Politico wonders: Say, what will Democrats do if Hillary doesn’t run?

posted at 8:01 am on July 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s face it — this will be a short and slow news week. Everyone in Washington has bolted for the holiday exits; the only legislative story worth following as breaking news is in Texas, and even they’ve recessed until next week.  It’s time to break out the wonkery and the speculative analysis, and ask a question that’s almost certainly 100% academic:

For Democrats, there is no fallback: It’s Hillary Clinton or probably a long bout of depression ahead of 2016. …

Democrats openly describe their surprise at seeing such consensus around a candidate so early. The hope of retaining the White House in an open-seat election is very real — and the letdown that will set in among Democratic activists and operatives will be very deep if Clinton takes a pass on a campaign, as she may well do.

She has said she has yet to make up her mind, but few in the party believe that. The Clintons’ ambition and the chance to make history as the first female president, they figure, will overpower any reticence about another grueling campaign or spending her golden years carrying the burdens of the world’s weightiest job.

But if they’re wrong, there is no obvious replacement. And the party would be looking at a mad scramble to fill the Clinton void.

Is there a chance that Hillary won’t run in 2016? Uh, sure, there’s a chance.  If she doesn’t remain healthy or if Bill gets sick, she might take a pass. If the Benghazi scandal erupts in a way that personally implicates her, she may not have a choice but to retire.

Those cases aside, nothing will stand in the way of the Clintons and another attempt to regain the White House. Hillary didn’t run for the Senate in 2000 to get a lifetime sinecure in the nation’s cushiest club.  The Clintons have planned on re-entering their former digs under Hillary’s power since before they left under Bill’s.  The only reason they aren’t there now is because Democrats dumped her for another Senate backbencher with a little more charm instead of giving her the coronation Clintonistas expected.

The near-certainty of this run comes across in the hilariously hysterical responses given to Politico’s Maggie Haberman when she raised the question to Democrats.  “There is no plan B,” said one, while another said, “There’s Hillary, and then there’s, like, Plan K.”  Really?  There aren’t any Democrat governors like Andrew Cuomo or Deval Patrick, or perhaps even John Hickenlooper waiting in the wings? Haberman also mentions Maryland’s Martin O’Malley and a 2004 retread in Howard Dean. If Democrats truly thought there was a chance Hillary wouldn’t run, they wouldn’t be so anxious to dismiss their own bench (which, by the way, also includes Joe Biden, at least according to Joe Biden).

There’s nothing wrong with a flight of fancy in speculative analysis, but there are few certainties in politics more solid than the Clintons’ ambitions to live in the White House.  For them, there is no Plan B.

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Bishop?

ITguy on July 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Christie could give her a good run in the primaries.

DanMan on July 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

The bad news – the Rats do their best when they have an unknown run (see Obama/Clinton (Bill)/Carter/JFK).

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Say, what will Democrats do if Hillary doesn’t run?

Their heads would probably explode like that guys did in Scanners.

Gatsu on July 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Christie could give her a good run waddle in the primaries.

DanMan on July 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM

FIFY

viking01 on July 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM

If the Benghazi scandal erupts in a way that personally implicates her,

Hasn’t it already? Didn’t she resign over Benghazi? If she runs all the GOP has to do is hammer her on Benghazi and it should be an easy victory.

nazo311 on July 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM

You know that John Effin’ Kerry is salivating and plotting his chances for a run on the White House.

TKindred on July 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

It will be just like ’08 when they voted for some media created empty jacket just like the sissy, dog eating muslim they voted for instead of her.

Flange on July 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I have often wondered if the Dems really had a “after Obama” in mind. Not to say they were thinking he would be elected king (though, I am sure many were hoping for this.)

But it just seems to me that, much the way a dog that chases cars doesn’t really know what to do with it when he finally catches one, they all have this “well, now what” attitude. Like they haven’t been planning ahead for the next step after Obama.

None of this really surprises me, I mean the left rarely thinks past its own nose, but you would think that they would have SOMETHING more in place by this point…

Gatsu on July 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

waste of ink… she is running.

