Clinton’s sour note

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copyright © 2008 Andrew Wahl.  Off The Wahl Perspective.

Hillary Clinton is a strong candidate: Smart, talented and ready to fight. But she’s not a likable candidate. And, as America looks to get its groove back after two torturous terms of George W. Bush, that lack of likeability appears to be a fatal flaw.

Our nation is hungry for healing. It’s tired of partisan warfare. After more than a decade of red states and blue states, people are ready to try on some purple. Clinton is seen as part of the old way. Democrats respect her – and her husband. But, unfairly or not, the previous Clinton administration is seen as the beginning of this divisive period.

The next president is going to have to build bridges. I don’t think Clinton can do that; she’s red meat for Republicans. And she’s not helping herself in the way she’s gone about “Setting the Tone” this past week.