November 10, 2015
If I were Hillary Clinton I would pray daily to the God of the Electoral College that Marco Rubio does not become the nominee of the Republican Party. Also if I was Hillary and still praying I would ask the God of the Electoral College to have the wingnuts of the right wing stay at home on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and pout that Trump, Carson, Cruz, Huckabee,and Paul never made it to the big show.
Hillary should be very afraid of Rubio. Not only is he handsome and youthful, but he has a great personal story, impressive debating skills, and most importantly the ability to make sense from a conservative perspective without sounding like he is a bit off the wall. Add to the scenario that he is Hispanic and comes from the key state of Florida and Hillary should remain very afraid
Of course this is only November and Jeb hasn’t given up the ship as one of the Republicans who is not a goofy entertainer, or a rather odd physician or an angry member of Congress, but the smart money is increasingly heading to Rubio and the Clinton camp is working overtime planning how to counteract the 2016 version of Barack Obama.
Hillary has some powerful arguments on the campaign trail – an improving economy, the tone deaf positions of the GOP on women and minorities, and the growing scandal of income inequality and equal pay. But Rubio comes across as someone who is trustworthy and earnest, two qualities sorely lacking in Hillary.
It’s a long, long way till the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, that would be November 8th, but Marco Rubio could be the savior of a fractured Republican Party and the next occupant of the White House.
April 22, 2015
Because they are only human, political leaders at the national level, whether in power or seeking power, possess one or many personal or ethical flaws. They could be corrupt, bigots, philanderers, closet alcoholics, paranoids, oddballs or outrageous liars ( or a combination of all or some of these flaws). There is not a politician alive today that is a saint ; most if they were Catholics should go to confession regularly or at least to a therapist.
But with the Clintons, Bill and now Hillary, it seems that they are always ready to push the envelope of proper presidential behavior by engaging in activities that give their adversaries plenty of media ammo to make it difficult to trust them or believe in them. To their credit or because they are the most skilled politicians in skirting the law, Bill and Hillary always seem to overcome the problems that they knowingly placed themselves in.
Now with Hillary it is Benghazi, email servers, special favors to foreign financial supporters, and perhaps misused money in their charitable foundation. It is always something. Of course conservatives are jumping full board on these alleged miscues, but it is only because Hillary, like her husband, keeps pushing the envelope believing that somehow she will survive and prosper. Paddy Power, the Irish bookmaker, has Hillary as an overwhelming victor in the 2016 presidential election.
It’s still way to early even to pay attention to the personal and ethical flaws of Hillary Clinton, but I think it is fair to say that in this election the American voter is looking for policies, ideas, initiatives and straight talk from Hillary rather than the regular barrage of nasty claims of malfeasance and scandal-mongering. Way too much time and media spin is being spent on getting this Clinton out of hot water and salvaging her campaign.
If you are a Clinton supporter it is almost like you would want to sit down with Hillary and tell her to stop being Bill.
October 23, 2013
There was a Hillary Clinton sighting a few days ago as she spoke in Virginia at a campaign fund-raiser for Democratic governor candidate Terry McAuliffe. Ol’ Bill was around as well just to remind folks that the Arkansas couple is still kind of together.
But despite the presence of the former President, this was Hillary’s show as she spoke forcefully about the need for Virginia voters to choose as governor her long time friend and campaign fund-raiser for her husband. She looked rested with kind of new hairdo and that canny ability to draw attention.
Not surprisingly, Hillary stressed themes that will likely be repeated constantly once she announces her intention to run for President of the United States, and yes she is running, no matter how coy she gets when asked. There were the sharp attacks on the Republicans in Congress over their silly temper tantrum related to the government shutdown and the debt default. She still possesses that tone in her voice that is both serious and mocking.
But Hillary also accented a new theme about Americans being better than a conglomeration of angry, cynical and depressed citizens with little hope for the future. This sounds a lot like Obama in 2008, but somehow Hillary is more convincing or has better speech writers.
There is no doubt that Hillary is talking to women as she subtly suggests that women can do a better job of running this country and solving problems than the guys who seem driven by excess testosterone, plain old fashioned stubbornness and stupidity.
But make no mistake, once Hillary gets in the race she will be the target of relentless personal attacks by the right- Is she a closet lesbian? Why has she stayed with that philandering Bubba? Could she be more of a socialist than Obama? One area of attack that she has covered is that her birthplace is Illinois and no one will suggest there is a birther issue. And of course she is helped by the fact that she is Caucasian, which let’s face it is the reason the right just can’t stand Obama – a mixed race community organizer who likes MoTown over Nashville.
Look to see Hillary Clinton at more and more of these political fund-raising events as she lays the organizational groundwork for 2016. Whether you love her or hate her, she back.