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Paul Begala Dismisses 'Hectoring' of Hillary

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Former President Bill Clinton's adviser Paul Begala. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 19 Sep 2014 06:10 PM

Former President Bill Clinton's adviser Paul Begala has staunchly defended Hillary Clinton's silence on whether she'll run for president – even as he mounted a passionate promotion of her presumed candidacy – arguing "an announcement now would be stupid, and Hillary is definitely not stupid."

"If she were to go Open Kimono on us now it would draw attention from crucial midterm elections, siphon campaign donations from Democrats struggling to hold onto the Senate and possibly even eclipse important debates on how to fight ISIS and whether to shut down the government (again)," the CNN commentator writes for the cable news network Friday. 

He attacks the "hectoring" of the former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of State, noting there's no similar resentment of presumed GOP candidates – calling out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and two-time presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"We presume they're running – just as most folks presume Hillary is," he writes. "[W]e're not resentful that they haven't made a formal announcement, probably because we just don't care as much about them,"

And he blasts another potential GOP rival, Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, calling him "a glad-handing natural for whom it can be said that if an idea wanted to cross his mind it would need to bring a canteen."

"Hillary believes politics should be about ideas – a clash of visions, of competing plans to promote the general welfare and provide for the common defense," he writes.

Begala boasts Clinton starts the New Year with a chorus of "God Bless America," and relishes "a vigorous honest, face-to-face debate; a town hall meeting in which folks ask substantive questions; meeting people who pour their hearts out to her, who hold their baby daughters up to her, who share their hopes and their heartbreaks with her."

He also portrays her decision as a choice between the "soul-crushing" rigors of campaigning, and the firm belief "it's worth it," begging the nation to "give her a little breathing room as she becomes a grandmother."

"We have plenty of other potential presidential candidates," he jibes. "I suspect they'd love the attention."

The defense of Clinton is the latest by aides and friends – who primarily have pointed out the differences between her and President Barack Obama. 

But Time reports Friday the longer Clinton waits to make an announcement, the better it is for her politically.

"As the close attention paid to in artful comments she made about her wealth during her book tour demonstrated, her every word is being scrutinized—a dynamic that will only intensify when she’s formally a presidential candidate," Time reports. 

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Former President Bill Clinton's adviser Paul Begala has staunchly defended Hillary Clinton's silence on whether she'll run for president – even as he mounted a passionate promotion of her presumed candidacy – arguing "an announcement now would be stupid, and Hillary is definitely not stupid."
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