Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been embracing the role of partisan warrior recently. She has an ad out in Iowa that says ordinary people are "invisible to this president," and during Sunday's debate in Des Moines she noted that she has been fighting against the Republican attack machine for "longer than anybody else up here."
But can Clinton -- whose biggest political problem is the perception that she's "polarizing" -- really afford to be on the attack all the time?
Apparently not. Yesterday, she traveled to Arkansas for an endorsement by the Democratic governor of the state , which voted for Bush in the past two election cycles. She was welcomed to Arkansas by three of the state's Democratic members of Congress and Sen. Mark Pryor, who have all endorsed her, according to the campaign.
Her advisers held up the endorsement trip back to her former home state as proof that Clinton can win support in "red" (Republican) states, making her as viable a general-election candidate as anyone else in the race -- especially Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), whose soothing bipartisan tone has been a hallmark of his campaign.
-- Anne E. Kornblut