One Way to Look at It
What one Republican strategist called ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œa marriage of convenienceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? has developed between Mrs. Clinton and the Bush White House. Republicans, flailing for a handhold as they approach this yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Congressional elections, would like to make Mrs. Clinton the face of the Democratic Party. And Mrs. Clinton, who has eagerly engaged the Republican attacks, would apparently like that, too.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s a rare confluence where both sides think itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s in their interest to pump up Hillary,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? said U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPolitics in 2006 is the politics of personification …. They need their bogeywoman.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
Under this theory, the Republicans need Mrs. Clinton to distract and scare conservatives disappointed by rising federal spending and disillusioned by the Iraq war. And DemocratsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?at least those who want Mrs. Clinton to be PresidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?get to see their candidate rise above the messy intramural battles and go toe-to-toe with the President of the United States.