Monday, April 4, 2011

Hillary Watch: "Why Hillary Clinton must run in 2012"

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John Phillip, LA Times:

If Hillary Clinton's primary voters and President Obama had their relationship status listed on their Facebook pages, it would change from “Married” to “It's complicated.”

To be fair, Hillary voters never fell in love with Obama, they just fell in line. Their relationship is less like a Julia Roberts chick flick and more like a Bengali arranged marriage.

Because of their arrangement, Hillary-loving Obama voters are quick to jump ship whenever Mr. Hope-and-Change looks like he's getting played again by his political opponents, is in over his head or is dissing their girl.

Despite Obama's anti-climactic campaign announcement just now, according to all the recent polls, Hillary voters aren't only jumping ship –- they're taking their fins, snorkels and pina coladas with them.

Colorful language to sugarcoat the awful truth for Democrats, that they backed the wrong horse in 2008. Variations of the "3 AM Phone Call" ad have saturated the culture, with most of them giving at least grudging praise to Hillary while casting Obama in a bad light.

Agree or disagree with Obama's Libyan Adventure, but it seems that Hillary was more the brains and will behind the operation than the president was. President Linguine Spine didn't have the cojones to even announce what he was going to do, much less take any kind of principled stand against it. So much for the hero of the anti-war movement!

Mr. Phillips concludes his argument by saying:
Despite her contemporary denials, Hillary would only throw her hat in the ring if she thought she had a better than even chance at moving back into the White House. Obama is looking weak, but not weak enough to justify a primary challenge...yet.
If Libya turns into a full blown disaster...resulting in billions of dollars wasted, boots on the ground and abysmal public opinion numbers, my money is on Hillary resigning her post as secretary of State and jumping in the 2012 primary.

I agree that she won't make the move without a reasonable chance at success. However, I don't think it would take a full blown disaster in Libya to bring that about. But, of course, I've been saying that for months.

H/T Memeorandum
Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.


  1. Hillary has more balls than Obama. I think Hillary is going to challenge Obama in the Democratic primary. She's a vulture whose willing to pounce on her prey when he's weak, vulnerable and down on the ground. The Clintons know how to play politics.

  2. "Hillary has more balls than Obama." True and even though Hillary would have made a less than desirable president, she would have out shown, out performed and out shined Obama in nearly every respect.

  3. I hope she does. While hill is not an ideal choice, anything is better than BO. Heck Qaddafi might be an improvement.

  4. I'm hoping we can field a candidate who can beat either one of them. Failing that, Hillary would do less damage to the country.

  5. Taking into account recent developments, what would you say now? And do you think Hillary has the energy for a presidential run?

  6. Mike: She's got a narrowing window to make up her mind. I think October is the drop dead date if she wants to be on the ballot in all fifty states. (Or 57, if you're geography impaired)

    Barry's numbers are still in the basement and there's a lot of dissatisfaction among Democrats on both the left and the right. He's certainly vulnerable. It is for Hillary a high risk endeavor. She'd have to have polling numbers to indicate she could defeat a sitting incumbent in the primaries.

    My guess is, the Hillary camp is taking and looking at those numbers very carefully.

    I'd say look for some sort of trial balloon in September.


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