Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Raceby Dick Morris, Eileen Mcgann, Eileen McGann
Who will be president in 2008? Many believe that the White House is Hillary Clinton's to lose. As long-time strategists Dick Morris and Eileen McGann reveal in Condi vs. Hillary, however, Hillary's plans for higher office are vulnerable to a challenge from a most unexpected quarter: the Bush administration's secretary of state and former national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice.
Rice is the only figure on the national scene who has the credentials, the credibility, and the charisma to lead the GOP in 2008. And, as this first book on the subject demonstrates, a race between these two commanding, but very different, women is a very real possibility -- and would inevitably prove one of the most fascinating and important races in American history.
Blending insider insight and political foresight, Condi vs. Hillary surveys the strengths and weaknesses of the two candidates, finding persuasive clues about what we might expect from each of them as a chief executive. It traces their very different childhoods -- Hillary Rodham's in unchallenging suburban comfort, Condi Rice's in Birmingham, Alabama, during the civil rights era -- and finds in each the roots of their latter-day selves. It explores their career in public life -- Hillary's as an ambitious liberal who attached herself to a governor on the rise, Condi's as a woman of broad and deep talents who has earned her own way. It turns a discerning eye on how each has spent her time in government, contrasting Condi's growth and maturation in office with Hillary's record of underachievement as both first lady and senator from New York. And it reveals how a draft-Condi movement could sweep the secretary of state into the presidencyeven as she forgoes campaigning to address her responsibilities as secretary of state.
America, in short, may be on the verge of a perfect storm of twenty-first-century politics, pitting two of America's most popular -- and controversial -- women against each other, and offering Americans a choice between fulfilling the ambitions of one of our most polarizing figures . . . or changing history by electing not just the first woman, but also the first African American woman, to lead the free world into the future.
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Condi vs. HillaryThe Next Great Presidential Race
By Dick Morris
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Setting the Stage
"I, Hillary Rodham Clinton, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God."
On January 20, 2009, at precisely noon, the world will witness the inauguration of the forty-fourth president of the United States. As the chief justice administers the oath of office on the flag-draped podium in front of the U.S. Capitol, the first woman president, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will be sworn into office. By her side, smiling broadly and holding the family Bible, will be her chief strategist, husband, and copresident, William Jefferson Clinton.
If the thought of another Clinton presidency excites you, then the future indeed looks bright. Because, as of this moment, there is no doubt that Hillary Clinton is on a virtually uncontested trajectory to win the Democratic nomination and, very likely, the 2008 presidential election. She has no serious opposition in her party. More important, a majority of all American voters -- 52 percent -- now supports her candidacy.1
The order of presidential succession from 1992 through 2008, in other words, may well become Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton.
But if the very thought of four -- or perhaps even eight -- more years of the Clintons and their predictable liberal policies alarms you; if you see through the new Hillary brand -- that easygoing, smiling moderate; if you remember what a partisan, ethically challenged, left-wing ideologue she has always been, is now, and will always be, then you can see what the future holds.
That 's exactly the kind of president Hillary Clinton would be.
But her victory is not inevitable. There is one, and only one, figure in America who can stop Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State Condoleezza "Condi" Rice. Among all of the possible Republican candidates for president, Condi alone could win the nomination, defeat Hillary, and derail a third Clinton administration.
Condoleezza Rice, in fact, poses a mortal threat to Hillary's success. With her broad-based appeal to voters outside the traditional Republican base, Condi has the potential to cause enough major defections from the Democratic Party to create serious erosion among Hillary's core voters. She attracts the same female, African American, and Hispanic voters who embrace Hillary, while still maintaining the support of conventional Republicans.
This is a race Condi can win.
And Hillary cannot offset these losses of reliable Democratic constituencies with other voting blocs. White men don't like her. That won't change. And there is nowhere else for her to pick up support. It 's simple: With Condi in the race, Hillary can't win.
The stakes are high. In 2008, no ordinary white male Republican candidate will do. Forget Bill Frist, George Allen, and George Pataki. Hillary would easily beat any of them. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain? Either of them could probably win, but neither will ever be nominated by the Republican Party. These two are too liberal, too maverick, to win the party's support; their positions are too threatening to attract the Republican base. Jeb Bush? Too many Bushes in a row make a hedge. He's not going anywhere. And Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger can't run. In the next election, none of the usual suspects can stop Hillary. Without Condi as her opponent, Hillary Clinton will effortlessly lead the Democratic Party back into the White House in 2008.
There is, perhaps, an inevitability to the clash: Two highly accomplished women, partisans of opposite parties, media superstars, and quintessentially twenty-first-century female leaders, have risen to the top of American politics. Each is an icon to her supporters and admirers. Two groundbreakers, two pioneers. Indeed, two of the most powerful women on the planet: Forbes magazine recently ranked Condi as number one and Hillary as number twenty-six in its 2005 list of the most powerful women in the world.
As Hillary and Condi emerge as their party's charismatic heroines, they seem fated to meet on the grand stage of presidential politics. These two forces, two vectors, two women, and two careers may be destined to collide on the ultimate field of political battle. Two firsts in history. But only one will become president.
