January 21st, 2008
09:46 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Hillary speaks partisan language

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) -
Hillary Clinton constantly speaks in partisan terms - that she knows how to "fight" the Republicans - she's been doing it "for 16 years." It's very different from Obama, and it's a tone that is very appealing to many partisan Democrats that make up the majority of primary voters - but how will it play in a general election match up?

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (486 Responses)
  1. Paul J

    When I see Hillary it makes me think of the Arabic countries that do not support their women and neglect them cover them up and I just can't believe that they will be listening to her on any address she may have. They don't want women and will not listen. She may say they will but if you read up on their traditions and history this will not happen. Dems read and study their history and you will see it is just lip movement she doesn't know for sure.

    January 21, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  2. Tom Davie

    Hillary lost the dabate. John was pretty good and so was Obama. Hillary wipe that constipation look off your face.

    January 21, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. Peggy Shelton

    We've allowed Men to mess thing up for too many years.
    I look forward to seeing what a Woman can do!
    Hilliary I will be Proud to call you my President
    Hillary in 2008
    Go Hillary!

    January 21, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  4. Robert Bell

    "Hillary has the base. The thing of it is, if she is the nominee, it'll be harder for her than Obama or Edwards to get the support of Independents or even Republicans. Some people just hate Hillary. It's great that she's partisan now, but if we see a Clinton-McCain election, McCain will win. Obama has a better chance of unifying both sides."

    Hilllary's base is barely 1/2 of the Democrats, which make up barely 1/2 of the country.

    She will get elected with 1/4 of the vote?

    I think not.

    McCain is beginning to look like a shoo-in.

    January 21, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Sarah

    Question for the commentators:

    Who speaks the clearest, and with the most authority and vision? Who has years of political experience?

    January 21, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. DC

    Hillary Wins Hands Down! She is ready to lead this Country and we should be proud to have such a great person running for President of this country in a time that we can't take chances on Obama who has no proven viable record. If our economy was strong and we weren't in debt then perhaps we could take the risk on Obama. We know Clinton has the know how and understands the political challenges and how to overcome them so we need to be careful to elect a President who can get in there and clean up all the messes we are in. Perhaps after 8 years of Senator Clinton then we can take a chance on someone who wants to lead by inspiration. Obama looks good on paper but I'm very afraid if he is elected that he can't clean up what has happened and will miserably fail. Not a chance I'm ready to take.

    January 21, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. Aimee

    Obama will unite the country, and is the better man for the job. Ms. Clinton is divisive and wants to be president, but not for the same, real reason as Senator Obama. President Clinton was wonderful, but we don't want a repeat, or someone who has had all of their experience coming from his policy. She supported every move he had his 8 years in office. We want change.

    January 21, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. Jack, Greenville, SC

    She's too divisive. If "the base", as people say, get her in, there will be a problem come the general election. Although, I seem to remember another candidate who "energized the base" and he got elected, twice...and is still in office despite a whole lot.

    January 21, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. Frank

    Hillary is premeditating the fight which lays ahead. I believe John Edwards is the only answer to a Republican fight. Incidentally, the last election showed that America was divided in half: republicans and democrats. So, the clinton practice of continuing to name "republicans" is pushing fellow americans away. While Obama offers charisma and promise to lead the nation to change, his message is an imitation of John Edwards original message. Hillary in New Hampshire said this fight was personal for her, then Obama said this fight was personal for him. Both barak and clinton... are getting disproportionate media coverage from the same allies they find funding their campaigns. Edwards is the only Original, Honest, Meek yet Capable candidate to fight and win any challenge facing America. Democrats get Real.. John Edwards is your only hope to win against the Repulicans and earn respect from ALL of America.

    January 21, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. J. McKinney SW MO

    IT"S GOT TO BE HILLARY!!! She is the one with the experience and ability to win. She made good sense in the debate, too.

    January 21, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. chris

    Yes I think Hilary knows how to fight republicans, but that is her strength and downfall. In a general election she is going to polarize republicans and some democrats against her. This senator has created a looooot of enemies touring her tenure and I think this will show during a general election. When Bill shows his head during the general election they are going to bring up all of the dirt of his second term and the muck and mire that we were in during his last years will be back.

    Of note is anyone concerned that if she wins this election that two families would have been ruling this country for twenty four years?

    January 21, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. clintonliebrary.com

    However, you may have heard of a scandal involving Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign and a less-than savory character named Norman Hsu. According to reports from the LA Times, Hsu skipped out on a 1991 plea agreement in San Mateo Co. CA, in which he was to serve three years for grand theft. Hsu, who turned himself in to authorities in CA on Friday and awaits a September 5th bail hearing, became a top Democratic fundraiser and contributor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign as well as other Democratic candidates, including Senator Barack Obama, much of which was laundered through others. The Clinton campaign has agreed to return $23,000 in campaign donations from Hsu, and Obama has agreed to donate his $2,300 donation to charity.

