Clinton's Coronation
May 31st, 2006

The Wonkster does not consider elections over until they are really over — and the people, not the pollsters, have spoken. But many observers consider Hillary Clintons re-election as senator virtually a foregone conclusion and so viewed her speech at the state Democratic convention today as a kickoff to her presidential run.

In its description, Empire Zone noted that she ticked off grievances against Republicans, asking the crowd to ‘stand with me’ in facing them down on everything from energy policy to raising the minimum wage.”

The response to the speech? Carl Filbert, a delegate from Niagara Falls, loved it, telling Empire Zone that Clinton ranks as one of the top 10 best speakers in the world. But Daily Politics found it kind of soporific, and continues that he wasn’t alone in that impression as the crowd cheered a few times, but had none of the foot-stomping, hooting energy Eliot [Spitzer] had induced (really) the day before.

While Clinton catalogued Bush administration failings, she tiptoed around the one that many consider most grievous – the war in Iraq. According to the
she mentioned it only once: Rather than defend her decision to vote for authorizing the war, as she has in the past, Mrs. Clinton emphasized the need to rely on Iraqi security forces so that we can bring our troops home.

But Iraq was clearly on the mind of many Democrats. The Times reports that the convention passed a resolution calling for a withdrawal of troops — a move engineered by Jonathan Tasini, who is mounting an anti-war challenge to Clintons re-election. New York Liberal complains about Clinton — and her fellow Democrats. The liberal writes, Senator Clinton supported the Iraq War from the start, and still refuses to admit that she was wrong to do so. …Whats worse is that many so-called progressive members of the New York State Democratic Committee are deciding that they need to back up Senator Clinton, even if they disagree with her.

And that blogger is apparently not alone. The Daily News reports that some Manhattan Democratic clubs are shunning Clinton because of her support for the war and newly cozy relationship with conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch. “She is not in Arkansas anymore,” Yayoi Tsuchitani, campaign chairwoman of the Village Independent Democrats, which voted to back Tasini, told the News. “This is New York we are dealing with, and the majority of New Yorkers are against the war.”

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