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Hillary's Dilemma: How To Distance Herself From Obama
Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 05/23/2014 8:40:35 AM PDT by Kaslin

Hillary Clinton is in a pickle. She's a shoe-in for her party's presidential nomination because of Barack Obama's failures. But those failures might keep her from getting the job. Her husband's "law of politics" is that elections are always about the future, but she's stuck in the past.

In 2008, Obama pandered to liberal hopes while Clinton appealed to their good sense. Obama promised miracles and magic. Clinton promised more homework.

"Cynicism" was Obama's real opponent, he explained. And he used Clinton as a stand-in for it. She played her part, pointing out that the Civil Rights Act got through Congress because of LBJ's hard work, not Martin Luther King's speeches. She insisted that politics was toil, not performance art.

And, as we have learned from a president who so often thinks giving a speech is a substitute for solving a problem, she had the better argument. One need only look at the reaction from Democrats to President Obama's handling of the VA scandal to see that even they would trade some inspirational claptrap for a bit more old-fashioned competence.

That attitude helps Clinton immensely. Burned by disappointment, many liberals want to vote with their heads, not their hearts, this time around.

And the Hillary Industrial Complex is ready to exploit that sentiment. The HIC is the vast network of loyalists, retreads, activists, pols, hacks, fans (in and out of the press), Friends of Bill and, of course, Friends of Hillary who want to see a Clinton restoration. They are waiting for her to run like 19th century land speculators anticipating news that the railroad will go past their lots. Would you want to be left with 500,000 "Ready for Hillary" bumper stickers in your garage? (It's a solid rule of business that you've made a poor investment if a Hillary Duff comeback is your Plan B.)

The Hillary Industrial Complex must be an awesomely hard thing to say no to. It would feel like telling your royal entourage, after years of buildup, that you're going to decline the throne and live a quiet life in the country. These remoras are counting on her, not just for jobs and access but for vindication; "We were right to back Hillary from the beginning!"

Alas, leaning on your entourage for advice is never a great idea. They may think Clinton would be a fresh start, but will normal voters not similarly invested in her? Americans almost never reward a party with a third consecutive term in the White House, and when they do, it's because they want more of the same. Anyone want to wager on how much of a "more of the same" mood America will be in come 2016?

Clinton's clearly not taking any chances. In her first campaign-style speech on the economy last week at the New America Foundation, Clinton mentioned Obama exactly once. (He's worked hard, she said.) She referenced her husband a half-dozen times and talked at great length about how we need to return to the policies of the 1990s. (The Clintons remain convinced that the 1990s boom was a function of Bill's expert tweaking of the dials and knobs on the master control board of the economy.) It wasn't even subtle. No mention of the stimulus, cash-for-clunkers, Obamacare or Dodd-Frank. As economics writer James Pethokoukis noted, "It was like Hillary was placed in suspended animation in 2008 and just recently revived to give a stump speech about the evils of the Bush tax cuts."

Not only was there precious little talk of Obama, there was precious little talk of her four years on Obama's once-vaunted "team of rivals." She listed none of her major accomplishments as secretary of state, probably because she had none. (She did open with a reference to some bureaucratic reshuffling on her watch.) No serious student of foreign policy thinks our strategic standing in the world improved on Clinton's watch as America's chief diplomat. That alone doesn't mean she was a terrible secretary of state -- lots of people in that job tread water. But it doesn't inspire either. Meanwhile, the most famous thing she did in that job was nothing -- on the night of the Benghazi attack. She also traveled a lot, which is nice.

You can understand why Clinton might want to pretend that the Obama years never happened. I certainly get why she wants to run on her husband's record rather than her own. But I can't see how this is adds up to a compelling message outside the Hillary Industrial Complex, which may be stuck with a lot of bumper stickers.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barack0bama; billnhillaryclinton; demonraticparty

1 posted on 05/23/2014 8:40:35 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“I was against Obama before I was for him.”


2 posted on 05/23/2014 8:42:07 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: Kaslin

BS. She isn’t distancing herself, at least in the background. They are on the same side and have always been.


3 posted on 05/23/2014 8:43:49 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Kaslin

Still Bush’s fault?


4 posted on 05/23/2014 8:46:52 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

“Hillary’s Dilemma: How To Distance Herself From Obama”

I saw that headline, and thought immediately how wrong it seems before reading the article. Seems to me “Hillary’s Dilemma: How to Distance Herself from Herself” should be the headline.


5 posted on 05/23/2014 8:47:05 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin

How does she do it?

