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Hillary's Book Fuels 2004 Presidential Speculation

Tuesday, 03 June 2003 12:00 AM

The former first lady's book tour "will have her criss-crossing the country and giving interviews just as the 2004 presidential campaign heats up," noted USA Today. "And while Clinton insists she's not in the race, she's being viewed as a strong contender for 2008, should her party fail to oust President Bush next year."

Next year? Not so fast, says political insider Donna Brazile, who ran the Democrats' last presidential campaign. She warned not to count Hillary out of the 2004 sweepstakes on CNN's "Late Edition."

"Look, she might be on the short list in 2004," Brazille told host Wolf Blitzer on Sunday, after he questioned whether Clinton could afford to wait till 2008.

"She's got to get reelected [to the Senate] in 2006, first," the CNN anchor noted.

"Which may be tougher than people think," added co-panelist Jonah Goldberg.

And while Hillary's book will no doubt fatten her wallet, Brazile sees it as part of the Clintons' plans to retake the White House. "It's an important launching pad," she told USA Today. "It should lay out her platform, her values."

Clinton's critics concur. "It just seems very clear that she's laying the ground for a presidential campaign," Sandy Rios, president of Concerned Women For America, told the paper.

Hillary's book will also give her the chance to clear out some of the scandal underbrush that could be an impediment to a White House bid - and do so just in time for her party's 2004 presidential race.

Clinton "will hurt her credibility" if she doesn't admit some of her mistakes, says Republican strategist Bill Dal Col, like defending her husband by blaming "a vast right wing conspiracy" for making up the Monica Lewinsky story.

The book will also give the media's favorite Democrat the chance to put her own spin on the single biggest policy blunder of her husband's administration, the failure to win approval for Hillarycare health reform.

As the book tour continues and the press lapses into full-blown Hillarymania, look for Sen. Clinton's competition for the 2004 nomination to begin pulling their hair out.

Predicts Republican pollster John McLaughlin, "The poor Democrats who are running for president are going to get eclipsed again."

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