Hillary’s not so smooth path to the White House

posted at 5:01 pm on December 9, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The Secretary of State is making all sort of headlines lately, and most of them don’t have much to do with her current job. (A woman with limitless options who is desired by 90% of the Democrats.) The word has hit the streets that Hillary Clinton’s future is pretty much cast in solid gold plated stone. At Town Hall, Steve Chapman identifies the lay of the land

The votes have been cast, the count has been completed, and we all know the winner of the presidential election. So now it’s just a matter of letting the Electoral College meet to make the outcome official. Then we can get along with planning the inauguration of Hillary Clinton.

True, it’s still four years away. But by now it’s clear that Republicans needn’t bother putting up a nominee. They may as well save their money and candidates for 2024, when Hillary will be ready to leave Washington and become a judge on “The Voice.”

The secretary of state is currently more popular than ice cream in August. Matched by Public Policy Polling against a field of other possible contenders for the 2016 Democratic nomination, she got 61 percent among primary voters — well ahead of second-place Joe Biden, with 12 percent….

In May, a Gallup survey found that 66 percent of those polled had a favorable opinion of her. Only 29 percent didn’t like her. Let’s face it, you could probably find that many people who don’t like Kermit the Frog.

So since it’s already pretty much over, I shouldn’t feel bad about airing a few grievances. For full disclosure, I do not come to this subject from some nonpartisan, detached position, as I’m about to explain. I do not like Hillary Clinton. In fact, I pretty much despise her, and have for quite some time. I was angry at her during her time as First Lady when duties involving public policy were essentially handed over to a non-elected (and thereby unaccountable) person simply because she was married to a politician. I was put off by her transparently political, “stand by your man” routine when Bill’s affairs were revealed. (Let’s face it, no matter how skillful of a politician he was, Bill Clinton was a dog. And as a husband he was an embarrassment. She should have had enough pride in herself to give him the boot.) I was frustrated with Hillary when she came on her first carpetbagging tour to my home state of New York to steal our Senate seat. (Though perhaps not as disgusted as I was with the people of the state who took to their fainting couches in droves to coronate her.) It just seems like every experience I’ve ever had involving Hillary Clinton was negative.

So is she really on a glide path to the White House if she decides to run? Just possibly not as much as some may think.

But she won’t have the smooth, flower-strewn path to the Oval Office that all this suggests. During her husband’s presidency, she was widely disliked for her hectoring manner, her more-liberal-than-Bill views and her often chilly personality. Not for nothing was she known in her college days as “Sister Frigidaire.”

It’s easy to forget that she was the architect of a major health insurance overhaul that ended in crashing failure. It’s easy to forget that when the Monica Lewinsky affair broke, she dismissed the allegations as slanders from a “vast right-wing conspiracy” trying to “undo the results of two elections.” It’s easy to forget that she was the most unpopular first lady on record.

If she enters the race, we would be reminded of the strife and scandal of the Clinton presidency. We would also be reminded that electing Hillary would mean bringing back Bill, with his notorious appetites and unpredictable impulses.

One or two bimbo eruptions could be fatal — and did you see that story the other day that Gennifer Flowers said he tried to renew their trysts?

I’m not sure how much of Chapman’s take on this is accurate prognostication and how much is wishful thinking, but I certainly hope it’s more of the former. There will have to be a primary, as there are plenty of Democrats who have an appetite for the big chair, and I refuse to believe everyone is just going to wave off the landing to pave the way for her. And the GOP isn’t just going to lay down and die. There is a long history between Hillary and the Republican Party, and plenty of stuff in the records which will all come to light again.

But the country definitely has an appetite to see the first woman president and there’s no denying it. And she’s leaving her current position with strong favorable numbers and four years to plan while having no responsibilities where she might slip up. If it comes to that, though, you can bet I’ll be working hard for the GOP nominee, no matter who we manage to put up next time. Like I said… I just don’t like the woman. And I’m not going to apologize for it.


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… Palin and Rand Paul. I think we will be seeing a lot more of both over the next three years…

deadite on December 9, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Let’s hope so. SARAH PALIN is my number one pick for 2016 – she is exactly what America needs, and over the next couple of years, this will become abundantly clear to more and more Americans. Allen West and Rand Paul are close seconds.

Run-Sarah-Run!

