Hail to Hillary? … 2 tomes duke it out

Books open with same hypothetical: Clinton elected president in 2008

They’re both old friends of Bill and Hillary and both Fox News analysts. Indeed, Dick Morris and Susan Estrich appeared together so often they were known as Fox’s political “odd couple.”

Now they’ve simultaneously written separate books on Hillary Clinton that open with the same hypothetical: Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2008.

Former Clinton strategist Morris sees it as a doomsday scenario in “Condi vs. Hillary,” and argues that only a presidential bid by Condoleezza Rice can stop her.

In “The Case for Hillary Clinton,” former Dukakis campaign manager Estrich sees Hillary’s election as an liberal “dream” and the nation’s last defense against 50 years of conservative reign on the Supreme Court.

It would make for an interesting debate — and no doubt great TV — but Morris is refusing to appear with Estrich even though they’ve got the same publicist and the same publisher (Judith Regan) on grounds that the books are “completely separate.”

“I think he worries that the case for Condi is not near as strong as the case for Hillary,” Estrich parries. She calls the decision not to debate her “probably one of Dick’s smarter political judgments.”

Not so, Morris says, arguing his book is more an argument to draft Condi Rice; his last book, “Rewriting History,” attacked Clinton’s political record and should be seen as the counterpoint to Estrich’s latest.

Morris declined to appear with Estrich on Fox’s “DaySide.”

Both are eschewing appearances on CNN and MSNBC out of loyalty to FNC topper Roger Ailes.

The dueling tomes go on sale Oct. 11, their chart positions a preview, perhaps, ofthe showdown to come.

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