I have a personal connection to Hillary Clinton that will always be there, no matter what happens; I worked on her 2008 presidential campaign and for a few stretches in 2008 I got to see her in person three or four times a week and spend a fair amount of time with her. She’s a very nice lady who is funny and kind and who ended up actually being too nice of a person to win the Democrats’ nomination because she would never go nuclear on Barack Obama and dump everything she had on him. I think she believed things would shake out to where he’d be her VP and the two of them could secure the White House for 12 years or more for Democrats. Since 1990 or so, I’d wanted her to run for president and always knew I’d do everything I could to help her. And I did. But Team Hillary came up short and the last four years were the end result. This haunts me because I wish more than anything one of us on the Clinton campaign could have figured out a way to stop Obama back before he and the Left were able to seize power. I hope even Republicans can see that Hillary would have been a better president and that she would not have engaged in the reckless craziness of the last four years. She certainly would not have allowed Nancy Pelosi to write a 2,000-page healthcare bill without supervision…or let her claim “we need to pass it to know what’s in it”.
Hillary’s going to run again in 2016, unless Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are a big success and get the economy back on track (as I think they will). The only thing that could have kept her from winning the nomination last time was a credible black candidate…and that was a one shot deal. If she pursues it, she’ll be the first female presidential candidate for a major party to win the nomination and go on to run a general election campaign. Her vice presidential pick will be a Latino male who is probably not on the national scene yet (and, no, it’s not that Julian Castro guy you saw at the Democrat convention).
If Romney’s successful in his first term, then Hillary will lose the general election but will still have made history by becoming the nominee. The sad reality is that Barack Obama prevented the first female president from taking office in 2009…and the “history maker” will probably end up being a Republican woman in next twenty years at some point. Democrats actually hate women, which is a secret to most voters (especially they female ones). There’s a crude quote from JFK that deals with this, where he reportedly said that he’d rather see a black man in power than a women (using vulgarity and pejoratives to replace a few key words in that sentence). That’s still how Democrats feel today.
My boyfriend Justin’s parents are Hillary-haters in the way that some families are Browns fans or devotees of the Cubs or whatever…they just won’t give up, and they have a lot of fun engaging in their spirited participation in their favorite “sport”. Justin’s mom and dad have been hating Hillary since the 90s (for about as long as I wanted her to become president) and relish any opportunity they have to malign her. I think it’s sad, actually, because hating anyone or anything is destructive. I think it corrodes you inside. As much as I oppose Barack Obama and the Left, I don’t hate any of these people. I don’t hate anyone, actually. Life is too short and my energy too limited. Justin’s mom, however, gleefully squeals into the phone how much she hates Hillary and often says something like “That HITLERy of yours is in trouble now!” when I pick up and she realizes I’m on the other end. I think this is childish and sad and just hand the phone to Justin with a roll of my eyes that this is happening again (often for the second or third time that day).
After Obama loses on November 6th, Hillary Clinton’s going to try to take back the Democrat Party from the Left and move it to the center the way it was when the Clintons’ Democrat Leadership Council controlled things. Clinton loyalists will come out of the woodwork to assist in this and the Obama acolytes will be purged from all positions of influence. This will be an all-out civil war that the Clintons will wage between now and 2016. I don’t know if they can win, though, because the Left has enjoyed being in power again — the first time since the 1970s with Carter. They are not going to allow themselves to be banished to the political wilderness so easily…and they will not accept the reality that Obama was rejected because he was too obviously a Leftist. The meme will be that “Obama didn’t do enough” because the Left truly believes that if only socialism or communism was put into full effect in this country that Americans would suddenly realize they don’t in fact love freedom and instead wish to live under full government control.
This is insane, but so are those on the Left who push this garbage. Don’t expect them to just magically go away on November 7th. They will attempt to regroup, hold power, and prevent the Clintons from moving things back to the center. It will be an all-out war in Democrat ranks. If Hillary can pull things off and retake the party, she’ll be the 2016 nominee but I don’t think she can win the general election if Romney/Ryan do even a fraction of the good things I believe they’ll accomplish in office.
Four years of Obama gave America a taste of what happens when the Left takes control of the country. Few are talking about this — yet — but the Democrat brand is damaged beyond repair (in the near-term anyway). Americans saw the damage that the Democrat Party can do, and so long as Romney/Ryan succeed in restoring confidence in our economy in the next four years there is just no way that voters are going to turn things back over to Democrats again so soon. Or for the next 16 years or more.
The Left went too far, too fast, and Americans won’t be fooled in 2016 that “this is a different Democrat Party now”.
As for Benghazi, the corrupt, vintage media that’s served as Obama’s personal Ministry of Truth will make the American public forget all about Benghazi by the time 2016 rolls around. If Hillary wants the Democrats’ nomination, Benghazi will not impede her because the media will want Hillary to win this time. And during four years of Romney’s presidency, the media will attempt to gin up unlimited controversies to blunt any impact Benghazi has. Justin’s mom actually called at 7am yesterday to make sure she stared my day by singing “Ding dong, the witch is dead!” like a small child because Wednesday saw the first Congressional hearings on Benghazi…but I think she’s more delusional than childish if she thinks any of this will stick on Hillary or result in her losing the nomination in 2016. And the next general election will be decided on whether or not Romney makes progress in dragging the economy out of the Depression (you know…the one we are in right now that the media won’t talk about…but will of course obsess over starting in the summer of 2013 when Romney’s been in office long enough to blame him for it).
Benghazi isn’t a pleasant thing for Hillary, but if you think she doesn’t have a fail-safe to ultimately ensure Barack Obama takes the full blame for it then you have not really been watching this woman for the last twenty years.
This will all be a forgotten issue by 2016…and while it might be raised in a general election campaigns with Hillary as the Democrat nominee, it would not be a factor at all in the primaries.
Justin’s mom has too much Hillary-hate in her to see this…but if you think about it you’ll see that I’m right.
I actually really dread the 2016 election if Hillary does decide to run because it will force me to put the good of the country over something my heart wants. I really want to see a female president, and I wanted that to be Hillary Clinton for the longest time. She SHOULD have been president in 2008. But I never want to see another Democrat in the White House again. Not even Hillary. I do hope she’s the 2016 nominee because that will even the score and allow her to make history as the first female nominee for president of a major party…but I won’t want her to win the general election if Romney/Ryan do the good job in office I know they will.
It’s going to break my heart to have to oppose her if she runs again in the next general election, and I will burn a lot of bridges with people from the old Team Hillary days, but too much is at stake for me to ever vote for a Democrat again for as long as I live.
I just don’t see myself ever doing that, again…ever.
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