The year 2008 could, at last, be the year of the woman -- indeed, the year of two women. Suddenly, the timing is right. Eighty-five years after the Nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to vote, the planets seem suddenly aligned to challenge history. American voters are surprisingly ready for a woman in the White House. Public opinion is rapidly settling into a consensus that a woman could actually be elected president in the next election. For the first time in our history, a majority of voters say they would support a woman for president. In a May 2005 USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll, an amazing 70 percent of the respondents indicated that they "would be likely to vote2 for an unspecified woman for president in 2008."3
What a revolutionary shift in thinking! No major American political party has ever nominated a woman for president. And only one woman has run for vice president -- Democratic Party nominee Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. But now there are two star-crossed, qualified, and visible women who may be presidential contenders in 2008. And the voters like them both:4 53 percent of those questioned in the May 2005 survey had a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton, while 42 percent rated her negatively. Condoleezza Rice fared much better: 59 percent liked her and only 27 percent didn't.
Hillary Clinton has always wanted to be the first woman president of the United States. Shortly after her husband's election in 1992, the couple's closest advisers openly discussed plans for her eventual succession after Bill's second term. Of course, things didn't turn out quite that way; Hillary has had to wait a bit. But her election to the Senate in 2000 gave her the national platform she needed to launch her new image -- the "Hillary Brand,"5 as we called it in Rewriting History -- and begin her long march back to the White House.
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Meet the Author
Dick Morris served as Bill Clinton's political consultant for twenty years. A regular political commentator on Fox News, he is the author of ten New York Times bestsellers (all with Eileen McGann) and one Washington Post bestseller.
Eileen McGann is an attorney who, with her husband, Dick, writes columns for the New York Post and for their website, dickmorris.com. She has written extensively about the abuses of Congress and the need for reform.
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As I read this book I felt that an honest evaluation was given to both Condi and Hillary. One of the big problems in our society today is we are too concerned about political correctness and not enough about honesty. I learned much about two very educated women and if they meet in the next Presidential race we'll have a choice. One has pretty much ridden on the coat tails of others and the other has accomplished much due to her own integrity. Both though up until this point in their lives have been successful, but in their own different ways, and both would make creditable candidates.
This is a good book if you are prepared to hear some disparaging comments about Hillary that are neatly covered up so that they aren't easily noticed.
required reading--get to know what the real hillary is like..
I read this book fully cognizant of the author's attitude toward Mrs. Clinton. He makes no secrecy of the fact that although he considers Mr. Clinton in high regards he does not feel the same for Mrs. Clinton. I read the book knowing his bias and kept that in perspective the entire time. I truly recommend this book as entertaining and informative reading so long as you understand the history between Mr. Morris and Mrs. Clinton. But I must say reading the other reviews I find it strange how when a woman rises to the top of the political spectrum she is seen as courageous, strong and a pioneer. Yet a black person rising the same spectrum, albeit a different route, is slandered and libeled as an 'Uncle Tom.' I suppose it is acceptable for a woman - a minority player in the political arena - to play like a man - the majority player in the political arena. But its reprehensible for a cultural/racial minority to play like the cultural/racial majority. I recommend this book because if nothing else it sparks conversation and debate - challenging people to look beyond gender and race and to start thinking about the individual. If these two individuals truly do end up winning their political party nominations I will be truly proud to say that the first woman president was not voted in based on gender - but rather on her merit.
'Ultra conservatives Hillary-basher' ... what? This piece of Dick Morris and Eileen McGann is very interesting and detailed insight of modern politics. Of course the author(s) came to conclusion and prediction based on their own analysis. This is a very interesting book for any open minded person. It brings light to two outstanding women and as far as I am concern in very objective manner. The book is filled with facts of their lives, deeds and achievements creating the case for their candidacies and possible winner. This is a very interesting analysis and prediction - not bashing in any way.
Despite the title, the author(s) already made up their mind which of these women would make a good president in the 2008 election. If you want to read how bad the ultra conservatives think Hillary is, this book will give you more ammunition. If you want a fair comparison, this book is not it.
THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK THAT DICK MORRIS HAS RESEARCHED AND DOCUMENTED. IT WILL DOUBTLESS BE A GREAT FACTOR IN THE NEXT PRESIDENIAL RACE. I REALLY THINK POSSIBILY FROM READING THIS BOOK AND THE MATERIAL THAT HAS BEEN GATHERED HERE HILLARY WILL POSSIBLY LOSE SOME GROUND FROM THIS GREAT PUBLICATION AND ALOT OF VOTERS WILL LOOK AT DR RICES BACK GROUND. THIS MIGHT BE A GREAT GIFT FOR A FRIEND , FAMILY MEMBER, OR A BRAVE SOLDIER SERVING OVER SEAS.
Dick Morris made no attempt to fairly consider these two possible candidates for the 2008 presidential election. He started with the premise that Hillary Clinton is a 'liberal = bad' and that Condoleeza Rice is a 'conservative = good.' Short shrift was given to Ms. Rice's roles in allowing the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the Vietnam-like debacle of the war in Iraq. Further, Mr. Morris never touches on the real problem with Ms. Rice: she's a 21st century Uncle Tom.