I have no idea whether this is true or not. But it is clear that the Republicans want Hillary Clinton to be nominated, and that they are trying to move her as far to the right as possible. Sen. Clinton thinks that being a hawk and a conservative will make more Republicans and “undecideds” vote for her. In actuality, it will make it easier for the Republicans to win. Look, no Republican is going to vote Clinton even if she joined the Federalist Society. And if the rest of the country sees no difference between Clinton and whatever bozo gets the Republican nomination, the rest of the country will stay home on election day. Combined with the voter suppression tactics that have been put and place, and new ones that will be unveiled on election day, the Republicans might actually win the presidency. And, as we have seen, that is all it takes to establish a dictatorship.
link: President Bush is quietly providing back-channel advice to Hillary Rodham Clinton, urging her to modulate her rhetoric so she can effectively prosecute the war in Iraq if elected president.
In an interview for the new book “The Evangelical President,” White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said Bush has “been urging candidates: ‘Don’t get yourself too locked in where you stand right now. If you end up sitting where I sit, things could change dramatically.’ ”
Bolten said Bush wants enough continuity in his Iraq policy that “even a Democratic president would be in a position to sustain a legitimate presence there.”
“Especially if it’s a Democrat,” the chief of staff told The Examiner in his West Wing office. “He wants to create the conditions where a Democrat not only will have the leeway, but the obligation to see it out.”
“I’ve been able to get a lot of Republican and independent support in this campaign,” she said on Fox News Sunday. Hmmm. Over to Gallup’s Frank Newport:
In our latest head-to-head poll pitting Clinton against Rudy Giuliani, Clinton gets only a lowly 8% of the Republican vote. Furthermore, a special analysis of over 7000 Gallup poll interviews conducted from June through September of this year shows that Hillary Clinton has only a 15 percent favorable, 83 percent unfavorable rating among Republicans. (She does better among independents.) That does not appear to be “a lot” of Republican support.