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Alan Dershowitz: Hillary Needs to Be Humbler in '16

By    |   Monday, 13 April 2015 01:38 PM

Americans must see a humbler Hillary Clinton than they did in 2008 if the former secretary of state wants to run a successful presidential campaign, renowned civil rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz says.

"She has to do what she didn't do last time around. She has to make sure she doesn't regard herself as the obvious winner," Dershowitz said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"She has to do what she would do if she were a candidate just aspiring to get this nomination."

Dershowitz said Clinton is "doing the right thing" in traveling by van from New York to Iowa, where she'll hold her first campaign event since declaring her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

But unlike her campaign in 2008 — in which she solidly lost to Barack Obama — Clinton shouldn't have any competition this time, said Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus.

"Not unless she makes some monumental mistakes or unless there's a health issue," he said.

"I don't think that [Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth] Warren would win more than two, three or four states. She'd be another [Michael] Dukakis or another George McGovern.

"My only hope is that there isn't a challenge from the left. As a Democrat, I want to see a united front."

Dershowitz says Republicans could have the same potential problem if there are challenges from the "extreme right" that will take away votes from "more centrist people" who have a chance of winning.

"Both parties have their extremes, and Americans don't like extremes. Americans like right, centrist, left," he said.

Asked by Steve Malzberg whether Clinton may be haunted by the scandal involving her use of a private email account and home server for government business, Dershowitz said:

"There will be questions raised and there will be questions on both sides, and that is, should she have done this and are they picking on her because she's a woman candidate, a liberal candidate.

"By the time the election comes along, the emails won't be the major issue, the economy will."

With that, Clinton will deliver a "subtle" message to Americans, he said.

"The subtle message she'll try to send is remember what happened when Bill Clinton was president. The economy was great, so do you want another Clinton, do you want another '90s? The '90s were pretty good for America – no wars, good economic progress," Dershowitz said.

One of the toughest decisions Hillary Clinton will have to make, said Dershowitz, is whether she supports Obama's Iran nuclear deal.

"If she does, she'll be in trouble," he said.

Desrehowitz is author of the book, "Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's Just War Against Hamas," published by Rosetta Books.

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