Clinton Plays Goldilocks

Politico's Simon sees candidate serving voters a steaming bowl of ... porridge
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 10:25 AM CDT
Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., left, speaks with a supporter after speaking at the the South Central Iowa AFL-CIO Solidarity Fest at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton works hard to stay in the middle, presenting herself as the "just right" choice between extremes by modulating her language incredibly carefully and emphasizing that she is the only candidate with the experience to effect change. The Politico's Roger Simon looks at a barnstormer so consistent that the length of her stump speech varies by only seconds.

That speech mentions "change" 26 times as Clinton strives to claim it as her own: “Change is just a word without the strength and experience to make it happen,” she says. Simon sees that as a jab at Barack Obama and John Edwards, who can talk change but wouldn't be able to make it happen—at least according to Clinton.