    While both scandals hold equal potential for damage to the respective candidates involved, the media, for unknown reasons, gave Mitt Romney a pass, while devoting ample time to Hsu and the Clinton campaign. According to Media Matters, NBC, CNN and FOXNews all covered the Hsu scandal, but none of the aforementioned networks dedicated any time to the Romney/Fabian scandal that can be found in the Nexis database. More from

    January 21, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Evie

    Hey Orville...I thought the whole idea was to move away from the "political machine?
    The Clintons are THE biggest offenders! I can't stand seeing her play the "game of politics"...it's a disgrace! How does she thinks that's appealing to most Americans?

    January 21, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. VegasActivist

    Obama is already crossing party lines and will bring this country together. It's said that it's citiizens have lost faith and hope in bringing this country back to it's greatness.
    Obama for President. He is the only one that is electable against Republicans is all polls. If Hillary wins the nominee we will lose the White House AGAIN.

    January 21, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. SANDY

    Hilary is right- The campaign is the Democrats' to lose, The fight is against the Republicans AND George Bush, The key is to force the Republican candidate to defend the current President and tie the Republicans to Bush as tightly as they cling to Reagan,

    January 21, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Christi

    Hillary (and tonight Edwards as well) need to realize that not acknowledging the gray shades of Obama's votes in Illinois (i.e. "present "when he was waiting on purpose for political reasons to get appropriate changes to various bills) is very ignorant. Voting "yes" or "no" on a bill that needs some tweaking is being blind, especially if you have good reason to believe appropriate revisions can be made by holding out for them. Let's not repeat history, where we have an intelligent candidate losing because he isn't as black and white as the republican competitors (i.e. John Kerry's measured responses and thoughtful reasoning for things -beyond blind black and white thought – resulting in a Bush win.) Let's focus on getting a Democrat in office. Preferably Obama president, with Edwards vice. This should sufficiently reflect the need for real change, and balance those in America who are still hung up on racial issues. Hillary is preferable to any republican, but still far too entrenched in Washington for my comfort level.

    January 21, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. josh-ks

    obama is for unity not division that characterizes hillary!

    January 21, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. SB

    We do not need another "kind of" Republican in the White House. We need Democratic experience and someone who can get the job done. Hillary has proven she can "take it" and stand by her beliefs and values. The Republican party will not be able to shake her. Woman are strong-after all look at Your mother!!

    January 21, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. Nightengale (Independent)

    Hillary is statis quo partisanship as usual this will not move us to a new place. Obama is a clear unifiying personality.

    January 21, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. lw

    Obama seems inexperience in these debates and stumbles.

    January 21, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. Kathleen Kennedy

    The more I see and listen to Obama , the more I know he will have my vote. No more business as usual , exchanging names, Bush then Clinton then Bush then Clinton again ? Not for me!Obama 08

    January 21, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. Sarabia

    I believe the Clinton/Edwards ticket is a winning one, Obama is a fad due to the race, but he is very brilliant, just no very electable. A few years down the road he might prove unbeatable.

    January 21, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  23. gyates

    hillary will do anything, say anything, change her viewpoint, attack her fellow democrates to get mindless people to vote for her...thinking people will see through this professional "politician" and the one who stands at her side, bill.... i don't know about the rest of you, but for me, i can't watch or listen to the clintons anymore...where's the integrity, and kindness–real kindness doesn't come in unsympathetic talk about her need to help the poor, uninsured classes, but real kindness comes in humble acts ... so she wants to "fight" the republicans? please! all she has been doing is fighting her fellow dems...we can do without her....

    January 21, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    I'm a lifelong democrat who is sad to see some of the comments being posted here, especially by my fellow democrats and especially by Hillary's supporters.

    Hillary doesn't get it and a lot of her supporters don't get it. You got Hillary's supporters who think that it's all about beating the republicans. If Hillary has to stoop to the sort of divisive politics that Bush has been practicing for 8 years to win the nomination and the presidency, then as president, she is only going to be a democratic version of George Bush. I don't want George Bush: the liberal edition. A liberal partisan is just as bad as a conservative partisan. A liberal who will stoop to any level to defeat her enemies is just as bad as a Bush who will do anything to ram his political appointees down congress' throat. A candidate who says: Vote for me, I'm the only one who can beat the republicans, who is saying: Vote for me or the republicans will win, is just as bad as a candidate who says: If you don't vote for me, the terrorists will win. Both candidates are playing on your fear to get your vote.

    For 8 years American voters have allowed a Bush to use fear to govern them. Are we now about to allow a Clinton to do the same?

    If you are going to vote for Hillary, please for God's sake come up with a better reason than "She's our only defense against the evil republicans."

    January 21, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  25. frank

    Edwards can win, he can beat the republicans because he has the broadest appeal in the most important way... through his issues.

    January 21, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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