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.
Hillary considers anyone outside of Ruth Bader Ginsburg unfit for the federal bench. She recently remarked that Judge Janice Rogers Brown, a federal D.C. circuit court of appeals nominee, "truly sees the world in 19th century terms." Nineteenth century terms like private property and rule of law are too outdated for the junior New York senator.
Hillary is a regulatory-minded, higher taxes, higher spending liberal. As I wrote back in April 2003, "The [Herbert] Hoover economic ideology of yesterday is almost identical to the Hillary economic ideology of today."
Don't be fooled by Hillary's public movement toward the political center. When she's among her friends, she's far less "moderate" than when she's quoted on the evening news. On June 6, Clinton spoke at a fundraiser held by "New York Women for Hillary." She launched into a prolonged tirade against the Bush administration, charging it with corruption, deceit and centralization of power. "There has never been an administration, I don't think in our history, more intent on consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda ? I stay awake at night thinking about all the mistakes and the wrong direction and all the bad decisions being made in Washington," she complained. "It's very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they're doing. It's very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth."
Talk about no shame. This power-hungry senator would be a nobody had she not latched onto her presidential husband. This power-hungry senator would be a nobody had she not carpetbagged her way into New York. This power-hungry senator has done nothing of note in the United States Senate -- her fawning media coverage began before she even arrived in Washington, D.C. In fact, Hillary's single moment of glory in the Senate was her infamous floor shriek: "The president knew what?" as she held up a copy of the New York Post in the months following Sept. 11.
Hillary's right about one thing -- it is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth. Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, the American people will learn (and remember) the truth about her.