Pork-Chop on December 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM

She took a pass on defeating the biggest threat to individual liberty in history 14 months ago.

Sorry, she’s made her choice. She’s decided what fits her best is zingers from Wasilla, and looking for TV contracts/pilots/etc. for her family.

She’s a non-entity now. Sadly, when you look to cajones in the gop you have to look to a failed VP nominee, who bailed on her job and led her conservative base for months on a wild bus chase…..fer nuthin.

done with Palin.

PappyD61 on December 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

I do not like Hillary Clinton. In fact, I pretty much despise her, and have for quite some time. I was angry at her during her time as First Lady when duties involving public policy were essentially handed over to a non-elected (and thereby unaccountable) person simply because she was married to a politician. I was put off by her transparently political, “stand by your man” routine when Bill’s affairs were revealed. (Let’s face it, no matter how skillful of a politician he was, Bill Clinton was a dog. And as a husband he was an embarrassment. She should have had enough pride in herself to give him the boot.) I was frustrated with Hillary when she came on her first carpetbagging tour to my home state of New York to steal our Senate seat. (Though perhaps not as disgusted as I was with the people of the state who took to their fainting couches in droves to coronate her.) It just seems like every experience I’ve ever had involving Hillary Clinton was negative.

You’re far too nice. This is a woman who mysteriously made 100K in the cattle futures market on her very first effort. This is a woman who claimed to be a feminist, but owes all her name recognition to having married a successful man. This is a woman who stayed in a marriage knowing her husband was cheating on her to gain her own political power. This is a woman who lied so often that William Safire finally called her a “congenital liar.” This is a woman who schemed to falsely accuse government bureaucrats at the White House Travel Office of embezzlement and fraud, so she could fire them and give their jobs to political cronies. This is a woman who ‘somehow‘ wound up with FBI files on the political enemies of the Clintons. This is a woman who interfered in the investigation of Vince Foster’s “suicide.” This is a woman who claimed she had to run for cover from fear of sniper fire in the Balkans as the First Lady. (Which would have been news to the young girl who read a nice poem in a ceremony at the airport on the occasion of her arrival.)

I try to be nice about her, because I know some otherwise sensible people actually like her. But if you look past the crafted public image and consider who she really is, she’s a contemptible human being.

There Goes The Neighborhood on December 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Might as well put up Palin and have some fun with it..

Yes, Hillary is a lock for 2016. Another 8-10 million seniors will pass away again in the next four years as the Rs begin to solidify our permanent minority status. Mid Terms will always have something- but the Rs – who will by then be painted as the party that raises taxes- can forget about Prezzie time.

Bill Clinton back in the WH ? A Democrites dream !

FlaMurph on December 10, 2012 at 1:01 AM

I’m taking up drinking! 53% of the country is nuts, and we’re in the 21st century, we aren’t going to last as long as the Roman Empire did. Too bad aliens from area 51 don’t zap these morons!

Drill and Fill on December 10, 2012 at 1:18 AM

She can’t beat Michelle and the new Axelrod, Samuel L. Jackson.

NoPain on December 10, 2012 at 7:38 AM

I shouldn’t feel bad about airing a few grievances. For full disclosure, I do not come to this subject from some nonpartisan, detached position, as I’m about to explain. I do not like Hillary Clinton. In fact, I pretty much despise her, and have for quite some time. I was angry at her during her time as First Lady when duties involving public policy were essentially handed over to a non-elected (and thereby unaccountable) person simply because she was married to a politician. I was put off by her transparently political, “stand by your man” routine when Bill’s affairs were revealed. (Let’s face it, no matter how skillful of a politician he was, Bill Clinton was a dog. And as a husband he was an embarrassment. She should have had enough pride in herself to give him the boot.) I was frustrated with Hillary when she came on her first carpetbagging tour to my home state of New York to steal our Senate seat. (Though perhaps not as disgusted as I was with the people of the state who took to their fainting couches in droves to coronate her.) It just seems like every experience I’ve ever had involving Hillary Clinton was negative.

Speaks well of my views, too, for the same reasons. Only my list is longer than that ^^.

Lourdes on December 10, 2012 at 8:33 AM

By all means elect the most evil corrupt woman in the US.

tom daschle concerned on December 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The Buffoon of Benghazi.

