Skip to comments.Can Hillary Clinton win? - Opponents try to cast doubt on her electability
Posted on 10/20/2007 2:48:28 PM PDT by neverdem
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo.Steve Valdez, a retired high school history teacher, is keeping an eye on the presidential campaign and wondering about Sen. Hillary Clinton's chances.
"Is history ready?" asks Valdez, an independent voter, unsure whether voters will embrace the controversial former first lady for president.
With Clinton consolidating her lead over Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards, her Democratic rivals are increasingly questioning her ability to win the White House in a general election. They say her polarizing persona will keep her from defeating a Republican, hoping the seeds of doubt they plant now will cause voters to look their way come primary or caucus day.
Ever since Clinton stepped onto the presidential stage with her husband, she has been a lightning rod on the right and sometimes the left. She offended some women when she defended her decision to work, saying, "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas." She raised eyebrows when the public learned she had turned $1,000 into $100,000 from cattle futures trading. And she became a political target when she tried to overhaul the health-care system with closed-door meetings.
Her opponents argue that Clinton engenders such hostile feelings that she will energize Republicans against her and other Democratic candidates, particularly in swing states like Colorado. Already, the Republican National Committee is taking aim at Clinton multiple times a day while virtually ignoring her rivals.
The question of electability is often tied up in a candidate's likability, and in Clinton's case, it could also be an alternative way of asking whether a woman can be elected president. It is a loosely defined but fundamentally important part of the formula for a winning candidate.
"I think there's no doubt that she carries some significant baggage," said David Axelrod, Obama's chief...
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She won’t win if all the corruption in her background is exposed and the numerous suspicious deaths of people associated with the Clintoons are investigated and exposed. She and Bubba have enough “room temperature” associates to fill a cemetery.
She shouldn’t win. As a matter of fact, she shouldn’t even be out from behind bars. Her and Slick should be doing life in Leavenworth for all the crimes against this country and against their “associates” over the years.
She cannot win . . . . unless The Stupid Party nominates Giuliani.
CAN she win? Yes, it’s entirely possible.
SHOULD she win? God forbid!!!
Of course history is ready for a female President. Just not this (corrupt) one. I always said that if Jeanne Kirkpatrick had run against Clintigula instead of Bob Dole - she would have beaten the bent one handily.
“Is history ready?” asks Valdez”
Ready for what? A woman who is probably the least qualified candidate to ever run for President of the US. A woman who is a crook, cheat and liar and enables her rapist husband? A woman who is weak. A woman who is a front just like her husband is and will take orders from people who will make her rich; but never really powerful.
And last; but not least a woman women will vote for simply because she is a woman. Maybe some; but give us a break. Most women would never vote for her unless, of course, they like being subservient.
Well, maybe I shouldn’t get into this topic, but I think you’re partially right - a woman could get elected as president, but not this woman and it’d be much harder in their party to elect any woman as president.
Her opponents? You mean guys like John Zogby whose recent poll indicates 50% of the American public will never vote for her?
As Marxist/Lenninist Dems say, no enemies to the left. So this ‘journalist’ tries making it out like Hillary has enemies there. Ain’t buyin’ it.
Stevens is 87. Scalia, Kennedy, and Ginsburg are all over 70. Souter and Breyer will be over 70 by the time the next president is sworn in.
Whoever is elected president in 2008 will get to fill at least 2 and maybe 3 seats.
President Hillary? Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Just leave hillary aside and look at the other Democrat candidates. Obama. Edwards. What a pair of losers. And turning to the other Dem candidates, it’s downhill from there.
Most Democrats I have spoken with like Obama much better than hillary, but the guy is a lightweight idiot, half privileged American hippie child and half African Muslim. Great. So that leaves hillary.
Just listen to her spek - she has one of the most grating voices I've ever heard from either a man or a woman.
And I'm not trying to make a lame joke, either.
Thanks for the link.
hillary should be in the same prison as spitzer.
Thanks for the links.
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