“Third Way”

She gets some other left wing freak show to run on Obamas coattails and continuing the Obama legacy, paint the repub as a “right wing extremist”, she then runs on “The Third Way” and distance’s herself from both political parties as extremist.

Watch for the news media to start a campaign that the American people are tired of “extremist” on both sides.


6 posted on 05/23/2014 8:57:37 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: rockinqsranch

The media is a trustworthy ally and will repackage her if necessary. I don’t think Biden will challenge, so it all depends on some younger face coming up and seizing the imagination.

In either case, it is the media’s job to package their candidate 24/7 as the savior of the nation. She’ll be Wonder Woman in a pantsuit before they’re done with her.


7 posted on 05/23/2014 8:57:45 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

We’ll need some photo shop of stains in appropriate places on that pantsuit to distribute liberally in order to counter that media package.


8 posted on 05/23/2014 9:01:08 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin
Hillary Clinton is in a pickle. She's a shoe-in for her party's presidential nomination because of Barack Obama's failures. But those failures might keep her from getting the job. Her husband's "law of politics" is that elections are always about the future, but she's stuck in the past.

But..but...,"What difference does it make?"

9 posted on 05/23/2014 9:03:19 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

All she has to do is talk to Al Gore... he tried to ‘distance’ himself from Billy Boy - so maybe he has some suggestions for Evita!! :)


10 posted on 05/23/2014 9:07:23 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Kaslin

Hillary was Obama’s Secretary of State and was in large part responsible for inadequate security at the Benghazi compound. They were defenseless. She bears the guilt for what happened. (Obama bears the guilt of abandoning our defenders at Benghazi)


11 posted on 05/23/2014 9:14:19 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama stands for the corruption of America in all aspects.)
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To: Rapscallion

Bump


12 posted on 05/23/2014 9:15:57 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Don Corleone

bill clintons election motto was - bridge to the 21st century.

hillaries I guess will be ... U-turn back to the 20th century?


13 posted on 05/23/2014 9:16:06 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Huskrrrr

What’s happening in 50 years from now will still be Bush’s fault by the liberal’s deranged logic


14 posted on 05/23/2014 9:20:00 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: freekitty

That was just a “temporary truce”, or whatever the Muslims call it.

There was always going to be a day of reckoning between the Chicago and Arkansas mobs.


15 posted on 05/23/2014 9:20:38 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rockinqsranch

“I saw that headline, and thought immediately how wrong it seems before reading the article. Seems to me “Hillary’s Dilemma: How to Distance Herself from Herself” should be the headline.”

Bingo! The Media will increasingly turn-on Obama so that Hillary will appear as a good “alternative” to the current occupant of the White House. They’ll do all the heavy lifting for her. We’ll all enjoy watching Obama twist, BTW.

But the harder part is going to be Hillary dealing with her own lack of real achievement, and her train wreck of a past. She just doesn’t “inspire”. I look for her to come up short — again.


16 posted on 05/23/2014 9:21:12 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Kaslin

Good luck after the Benghazi debacle.


17 posted on 05/23/2014 9:24:02 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Kaslin

Obama was the number 1 leftist senator. Hillary was number 2. That’s all the nation needs to know.


18 posted on 05/23/2014 9:32:56 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Kaslin
If 2017 turns out to be a Clinton restoration, Hillary will be America's Louis XVIII.

What an inspiring role model.

Mary Anastasia O'Grady's column in The Wall Street Journal last Monday was about Haiti and the abysmal job the agency Bill Clinton is in charge of has been handling the reconstruction there. In that role, Bill answered to Hillary, so they both bear some of the blame for the mess...but don't expect to hear anything about it in the rest of the media.

19 posted on 05/23/2014 9:35:15 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Kaslin

There are lots of stupid people who do vote, and the next “wave” of amnesty for illegal immigrants hasn’t, officially, happened, yet. Unfortunately, there are, still, ways for the political left to win big, in ‘16 and beyond.


20 posted on 05/23/2014 9:58:03 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Kaslin

Why, cause he’s............black? Racis’ bi**h. You really think that billy boy never used the “N” word? Me neither. Hey lyin’king. Bring me some more coffee.


21 posted on 05/23/2014 10:53:34 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Kaslin

Hillary will have to throw Obama under the bus while trying to not seem racist. In reality I don’t think Hillary has the stamina and good health to make the run in 2016.


22 posted on 05/23/2014 5:43:18 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: freekitty
They are on the same side and have always been.

After the election this has to change.

23 posted on 05/23/2014 5:44:11 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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