Libs just love having the media fawn all over them while they pseudo-decide.

Bensonofben on July 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

If she runs all the GOP has to do is hammer her on Benghazi and it should be an easy victory.

nazo311 on July 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

[applauds]
[Cheers]
[Screams]
[fainting]

“Do we add God to our DNC platform?”

[Boos]
[Hiss]
[NO!!!!!]
[Fainting]

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Ironically the media will reverse spin her run and say- we need an old tired politician to fix what the young underqualified guy that we pushed in ’08 messed up

Bensonofben on July 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM

I figured that they’d just have JustUs Benedict Arnold cancel elections or JustUs Benedict Kennedy to pander to some Judge Walker equivalent to nullify unliked results.

viking01 on July 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

s/b Benedict Roberts instead of Arnold.

It’s easy to get them confused.

viking01 on July 2, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Politico wonders: Say, what will Democrats do if Hillary doesn’t run?

The same thing they’d do if she runs – choose Biden if he chooses to run, or choose somebody even the pundits barely heard of last year.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

s/b Benedict Roberts instead of Arnold.

It’s easy to get them confused.

viking01 on July 2, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Roberts, Arnold; what difference at this point does it make?

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Who besides this stupid woman they have? The democrat bench has nobody for 2016 except Hillary Clinton…

mnjg on July 2, 2013 at 8:25 AM

TKindred on July 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

yeah, i’m thinking he’ll be back and in the primaries hammering hillary on how he had to fix all she broke as SoS

chasdal on July 2, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Given her health and extreme boozing I don’t know that Hillary can make it through a presidential campaign.

tommyboy on July 2, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Shillary vs Moochelle equals ultimate cat fight.

hillsoftx on July 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

The only reason they aren’t there now is because Democrats dumped her for another Senate backbencher with a little more charm instead of giving her the coronation Clintonistas expected.

I think it was because he was more colorful.

They will run MO and I think they may even if Hillary decides to run. BO is king and keeping the family in place will be the goal as they will loose so much if they don’t. Many of BO appointments will be swept aside and maybe even some of his EOs. With MO there they can have a high level of confidence that somebody like Holder will remain in place as will all of BO’s EOs.

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 2, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Electrongod on July 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Close, but the ‘fainting’ is done by Democrats so sexually enamored by their candidate that they want to get down on their knees. No, I’m not being sarcastic, it may sound like parody but I’m sure that you too have read the news stories about Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Obama. But not LBJ and I don’t see it for Hillary either.

Fenris on July 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM

I have often wondered if the Dems really had a “after Obama” in mind. Not to say they were thinking he would be elected king (though, I am sure many were hoping for this.)

But it just seems to me that, much the way a dog that chases cars doesn’t really know what to do with it when he finally catches one, they all have this “well, now what” attitude. Like they haven’t been planning ahead for the next step after Obama.

None of this really surprises me, I mean the left rarely thinks past its own nose, but you would think that they would have SOMETHING more in place by this point…

Gatsu on July 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

After the permanent destruction they’ve wrought under Obama, the next placeholder won’t matter much. Hillary will quicken the pace of annihilation and the Republican cowards won’t nominate anyone who’ll restore fiscal and social sanity for fear of being disliked on the cocktail circuit.

ebrown2 on July 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

…Uncle Joe?

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

I’m sure there are other rapist enablers out there to satisfy today’s demanding Democrat garbage.

MNHawk on July 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Somewhat related – we’re less than 2 1/2 hours from the Egyptian military deadline, and Morsi is going nowhere.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Ironically the media will reverse spin her run and say- we need an old tired politician to fix what the young underqualified guy that we pushed in ’08 messed up

Bensonofben on July 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Not going to happen. The media will not allow BO to go down in history as anything other than the greatest leader of all time. They will also trash HC in favor of MO. Expect to see a media blitz about the BO admin really being a co-presidency and partnership between BO and MO. People will fall all over each other to elect the first black female president. Especially one that will be guided by the hand of their lord and master.

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 2, 2013 at 8:36 AM

OK lets do this by the numbers.

