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Jonathan Korman

I have no doubt that had Clinton been elected President, I'd wonder about the Obama Presidency that might have been. But having experienced that Obama Presidency that has actually happened, I cannot help but think about what I said in early 2008.

The case for Senator Clinton is that she's a street fighter who can win the election in November and win legislative victories as President.
Clinton is the candidate of winning the game, Obama is the candidate of changing the game.
Clinton is the safe bet, and Obama is rolling the dice and hoping for greatness.
It's easy to imagine the Clinton presidency: smart, pragmatic, moderately liberal, politically crafty, winning many small battles in Congress. It's very hard to imagine what the Obama presidency would really be like. Bold, effective new coalitions winning big victories that Americans want like ending the war in Iraq and fixing American healthcare? Or mired in political clumsiness in which very little actually gets done?
I endorsed Obama because I thought it was worth a try. (And I figured that Clinton was the one Democrat who had no chance at enacting health care reform, given her particular history.) But the gamble failed, as in retrospect seems inevitable.

Even then, I knew who I wanted in the White House if it turned out there was no getting away from the knife fight.

Cathie from Canada

Hi, Lance -- great post.
I wrote a Daily Kos diary a year ago about Hillary Clinton as president: -- but I had never thought of the secretary of state angle. When she was first appointed, she got a round of sustained applause at Foggy Bottom, according to the news reports. So they were happy to have her, and I don't think this has changed. She has done a remarkable job. I still hope she runs in 2016.

Upper West

One fact that should be considered in assessing the alternative reality of a Hillary Presidency -- The role of Mark Penn.


Her Sec'y of State?


William Jefferson Clinton.

Got an argument against him?

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