Real presidential material.

profitsbeard on December 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Who ordered the “stand down” Hillary…?

Seven Percent Solution on December 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

DITTO, DITTO and DITTO.

Lourdes on December 10, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Imagine Hillary the hag lecturing you for 8 years following 8 years of the present moron…

Pest on December 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

HRC has three years to work out the kinks and Republicans have three years to perfect the circular firing squad that gave Obama a second term.

MarkT on December 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Bill Clinton back in the WH ? A Democrites dream !

FlaMurph on December 10, 2012 at 1:01 AM

And, an intern’s nightmare.

Fallon on December 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

HRC has three years to work out the kinks…

MarkT on December 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Is that code for plastic surgery?

Fallon on December 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

PappyD61 on December 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Who else is off your list?

Fallon on December 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

We can kid ourselves with all the reasons HRC can’t win, just like we did with Obama, but when push comes to shove there will be so many libs with the vapors over the thought of her as POTUS we might as well crown her now. That presupposes, of course, that Obama is willing to step down. Let’s face it, the era of gracious politicians died a long time ago (at least since GWB). They keep packing the voter roles with the brain dead and we keep putting up “centrists” who just don’t have it in them to fight (unless it’s a conservative they’re going after). To have a chance, we need to win the battle of the GOP first and boot out all our good ol’ boys that keep on stepping on uppity “teabaggers” as soon as they are born.

jpm02779 on December 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I agree with everything in this column… and still shrug.

This country just re-elected Barrack Hussein Obama. We apparently couldn’t give less of a crap about a person’s history, character, or accomplishments.

So, yeah. Hillary 2016. What are we going to do about it? Yup…that’s right. Nothing.

Sugar Land on December 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

She took a pass on defeating the biggest threat to individual liberty in history 14 months ago.

…done with Palin.

PappyD61 on December 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Oh, I see. So, for 2016, you believe that only those who ran against obama in 2012, are viable candidates for 2016? Or, as usual, is there a double standard when it comes to Sarah Palin?

You have really limited your options – so, which candidates from 2012 do you expect to run in 2016, and which one(s) meets your criteria?

Pork-Chop on December 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Don’t get your panties in a bunch. There isn’t going to be an election in 2016.

Oh,and OT: Is there some way to stop this automatic stealth log-out by the administrator? I don’t know I’ve been logged out until I try to post a comment and am told, “You’re not logged in.”. It’s irritating.

totherightofthem on December 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Five-Thirty-Eight will have Hillary at a 99.99% lock to be Clinton 45.

Throw Palin up there, and at least have some fun.

Womano y Womano.

FlaMurph on December 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Susana Martinez would beat Hillary. Susana M. checks TWO “first” boxes and would carry the oh-so-important Latino vote.

The Bringer on December 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM

“Hillary? We doan need no stinkin’ Hillary!”

If 90% of Dems and 66% of low-informed voters have have a positive opinion of Granny Clinton, the national Goebbels press corps has done their job well. Everything she has has been gained on the coat tails of a husband. Without Bill she would be a hairy legged out of the closet lesbian activist lawyer with a cringe inducing voice working out of the Communist Party of America office. She has been a total failure as SEC State and would be a worse president than the current Fraud-in-Chief. The way presidents age in office, with Hillary we would be looking at Jabba the Hut after one term. For the sake of the children, please spare them that traumatizing sight. We must take a page from Barry’s favorite Alinsky book and politically “kill” Hillary now before U.S. voting residents can repeat the the error of ’08. And no, I’m not sexist, I’m a realist and will not submit to any more of the political correctness that has been shoved down the throats of Americans. Time to call a spade a spade no matter where the chips fall.

SpiderMike on December 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Already starting to hear questions about when is there too much entitlement; they even had a segment on Morning Joe today. Even Mika wasn’t for the ability to make more not working.

Tater Salad on December 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

did you see that story the other day that Gennifer Flowers said Billy Jeff tried to renew their trysts?

Who wouldn’t? She totally rocks the whole backwoods redneck meets Betty White look.

CorporatePiggy on December 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Well, Hillary is the only person as equally loathsome as Mr. Obama. Which means with this current group of voters she is indeed a shoe-in.

Hillary’s follower are more like cultists. No matter what disqualifying action or despicable judgment she displays, they would still walk the road to hell with her.

