Skip to comments.National Journal wonders: Have we already hit Peak Hillary?
Posted on 07/11/2013 8:22:58 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
We’re still three years away from the 2016 general election and two and a half years from the Iowa caucus, but Hillary Clinton has already managed to grab top-rank political talent on the Left. Does she risk getting too far ahead of the pack and making herself into a punching bag for up-and-comers over the long haul? National Journal’s Jill Lawrence wonders if Hillary is peaking too soon for her own good:
Crack organizers from President Obama’s campaigns are the latest political honchos to join the Clinton-for-President movement and, like others involved, they say they are just trying to make things “Ready for Hillary” if she decides to run. But the bandwagon effect is fueling an “inevitability” narrative that damaged Clinton in 2008, and is allowing her no reprieve from politics.
The Ready for Hillary super PAC announcement of a partnership with 270 Strategies, coming on top of earlier testimonials from prominent Democrats, feeds the impression that the non-existent Clinton campaign is a runaway train about to reach top speed (albeit without an engineer at the controls). Former Clinton campaign aide Mo Elleithee says the actual significance of the new partnership is merely that “there are a lot of people that want her to run. That’s all it means. She is not in this race yet and there’s no guarantee that she ever will be.”
The early and intense focus on Clinton recalls 2008, when she was wrongly assumed to be the prohibitive frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. The constant spotlight now means Clinton remains a political target even as friends and associates say she is trying to focus on advocacy, speeches, and writing a book about her tenure as secretary of state. “What they’re doing is fantastic,” Elleithee says of Ready for Hillary, but “I do think it is adding to the hyper-politicization of every move she makes.” He says her advocacy for women, children, and families, a lifelong crusade, is more important to her right now than politics.
The addition of “crack organizers” probably gives the best hint to her thinking at the moment. Most of these people wouldn’t tie themselves to someone who’s seriously thinking of sitting out the next election cycle; they’d rather work for a presidential campaign than a legacy tour. If the Clinton organization is attracting this kind of talent, it’s for a purpose, and it’s not to polish trophies sitting on a shelf. According to Lawrence, the official decision won’t come until “late next year or early 2015,” at which point it might be too late for some of these crack organizers to find high-ranking jobs on other campaigns. If they’re joining Team Hillary, they’re likely hearing something more concrete than what’s being said publicly.
Lawrence has a point about peaking, though, and especially about making one’s self into a big target. The Republican Party isn’t the only one with a bench, after all, and the Clintons are as old news on the Left as the Bushes are on the Right. As the rest of the Obama presidency unfolds, the nostalgia for the Clinton era may rise, but politicians don’t win nominations on nostalgia — as Hillary’s last presidential campaign proved. Her tenure as Secretary of State will undergo serious scrutiny not just from Republican presidential candidates but also from Democrats looking for their shot at the brass ring. After Benghazi, Hillary won’t be able to run any more “3 AM phone call” ads skewering a lack of experience, and the probe into the obstruction of Diplomatic Service investigations may make her State experience a very inviting target on both sides of the aisle.
Generally speaking, the big frontrunners three years out from the next presidential cycle don’t pan out to be the big winners in the end. Again, one could look at Hillary herself in 2005-6 and what happened in 2008, or Joe Lieberman in 2004 after the 2000 election, or Mario Cuomo throughout the 1980s for examples of this. Voters want a candidate for the moment, not a candidate from the past when it comes to presidential elections, and it’s going to be very difficult for Clinton to sell herself as the future of the Democratic Party or the US by 2015. Realistically speaking, we probably hit Peak Hillary in 2007.
I have my doubts that she will even run.
A funny thing happened in 2008 on her way to her coronation. The last two Democratic winners have been youthful males. Another one of those could and probably will step forward by the 2016 election cycle.
The additional 8 years and Benghazi may take their tolls on Mrs. Inevitable.
By youthful males do you mean Weiner, for example? His wife is Hillary’s closest advisor.
Eliot Spitzer would have run in 2016 if he didn’t make his mistake.
Never assume Hillary is done. She has the survival skills of a coyote.
You'd have to be on crack to vote for Hillary for President. Therefore, the need to have people organizing the distribution of crack.
I agree with you on Hillary, but I think the Dems are going to run Michelle. Unless, of course, Obama simply decides to issue an executive order extending his term.
Where is all this love for Hillary coming from? She is just another nobody that stepped into horse manure and came out smelling like a rose. She has no discernible talents as far as I can see - philanderer Bill obviously has the same take! She failed miserably as both a Senator and a Secretary of State plus I have a hard time even looking at her.
“I have my doubts that she will even run.”
Cuomo is gearing up to run as is Marin O’Malley. Both are from the far left and much younger. Hillary looks her age and worse. Plus she has much baggage. Dems will likely want to run away from Obama by 2016 with a fresh face.
She can run as veep, then arkancide whoever is foolish enough to be the one heartbeat between her and the presidency.
Yep. The comeback gal.
I know it’s too much to hope for but, I hope she is in jail when 2016 rolls around.
All the King’s Horses
and All the King’s Men
and All of Nancy Peolsi’s Plastic Surgeons....
Won’t put this sham of a fraud of a poser of a
fake of a sham back together again.
At least not good enough for debates televised in HD.
Everybody google “hillary benghazi teachery” at least once a day. Only takes a second; you can cut and paste from here.
By 2016, “benghazi” will be Hillary’s middle name and “treachery” will be her last name.
” ... making herself into a punching bag ...”
My mind cannot find any tolerable form in which to place this visual.
They’ll just use the Liz Taylor effect in the camera.