1. Democratic Primary. Who is going to run? You know Slow Joe is going to take another shot at it. At a bare minimum it will be those two as historically the VP of a two term President gets a free shot at the nomination.
2. Primary Debates (if any). Biden knows every single detail about Benghazi and he is stupid enough to spill the beans if it means he finally gets to be President. I am sure he has enough to sink Hillary if he wants to.
3. Campaign Debates. Hillary will have to debate someone at least three times during the National campaign and Benghazi will come up. And the “what difference does it make now” defense will not work on National television for undecided voters.
4. Age. There are quite a few people who will not vote for Hillary simply because of her age. She will be 70 the year she gets sworn in.

I am sure she is considering all of this stuff right now and IMO Benghazi is the millstone around her neck that will make her decide not to run.

Johnnyreb on July 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Shillary vs Moochelle equals ultimate cat fight.

hillsoftx on July 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Fur flying and lobster shells.

viking01 on July 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

She will run…there is not a democrat in the United States who will not vote for her…and no matter who the Republican’s put up, only a fraction will vote for him/her.

She will be the next president because we won’t have the perfect pitch man, they will stutter at a debate, have said some “sexist” remark 12 years ago, make to much money, not make enough money, be too religious, be the wrong religion, not go to church regularly…the list is endless.

Hillary will have 100% support from dems, our choice will have 82% support, and be knocked around for six months.

Then we will whine for 4/8 years because we can’t put up a perfect candidate…while they put up weak candidates, but support them 100%.

And we just won’t be able to understand…

right2bright on July 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Howard ‘I have a scream’ Dean 2016!

RadClown on July 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Somewhat related – we’re less than 2 1/2 hours from the Egyptian military deadline, and Morsi is going nowhere.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

With the way old Body Odor talks about having to deal with democratic institutions I’m sure he’d love to stay on as President. But even MO isn’t going to happen. She’d be a disaster as a politician. The lapdog media can only cover up so much, and why risk it when all they really need is a figurehead?

Fenris on July 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

I am sure she is considering all of this stuff right now and IMO Benghazi is the millstone around her neck that will make her decide not to run.

Johnnyreb on July 2, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Only if a special prosecutor/investigator is appointed and they find wrong doing…that won’t happen so in two years she will have found the platform, actually stood on the platform that the liberal press will build her and proclaim nothing really happened but an unfortunate incident of violence in the middle east, which she will work tirelessly to resolve…and the crowd goes wild!!

right2bright on July 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM

…Then we will whine for 4/8 years because we can’t put up a perfect candidate…while they put up weak candidates, but support them 100%.

And we just won’t be able to understand…

right2bright on July 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Oh, understanding isn’t the problem. Democrats put up extreme lefties and their base supports that, and the media covers for them with moderates. Republicans put up moderates that the base cannot support, but the media paints them as reactionary conservatives that moderates would be stupid to support.

Fenris on July 2, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Shillary vs Moochelle equals ultimate cat fight.

hillsoftx on July 2, 2013 at 8:27 AM

In the red corner and I do mean RED corner wearing the pink pantsuit from Chappaqua the Beach of Benghazi also known as H-Rod.

In the blue corner wearing the army surplus from Chi-town, the fear of lobsters and taxpayers everywhere the fearful Moochelle the Entitled also known as Mzzzz Attitude.

Two falls with a ten minute time limit. No getting nose candy from the spouses or unannounced vacays during time outs. All snarling and hissing to remain inside the ropes….

viking01 on July 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

She’ll run. She wants to be the first female president.

but if the dhimmicRATs want to keep the White House, they will run Mooch. The LIV black voters won’t get energized much by a white woman.

davidk on July 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM

If she runs, she runs. If she doesn’t, she doesn’t. I’m not convinced that she will run in part because of her age and in part because of her health, and if she does end up running, I’m not convinced that the Democrats won’t have a candidate who doesn’t pull off another Obama-style upset. Democrats tend to go for the new face.

I would also suggest that we refrain from any obsessing over Clinton. Firing off nasty remarks now simply makes that rhetoric ineffective later. Criticism for Clinton should be reserved until after she actually runs and secures the Democrats’ nomination.

