E.J. Dionne, the Washington Post columnist who'll be speaking Friday at the Clinton School as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, says Hillary risks ruining the "Clinton" brand if she pushes on past reason:
"... there is a more immediate decision for her to make: As long as she is in the race, how will Clinton choose to win? The Clinton campaign needs to examine not what this fight has done to Obama, but what it is doing to her.
For all Democrats, the worst thing that has happened since January is the tarnishing of the Clinton brand. Clinton haters: Don't laugh. The truth is that when this whole thing began, the vast majority of Democrats--including Obama supporters--and a fair number of independents had largely positive views of Bill Clinton's record and Hillary Clinton's merits."
The column runs in The New Republic. Dionne will give his talk, "Rethinking Religion and Politics," at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The talk is free but reservations are required; call 683-5239.