Hillary's Secret '08 Strategy Revealed (Heaven Help Us)

07/13/2006 12:31 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hillary Clinton has a strict rule prohibiting her friends and advisors from talking publicly about her running in 2008. Turns out, it might be a good rule.

In today's on-the-one-hand-and-on-the-other front page WaPo story on Hillary, a "close advisor" to Clinton breaks the keep-it-zipped-on-08 decree -- with jaw-dropping results.

Elaborating on how Hillary can overcome voter uncertainty by, as the story puts it, reintroducing her values and biography to a national electorate," the anonymous advisor says: "She will define herself, and we have the money to do it. People have to get to know her, know that she was once a Republican, that she's a big Methodist... That will happen."

So that's the winning strategy for 2008? Run Hillary as a Goldwater girl and -- wait for it -- "a big Methodist"?

Holy blatant red state pandering, Batman!

Let's hope this "close ahttp://dev.huffingtonpost.com/mt/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=entry&id=24978&blog_id=3dvisor" is not too high up on the campaign food chain. Because if he or she is actually in the loop, the road to 2008 is going to be long, pathetic slog.