As an aside, it’s best to use Clinton’s last name rather than first name — a first name indicates familiarity and endearment, so it’s something right-wing bloggers should avoid to prevent independents from becoming enamored with her. Don’t make Clinton the same as Oprah. The right would be best served by speaking in such a way to sever any sympathies or emotional attachments that Clinton would otherwise benefit from.

Stoic Patriot on July 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

That 3 AM phone call might be for an ambulance after she has her next stroke.

docflash on July 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Lickenpooper? Seriously?

PJ Emeritus on July 2, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Of course she is the candidate. The Dems just have to figure out how to motivate African-American turnout for her at a higher percentage than whites did. Without that Jug Ears would have lost.

The one thing the GOP has going for it in 2016 is that blacks voted for Obama because he was black. Unless they come up with another black candidate, it won’t be the same in 2016.

For those republicans that stood on the sideline in 2012, maybe the IRS corruption will wake them up and we’ll see them in 2016. That’s the only problem the GOP has in 2016, that 10% who stayed home in 2012.

goflyers on July 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Stupid article. Michelle will run and the “Glorious Reign” will continue.

bartbeast on July 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Maybe they can place an ad in Craigslist:”Wanted :unqualified left wing, characterless,shallow celebrity to be Dem presidential candidate in 2016.
Guaranteed to win election due to low-information Idiocracy and wholesale fraud.”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

If Michelle O runs, Democrats will be saying,. “Hillary? Hillary who?”

Like I said on another thread yesterday, saw my first “Michelle in ’16″ bumper sticker on I-75. (Before you ask; the occupants were not the sort to be pasting a Michele Bachmann sticker on their car.)

You know Michelle will be far more qualified in ’16 than Barry was in 2008…which is a helluva sad commentary on America in general over the past few decades…

But, back to Hillary?

Off the stage, no longer part of the main event, a sideshow within a sideshow these days…after the lies following Benghazi, and that alleged fall and concussion, she is literally damaged goods…a liability to the Dems…and, what does it matter?

coldwarrior on July 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

A Democrat black or Latino female running against Hillary would bring out the racists remarks in Bill…

albill on July 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Look, we’ve heard all of this crap before. Go ask Dick Morris. We’ll be forced to listen to this for 18 more months and in the end they’ll dump her for another rising star; A last minute cinderella-candidate who appears from nowhere. Mark my words.

supersport667 on July 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Hillary won’t run unless she thinks she will win.
Hillary won’t run if the media would do their job.

TimBuk3 on July 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM

What will democrats do if she doesn’t run?

Screech in hysterical panic most likely… then pick a nobody who they can paint a false face on, while their media poodles work triple overtime to destroy the name and character of the GOP nominee.. regardless of who it is.

The MSM will suffer nothing less than a one party socialist state. No matter how much they have to distort the news to get it. Democracy in this country will never be the same again, till the media stops putting it’s thumb on the left side of the scale.

mark81150 on July 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Politico wonders: Say, what will Democrats do if Hillary doesn’t run?

Easy. Elizabeth Warren.

And if Hillary DOES run? Elizabeth Warren.

Hillary is yesterday’s news, the past.

rrpjr on July 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Now that the networks have assumed total control of our political process the next President will probably be Elizabeth Warren. First woman AND first Native American . Can’t miss.

DeweyWins on July 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I think folks need to relax about MO. Her qualifications for the office are the same as Hillary’s: Time spent under a past President.

Rick Perry with a snootful of back pain meds and no notes could kick either @ss in the debates. The black vote only really became a factor in 2008 and 2012 because black precincts were the most fraud-friendly. When dead, moved, and nonexistent people aren’t there on the rolls for Melowese, she can’t vote for them.

Sekhmet on July 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I just don’t see the younger Democrats just giving Hillary a pass to the nomination. She’s got major baggage, and there are plenty who would love to use it against her. Then there’s her perceived “centrism.” Obama has proven that a bonafide ideological Leftist can win the presidency. I don’t see the Democratic party reverting to the DLC ruse unless they absolutely have to. It’ll take an epic chastisement from the voters in a national election before the Democrats move back to the center.

