Fox News Channel's resident liberal Juan Williams says Republicans are right to protest any movies NBC or CNN might have in mind for Hillary Clinton. But GOP strategist Karl Rove says they won't help her anyway – she'll flame out long before the 2016 primaries.
"Mrs. Clinton, are you ready for your glamour shot, darling?" Williams asked Monday on "The O'Reilly Factor." He agreed with host Bill O'Reilly and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that the planned films would serve only to elevate the former first lady, senator and secretary of state in a presidential bid.
Julianne Moore subtly mocked Sarah Palin in the HBO movie "Game Change," O'Reilly said, but added that if Diane Lane, who is set to play Clinton in NBC's biopic, subtly mocked her, "she'd never work again in Hollywood."
Williams noted that the GOP wants fewer debates anyway after enduring almost two dozen in the 2012 primary, so they are telling NBC and CNN that they took selves out of running by planning the movies. CNN's project would be a documentary.
But Williams said it shouldn't be only Republicans who are unhappy. "Why aren't Democrats screaming about this advertising bonaza for Hillary Clinton?" he asked.
Vice President Joe Biden or any other Democrat thinking about running against Clinton for the Democratic nomination should be angry as well, he said.
But according to Rove's thinking, all of the hubbub is for nothing. Clinton is in the middle of a 2013 schedule so filled with personal appearances it is "like you are in the final months of a primary campaign, not three years away from the election."
Clinton currently leads handily in opinion polls even though neither she nor any other candidate has even announced an intention to run. Rove says she can't sustain that pace for three years then pop up in late 2015 and sound like she has anything new to say.
Biden, Rove believes, will toss his hat into the ring in 2016.
"A. I don't think there's anything he has to lose by saying he's going to go up against (Clinton), and B. he's Joe Biden, so, yes, I think he will go up against her," Rove said. "Does he prevail? No, but he'll give us a lot of entertainment value for the few months that he's in the campaign."
On the GOP side, Rove said the Rand Paul/Chris Christie spat is bringing more attention to the party. Paul could lure in more young people, he said, who traditionally feel the Democratic Party is their only choice.
The GOP has long had members who were libertarian on economic issues, but Paul is among a group bringing libertarian social and foreign policy issues into the party, Rove said.
Christie, on the other hand, wants to be seen as a strong national defense conservative. Being governor of a state affected by the 9/11 attacks, he wants to show he isn't willing to roll back protections that he sees as under fire during the current debate on overreaches by the National Security Agency.
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