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President Hillary Clinton? If she wants it
CNN ^ | January 26, 2013 | David Rothkopf, Special to CNN

Posted on 01/28/2013 12:46:52 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

There are few certainties in American politics. But you can write it down: If Hillary Clinton wants to be the next nominee of the Democratic Party to be president, the job is hers.

Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo, Mark Warner, Martin O'Malley and the others in the long list of commander-in-chief wannabes will go about their day jobs for the next couple years, but at the back of their minds will be only one question: Will she or won't she?

Because, as the most popular politician in America -- who also happens to be married to America's most popular ex-president and who has in place a nationwide network of donors, campaign staffers and committed supporters -- Clinton has the power to keep potential rivals from raising money or gaining political traction simply by saying, "I haven't decided what my plans are." She's in control.

That she should be in such a position at this moment is a remarkable achievement and an extraordinary testament to her grit, gifts and track record: She has been the most successful U.S. secretary of state in two decades. That outcome was hardly a foregone conclusion when Barack Obama made the bold decision to pick his former primary rival to assume the oldest and most senior post in the Cabinet.

She had, after all, lost a bruising campaign to him, there was tension between her team and his and no reason to assume the two ex-rivals would work together. She had never run a large organization before. Beyond that, the United States was facing massive crises at home and bewildering complexity abroad. Many of the issues she would be facing would be new to her...

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TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; Polls
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Didn't they say the same thing from 2006-2008?

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Editor's note: David Rothkopf is CEO and editor-at-large of the FP Group, publishers of Foreign Policy magazine, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of, among other books, "Running The World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power," served as deputy under secretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration and for two years as managing director of Kissinger Associates.

1 posted on 01/28/2013 12:46:53 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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2 posted on 01/28/2013 1:08:35 AM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who gives a flyin’ flip what she wants?


3 posted on 01/28/2013 1:13:19 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She has been the most successful U.S. secretary of state in two decades.

Depends on what the meaning of "successful," is.


4 posted on 01/28/2013 1:24:55 AM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: MestaMachine

Hopefully we will have a better candidate next time. I just started sending Obama a Reagan video a day from YouTube. By now he’s got about 5 of them in his inbox.. One of them is Reagan talking about social medicine. Hopefully he’s watching them. With any luck we’ll get some conservative action from this WH until we take it back in 2016.


5 posted on 01/28/2013 1:26:55 AM PST by tsowellfan (cafenetamerica.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If she wants it

I guess America has no choice in the matter...

6 posted on 01/28/2013 1:52:31 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: Cowboy Bob; 2ndDivisionVet
"If she wants it..."

I guess America has no choice in the matter...

Pretty much.

7 posted on 01/28/2013 2:00:00 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Cowboy Bob
I guess America has no choice in the matter...

With 'Rat-infested voter fraud, newly-amnestied parasites and the corrupt media, America will have no say in the matter.

8 posted on 01/28/2013 2:01:11 AM PST by Buddy Sorrell ( John Boehner is our Pierre Laval. We need a Charles DeGaulle.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The liberals in the media are so predictable. They’re so proud of themselves for helping to elect a minority to be president and now they’re letting it be known they want a woman in next. The Democrats and their media allies are setting the political agenda in this country without any real opposition. The GOP are a bunch of posers who are afraid of their own shadows and they’re just standing by letting the Democrats destroy our great country.


9 posted on 01/28/2013 2:05:42 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: MestaMachine
America's most popular ex-president...

-Not polls, not facts... Just CNN.
10 posted on 01/28/2013 2:34:52 AM PST by golux
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He would never do it, but I sure wish Thomas Sowell would run! The debates would be earth-shaking.


11 posted on 01/28/2013 2:37:58 AM PST by golux
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...”He would never do it, but I sure wish Thomas Sowell would run! The debates would be earth-shaking”...

I have read after Dr. Sowell for years. He is one of the most intelligent people on the planet, but the media would try to assassinate his character from day one if he dared to threaten them with his presence in politics.

12 posted on 01/28/2013 3:23:54 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Talisker
Depends on what the meaning of "successful," is.

That's all behind her now, last week's fake hearings and the fawning MSM successfully got rid of that baggage.

I predicted that if the hearings successfully connected her and the administration to the ambassador's death then her political career would have been over.

Now we know it's not and Hillary's going to be front and center news till the next election......

As a side note, when was the last time anyone ever heard the term "Maverick" John McCain? We heard that monicker daily for four years but never again since election day 2008.........

13 posted on 01/28/2013 3:36:55 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: TigersEye

Jabba the Butt will never be our next Preezy. No way.


14 posted on 01/28/2013 3:57:00 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Lazamataz

“If she wants it”

Because all that matters is being “married” to a “popular” ex-president, being a woman, and having been “successful” as a cabinet member. CNN decides what the words in quotes mean.

But the author is correct. Recent history has proven you don’t need a clear agenda, a voting record that reporters are allowed to examine, or an unquestionable character. All you need is an opposition that isn’t “cool”.


15 posted on 01/28/2013 4:16:35 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: jazzlite

If I felt more confident typing the word annhiliate, I would say that Sowell’s intelligence, wit, and soft nature would annihillate the whole leftist self-destructive bent in this country, if only he could have a little time on the grand-stand.

I have always thought it a tragedy that he is confined to Stanford and to the Creator’s Syndicate. He is MY kind of American.


16 posted on 01/28/2013 4:25:30 AM PST by golux
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Moochie is going to be the rat candidate. I’ll put $$ on it.


17 posted on 01/28/2013 5:06:50 AM PST by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ------- The New Gold)
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I’m thinking that John Kerry will make another run at it.


18 posted on 01/28/2013 5:24:12 AM PST by GreenHornet
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Moochelle vs. Hillary?

Idiot vs. idiot.


19 posted on 01/28/2013 6:11:50 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She can’t pass the physical. I’m not a doctor, but she’s already said she’s had blood clots. She’s been passing out. She admits she’s been on blood thinners. Now, she has double vision. She’s having strokes. Her body is “throwing” blood clots. She is too ill to be President. She’s going to throw a clot that will go to her heart and be the end of her, or go to her brain and paralyze her. All the hoping and wishing in the world isn’t going to change the fact that she’s too sick for the job. We elect someone because we’re pretty sure he/she can do the job for the term. You can’t do that with Hillary.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 6:18:39 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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21 posted on 01/28/2013 6:26:24 AM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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Will a white male ever be elected again? Biden? Gore? Reid?


22 posted on 01/28/2013 6:28:20 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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23 posted on 01/28/2013 6:28:20 AM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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24 posted on 01/28/2013 7:08:02 AM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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25 posted on 01/28/2013 12:14:26 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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