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Hillary Clinton defends link with Murdoch
By Holly Yeager and Caroline Daniel in Washington
Published: May 10 2006 03:00 | Last updated: May 10 2006 03:00
Hillary Clinton defended her warming relationship on Tuesday with Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul. Commenting on Mr Murdoch's decision to host a fundraiser for her Senate-election campaign, Mrs Clinton said: "He's my constituent and I'm very gratified that he thinks I'm doing a good job."
Mr Murdoch's New York Post tabloid newspaper initially attacked the New York Democrat's decision to stand for the Senate, running front-page headlines pleading "Don't Run". Mrs Clinton is the leading Democratic candidate for president in 2008.
But one person involved in the event said Mr Murdoch's decision to support her reflected his opinion of her as a senator for New York rather than as a presidential candidate.
New York is expected to swing even further left in mid-term elections, with Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic state attorney-general, expected to secure the governorship. Mr Murdoch has usually acted as a political opportunist according to his business interests, switching from backing the Conservatives in the UK to supporting Tony Blair of the Labour party.
Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic political consultant who worked on Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, said the alliance makes sense for both Mrs Clinton and Mr Murdoch. "She's not going any place. The only place she goes after this is the White House. Why not have a friend? That's a smart move for Mr Murdoch to make." He acknowledged that "there are some on the left who will feel that this is not a good thing".
But mainstream Democrats who want to ensure that Mrs Clinton wins re-election handily and is in a strong position to run for president will not mind. "They will see it as putting together a coalition that works."
Mrs Clinton has worked to tone down the liberal image she won during her husband's presidency, when she led the failed fight for national healthcare. She has courted Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, appearing with him on a panel on healthcare reform, and Republican senator Lindsay Graham, who was involved in impeachment charges against Mr Clinton.
Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist who managed Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, said Mr Murdoch's decision showed that Mrs Clinton had "crossover appeal".
But polls show she remains a polarising figure. A recent ABC News/Washington Post survey found that while 80 per cent of Democrats had a favourable impression of Mrs Clinton, 79 per cent of Republicans had an unfavourable view, including 64 per cent who said they felt strongly unfavourable. By comparison, Senator John McCain, the Republican frontrunner, has lower disapproval ratings, at 20 per cent, in a recent Wall Street Journal poll.
Just as Mrs Clinton has been courting unusual political bedfellows, Mr McCain is expected this weekend to give the commencement address at Liberty University at the invitation of Jerry Falwell, a Christian activist. Four years ago Mr Falwell was among those whom Mr McCain denounced as "agents of intolerance".
Comment & analysis / Editorial comment
Rupert and Hillary
Published: May 10 2006 03:00 | Last updated: May 10 2006 03:00
Forget opinion polls. On either side of the Atlantic an endorsement by Rupert Murdoch has proved a far more accurate bellwether of election outcomes. Supporters of Hillary Clinton should therefore swallow their doubts and take heart that Mr Murdoch's News Corporation plans to host a fund-raising event for the New York senator.
So far Mrs Clinton has done nothing so daring as to make the journey to News Corp's shareholders' meeting in Australia - a pilgrimage Tony Blair made before the Labour party's sweeping 1997 victory. Nor has Mrs Clinton been slaughtering Democratic holy cows as Mr Blair did when he shredded Labour's commitment to public ownership. Not that she needed to. Bill Clinton, Hillary's in-house psephological adviser, already put a torch to most of the Democrat party's shibboleths in the 1990s, such as its opposition to welfare reform, its fondness for deficit spending and being soft on crime. ...
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The Times May 11, 2006
The de Villepin and Chirac scandals may strengthen the Left
However exciting British politics may have been of late, it pales into insignificance when compared with events unfolding across the Channel. Associates of President Chirac were obliged yesterday to deny that, as Mayor of Paris, he had opened a bank account in Japan in 1992 which contained a princely 300 million francs.
Even by the standards of French politics, this charge sounds fantastic. It is a measure of the present atmosphere, which, in a rare intervention, the Japanophiliac M Chirac denounced as a “dictatorship of rumour”, that such suggestions can be made and often believed. The President, though, has only himself to blame. He has become inextricably linked to the Clearstream affair that has engulfed Dominique de Villepin, his Prime Minister.
Briefly stated, a list of individuals who had supposedly received big kickbacks from the sale of French frigates to Taiwan in 1991 fell into the hands of the head of the secret service. The allegations have since been shown to be completely bogus, but an investigation was begun.
In January 2004, allegedly on the orders of M Chirac, M de Villepin, the Foreign Minister at the time, insisted that the inquiry be extended to focus on a politician, Nicolas Sarkozy, the President’s main centre-right foe and a potential rival to M de Villepin himself in the presidential election to take place next year. This smells like an outrageous strategy to smear M Sarkozy.
M Chirac has pledged his support to M de Villepin and insisted that he will not seek his resignation. As his recent volte-face on an essential but unpopular reform of French employment law illustrates, nonetheless, it is not worth trying to deposit a Chirac promise at any bank. If M de Villepin stays it will be because M Chirac can find no alternative bar M Sarkozy, who might take extreme pleasure in turning down the chance to serve the President. The net effect of all this has been to demolish what prospect the Prime Minister had of challenging M Sarkozy for the Centre Right’s presidential nomination.
That does not necessarily make M Sarkozy the real winner in this drama. The admittedly familiar spectacle of leading centre-right figures forming a circular firing squad is not destined to impress French electors. This scandal may instead boost the standing of Ségolène Royal, a former Minister for Education and then Families, and the likely Socialist Party champion next year.
Mme Royal is charismatic but unknown and untested. She is energetic and formidable at personal engagement, which is an advance on the skills of leading male politicians. She lavished sincere praise on Tony Blair in a newspaper interview (which is more than certain members of his Cabinet have done) and warned her colleagues not to reverse recent pension reforms or the privatisation of Gaz de France. She opposes gay marriage and adoption (hope there for Ruth Kelly). In other respects, she seems an orthodox member of an unreconstructed party. It would speak volumes about M Chirac’s tainted legacy if she were to replace him.