The massive campaign machine that both Hillary and Bill Clinton have taken years to build continues to pay dividends with endorsements from powerful mayors, state politicians, and now a Hollywood legend has added his name to the list of public Clinton supporters. In a statement released by the Clinton campaign, director/producer Steven Spielberg announced that he will be supporting Hillary Clinton in 2008. “I’ve taken the time to familiarize myself with the impressive field of Democratic candidates and am convinced that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate to lead us from her first day in the White House,” Spielberg said. “Hillary is a strong leader and is respected the world over. As president, she will bring America back together, rebuild our prestige abroad and ensure our protection here at home.”

I like Steven Spielberg’s movies. He has made some classics over the years, but his endorsement isn’t politically important. 99.999% of voters aren’t going to change their minds based on who Steven Spielberg supports, but what his endorsement does do is serve notice to all the other 2008 Democratic presidential candidates that the Clintons’ relationship with Hollywood is alive and well. The theme of Hillary being respected all over the world, and being able to restore America’s international credibility is a powerful one.

There is no doubt that the Clintons are popular all over the world, and a Hillary victory would have an instant impact on U.S. global standing, but notice that the endorsement didn’t talk about experience, because Clinton doesn’t have any. I do think though that we are going to hear the restoring America’s international credibility argument over and over again next year.

In my mind the best way to restore international credibility is through good policy making. America didn’t lose credibility because George W. Bush wasn’t popular. We lost credibility because he made several poor policy decisions. What Hillary Clinton needs to demonstrate isn’t that the rest of the world thinks that she is a good egg. Instead, she needs to prove that she is capable of making sound policy decisions.

America doesn’t have to be popular, but the nation does have to lead and set a good example for the rest of the world. It is our global leadership that has suffered under the current president, and the next president, no matter which party they represent, must be able to lead both at home and abroad. Steven Spielberg is free to endorse whomever he pleases, but I would like to hear more about Mrs. Clinton’s policies and less about her popularity, before I make up my mind.

Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com.  His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics

Jason can also be heard every Sunday at 6:30 pm (ET) as the host of The Political Universe Radio Show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepoliticaluniverse
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