Only Hillary Can Ruin Her Run for President

Maureen Dowd: She must leave Clinton 'cheesiness' behind
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
Only Hillary Can Ruin Her Run for President
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on American leadership at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The question is not whether Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016—it's whether she can learn enough from past mistakes to convince voters she's the right woman for the job, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. The Democrats want to see her in the White House. Women from both sides of the political spectrum want to see her in the White House. Even Joe Biden wants to see her in the White House. And make no doubt, says Dowd, "a woman who’s told she can be the first commandress in chief wants to be."

Clinton is a tireless worker and was a star secretary of state, but there's another side to the former first lady that could thwart her campaign: "This is the side that causes her to make decisions from a place of fear and to second-guess herself," Dowd writes. "It dulls her sense of ethics and leads to ends-justify-the-means wayward ways. This is the side that compels her to do anything to win." If she is to make the transition from "Mrs. Clinton" to "Madam President" in the eyes of voters, says Dowd, she must first overcome the image of entitlement and dysfunction that marred her run in the 2008 primaries. Click to read Dowd's full column. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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