Clinton Wins Coveted Des Moines Register Endorsement

Hillary Clinton has won the coveted Des Moines Register endorsement, and that endorsement could just give her lagging campaign there in a Iowa a big boost. Citing Clinton’s experience over Obama’s lack of, the Register says:

The job requires a president who not only understands the changes needed to move the country forward but also possesses the discipline and skill to navigate the reality of the resistant Washington power structure to get things done.

That candidate is New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

From working for children’s rights as a young lawyer, to meeting with leaders around the world as first lady, to emerging as an effective legislator in her service as a senator, every stage of her life has prepared her for the presidency.

While her “readiness to lead sets her apart from a constellation of possible stars in her party, particularly Barack Obama, who also demonstrates the potential to be a fine president,” Barack Obama, who is perhaps more “inspirational” when speaking “before a crowd,” is relatively inexperienced, the Register notes and “it’s hard to feel as confident he could accomplish the daunting agenda that lies ahead.”

Included in the endorsement of Clinton was a brief commentary on the different campaign Edwards is running this time out. Although Edwards was their choice in ’04 for the nomination, the Register now says, “this is a different race, with different candidates. We too seldom saw the positive, optimistic campaign we found appealing in 2004.”  

In noting Clinton’s achievements, the Register says, for Clinton, “determination to succeed and learning from her mistakes have been hallmarks of Clinton’s life.”

She grew up in Park Ridge, Ill., graduated from Wellesley College and earned a law degree from Yale. As first lady in Arkansas, she was both strategist and idealist, borne out by her commitment to children and families. As the nation’s first lady, she in essence spent eight years as a diplomat, traveling to more than 80 countries and advocating for human rights.

In the Senate, she has earned a reputation as a workhorse who does not seek the limelight. She honed knowledge of defense on the Senate Armed Services Committee. She has proactively served rural and urban New York and worked in the national interest, strengthening the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Giving rise to the vetted meme, they note she’s “tough,” and “tested by rough politics and personal trials.” And “she’s demonstrated strength, resolve and resilience.”

When it comes to inspiration, the Register noted that while “Obama, her chief rival, inspired our imaginations,” it was Hillary Clinton who “inspired our confidence.”

Each time we met, she impressed us with her knowledge and her competence.

The times demand results. We believe as president she’ll do what she’s always done in her life: Throw herself into the job and work hard. We believe Hillary Rodham Clinton can do great things for our country.

It will be interesting to see how the endorsement plays out in Iowa for Clinton. Although the Register endorsed Edwards in the last caucus, we all know John Kerry went on to win Iowa and the momentum propelled from there.

I think this will carry some heavy weight however for Clinton, in Iowa, where voters do look for experience, which is one of the many things Kerry had over Edwards in ’04. And, perhaps seeing how the endorsement of the lesser experienced candidate played out in ’04, that may have propelled their decision in this election.

Also, coming as quite a surprise, the Des Moines Register endorsed John McCain in the Republican field.

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