The latest FoxNews poll shows a big gain for Hillary in a trial matchup with Rudy Giuliani. In the current poll, taken on September 26th, Hillary leads by eight points, 46-39. This compares with a previous lead of only five points in July and a deficit of three points in June:
Hillary says that if you are happy with your current health insurance coverage, she won’t change a thing. Nonsense. Think about it for a minute. If she covers the 50 million people now without coverage, including 15 million illegal aliens, it will vastly increase the demand for medical care for doctors for hospitals, for clinics for nurses. The demand will go up, but the supply won’t. What does that mean? Higher prices. Economics 101. So what will she have to do? She’ll have to hold down medical care use by the rest of us. Say no when we want surgery, say no to a heart transplant if you smoke, put government health regulation into place all over America. She’s not saying so, but think about it for a minute, she’d have to.
Published in the New York Post on September 27, 2007.
Columbia University this week managed to hand a PR victory to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It’s time for another New York institution – the state Office of the Comptroller – to join the drive to undermine this evil and dangerous regime.
Published on TheHill.com on September 26, 2007.
Even for her, Hillary Clinton showed tremendous skill at batting aside questions asked of her on the Sunday shows this past weekend and giving, instead, her standard talking points. Pinning this lady down is admittedly not easy. Two of the best interviewers on political TV-Chris Wallace and Tim Russert- asked tough questions but got scripted and memorized retorts for their pains. But here are some questions (along with follow-ups) that I suggest they ask during the next round of Sunday shows- if she ever goes back on the circuit.
The more we read about Norman Hsu and his million dollars of funny money he gave to Hillary, the more a key question keeps coming up.
I think Plouffe’s memo reflects what is wrong with the Obama campaign. It focuses on the campaign’s logistical advantages: its superior fund raising, its grass roots organization, its enthusiastic volunteers, its “financial sustainability”, and its candidate’s bio and basic message.
The most disingenuous of votes were those cast by the four endangered Republicans in favor of the Democratic proposal to limit the time our soldiers have to spend in Iraq. The bill, which would have limited their service to the same length of time they have been based in the US, was defeated falling four votes short of closure. Of the six Republicans who broke ranks, four are facing tough re-election fights. Their opportunistic votes are designed to clip the wings of their Democratic challengers in the 2008 elections. Had Collins (R-Me), Coleman (R-Minn), Sununu (R-NH), and Smith (R-Ore) not faced daunting re-election challenges, who knows how they would have voted?
Published on FoxNews.com on September 20, 2007.
The public face of Hillary Clinton’s new health care plan is sunny, filled with choices for consumers and bright with promises for better health care for all. But a close examination of the proposal alongside other initiatives of Sen. Clinton in the past few years reveals a dark side she wants to hide from public view until after the election is over.
By engaging Hillary, Rudy Giuliani is making a wise strategic decision. In all the polls, Rudy is seen as the candidate most likely to defeat Hillary Clinton. By attacking her, he emphasizes this quality and overshadows Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney. The presidential races in each party are taking on the aspect of an audition rather than a primary. Voters are supporting the person who is most likely to beat the other party, not the one they most agree with on the issues or like or trust the most. In this atmosphere, Hillary and Rudy are mutually supporting bookends, each keeping the other on top by the perception of their own electability.
Fred Thompson, having long delayed his announcement, may have mistimed it after all. He chose to announce just a few days before 9-11. With Rudy Giuliani front and center on 9-11 (it is, after all HIS day), the former Mayor may catch up with the undisputed bounce that Thompson has gotten as a result of his announcement.
Fred gained rapidly in most polls with his announcement, passing Rudy in the Rasmussen polling for the first time since July. But will 9-11 even up the score? I think it probably will.