Think About It: Hillary Clinton & Experience

As a public servant, as the wife of a governor and a president who was deeply involved in his administrations, as a lawyer and activist, and as a United States Senator, she already has had an opportunity to see firsthand and up-close what it means to serve the interests of the people and govern the country. There is no contender for the presidency, either among the Democrats or the Republicans, who will require less on-the-job training than Hillary Clinton. After the disaster we have been witnessing these last nearly seven years, we need someone who can get to work fixing the country from her first day in office.

This diary from a good friend of mine on MyDD explains pretty well why so many Democrats are supporting Hillary Clinton for President. They’re confident that she has the strength and the experience to change course on Iraq, on the climate crisis, on health care, and on so much more.

And apparently, my friend Beltway Dem isn’t the only one who feels that way. The Concord Monitor, one of New Hampshire’s largest newspapers, endorsed Hillary. According to them, she has what it takes to make change happen. Here’s what they say, via No Quarter.

Many White House administrations start off slowly, as green presidents fumble through their early months, unsure how to bend Washington to their will. Come 2009, America will be unable to afford such squandered time. ClintonÂ’s ambitious to-do list for her first few weeks in office gives us confidence that her priorities are right and that she would act swiftly to make a positive difference. She is the MonitorÂ’s choice in the Jan. 8 Democratic primary.

So what are you thinking here? Are Beltway Dem and The Concord Monitor right? Does Hillary’s experience set her apart? Will her know-how actually help her make change happen? Think about it.

  10 comments for “Think About It: Hillary Clinton & Experience

  1. December 30, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Thank you for the link, Andrew. This is so important: “Many White House administrations start off slowly, as green presidents fumble through their early months, unsure how to bend Washington to their will. Come 2009, America will be unable to afford such squandered time …”

    It can’t be said enough times. Sure hope the early primary voters have that foremost in their minds.

  2. DCDemocrat
    December 30, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Beltway Dem is a friend of mine, and he tells me is humbled by your kind words.

  3. Andrew Davey
    December 30, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Susan-

    Well, thanks so much for all the great work you and Larry do over at No Quarter! You really do a great job covering national issues over there. I really should be linking to you more often when I cover national stuff. :-)

    DCDem-

    Tell Beltway Dem that his diary there was truly moving, and that he deserves to be on the MyDD Rec List more often… I’ll also remember to link to him more often. ;-)

  4. owl06
    December 30, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you Andrew. We need a President that can hit the ground running from day one, and that is Hillary Clinton.

  5. DCDemocrat
    December 30, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Andrew: I will pass it on.

  6. Andrew Davey
    December 30, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    owl-

    We need a President that can hit the ground running from day one, and that is Hillary Clinton.

    Ain’t that the truth! We have a war to end, a climate & energy crisis to solve, a health care fiasco to fix, a Constitution to save, and so much more. We need a President that’s ready to make change happen on Day 1, and that’s why Hillary is “our girl”. :-)

    DCDem-

    Thanks. You’re the best… And so is Beltway Dem. ;-)

  7. OC Demo Girl
    December 30, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Go Barack Obama! I hope you win!

  8. Anonymous
    December 30, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    John Edwards will hit the ground running without all the soundbites and rockstar BS.

    John Edwards is a real leader. Not a stuffed shirt with sound bites and laser light shows to distract from the lack of substance coming from Obama and Clinton camps.

  9. Andrew Davey
    December 31, 2007 at 8:06 am

    OC Demo Girl-

    That’s nice. So why Obama? Just curious… ;-)

    Anon 11:36-

    That’s nice… But what laser shows and rockstar BS are you talking about? I just see Hillary talking about the real issues that people care about. I think that’s why she’s rebounding in the Iowa polls, and why so many local community newspapers throughout Iowa and New Hampshire are endorsing Hillary. She has the courage, the strength, and the experience to make change happen… And she doesn’t need lasers or rockstar BS to show us that! ;-)

  10. OC Demo Girl
    December 31, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    All the reasons why you used to like Obama, Andrew. Out of all the candidates, he is the most sincere in my opinion. When I met him in 2004, he was someone I believe will work for every American. Not just Democrats, not just unions, not just corporate America, not just the religious freaks. But everyone… I don’t trust anyone else to deliver what they spew out to the voters. I believe Obama means what he says.

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