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*See our review of Hillary Clinton's book
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First it was the conservative intellectual publication "National Review" that said it wanted Hillary Clinton as the most conservative of the Democrats.(1) Then Cheney made an overture to Clinton by saying he wanted to leave the office in the condition he found it.(2) Next Karl Rove helped Hillary Clinton consolidate a lead in the polls by attacking her alone.(3)
These events are all linked together. It has nothing to do with who the Republicans feel they can beat or which Democrat they want if the situation for Republicans is hopeless in 2008.
Backing Hillary Clinton shores up the Bush regime, plain and simple. The reason for this is that Hillary Clinton shares Bush's positions, especially on those questions most often raised for potential impeachment proceedings.
On all these questions, if Democrats put impeachment on the table, the Bush regime would like to be able to point to Hillary Clinton as the nominee. The Clintons would not be able to say there is much that Bush did that they did not do. In any detailed hearings on the question of impeachment, Bush would be able to refer to the previous decisions of the Clinton administration.
When it comes to keeping the wraps on anything questionable that the executive branch did, we can be sure that Hillary Clinton sees more eye-to-eye with Bush than any of the other Democratic candidates. This fact is also acting as a drag on progress on issues ranging from Iraq to spying.
1. Bruce Bartlett, "Get Ready for Hillary Tough choices for the Right." National Review 1May07, http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NzgxMjNlMWMzNzQ1NjlhMWI5YzNiYTM5YzdmZDdiNTQ=
2. "Dorf claimed that, using a 1993 ruling that First Lady Hillary Clinton was able to refuse to testify using executive privilege as a reason, Cheney might indeed avoid having to testify in the conflict-of-interest case."