to see Barack Obama coming. And, damn it, he is a picture of America's future, black and white. African father. Columbia. Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Law Review, no slouch he. Taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, greater evidence of his brilliance. Supple in mind and bearing, evoking energy and thoughtfulness. Ah, yes, his most important public quality: He is comfortable in his own skin. She is not. Oh, is she not! What could Hillary possibly say against him? In the Democratic Party, it is still difficult to honestly criticize an African American. You can't even say a bad word about Al Sharpton, even though you can't say a truthful good word about him, either. But what, for heaven's sake, is there to criticize about Obama? Nothing. 
Be warned that Peretz is a former teacher and mentor of Al Gore, so there is a rather indulgent view of Global Warming Theory's principal propagandist.  But Peretz is most definitely not delusional when it comes to herself. Worth a read.