With End Near, Clinton Plays It Smart, Safe

As candidate takes shelter in denial, voters seem unmoved
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2008 12:18 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks at a rally Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In what looks increasingly like the twilight of her campaign, Hillary Clinton is stumping as though Barack Obama doesn’t even exist, writes Walter Shapiro of Slate. She’s campaigning as a smart policy nut, moving one supporter to say, "I will always feel safe with this woman as president." One problem: This year, voters aren’t interested in “safe.”

“What other message can you draw from the ascension of Barack Obama, a candidate who personifies promise?” Shapiro asks. He channels the voters saying, “We thought we made the 'safe' choice in 2004 by reelecting George W. Bush in the middle of a war—and look where it got us.” Clinton’s done playing political chameleon. She’s going out as she came in: the safe choice. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)