|February 26, 2008|
|Move Over Hillary, Chelsea is on the Rise|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|The March 3 New York magazine was just tossed on my desk, the one with the cover preparing America for the rise of Chelsea Clinton on the political horizon. |
Described as tall, slim and glamorously coiffed, the 28-year old Chelsea is poised to some day abandon her $200K a-year hedge fund gig to move into the family business.
New York’s cover warns readers that Chelsea has “her mother’s discipline” and “her father’s charm.” Chelsea, in fact, “could be the dynasty’s back-up plan.” To that, this blogger says “God, help us.” Let's pump some air into Hillary's campaign.
As New York promotes “the next Clinton,” Harold Ickes, Hillary’s hard-nosed political advisor, warned today that it is a tad premature to jump off Mrs. Clinton’s ship.
Ickes told a Christian Science Monitor breakfast meeting that his client is trailing Barack Obama by a mere two percent in the delegate account. Sixteen states, representing 48 percent of the total needed for the nomination, have yet to be tallied.
Of the shellacking that Hillary has suffered during the last 11 votes, Ickes said every campaign as an up and down cycle. He believes that Clinton is on the verge of an up cycle with the March 4 contests slated for Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Ickes is charged with rounding up the "superdelegates" for Hillary. The New York Times, after last week's hatchet job on poor old John McCain, did its part to buck up Hillary's floundering campaign. It ran an op-ed piece by Geraldine Ferraro, Clinton supporter and former Vice Presidential candidate, in which she argues that today's equivalent of "smoked-filled rooms" should be the places where the Democratic nomination is decided. So much for transparency. Ferraro wants the 796 superdelegates to stick with their support of Hillary, rather than cave to the broad public support that Obama received in the primaries and caucuses. Give Gerry a thumbs-up for loyalty. She is willing to lose the November election rather than hand Obama the nomination.
Optimistic Harold, meanwhile, took a shot at Hillary’s beleaguered campaign stategist Mark Penn, who moonlights these days as Burson-Marsteller’s CEO.
Ickes noted that many people and pollsters, including Penn, predicted that Clinton would go down in flames by a double-digit margin in New Hampshire. That wasn’t the case—though Clinton did take double digit drubbings in key states as Virginia, Maryland and Washington.
Bill Clinton said last week that his wife can’t lose either Ohio or Texas. He believes it's "lights out" if she does. The New York Senator, at one-time, thought she would easily bag both the Buckeye and Lone Star States. The Clinton campaign has sunk so low that squeaker victories would be spun as a triumphant political wins.
Things have gotten so bad at Camp Clinton that Chelsea--after her mom's campaign frittered $120M away on a Presidential quest--is propped up as the future of the Clinton Restoration.
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