Concord Monitor Endorses Hillary Clinton

New Hampshire's Concord Monitor has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. After outlining what she will do in the beginning of her presidential term, it says:

Hillary Clinton's unique combination of smarts, experience and toughness makes her the best choice to win the November election and truly get things done. Before embarking on an agenda of her or his own, the next American president will be forced to undo the damage of the Bush years: ending the war in Iraq, restoring habeas corpus rights, ending the use of torture, healing New Orleans, restoring America's moral authority around the world..... The next president must also take the lead on a serious effort to slow global warming, a rational policy on illegal immigration and a plan to provide health care to all Americans.

Clinton knows what she wants to accomplish. She knows how Washington works. She has forged alliances with unlikely political partners, and she has waged partisan fights on matters of principle. Her years as first lady and as a U.S. senator have put her at the center of key policy and political battles for a decade and a half. She is prepared for the job.

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Many White House administrations start off slowly, as green presidents fumble through their early months, unsure how to bend Washington to their will. Come 2009, America will be unable to afford such squandered time.

Clinton's ambitious to-do list for her first few weeks in office gives us confidence that her priorities are right and that she would act swiftly to make a positive difference. She is the Monitor's choice in the Jan. 8 Democratic primary.

This is a shot in the arm for Hillary. It's also a reminder that Iowa is not the end of the campaign. If the results in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina are as close as predicted, it will be February 5 and Super Duper Tuesday, when New York, California, Illinois and 19 other states vote, before we have a candidate.

As I get ready today to head to Iowa tomorrow, I'm excited because the race is up for grabs. It's tempting to think we will be in the eye of the storm. Yet, editorials like the Concord Monitor's are a reminder that Iowa and its quirky caucus system is not the end-all.

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