Iowa Dem chairman: Clinton not to run if Obama jumps in?

posted at 2:37 pm on November 30, 2006 by Ian

His reasoning: because she is not “laying the adequate groundwork“.

On Fox News last night, the chairman of Iowa’s Democratic party said that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is not laying the adequate groundwork for a presidenial campaign in the first caucus state and that many are starting to speculate she may not run if Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) enters the race.

Said Iowa Democratic Chair Rob Tully: “She’s been quiet and, you know, there’s a question that we all hear is that she may not get in this if Barack Obama gets in. I have never seen a reaction other than Bill Clinton in terms of the excitement that people have to meet Barack Obama. Some people just wanted to touch him.”

National Journal’s Chuck Todd is having doubts too.

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So she will accept the VP slot instead? Obama bin Hildebeast ticket?

bbz123 on November 30, 2006 at 2:41 PM

Quick question, Is part of the groundwork for running as a Democrats, insulting our troops’ intelligence? Just asking.

amerpundit on November 30, 2006 at 2:44 PM

I think it’s a smart move not to run. ’08 will be a horrible year for Presidential candidates on both sides and if the next President is going to have to clean up Iraqi who wants that job?

Hilary should stay in the Senate, consolidate her power, and probably be majority leader by ’10.

JaHerer22 on November 30, 2006 at 2:47 PM

“She’s been quiet and, you know, there’s a question that we all hear is that she may not get in this if Barack Obama gets in.

Bogus. Her entire life, her marriage… everything has been about being POTUS. She exists for this alone. Don’t be surprised if it looks really grim for her and Obama joins the Clinton death count. I’m serious.

RightWinged on November 30, 2006 at 2:58 PM

The Presidential Candidate Hooky Poky

Ya put your right foot in
Ya put your left foot in
Ya grab a hold of an intern
And you spin her all about…

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 30, 2006 at 2:59 PM

She’ll run.

aero on November 30, 2006 at 3:16 PM

Was anyone else sort of creeped out by the people who “just want to touch” Obama? Do we need people like this choosing our Commander in Chief? These are people apparently so easily awe-struck that they get woozy over a rookie politician about whom they know almost nothing. Creepy.

aero on November 30, 2006 at 3:19 PM

She’s running. Just hasn’t settled on the pantsuit yet.

JammieWearingFool on November 30, 2006 at 3:21 PM

President is going to have to clean up Iraqi who wants that job?

Clean up an Iraqi? Just one? Must be a real dirty one…….

R D on November 30, 2006 at 3:21 PM

Was anyone else sort of creeped out by the people who “just want to touch” Obama? Do we need people like this choosing our Commander in Chief? These are people apparently so easily awe-struck that they get woozy over a rookie politician about whom they know almost nothing. Creepy.

aero on November 30, 2006 at 3:19 PM

Cult people! VERY scary!

R D on November 30, 2006 at 3:23 PM

Yes–cultists! Excellent description. That’s what the people who just want to touch Obama remind me of.

aero on November 30, 2006 at 3:26 PM

Hillary as SCOTUS Justice? And we thought Harriet Miers was unqualified!

Wolfman on November 30, 2006 at 3:26 PM

Hillary will never be SCOTUS… she’s have a hearing and need to answer questions. That is show stopper for her!

When she runs for POTUS, and yes she is running, watch how she gets a pass by the MSM on tough questions. But in the SCOTUS hearing she won’t have that luxury.

Bob on November 30, 2006 at 4:05 PM

That’s a bit incredulous after having spent over $30 million on her last campaign – which she could have won for $30 bucks. I think Hil could easily give Obama a run for the money but in the end would lose to him anyway. I don’t understand why folks just don’t realize this country is not ready for a female president – in particular, THAT one.

thedecider on November 30, 2006 at 4:31 PM

Hillary doesn’t need to “lay the groundwork”. The red carpet and crown will be handed to her when she’s damned good and ready to take it. How dare anyone even think of challenging her.

roninacreage on November 30, 2006 at 4:34 PM

If she runs, she’ll probably burn through all her campaign funds during the primary…. what then will she try and win the presidency on?

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on November 30, 2006 at 4:59 PM

The early primaries are for the losers who don’t have hoards of deep pocket libs to write checks for them yet. Hillary is above that. All the groundwork she will need is being done in editorial board rooms and talk shows.

pedestrian on November 30, 2006 at 6:07 PM

Do we need people like this choosing our Commander in Chief?

No, but it’s good to have them pick the Dem candidate, though.

urbancenturion on November 30, 2006 at 10:48 PM

Do we need people like this choosing our Commander in Chief?

No, but it’s good to have them pick the Dem candidate, though.

I suppose. I am mildly concerned about Obama because of this bizarre “rock star” phenomenon the media is whipping up over him. He doesn’t have enough of a record to really show his faults, which will be to his advantage (assuming he doesn’t say something incredibly stupid during the campaign). People seem to think he’s good-looking and charismatic. That’s all it took for Bill Clinton, after all.

But, in the end, I just can’t see the American people electing a president whose middle name is Hussein. Not at this point in history, anyway.

aero on December 1, 2006 at 2:01 AM

Hilary has a right to be worried. Anyone who can beat Alan Keyes in a head to head campaign is a formidble opponent indeed.

Dudley Smith on December 1, 2006 at 3:21 PM

Hillary as a JUDGE? Perish the thought!

CrimsonFisted on December 1, 2006 at 4:25 PM