But is Hillary Qualified?
Michael over at The Mighty Middle asks us to consider if Hillary Clinton is even qualified to be president.
What exactly does Hillary bring to the table? She's a smart woman, a capable Senator. Smarter, more of a woman and more capable than Diane Feinstein? No. Why Hillary? Is she a great campaigner? No. Is she an attractive personality? No. Is she a particularly knowledgeable expert in some vital area? No. Is there a red state she would be likely to deliver to the blue team? No. Is she a deep thinker or courageous leader who has altered they way we look at politics and the world? No. Is she a strong leader? I don't see any evidence that she is.
Why Hillary? Because she has won the Money Primary. She is the front runner because the people who place early bets have decided she's the front runner, and they should jump aboard her bandwagon early to get the best seats. Hillary has been chosen by the campaign consultants and insiders and money men who have so brilliantly guided the Democratic donkey into the swamp where it now waits, trembling, for the hyenas to bring it the sweet release of death.
I guess the assumption is that she learned a lot about running the country while she was First Lady. In fact, that's got to be the thinking. Otherwise, by 2008, she'll just be an 8-year vet of the Senate with a quietly effective but hardly brilliant record. If her last name wasn't Clinton, would we even be considering her a strong candidate?
It's kind of like the old saying: all that glitters is not gold.