The other thing is we’ve been here before. Hillary was the presumptive nominee for three years (arguably seven) before Barack Obama came along and took it all away. No reason, even allowing for the unusual combination of circumstances that propelled him to victory, that can’t happen again.

SAMinVA on July 2, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Given what King Barry has done for the nation for the last 5 years, do the Democrats really believe the people would want another 8 of Barry v2.0, aka Hillary!?

GarandFan on July 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM

She’s said that she’s never going to run again, and she looks tired of the whole Washington scene whenever I see her.

Maybe she just needs a break, and taking a couple years off will allow her that, but at this point, I think the Democrats are engaging in fantasy.

It won’t matter though, their plan B is to get some young, hip, unknown to run. An empty suit no longer matters to the Democrats, it’s all about charisma.

Chris of Rights on July 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Elizabeth Warren, seriously, they think she’s a rock star.

Wagthatdog on July 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Stupid article. Michelle will run and the “Glorious Reign” will continue.

bartbeast on July 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Not a chance. One, the country will be way too tired of the Obamas by then, and two, there isn’t enough cheating in the world to get her elected.

yesiamapirate on July 2, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Envision

A man purse in every pot

MNHawk on July 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Whoops, wrong article. DELETE button needed!

MNHawk on July 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Dear Ed,

The democrats are well aware that the Obama/Democrat power is sustained by a POLITICAL CULT!

The only way to continue the cult is to find a substitute CULT LEADER!

Only the billions in PR that has been poured into Hillary has the possibility to transfer THE CULT.

What the Democrats are talking about in no plan B is there are only NORMAL Democrat politicians without CULT STATUS waiting in the wings.

It has nothing to do with them not being talented, etc as you wonder why they dismiss them as candidate. They cannot inherit the current machine ala Daley in Chicago.

The Democrats dismiss them because they understand they are running a CULT and need a CULT LEADER to keep going.

Otherwise the public may tire of the CULT and decide the cult needs to END!!!

If you have any doubt on my theory I challenge you to explain how Hillary already isn’t being marketed in cult-like fashion.

Conan on July 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

GarandFan on July 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I have my doubts that after 2012 that we have a THINKING majority of voters in this country.

Watching Obama get away with a really failed Presidency and forcing things like Obamacare on people gives me doubts that we aren’t past a tipping point for Democrat ZOMBIES.

Conan on July 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM

You know that John Effin’ Kerry is salivating and plotting his chances for a run on the White House.

TKindred on July 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

*gasp* I really, really didn’t think the news could get any worse.

Would I rather be garroted to death, or hung? That seems to be the only analogy I would think of here.

Horse-face or a hag?

avagreen on July 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

You know that John Effin’ Kerry is salivating and plotting his chances for a run on the White House.

TKindred on July 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

…Uncle Joe?

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2013 at 8:33 AM

They will both run hard. Anyone that thinks those two will just roll over and let Herself take the crown is deluded. Count Howie Dean as well, and any up-and-coming black pols.

I can’t see the REB’s base going back to old white people, and I can’t see him endorsing some old white person if anyone black is in the running.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2013 at 10:48 AM

The MSM will suffer nothing less than a one party socialist state. No matter how much they have to distort the news to get it. Democracy in this country will never be the same again, till the media stops putting it’s thumb on the left side of the scale.

mark81150 on July 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM

“Jackboots to a human face forever,” is the mantra of slavenowandie and the rest of the left collectivist tyranny-lovers. You bet they won’t stop until the gulags arise.

ebrown2 on July 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Elizabeth Warren, seriously, they think she’s a rock star.

Wagthatdog on July 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Exactly. Look at the emotional constitution of the democrat party today as opposed to Hillary’s palmier days. She’s a threadbare and discredited anachronism of a cult figure unsuited to the natural mania at work in this party. Obama didn’t pave the way for a retrogression to Hillary. Madness doesn’t moderate itself.

