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Michael Weiss 10/31/07 11:56 AM i think im voting for hillary. the more the other dems pick on her, the more i want her to win izzygrinspan 10/31/07 11:57 AM my landlord — who literally watches CNN from 7 AM … Read More

By / October 31, 2007

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 11:56 AM i think im voting for hillary. the more the other dems pick on her, the more i want her to win izzygrinspan 10/31/07 11:57 AM my landlord — who literally watches CNN from 7 AM to 11 PM every day — thinks she's going to win. and i assume anyone who watches that much CNN probably has a good handle on the election Michael Weiss 10/31/07 11:57 AM i do too. it'll be hillary v giuliani and giuliani is just too dim on the stump. he doesn't play in peoria.

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 11:58 AM yeah. also, he's terrifying. you think it'll come down to New York vs New York?

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 11:58 AM yup. subway series!

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 11:58 AM because hillary doesn't necessarily play in peoria either

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 11:58 AM yes she does. i mean, not to the far right, who will always hate her. but her biggest base in ny is upstate farmers. she's very, very shrewd. actually pretty conservative, which can't help but come across, even as she's attacked by both parties for essentially the same behavior.

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 11:59 AM well, but those farmers have had her as senator for a while

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 11:59 AM which is why she's still a hawk on foreign policy

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 11:59 AM yeah, she really is

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 11:59 AM yeah but in that time she's learned to speak their language. she's nestled up to the status quo as much as she can without actually turning republican. i still think – despite the anti-hillary sentiment – that people will vote for her wanting her husband back

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 12:00 PM right. but do you think that given the choice between a thrice-married Republican and a Clinton Democrat, conservative rural types will vote for the Democrat?

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 12:00 PM and he will be back if she gets elected.

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 12:00 PM yeah, he totally will

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 12:01 PM well, it depends on the segment of conservative rural types. if thomas frank's "what's the matter with kansas" argument has any legs, then hillarycare, etc. should play well in the sticks. giuliani isn't reagan the way thompson also isn't but wants to be. rudy will have a tougher time convincing the cultural conservatives that he's not too new york, a john lindsay with a testosterone surfeit. whereas hillary's never suffered from island-itis. her unspoken appeal to moderates in the heartland is her metro-phoneyness. if she can fool yankees fans into voting for her, anything's possible.

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 12:01 PM that's true

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 12:01 PM so really it'll come down to one of the most hawkish senators following 9/11, and the guy who ran the country on 9/11. rudy has more cachet as a muscular leader, no question. but that's not all he needs. and hillary's not willowy enough to make it all he needs

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 12:02 PM yeah, she's tough enough to give him a run for his money Michael Weiss 10/31/07 12:03 PM also, it'll be one of the most entertaining administrations…. all the corruption, double-dealing, memory lapses before senate subcommittees. vince foster flitting through the west wing like banquo's ghost. i can't wait.

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 12:03 PM hee. yeah, it'll be good. also fun to have a lady president. i'm excited for four years of gender commentary — "what does it mean that the President wore a mauve pantsuit to the peace talks?" that kind of thing. i'm also just excited to see what happens to Colbert and the Daily Show

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 12:04 PM my mom hates her which is funny because she reminds me of my mom (with anger management classes under her belt)… i think he jumped the shark with that, to be honest

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 12:04 PM yeah, it's sort of a dumb stunt. but what i'm wondering is how their audiences will deal with them satirizing a Democrat

Michael Weiss 10/31/07 12:04 PM let's see: robin williams makes a box office bomb about a colbert-type late night news satirist running for president. colbert decides to put williams' dead script to work for himself…hmm.

izzygrinspan 10/31/07 12:04 PM ha ha

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