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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Andy Martin on the “New” Hillary Clinton

Andy Martin on Super Tuesday II and Hillary’s future. Chicago political expert Martin says Hillary “should take it to the convention.” He predicts the Rezko IED has “yet to explode.”

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(CHICAGO)(March 4, 2008) Hillary Clinton has a man problem. No it’s not Barack Obama. It's Bill.

As long as Bill Clinton was the big dog in her campaign, Hillary was doomed. And it showed. Now that Bill has been caged, she has begun to flower.

She looks fresher, more confident, more relaxed, even more attractive.

On February 20th I had this to say to Hillary:

My advice to Hillary? Honey, talk it up.
Tough it out. Take it to the convention.
And tell it like it is. And start doing this
tomorrow. Not on March 5th.

I don’t know if she was listening, but she sure is acting. And I’m not even on the payroll.

And along the way she has had a few breaks. The Lion King is finally imploding.

Hillary will never be a sexpot. But she’s rich, she wears expensive clothes and she can look attractive instead of just being a dowdy appendage to her husband. Frankly, the last week she has been looking better: brighter, smoother, livelier. I was surprised when I saw her on Saturday Night Live. It was a “New Hillary.”

By my reckoning, Bill has not made any news lately, unless it is news about not making news. And the result has been that Hillary’s fortunes have been to reverse and improve.

Hillary’s next decision has to be to jettison some of the holdover slobs on her campaign, like Mark Penn and others who have milked her coffers dry.

Obama started his campaign with a clean sheet of paper, and it shows. He has run a cutting edge campaign; she has not. She is working with people left over from 18 years ago. That was probably another legacy to Bill.

Rush Limbaugh has told Republicans to vote in the Texas Democratic primary today. I make no such suggestion. Democrats can do enough damage to themselves without Republicans to sweeten the stew.

After dumping Penn & Company, Hillary has one more job on my honey-do list: tell the joker in New Mexico to shut up. Bill Richardson was a pathetic campaigner and his campaign never got off the ground. But ever since then he has fancied himself as a groundhog, popping up to preach unity and to demand surrender by the surviving candidates. Who elected him? I would tell Richardson to sit down and shut up. (Unfortunately, she can’t tell David Gergen to do likewise, but it would be nice if she did, anyway.)

OK, now we have Bill in his cage, Richardson sent to the showers (he needs one) and Penn & Co. on the road to nowhere. Where do we go from here?

On to the convention. The cable claque has a deafening roar that Hillary will come under “pressure” to quit this week. I am writing early on the 4th and so I don’t know how the primaries will turn out. But if as seems likely Hillary wins one of the major states, maybe two, she should stay in. She should tell the cable claque to shut up as well.

What ever happened to fighting for what you believe in? What is wrong with going to the convention? Even if he comes out ahead later today, Obama would have a long road to travel between March and August, and a lot of IED’s are along the way. Not to mention my hero John McCain. Obama has a staffer in federal court covering the Rezko criminal trial for a reason; he knows the Rezko IED has yet to explode.

Unfortunately for Hillary, she is going to have to change her pace and her position to become a winner. Like Prince Philip, husband of the Queen of England, Hillary has always had to walk a few paces behind. Now she has to take command. It’s not easy. And she has to jettison some of the nonsense she has been selling for “35 years,” about girls being helpless victims of boys, then men.

Hillary, honey, “girls can fight.” Sock it to Barry O. Let him know the only powder puff he is going to see is the one from his make-up artist. Show a little Illinois spunk. A little Midwestern mettle.

And let Bill know that he if he turns up in the wrong place, and in the New York Post, he’s going straight to Guantanamo when you become president. Close the prison. But keep Bill there, for sentimental reasons.

Love and kisses. Comeback girl.


Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.


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