Tuesday, December 13, 2005

In Like a Lion. . .

. . .out like a lamb. When Republican D.A. Jeanine Pirro started out her attempt to unseat Hillary Clinton, many thought she looked promising and spouted all kinds of tough talk about how she could give Hillary a run for her money. Those days are long gone.

Republican prosecutor Jeanine Pirro's once-promising campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is lingering somewhere between the critical list and terminal.

The latest bad news came yesterday when county Republican leaders emerged from a meeting and recommended that Pirro put aside her senatorial ambitions and concentrate on an office she might win, such as state attorney general. Only four months ago these county leaders urged her to challenge Clinton. (Republican Gov. George E. Pataki, who has endorsed Pirro, also has told confidants that he is pessimistic about Pirro's prospects.)

Even the Republicans' words of comfort sounded less than comforting.

"Jeanine Pirro is not dead," state GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik assured the Associated Press. "She's living and breathing."

It seems John Cole's comments about this turning into a woman version of Keyes vs. Obama were right on target. Hillary will win this one in a walk, and if Pirro continues to cling it could damage the state GOP in the process.