That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
With the New York Times, NBC News and even President Bush declaring Hillary Clinton the front-runner, her biggest problems now are expectations, whether in debates, interviews and certainly in the Iowa caucus. As if demonstrating that she can master the Sunday talk show media better than any of her competitors, she pulled off a “Ginsburg” on Sunday, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera, appearing on all five major Sunday talk shows, promoting her health care plan and vowing to not vote for any Iraq funding that “does not move us toward beginning to withdraw our troops.” (GInsburg, by the way, refers to the feat that Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer, William H. Ginsburg, pulled off in 1998 when he appeared on all five shows on the same day).
Things may only get better for Clinton this week, as her husband hosts the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, further sending the message that a vote for Hillary is also a vote for a global ambassador in Bill Clinton.
Gere’s Grouse: Richard Gere appealed to China to change policy as it prepares to host the Olympic Games next year. “Boycott is not the answer. Isolation is not the answer. This is China’s moment for radical change. You don’t achieve greatness through human rights abuses. You achieve it through openness,” he said at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Gere, a longtime advocate of Tibet, has in he past been denied a visa to visit China. He also created some headlines in characterizing the Bush adminstrations drive toward war in Iraq as “big lies.”
Edwards at Auction: A day on the campaign trial with John Edwards is among the items being auctioned off by William Baldwin to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Its named in honor of Baldwin’s mother.