The Case for Hillary Clinton

The Case for Hillary Clinton

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by Susan Estrich
     
 

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With the Bush administration now in its final years, all eyes are turning to the 2008 political season -- especially those of Democratic voters, who are casting about for a galvanizing leader to help them win back the White House.

And in that role, argues longtime political strategist Susan Estrich, no candidate even approaches the power and promise of

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With the Bush administration now in its final years, all eyes are turning to the 2008 political season -- especially those of Democratic voters, who are casting about for a galvanizing leader to help them win back the White House.

And in that role, argues longtime political strategist Susan Estrich, no candidate even approaches the power and promise of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the senator from New York. She is, by far, not only the most popular Democratic leader in the country, but also one of its most popular and admired politicians, period. Both a passionate spokesperson for progressive values and a strong advocate for our troops overseas, she has used her time in the Senate to establish herself successfully as a genuine political powerhouse. There is no candidate whose election would bring such vitality and lasting change into the White House. And she offers Americans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to break the world's most prominent glass ceiling and elect a female president of the United States.

In an atmosphere where conservative Hillary-bashing is still as virulent as ever, Estrich demonstrates all the reasons that this principled leader still blows away any other potential contender in the early polls for 2008. And, with arguments both stirring and sensible, she reminds us that if Hillary should succeed, America and the world would be changed forever and for the better.

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Democratic strategist Susan Estrich thinks that her party already has a viable candidate for the 2008 presidential election: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Estrich, the first woman ever to run a presidential campaign, argues that the former first lady has established herself as a genuine political powerhouse in the years since she left the White House. An impassioned argument for one of the most controversial political figures of our time.

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ISBN-13:
9780061740138
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/17/2009
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NOOK Book
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288
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The Case for Hillary Clinton


By Susan Estrich

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Susan Estrich
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ISBN: 0060839880

Chapter One

Imagine

Imagine the moment when a news anchor will say, "Based on all our projections, we can now say that the United States of America has elected its first woman president . . ."

If you're old enough, think back to how you felt in 1984, when you heard that Walter Mondale had picked Geraldine Ferraro to be his running mate. Remember what it was like when she stood up to accept the nomination, and for a moment there were no limits to what was possible. Sally Ride was flying into space; Gerry Ferraro was running for vice president. All of a sudden it seemed true after all: Women could do anything.

Now, multiply that feeling by a thousand, and imagine how it will feel when a woman stands up to accept the Democratic presidential nomination -- the first woman to be nominated for the presidency by either party.

And then multiply that by a thousand, and think of election night 2008. Imagine yourself turning to your daughter, or your mother or sister, or your niece or grandmother or granddaughter, and saying:

If she can do this, then the world really has changed.

And across the globe, in every language women speak, as the pictures travel and the word spreads, as those voices are heard, billions of girls and women will turn to each other and say the same thing, and the world will never be the same.

This is an argument for that night.

It is an argument for how we can get there.

For what all of us have to do to make it happen.

The following people are not real. (Although any resemblance to real people is entirely intentional.)

BERT: It's suicide. She'll win two states.

BARBARA: I hope Judith is paying you a fortune, Susan.

BERT: Maybe we should invite her for dinner?

BARBARA: After all those makeovers . . .

BERT: You want to imagine something? Imagine the Supreme Court with nothing but conservatives for the next fifty years, because we gambled wrong . . .

BARBARA: Bert says it 's okay to make him a character as long as you don't tell people you've convinced him, because you haven't. And make sure you don't use our real names.

Remember Harry and Louise, the doubting-Thomas couple from those ads attacking Hillary Clinton's health care plan? Bert and Barbara are my Harry and Louise. If they were real, they might be my best friends.

You can't win, Bill Clinton said the other day, talking just to people who agree with you. You have to meet the arguments of people who start out on the other side.

That's music to the ears of a law professor.

When you're talking about Hillary, it's easy to find people to argue with. Most Democrats I know, even the ones who like her, are up in the air about Hillary. I've never been attacked like I have since I started telling people what I was writing about -- and I live where it is very, very blue.

Bert and Barbara are actually more positive about Hillary than some other people I know. My friend Maureen thinks Hillary is about two years old, developmentally. Two is not a charming age. Two still has pieces missing. People are drawn to her, she says, but they're uncomfortable with her because they sense that there's literally something missing. Bill fills in the pieces. That's what keeps them together. That's why, whatever I write, Maureen is certain that people won't like it. There will be something missing.

My friend Neil thinks she is cold at the core. A phony. But he's impressed by her New York numbers. Maybe she can pull the same thing off, he reasons, if she can figure out what worked before Dick Morris beats her to it and finds a way to counterpunch. Neil thinks Dick is smart, but that he can't get over the fact that Hillary outsmarted him; and Dick's cross because he lost to a two-year-old, playing the same game over and over.

I think Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, soon-to-be second-term senator from New York, centrist Democrat, strong on security, tough, moderate, family values, middle-aged, qualified, managed by Bill Clinton, is the next president of the United States. . . .

I have it in my head to try to convince my friends that I'm right and they're wrong.

Is Hillary running?

Yes.

Has she told me so? No, of course not. Ann Lewis, her chief political aide, will say only that "We're focused on the Senate campaign now." Of course, it's a necessary political ruse. Nobody's trying to convince us that Hillary's New York constituents are flocking to vacation in Minnesota and Wisconsin and Ohio, three states she has visited recently. Nobody really believes it's essential to have a state chair in Georgia when you're running for Senate in New York. She has the best possible guy in her California chair, and he told me only recently that he was vitally interested in the New York Senate race. Hillary made headlines in May by inviting her Iowa supporters to her Washington home for a fundraiser, an innovative step to take in a New York race.

In politics, there are steps you take when you're running for Senate, and steps you take when you're running for president. When you're running for president, you put together a presidential-caliber PAC run by a veteran presidential-caliber campaign chief like Ann Lewis; you start hiring national organizers; you amass a bigger war chest than any other senator who is up for reelection, even before you have an opponent; you put your people in place in the appropriate think tanks, media groups, state parties, and consulting firms so everybody is ready to go. All of which senatorial candidate Hillary Clinton has done.

Since election night 2004, Hillary Clinton has been leading in every poll for the Democratic nomination. Not only does she have the most money, the best organization, and the . . .

Continues...


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Meet the Author

Susan Estrich has been called one of the most influential public intellectuals of the century. The first woman ever to run a presidential campaign, she was also the first female president of the Harvard Law Review and the youngest woman to be tenured at Harvard Law School. An accomplished attorney, she has represented clients including Leona Helmsley, Claus von Bulow, and Michael Milken. The author of several books, including The Case for Hillary Clinton and the national bestseller Sex and Power, she is the Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School. Estrich lives in Santa Monica, California, with her two children.

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Case for Hillary Clinton 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really gets to the heart of what it takes to win. It not only shines well on Hillary but is very entertaining in the way it's written. I strongly recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in politics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clinton is a well respected woman. Shw will be our nxt prez
Anonymous More than 1 year ago