If you trace Clinton's time in the 1990s (and understand the lessons she learned from losing repeatedly to the political-media Freak Show) -- and if you look at the tactics and strategies she employed in winning her Senate races in 2000 and 2006 and in her Senate career (in which she has mastered the Freak Show and built a political operation that looks at lot more like the Bush-Rove model than the Bill Clinton model) -- you will understand why Hillary Clinton is as well positioned to be the next president of the United States as anyone else making the race.
So do yourself a favor -- if you are a television booker, a pundit, a voter, a Clinton fan, or someone working to stop Hillary Clinton from being the Democratic nominee and the next president.
Put aside the endless cable and Internet chatter and buy yourself a copy of "The Way to Win." LINK
Read Section IX: "Hillary Clinton, the Freak Show, and the Presidency. That includes chapters on "Losing to the Freak Show," "Challenging the Freak Show," "Mastering the Senate, and the Freak Show," "44! (Assets)," and "44? (Liabilities)."
Once you have done that, you will be equipped to understand what is actually going on now, and why.
Today, Sen. Clinton starts her national conversation about the country's future by answering voters questions in a discussion streamed over the Internet on her website tonight at 7:00 pm ET. Her website says that registration for the chat opens shortly before the webcasts begin. The Senator also appears on some network evening newscasts tonight.
Earlier in the day, Sen. Clinton appears with medical experts, 9-11 responders and their family members at a news conference this morning at the World Trade Center site to call on President Bush to include funding for the healthcare of 9-11 responders in this year's budget.
Sunday: kids and health. Monday: homeland security. Once again: think of a turtle on a fence post.
This weekend, the Senator travels to Iowa for her first visit since November 2003. Details of that trip are TBA (and, perhaps, TBD).
Her husband hosts a book party for former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City this evening. While appearing on NBC's "Today" this morning, McAuliffe depicted Sen. Clinton's pro-war vote as a vote to negotiate with the former Iraqi dictator rather than as a vote to authorize the use of force.
"She voted to give the President the authority to have a stick to go over there and negotiate with Hussein," said McAuliffe.
ABC News' Teddy Davis has more on the Political Radar. LINK
As pro-life activists from across the nation gather for the annual day of protest to commemorate the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, President Bush will be out of town for the sixth year in a row and, thus, will be unable to personally attend or appear at the March for Life, reports ABC News' Karen Travers.
As he has done for the last five years in a row, President Bush participates in a phone call of support to March for Life participants at 12:05 pm ET. President Bush returns to the White House in the afternoon. In 2001, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) read a statement from the President.