Skip to comments.Is Hillary inevitable in 2016? No way
Posted on 01/01/2014 4:35:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The Clintons are trying to create the impression that Hillary has the 2016 Democratic presidential nominationif not the presidential electionsewn up. Contenders need not apply.
Hillary already has the media eating out of her hand. Barbara Walters provided her an in-kind donation by naming Hillary her most fascinating person for 2013.
And CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser recently wrote, If she decides to run, Clinton would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
Of course, the media were saying the same thing back in 2007. But a relative Senate newcomer named Barack Obama didnt know she couldnt beor wasnt supposed to bebeaten, and so he jumped into the presidential race and beat her.
A more realistic analysis would recognize that she has a lot of baggage, especially in a general election that will stress image, competency and, in the post-Obama world, honesty. Hillary is, shall we say, challenged on all three.
Further, given the nationwide angst over Obamacare, lets not forget that she was a key figure in pushing health care reform that would have rivaled Obamacares failures.
Image During Obamas first presidential bid, several young people told me that Republicans needed to find someone who was cool and hip (e.g., like Obama).
Fair enough, but is that a description of Hillary, who will be 69 years old in 2016? Thats the same age Ronald Reagan was when he won the presidency, and the media prattled on endlessly about whether he was too old.
While she is looking better in her most recent media appearances, pictures in her last year or so as Secretary of State were unflattering. She was doing funky things with her hair and often wearing some very unbecoming pantsuits.
I would be the first to say that the battle for the presidency should be about vision and policies; but were kidding ourselves if we dont recognize that much of the countrythose low-information voters who are most likely to vote Democraticchoose form over substance. How else to explain the current White House occupant?
Competency Name one major State Department achievement while Hillary ran the place. For that matter, name one major achievement while she was a New York senator. Having never lived in New York, the former first lady bought a house there so she could run for the Senate in a blue state that would elect anyone who got the Democratic nomination. She was the quintessential carpetbagger.
Since she has no successes, there will be a lot of focus on her abject failures, like Benghazi, the imploding of Libya, Syria, and Egypt along with the growing crises in Iraq and Afghanistan all of which happened on Hillarys watch.
Honesty With the departure of the most dishonest administration in recent history, the political pendulum will likely swing the other way. The public will demand the future president tell the truth, and candidatesespecially Republicanswill hammer that theme endlessly. Truth is not one of the Clinton familys strong suits.
Like the time during her last presidential campaign where she claimed, I remember landing [in Bosnia] under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base. Then the video emerged of her strolling off the plane and chatting with people. The campaign later released a statement saying she misspoke.
And then theres the ghosts of scandals past. Younger voters may not remember much about Whitewater or Hillarys phenomenal ability to invest a little money and make huge gains. For that matter, they may not remember much about her husbands dalliances, which Bill continually denied until the DNA would let him lie no more.
In their book about the 2008 presidential election, Game Change, authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin claim that the senior senator from New York, Chuck Schumer, was worried when Hillary was considering a 2004 presidential run because of the various stories he was hearing about Bills escapades.
Hillarycare Before there was Obamacare, there was Hillarycare. There are a few structural differences between the Clintons plan and Obamas, but the Clintons effort to take over the U.S. health care system was no less ambitious, with the then-first lady playing an integral role in drafting and trying to pass it.
The 1994 Republican takeover of the House and Senate, for the first time in 40 years, was in part a response to the Clintons health care reform effortsjust as the 2010 voter backlash was a response to Obamacare.
Republicans will want to make sure that a public upset over Obamacare could have been forced into a similar boondoggle 20 years ago, thanks the Hillary Clinton.
As sick as it makes me, I say she is a 14 point favorite.
Landslide in 2016 for Sarah.
Anybody who thinks PIAPS will not be the 2016 democrat nominee does not understand the level of corruption and brokenness of the election process. ..
I would bet good money she will win in 2016...
It would be fun to watch Sarah vs Hilary. H is hideous.
Even Obana’s sister says he is a fraud. He will be such an embarrassment to the voters that he will take down the democrat party and much of the rePublicans.
Win the nomination? or the presidency?
I agree that she will most likely be the Dim nominee. Can't see her taking the presidency, though... unless the competition is another McCain/Romney/Christy type.
Republican women would not support Sarah and everyone knows. Sarah has everything women want and they despise her for it.
I think the American people are much more predictable now than they were in 2007. Name ID is what really counts, as most have such little political knowledge.
That makes no sense, so it’s probably perfect female logic.
The media has picked Hillary as they have picked Christie.
And as usual most will fall for it.
The RINOs probably will refuse to run against her out of respect.
AMEN! Go Sarah go!
The writer assumes the majority of the American electorate will think and will be persuaded by logical argument. This is an absolutely false assumption.
If she runs she wins. Americans will chose the First Woman President over anybody the GOP will run who is asking them to think before casting their vote.
He can’t be a real fraud; only the American people can be the frauds with their lack of political knowledge.
My wife, love her dearly, doesn't like Sarah. When I ask her why, she can't articulate any one or two things even. Go figure. I don't understand women - if I ever claim to someone please come over to my place, take away everything from me sharper than a twinkie, and then take me to get my head examined.
Unfortunately the same 52% who voted for Obama will vote for her and the RINOs will run the fat blob from NJ and lose, again.
I would bet good money she will win in 2016...
As much as it pains me to say it, you are probably right. The media and pop culture control a sizable portion of the middle and wield power far beyond comprehension. There are enough fickle idiots to go with the entitlement slaves of the DNC to take the election. The RINO stranglehold on the GOP helps too.
Hillary authorized stinger missiles and other lethal weapons for terrorist muslim al qaeda to use against Qaddafi in Libya,because the congress would not authorize war, in my opinion. After the al qaeda took over Libya, the dumb Secretary tried to BUY THEM BACK!! the price was $400 to 600 hundreds of millions dollars __ ALL TO BE DELIVERED ON 911!! ( what an idiot she is) The result? The al qaeda took the money from ambassador Stevens and killed everyone in sight. 31 CIA operatives know all about this and are threatened with extinction, if the talk. This is an act of treason by Hillary. She was a horrible Sectretary of State!! She knows it and now so do you.
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