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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Hillary Shakes Up Staff, Not War Stance

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
It's no secret that the Clinton camp has had a bumpy road in Iowa. Polls show her bouncing between second and third with Barack Obama here despite running first nationally, and the campaign very publicly considered the Screw Iowa Strategy a couple weeks ago in order to very publicly reject it. The over-the-top sign war at Saturday's Hall of Fame dinner makes it clear she intends to compete here. So, what's the problem? One could blame overthinking Iowa caucusgoers for focusing on "electability" -- we are, after all, the ones who derailed the Howard Dean candidacy. ... There's also the accusation of good old fashioned sexism -- we'll hear more and more that Iowa and Mississippi are the only two states who have never elected a woman as governor or to Congress. ... But strategy and history are asides. Perhaps Iowans are judging all candidates on their own merits, in the context of the era's leading issue, the war in Iraq. And here is where Hillary Clinton has her problem.

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