Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party

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photoBy Host Tom Ashbrook

Hillary Clinton knows her way around the White House pretty well. The question is whether she'll ever go back — as president.

A rough patch for the GOP — from the struggle in Iraq, to the struggle with Katrina, to the struggle with giant GOP deficits — has Democrats licking their chops for next year's mid-term elections, and for the big one in '08.

But the Democratic Party has been blasted from within and without for missing a message of its own. And there stands Hillary — long branded a leftist, now assiduously a centrist, widely seen as the single most powerful figure in the Democratic Party. The wise-guy wisdom in Washington is: she can't win. Is that right?


Matt Bai, who covers national politics for the New York Times Magazine. His most recent article is titled, "Mrs. Triangulation."

Arianna Huffington, syndicated columnist and political commentator. Editor of the web site the Huffington Post. She is author of, "Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America."

This program aired on October 4, 2005.


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