Richard H. Collins

Posted December 08, 2007

Seeing her standing in the polls dropping and a steady stream of criticism from her rivals, this week Hillary Clinton decided it was time to go on the attack. And it wasn’t subtle.

Posted November 29, 2007

Hillary Clinton owes a great deal of her popularity – her shrinking standing in recent polls notwithstanding – to an odd sort of nostalgia surrounding her husband.

Posted November 19, 2007

Hillary Clinton may have stopped her political collapse at last night’s debate, but her campaign is still rooted in a fanciful nostalgia for her husband.

Posted November 09, 2007

Hillary’s opponents have been able to link her stand – or lack thereof – on issues to reinforce voter’s doubts about her honesty and electability.

Posted October 31, 2007

At last night’s Democratic debate Hillary Clinton’s electoral steamroller finally hit a speed bump. With a growing lead in most polls, a powerful fundraising operation, and a developing air of inevitability her opponents were forced to go on the offensive.

Posted October 18, 2007

What is more surprising, the brazen hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton or the fact that she continues to get away with it? This week brought yet another shining example: the issue of government surveillance.

Posted October 15, 2007

At a recent Congressional Black Caucus presidential candidate forum Hillary Clinton upped the stakes for pandering to potential voters.

Posted September 27, 2007

Say what you will about Meet the Press host Tim Russert, but he proved to be an effective moderator for Wednesday’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire.

Posted September 21, 2007

After nearly single handedly bringing about the failure of her husband’s health care package, the former first lady careful crafted her latest proposal to appear different in style and substance from her earlier attempt.

Posted September 17, 2007

If there is one thing the media agrees upon it is that Hillary Clinton runs a shrewd and disciplined campaign. This mantra runs through practically every media mention as they report the tried and true horse race story lines.

Posted September 07, 2007

Those familiar with the Clinton response to scandal know the process by heart. It inevitably goes something like this: first, deny any wrongdoing; then explain it as a misunderstanding or bureaucratic mistake; when it is clear there is actual wrongdoing begin to stonewall and obfuscate; then move on to simultaneously attacking anyone who brings up the scandal and dismissing the issue as old news.

Posted August 31, 2007

Hillary Clinton is once again facing questions about inappropriate campaign contributions. Anyone with knowledge of recent history is not shocked. The Clinton’s have a long history of questionable campaign fundraising.

Posted August 27, 2007

One of the great ironies of this year’s Democratic presidential primary is that the very accusations that the rabid Left hurls at President Bush apply equally to Hillary Clinton. This, in addition to her waffling on Iraq and her centrist posturing, is a key element of the distrust the base feels towards the former First Lady.

Posted August 20, 2007

It was bound to happen. Sooner or later Hillary Clinton’s past was going to catch up with her. Her time in the White House wasn’t exactly characterized by peace and tranquility and she has been known to step on a few toes now and again.

Posted August 10, 2007

Hillary Clinton's strategy for winning the Democratic Presidential primary seems pretty clear at this point. In a time when Democrats are desperate to win the White House, and in the most favorable climate in a decade, she is promising them what they want: a candidate who can fight and win.

Posted August 03, 2007

A central theme of Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic nomination is her experience; her purported ability to be president on “day one.” Granted her most serious rivals, fellow Senators John Edwards and Barack Obama, are not exactly overflowing with experience, but this claim curiously depends on her time in the White House.

Posted July 26, 2007

Is Hillary Clinton a "Liberal?" This has been one of the central questions of her presidential campaign so far. Last night’s CNN/You Tube debate included an opportunity for Hillary to answer this question and the result was yet another example of the former first lady trying to have it both ways.