At the expense of liberty, freedom, civil rights or securing Americas place in the world they will vote for Hillary.

Hillary fully and wholly owns the death of four Americans, including an ambassador in Benghazi. DoS not only denied funds but also denied extended security engagements, ignored the ambassadors own pleas, set policy and ultimately participated in the decision to let those men die.

That is America’s best person for the job of President? Hardly.

Marcus Traianus on December 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

now that we got the first black president out of the way, I guess it’s time for the first woman president thar’s an accessory to murder. Last time I looked, accessory to murder was a felony…Amerika, wadda country…

RedInMD on December 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Not for nothing was she known in her college days as “Sister Frigidaire.”

Her other nic was “Hillary Bacillary”.

petefrt on December 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I bet McCain was popular in 2004. Look, Hillary’s electoral success depends on how Obama governs. The the country is still in a bad state, I doubt people would give democrats another 4 years. It’s ridiculous to think she has it in the bag. On the other hand, if things turn around, then the republicans are probably toast.

rubberneck on December 10, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Please…….If Shrillary Cankles decides to run, it’s hers. The republicans look like discombobulated half-wits. The economy won’t matter. We could be in a severe depression and she’ll win in a walk.

The rEpUbLiCanS are going to tokenize, look stupid and self-destruct as they alienate half the party right off the bat. Against the State-run Ministry of Truth, cohorts of vote fraudsters and frEeShiTaRmY!!!!11!!!??

Sorry, they’ll win nothing.

..and yes, PIAPS O’Cankles is even worse than Obama.

98ZJUSMC on December 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

The grey old mare ain’t what she used to be.
She looks like a retired NFL Linebacker at the end of a three week bender in Vegas. Outta gas, outta money for boilermakers, to buy shampoo or clothes that fit the now busted up frame and a mouth that can’t open and shut without a four letter foul utterance.
Hitlery! Bring it!
Hell even the fat mon from Joresey, Christie Creme, Traitor extraordinaire might give the old grey mare a run fer it!
And we can do a hell of a lot better than that.
West/Palin , Palin/West

ConcealedKerry on December 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Who knew Medusa had such light and bouncy curly blond hair?

44Magnum on December 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM

IMHO, Hillary’s going to have a difficult time clearing the smoke from Benghazi, to ascend to the throne of the white house.

byteshredder on December 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Let’s run Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley.

gatsbysgirlontheside on December 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Their machine will steamroll the democratic opposition, but it can’t change the fact that Hillary is a horrible retail campaigner. She lost to Obama in the primary. He didn’t win as much as she utterly blew her best shot at the presidency against McCain.

Add to that her man hater’s club of support staff, her utter lack of accomplishment at the State Department, her need to travel on the public dime, and her tired out old fat can. She’ll be a horrible candidate.

But she might just win if the Republicans don’t frigging retool their operation top to bottom, and find some mean nasty young consultants like that O’Keefe kid to take down the opposition Atwater style.

JAW on December 11, 2012 at 7:52 AM

I second gatsbysgirl. Cross your fingers that Nikki gets re-elected, and builds on her executive experience. (Not to mention that she expresses interest in the White House come ’15.)

TMOverbeck on December 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

That inevitable thing didn’t work so well last time. She got beat by an unqualified no experience jihad sympathizer who we are sure now is a communist incompetent. She polished her reputation with this Bengazi debacle and assured us she was a sycophant willing to say anything to protect the guy above. State is a disaster worldwide so we know what kind of manager she is. I don’t think so.

scboy on December 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Anybody who thinks Benghazi is going to hurt her is dreaming. It’s so off the media radar, actually never was on it in the first place except for FOX. You think she has negatives? Look at the record of who’s in the White House. I’m seriously starting to think our party’s biggest problem is denial.

kg598301 on December 11, 2012 at 9:38 PM

We need to stay focused on the day to day and deal with that when it comes. Who knows what’s going to happen in 4 years?! Although, I don’t doubt that she is the favorite. I think a lot of Dems would have loved to see her run in 2012. It’s obvious that Obama has lost popularity even among his own ranks, given he got millions less votes this time around. The key is to stay focused on what we have to do within our own house. Conservatism will always win when it’s articulated properly. So, if we can get more conservatives who are capable of explaining our principles, nobody they run will have a chance. Capiche!

TruLevinian on December 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

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