Rumors of Her Demise

A whispering campaign, hotly denied, has Hillary dropping her Senate bid

New York politicians like to think of themselves as gimlet-eyed operators who can handle the most treacherous terrain. Racial flare-ups, ethnic rivalries, battles between cop and civilian, upstate and downstate, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and just about everyone else--that's what makes New York politics a special kind of fun. Which is why, all over the state last week, one could hear the pols snorting over Hillary Rodham Clinton's West Bank fiasco. They couldn't believe that the First Lady would flunk such an easy test--sitting in silence while Suha Arafat, the wife of the Palestinian leader, accused Israel of using cancer-causing poison gas...

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