Hillary a Moderate?
On Monday, NY Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton compared President Bush to Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman. Without missing a beat, those with an interest in both the 2006 NY Senate election and the 2008 presidential election criticized Mrs. Clinton for taking opportunistic, partisan jabs at the president.
They’re right. Clinton is taking an unnecessary jab at the president to solidify her support with Democrats who oppose the president’s policies, especially those on fiscal issues. However, take a closer look at the RNC statement.
"Hillary Clinton's opportunistic attempt to market herself as a centrist is like a wolf dressing up in sheep's clothing," said RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. "Such thinly veiled rhetoric doesn't change the fact she is part of today's angry and adrift Democrat Party."
There is little in Mrs. Clinton’s statement that is Centrist. She took a cheap shot on the president and failed to add substance to the debate. Yet, the RNC statement indicates the party is leery of Mrs. Clinton’s ability to reach out to Centrists.