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MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary’s way; Contrary to conventional wisdom, she’s probably finished
The Washington Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | Robert W. Merry, political editor, The National Interest

Posted on 07/21/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary Clinton isn’t likely ever to become president of the United States. In fact, there is a greater possibility than is generally recognized by the Washington cognoscenti that she won’t even run. If she does, though, the barriers she faces will prove overwhelming. Her 2008 campaign was her last good shot for the office, and she failed. Since then, numerous developments have conspired steadily to diminish her prospects. Those prospects are now near zero.

This analytical framework holds absolutely no credulity in Washington, where thinking rarely extends beyond the conventional. The conventional wisdom, of course, is that Mrs. Clinton’s nomination is nearly inevitable and her subsequent election highly likely. It’s true that she is smart, tested, universally known, a whiz at fundraising and generally respected. The long-ago scandals that got her labeled by one prominent columnist as a “congenital liar” have long since receded into the netherworld of the national consciousness. On paper, she looks nearly unbeatable.

Presidential elections don’t take place on paper, though. They take place in the real world, where politics is always about the future. Mrs. Clinton is a product of the past.

The country is at an inflection point brought on by its crisis of political deadlock. It desperately needs a new brand of politics that can break the deadlock and set it upon a new course toward its future and destiny. In such times, a gap normally opens up between the political establishment, guided by the lessons of the past, and the electorate, always ahead of the establishment in pushing for new political paradigms, new dialectical thinking and new coalitions. In the campaign year of 2016, the voters, angry and anxious, appear poised to grab power away from the establishment and invest it in candidates of the future....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: 2016; democrats; hillary; hillary2016; obama
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1 posted on 07/21/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ugly on the outside makes no difference to me.

Ugly on the inside, however, makes a big difference.

And man, this wench is uggggggglyyyyyyyyyy on the inside.


2 posted on 07/21/2014 11:32:19 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I will be shocked if Hillary does not win. So much media promotion and very little American awareness of the issues.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 11:38:20 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She is such a flaming, idiot, clueless Narcissist, I can’t imagine that she won’t run.

The press will prop her up as always. And they have a well established election cheating system in place that the GOP will again say nothing about.

I hope the good people out there wake up...


4 posted on 07/21/2014 11:41:02 AM PDT by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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To the contrary, being a lying murdering traitor give her a lot of demonicrat street cred.

5 posted on 07/21/2014 11:47:21 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary! reminds me of the quote about how George McClellan: “brought superior forces to Sharpsburg, but he also brought himself.”

It doesn’t matter how many resources she has, she will manage to screw it up.


6 posted on 07/21/2014 11:51:43 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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She's a POS.

7 posted on 07/21/2014 11:51:58 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t think she wants to risk another humiliation so I think whether or not she runs depends on whether she expects to be coronated or not.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 11:55:25 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: DanielRedfoot

Yo creepy @zz. Where do you reside? I am an honorary “cracker” who lives in CO.


9 posted on 07/21/2014 11:55:34 AM PDT by willibeaux (de ole Korean War vet age 84)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does the guy who wrote this article realize that women have the vote?


10 posted on 07/21/2014 11:56:26 AM PDT by golf lover (goingf)
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To: sarasota

“I will be shocked if Hillary does not win. So much media promotion and very little American awareness of the issues.”

I agree. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.


11 posted on 07/21/2014 11:56:41 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I predicted she wouldn’t run because she was raising so much money for the Clinton Foundation. That money isn’t useful for a campaign, legally.


12 posted on 07/21/2014 11:58:00 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The long-ago scandals that got her labeled by one prominent columnist as a “congenital liar” have long since receded....

I don't think so....she has a whole bunch of new lies.

Hillary has more lies on record than Bill has bimbos.

13 posted on 07/21/2014 11:58:16 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Aria; sarasota; DanielRedfoot; golf lover; Beowulf9

Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be ‘100 Percent In Her Corner,’ Especially Women
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/3182926/posts


14 posted on 07/21/2014 11:59:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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It’s true that she is smart, tested, universally known, a whiz at fundraising and generally respected.

Stopped reading right there.

15 posted on 07/21/2014 12:00:22 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician. Some assembly required.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

HilBilly is ALREADY running.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 12:03:27 PM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: Da Coyote

She ought to eat her make-up.

Hillary Clinton isn’t likely ever to become president of the United States…….
From his mouth to God’s ears.


17 posted on 07/21/2014 12:06:47 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This weekend I encountered one of my wife’s libtard friends who espouses “President Hillary” every chance she gets. I told her that hillary is just too conservative for a modern progressive such as myself (yeah right!) and I am going to support elizabutt warren.

My wife almost peed her pants laughing as her friend assumed that deer in the headlights facial expression libtards are known for when their ideas are challenged.


18 posted on 07/21/2014 12:49:58 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: 43north

That sounds awesome


19 posted on 07/21/2014 12:50:40 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If “inevitable” Hillary was defeated by a guy from Kenya named Hussein in 2008, there’s every reason to believe that “haggard” Hillary is even more vulnerable.

I know the media “granny-gasm” over the birth of William Jefferson Webster Clinton-Mezvinsky will be a boost, but I don’t think she will get past the D primaries.


20 posted on 07/21/2014 12:54:17 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: 43north

21 posted on 07/21/2014 12:54:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unlike the Pubbies, the Dem’s don’t seem to be wedded to the “their turn” theory of nomination. If she starts to look like another Dole or McCain they’ll throw her under the bus.

Main drawback IMO is that she looks hideous in HD. And she becomes extremely shrill if someone manages to get under her skin. And by the time 2016 rolls around many in the electorate will have no memory of her husband’s Presidency.


22 posted on 07/21/2014 1:22:55 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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23 posted on 07/21/2014 1:31:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Aria

I agree. I think the book release was somewhat of a trial balloon. And it popped. I see her changing oourse very soon to her deciding that being a grandma is more important to her than running for the WH. She might drag her feet on this a bit to give the DNC a chance to figure out what they will do without her.


24 posted on 07/21/2014 1:40:07 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The country is at an inflection point brought on by its crisis of political deadlock. It desperately needs a new brand of politics that can break the deadlock and set it upon a new course toward its future and destiny. In such times, a gap normally opens up between the political establishment, guided by the lessons of the past, and the electorate, always ahead of the establishment in pushing for new political paradigms, new dialectical thinking and new coalitions.

How long has that been true? The country has needed something new -- or rather better -- for a long time but it doesn't seem to get it.

Maybe the author's the one not living in the real world. Just because he sees a need for something new and understands Hillary's inadequacies, doesn't mean real world voters will meet the need or see through Hillary.

25 posted on 07/21/2014 1:47:43 PM PDT by x
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary / Moochelle 2016 Baby!

We are the Democrats and we focus on Stupidity!

Just look at the Community Organizer in Chief bring back Middle East wars, the fall of Iraq and the glorious return of the USSR in less than 2 YEARS!

Woo-Hoo!


26 posted on 07/21/2014 1:54:18 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: eyedigress

NEVER underestimate the stupidity of this idiocracy. It elected a POS twice.

Shitlery will be the next _resident if she wants to be.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 2:49:20 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

IMO she will not run. I have $5 and a pitcher of Margaritas riding on it. :-)


28 posted on 07/21/2014 3:46:24 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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