It’s Warren. There be drama in the battle for sure, but she’s the cult figure of the future.

rrpjr on July 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Exactly. Look at the emotional constitution of the democrat party today as opposed to Hillary’s palmier days. She’s a threadbare and discredited anachronism of a cult figure unsuited to the natural mania at work in this party. Obama didn’t pave the way for a retrogression to Hillary. Madness doesn’t moderate itself.

It’s Warren. There be drama in the battle for sure, but she’s the cult figure of the future.

rrpjr on July 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

1) Hatred of Amerioa

2) Hypocritical condemnation of economic liberty while enriching herself defending corporate slimebuckets.

3) Specious and offensively racist false claim to minority ethnicity.

Yep, she’s VASTLY overqualified.

ebrown2 on July 2, 2013 at 11:17 AM

“America”

ebrown2 on July 2, 2013 at 11:18 AM

She’ll run, all right. She thinks it’s hers for the taking. She thinks she’s the rightful heir to the thrown. She feels entitled. She feels it’s owed to her. She thinks no democrat would dare run against her. And she knows damn well that no amount of incompetence or corruption or dereliction of duty is going to stick to her, and despite her mediocre accomplishments and questionable transactions and out and out “misstatements” over the years, she’s the queen of the party.

scalleywag on July 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM

She’ll run. But it doesn’t matter.

The GOP is likely to nominate Rubio or someone nearly as bad, in the tradition of McCain and Romney. That’s the same as running nobody.

David Blue on July 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

She’ll run. But it doesn’t matter.

The GOP is likely to nominate Rubio or someone nearly as bad, in the tradition of McCain and Romney. That’s the same as running nobody.

David Blue on July 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

.
correct outcome- wrong sentiment.

She’ll run- and she will win going away.
It doesn’t matter who is running against her- even a woman.
You will never defeat the media. They owe it to her as well.

A Woman President.
That’s all you need to know.
Its not rocket science.

FlaMurph on July 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Plan B….isn’t that an abortifactent?

krome on July 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Politico wonders: Say, what will Democrats do if Hillary doesn’t run?

If Politico were actually nonpartisan, you would think they would say, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Let’s face it — this will be a short and slow news week. Everyone in Washington has bolted for the holiday exits; the only legislative story worth following as breaking news is in Texas, and even they’ve recessed until next week.

Then why not cover the Democrat Dash to the courts at the last minute Friday afternoon to keep the new Mississippi open carry law from going into effect Monday morning?

http://www.examiner.com/article/democrats-bypass-checks-and-balances-to-halt-open-gun-carry-law-mississippi

The Mississippi Constitution gives the legislature the ability to regulate or ban the carrying of concealed weapons ONLY, since 1890 when it was ratified. So the legislature in 1992 passed a law saying if a handgun was in a holster in plain view, it was partially concealed and could be regulated or banned.

The new law simply clarifies that a handgun carried in a holster in plain view cannot be interpreted as a concealed weapon.

The new law has been in the works for a year, was finally passed in March, and was supposed to take effect on July 1st.

The state attorney general is currently appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn the Hinds County Circuit Court’s temporary injunction rather than just wait for the next hearing on the injunction scheduled for July 8th, so the issue is still very much up in the air.

The state attorney general is also a Democrat, but probably did not appreciate having just 30 minutes notice to show up in the Hinds County Circuit Court to defend the new law — and finding the media already present, clearly notified before him.

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2013/jul/02/plaintiffs-say-judge-can-block-open-carry-gun-law/

More details here: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130614/NEWS01/306140017/Mississippi-attorney-general-Open-carry-gun-law-has-some-limits

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Rather than hope that Hillary doesn’t run, we need to prepare to run against her.

If she had won the Dem nomination in 2008, she would have been unbeatable. But 2016 is a long way off, and what will Hillary be doing between now and then? She will no longer be in the Senate, and Obama probably doesn’t want her in his Cabinet any more. By 2016, she will have been out of office for 4 years, similar to the situation of Sarah Palin in 2012. She would have been out of the Senate for 8 years, even longer than Rick Santorum was in 2012.

