Ben Shapiro

Hillary Clinton is looming on the political horizon. She got her wish during the 2004 election cycle: John Kerry went down in flames. Now she is the phoenix that will rise from the liberal ashes. Her campaign for the presidency in 2008 has already begun.

 Her time is now. A May Marist poll showed Sen. Hillary (D-N.Y.) with a gargantuan lead among probable Democratic primary candidates; she garnered 40 percent support among likely Democratic primary voters, while John Kerry ranked second with 18 percent. Meanwhile, a May USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll showed that for the first time, a majority of Americans were "likely" to vote for Hillary. Twenty-nine percent stated they were "very likely" to vote for the former First Lady, with 24 percent stating they were "somewhat likely."

 No, that doesn't mean that Hillary is guaranteed the presidency in 2008 -- far from it. Chances are good that at least 54 percent of Americans would be "likely" to vote for John Edwards, John Kerry or any other well-known Democrat. Chances are good that at least 54 percent of Americans would support a well-known Republican. (Remember, those "somewhat likely" voters can swing either way.)

 But in any case, Hillary currently has more political momentum than at any time during her political career. Back home in New York, Hillary remains a strong incumbent candidate, with well over 50 percent support. If she wins her 2006 Senate race, there is little doubt she will win the 2008 nomination, should she indeed run.

 Hillary Clinton is an immensely dangerous politician. Despite recent attempts to modify her image, Hillary remains an unabashed liberal -- a radical on abortion, health care, the judiciary and the economy.

 Hillary maintains a 100 percent favorability rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League. In her time in the Senate, she has voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (which would place criminal penalties on those who kill a fetus in the performance of another crime) and the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act (which prevents a gruesome procedure wherein a fully-formed, ready-for-birth baby is murdered in the womb). She has remained as vague as possible on parental notification for minors' abortions.

 Remember Hillary's socialistic health care plan from the early 1990s? She hasn't repudiated it. "You may remember I had a few ideas about health care. I've learned a few lessons since then. But I haven't given up on the goal," she said at the Democratic National Convention in 2000.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
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