What campaign would Hillary run on? Would she try to run as the next Obama, after resigning from his Administration? Would she run away from Obama, while she was his failed Secretary of State? While older voters might have some fond memories of the 1990′s, wouldn’t they also remember Benghazi? What about younger voters who went gaga over the young, “cool” Obama who don’t remember the 1990′s?

By 2014, the full effects of ObamaCare will have kicked in, and the electorate could turn against ObamaCare by electing a Republican Senate majority. If ObamaCare becomes toxic to the electorate, what will Hillary be known for–the President’s wife who tried socialized medicine back in 1993? A smart Republican candidate could attack Hillary for everything wrong with Obama–she was his failed Secretary of State, and tried to push a precursor to ObamaCare under Bill Clinton. Hillary wouldn’t have any recent experience to counteract such attacks, especially if they came from a sitting Governor (Perry, Walker, and Jindal come to mind) who HAS recent accomplishments.

Let Hillary run in 2016. She could be VERY beatable by then.

Steve Z on July 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I have often wondered if the Dems really had a “after Obama” in mind. Not to say they were thinking he would be elected king (though, I am sure many were hoping for this.)

But it just seems to me that, much the way a dog that chases cars doesn’t really know what to do with it when he finally catches one, they all have this “well, now what” attitude. Like they haven’t been planning ahead for the next step after Obama.

None of this really surprises me, I mean the left rarely thinks past its own nose, but you would think that they would have SOMETHING more in place by this point…

Gatsu on July 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Well, I’m quite sure The One doesn’t have a “Plan B”. Except maybe getting the 22nd Amendment repealed, followed by an amendment changing the office of the Presidency to “For Life”.

But the Dems’ “Plan B’ post-’16 has always been Joe Biden. To wit;

The One was a test case in more ways than one. The major point from the DNC’s POV was the electability of some candidate other than the governor or ex-governor of a state.

The DC Dems do not like, or trust, governors, who they often perceive as not sufficiently loyal to “The Cause”. (See “Blue Dog Democrat”.) Also, the last couple of Dem governors who made it to9 the White House (Carter, Clinton), while loyal enough as progressive “culture warriors”, balked at doing things which would alienate the “home folks” unless it was bedrock progressive dogma (gutting defense, banning guns) that they personally believed in.

In short, the Dems inside the Beltway want the Presidency to be an “Insiders Only” club.

The One was nearly the perfect candidate, from their POV. A freshman Senator with all the “right” opinions, and little or no baggage. He was someone they could rely upon in terms of doctrine, and he was part of the clique at the cocktail parties already.

I would point out that while his various bizarrities (the Churchill bust, “You didn’t build that”, ad infinitum) have alienated and/or infuriated even some Dems in Flyover Country, they have garnered him nothing but praise on the cocktail party circuit. “At last” they say, one of us is in charge, and he’s putting all the barbarians in their places”.

That’s what they want to see continue. Hence, Biden.

Hillary is seen as too untrustworthy, too eager to double-cross them for personal gain. Also, the last thing they want is Bill back at 1600 with his drug-addled chipmunk grin, gibbering

Ah’ll be f**in’ interns in th’ West Wing ferevverr! Yu’ll never be RIDDAMEEE!”

Kerry? Ack. Even the DNC isn’t dumb enough to repeat a failure on his scale, which makes Adlai Stevenson in ’52 and ’56 look like FDR.

The dark horse in this is… Michael Bloomberg. Mayor Mini-Me isn’t interested in being Governor of New York State; too much work, not enough national visibility. He’s used to attention, power, and what he thinks is adulation. The White House is his last chance at all three at one go.

The Democratic Convention promises to be at least as entertaining as the chariot race in Ben Hur (1959).

And just about as bloody, too.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

1) The Democrats, and far more importantly the Democratic Party vote fraud machine, will vote for anyone/thing on the ticket.

2) If Hillary does not run, see #1.

3) One cannot forget that to Democrats and the current regime especially; the Constitution is just a piece of paper and they have a lot of shredders. To them, the 22nd Amendment is just as irrelevant as the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and anything else that gets in their way.

Elections?? We don’t need no st-e-e-e-n-king elections!!!

Subotai Bahadur on July 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM