Nat’l Journal wonders: Have we already hit Peak Hillary?

posted at 10:41 am on July 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

We’re still three years away from the 2016 general election and two and a half years from the Iowa caucus, but Hillary Clinton has already managed to grab top-rank political talent on the Left.  Does she risk getting too far ahead of the pack and making herself into a punching bag for up-and-comers over the long haul?  National Journal’s Jill Lawrence wonders if Hillary is peaking too soon for her own good:

Crack organizers from President Obama’s campaigns are the latest political honchos to join the Clinton-for-President movement and, like others involved, they say they are just trying to make things “Ready for Hillary” if she decides to run. But the bandwagon effect is fueling an “inevitability” narrative that damaged Clinton in 2008, and is allowing her no reprieve from politics.

The Ready for Hillary super PAC announcement of a partnership with 270 Strategies, coming on top of earlier testimonials from prominent Democrats, feeds the impression that the non-existent Clinton campaign is a runaway train about to reach top speed (albeit without an engineer at the controls). Former Clinton campaign aide Mo Elleithee says the actual significance of the new partnership is merely that “there are a lot of people that want her to run. That’s all it means. She is not in this race yet and there’s no guarantee that she ever will be.”

The early and intense focus on Clinton recalls 2008, when she was wrongly assumed to be the prohibitive frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. The constant spotlight now means Clinton remains a political target even as friends and associates say she is trying to focus on advocacy, speeches, and writing a book about her tenure as secretary of state. “What they’re doing is fantastic,” Elleithee says of Ready for Hillary, but “I do think it is adding to the hyper-politicization of every move she makes.” He says her advocacy for women, children, and families, a lifelong crusade, is more important to her right now than politics.

The addition of “crack organizers” probably gives the best hint to her thinking at the moment.  Most of these people wouldn’t tie themselves to someone who’s seriously thinking of sitting out the next election cycle; they’d rather work for a presidential campaign than a legacy tour.  If the Clinton organization is attracting this kind of talent, it’s for a purpose, and it’s not to polish trophies sitting on a shelf.  According to Lawrence, the official decision won’t come until “late next year or early 2015,” at which point it might be too late for some of these crack organizers to find high-ranking jobs on other campaigns.  If they’re joining Team Hillary, they’re likely hearing something more concrete than what’s being said publicly.

Lawrence has a point about peaking, though, and especially about making one’s self into a big target.  The Republican Party isn’t the only one with a bench, after all, and the Clintons are as old news on the Left as the Bushes are on the Right.  As the rest of the Obama presidency unfolds, the nostalgia for the Clinton era may rise, but politicians don’t win nominations on nostalgia — as Hillary’s last presidential campaign proved.  Her tenure as Secretary of State will undergo serious scrutiny not just from Republican presidential candidates but also from Democrats looking for their shot at the brass ring.  After Benghazi, Hillary won’t be able to run any more “3 AM phone call” ads skewering a lack of experience, and the probe into the obstruction of Diplomatic Service investigations may make her State experience a very inviting target on both sides of the aisle.

Generally speaking, the big frontrunners three years out from the next presidential cycle don’t pan out to be the big winners in the end.  Again, one could look at Hillary herself in 2005-6 and what happened in 2008, or Joe Lieberman in 2004 after the 2000 election, or Mario Cuomo throughout the 1980s for examples of this.  Voters want a candidate for the moment, not a candidate from the past when it comes to presidential elections, and it’s going to be very difficult for Clinton to sell herself as the future of the Democratic Party or the US by 2015.  Realistically speaking, we probably hit Peak Hillary in 2007.


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Please go away you shrieking harpy.

Akzed on July 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

we probably hit Peak Hillary in 2007.

Ironically, that’s the same amount of time that went by after Hillary was born and “named after Sir Hilary” the mountain climber and when he actually reached the summit Mt Everest.

Flange on July 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

She’s not running.

Chris of Rights on July 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

The Butcher of Benghazi?

faraway on July 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Nat’l Journal wonders: Have we already hit Peak Hillary?

Good question,

Are there more dead people we’re about to
find out about?

ToddPA on July 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

The Butcher of Benghazi?

faraway on July 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

They don’t get too much butcher than her.

Flange on July 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Hillary’s trump card for the win ………….. amnesty.

Throw in a hundred million uninformed zombies and she’s a lock.

America, land of the dumb, home of the lazy.

fogw on July 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Hag.

Rational Thought on July 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Justin Bieber’s only sin was that he didn’t say “and his drunk of a wife, too.”

Gingotts on July 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

So is this where we are as a voting republic now? We elect leadership, not based on abilities, virtue or leadership abilities but rather on skin color and gender? We already have a colored President just because we felt it was “time” for such a thing and for no other reason. Certainly not one based on achievement or abilities. Are we too going to “have to have” a woman President just because “it’s time” as well? If so what’s next with this identity leadership drive? A gay president just because he or she is? A Schizophrenic because it’s not “fair” that they never get to win elections either? I can’t wait to see what we have to deal with next.

HotAirian on July 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Considering all the things coming out about the State
Department while this woman ran it, I would question
which one is the bigger Pervert, her, or her husband.

ToddPA on July 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Actually, nostalgia for the 1990′s and confusion of Hillary with Bill may be a deciding factor in netting her the nomination. (Plus everyone’s forgetting that the prosperity of the 1990′s was due to Bill’s acquiescence to the policies of the Republican-controlled House and Senate.)

Scriptor on July 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Don’t write her off. If the media gets on board, she’s a lock.

WitchDoctor on July 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

WitchDoctor on July 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

If?

fogw on July 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

People forget it was “promised” to her in 2008. It’s a done deal unless another major health issue or major skeleton arises. If America was stupid enough to vote Obumbles back in…….cringe!!

dddave on July 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Her tenure as Secretary of State will undergo serious scrutiny not just from Republican presidential candidates but also from Democrats looking for their shot at the brass ring. After Benghazi, Hillary won’t be able to run any more “3 AM phone call” ads skewering a lack of experience, and the probe into the obstruction of Diplomatic Service investigations may make her State experience a very inviting target on both sides of the aisle.

Yep.

Killary will never live down her “What difference does it make!” rant in response to congressional inquiry over the Murderous Benghazi Debacle…or the unfolding Scandals at the State Department under her Tenure as Secretary of State.

Apparently…all she was able to do with her vaunted intellect and experienced management skills was setup an ambassador and navy seals to be killed, and embassy staff injured through her neglect and incompetence…Hire whoremongers and pedophiles to foreign service…and hire corrupt Drug Cartel connected personnel to sell Visas for sex…spend millions of Tax dollars on unfinished and unused buildings…and Promote Gay Marriage and Abortion throughout the world as US Values…

Like her masters husband Bill and Preezy Barry…It will take us years to recover from what has been done worldwide in damage to our reputation as a nation.

workingclass artist on July 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

So is this where we are as a voting republic now? We elect leadership, not based on abilities, virtue or leadership abilities but rather on skin color and gender? HotAirian on July 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I believe you have summarized it correctly. We have not yet elected an illegal immigrant as president, but, that will surely be corrected soon.

a capella on July 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM

**** HilRod Parody,…..”I Can’t Recall,I was Baking Cookies” ***!!

RUSH: Hillary Clinton Sings ‘Try To Remember’ – Song Parody #HILARIOUS
**********

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canopfor on July 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

After 8 years of Obamanomics, do the Democrats really believe the country would be stupid enough to vote Hillary! (Barry V2.0) into office?

After all, she did such a WONDERFUL job as Sec State.

GarandFan on July 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Ugh,I wonder what the Party Unity My *ss,(PUMA),..has to say!!

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I have said it before, Hillary is not going to run. That little episode she had during the Benghazi issue was a stroke. It wasn’t a fainting spell from being dehydrated. Does everyone notice she doesn’t go out much in public these days?

Johnnyreb on July 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Biden 2016!!!!

Believe me, I live in Delaware and it’s full of idiots who will always vote for this putz. He’s a sure winner here…. so that’s one electoral vote in his column.

UltimateBob on July 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Does she risk getting too far ahead of the pack and making herself into a punching bag for up-and-comers over the long haul?

If anybody’s face needs a punching, it’s Hellary’s mug.

timberline on July 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

After 8 years of Obamanomics, do the Democrats really believe the country would be stupid enough to vote Hillary! (Barry V2.0) into office?

After all, she did such a WONDERFUL job as Sec State.

GarandFan on July 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

GarandFan:

Hillary as Prez,nightmarish,and with that 3:00AM..(who ya gonna call)
Benghazi DeBauckle,..
…..noooooooooooooo thanks!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

She’s not running.

Chris of Rights on July 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I hope you are right. It sure seems like the media (left and right) are only comparing potential GOP nominees to Billary tho’. Just freakin’ scary.

kirkill on July 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Many don’t think she will run. Not truthful about Benghazi, health issues, nothing remarkable about her term as Secy of State other than setting a travel record, and then there is Bill.

Amazingoly on July 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

After 8 years of Obamanomics, do the Democrats really believe the country would be stupid enough to vote Hillary! (Barry V2.0) into office?

GarandFan on July 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

As other commenters have said, yes they do. And the Democrats would be right in assuming that many Americans really are that stupid.

Many low information voters feel that it’s “time” for a woman president, just as they felt in 2008 that it was “time” for a colored president, regardless of their (lack of) qualifications.

To the rank and file Democratic voter, it’s all about the gender/race/sexual orientation, not about their capabilities or intelligence.

UltimateBob on July 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Wait, are you telling me the face lift was for naught?

According to America’s Globe magazine, the former First Lady got the face lift and is now planning to divorce husband Bill Clinton.

http://www.showbizspy.com/article/260519/hillary-clinton-has-secret-plastic-surgery.html

That’s right, you heard it first at the Globe, lol.

Fallon on July 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

It depends.

Is Hillary for free phones or not?

Shy Guy on July 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

are you telling me the face lift was for naught?

Fallon on July 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I don’t think she got a new one. They just popped out some dents and put some Bondo over the old one.

faraway on July 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I think Hillary “peaked” a few years back, when she and Huma were “dating”.

Pork-Chop on July 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I was actually sick of hearing about her ass back in 1992 by now.

gsherin on July 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

http://www.showbizspy.com/article/260519/hillary-clinton-has-secret-plastic-surgery.html

That’s right, you heard it first at the Globe, lol.

Fallon on July 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

If that is true, she really needs to sue that doctor!

Johnnyreb on July 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

It all depends. How is her “America’s Biggest Loser” and “youthifying” plastice surgery coming along?

onlineanalyst on July 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Hillary always looks like a winner right up to the time that somebody challenges her. I predict 2016 will be just like 2008. She will be seen as invevitable in the summer and even fall of 2015. Then some other more attractive candidate will start hammering away at her. This time she created enough dirt on herself to make voters want someone else — anybody else.

jerryofva on July 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Face it; the deal was; Obama first, to do to us that which has not yet been done, Hillary is next to finish us off–the GOP is playing the perfect spectator (or cheerleader.)

Meanwhile, only the zombies still think America is still alive.

Don L on July 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

BUT… BUT… NEW HAIRSTYLE! SHE’S STYLIN’!!!

Marcola on July 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

“crack organizers”

Well, got that part of her physique cover, who is up to be “cankles” organizer?

hillsoftx on July 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Really, at this point what difference does it make :-(

skanter on July 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

There is not a single person connected to the Obama Administration who is capable of leading this country.

Period.

workingclass artist on July 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Hillary’s trump card for the win ………….. amnesty.

Throw in a hundred million uninformed zombies and she’s a lock.

America, land of the dumb, home of the lazy.

fogw on July 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Forgetaboutit. Dumb, lazy Americans will insist Barry stay on, with overwhelming Dem CONgressional approval, save a few GOPers who will moan, cry and hold committee hearings on such a grave matter, and eventually Constitutional limits of office will be ignored or overridden by a SCOTUS decision based on some imaginary or contorted justification.

Or some crisis of epic proportions will erupt as a reason for Barry to stay in office beyond his current term.

/SARC

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM

There is not a single person connected to the Obama Administration who is capable of leading this country.

Period.

workingclass artist on July 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Which is a feature, not a bug.

Then of course, what they have been capable of has nothing to do with leadership as we would have it.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Too old, too physically and psychologically worn out. She will not run.

Mason on July 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Realistically speaking, we probably hit Peak Hillary in 2007.

If so then she must have the shelf life of a Twinkie.

I don’t think she’s seriously considering running and won’t unless she’s nominated without another bruising primary process where others get to beat up on her. Another wannabe (other than Biden) could start talking about the lies she told in the Rose Garden on 9/12/12 and keep on hitting home with her arrogance over having Congress asking her about Benghazi when she finally drug her worthless behind from her “sick bed” and testified as to why she lied her ass off about YouTube videos and rescue teams of Lybians rushing Ambassador Stevens to a hospital.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

She will be seen as invevitable in the summer and even fall of 2015. Then some other more attractive candidate will start hammering away at her. This time she created enough dirt on herself to make voters want someone else — anybody else.

jerryofva on July 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

You forget the Biden factor. He’s going to be out there too. Hardly an attractive candidate but the man is such an arrogant jerk that he views the nomination as an entitlement. And so does Hillary. The clash of the egos should be fun to watch.

Happy Nomad on July 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Does anybody actually believe Ready for Shrillary is not affiliated with the Clintons??? They are already taking dems hostage and making them swear loyalty to try to head off another upstart like Obama. They know her campaigning skills totally suck so they are trying to basically hand her the nomination on a silver platter so she cant f**k it up again this time.

Southernblogger on July 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

This woman will never ever vote for this left-wing yotch. If Obama doesn’t finish us off, she would.

Conservchik on July 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

This woman will never ever vote for this left-wing yotch. If Obama doesn’t finish us off, she would.

Conservchik on July 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I’m guessing Barry will get that job done before we get to 2016, at the rate he’s going.

hawkeye54 on July 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Most of these people wouldn’t tie themselves to someone who’s seriously thinking of sitting out the next election cycle; they’d rather work for a presidential campaign than a legacy tour.

No these people want to have consistent paychecks during the off years and they found a market for it. Convince a bunch of Super PAC donors to invest in their pro-candidate PAC and they can make money until she decides whether or not to run. I think it’s ridiculous that people can profiteer off of someone else like that.

blammm on July 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

As much as I loathe her and her husband, she did fire off a zinger last week that had me chuckling. She said:

“Being Vice President is the same as being the First Lady, you mostly sit around waiting to do what the President tells you to do.”

Joe Biden had no comment. (Although I leave open the possibility that Joe didn’t quite grasp the intent of the quote.)

in_awe on July 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

“Peak” is in the eye of the beholder.

The way I define it, she’s never been above ground level.

listens2glenn on July 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I find Hillary contemptible almost beyond words.
Not only does she lie even too easily when she thinks she can get by with it (http://bit.ly/15uakpt ) and shows staggering incompetence as with the Benghazi attack, she (along with Obama) is also reprehensibly un-American in her support of UN res 16-18, the OIC’s effort to suppress and eventually criminalize any criticism (even truthful reporting of events reflecting negatively) of Islam worldwide.

Watch Deborah Weiss and others inform on the sinister efforts represented by UN resolutions “Deformation of Religion” and Resolution 1618
http://www.heritage.org/events/2012/04/un-resolution-16-18

We can use more brilliant patriots like Deborah Weiss.

Chessplayer on July 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

As much as I loathe her and her husband, she did fire off a zinger last week that had me chuckling. She said:

“Being Vice President is the same as being the First Lady, you mostly sit around waiting to do what the President tells you to do.”

Joe Biden had no comment. (Although I leave open the possibility that Joe didn’t quite grasp the intent of the quote.)

in_awe on July 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

.
Like ( expletive ) ……. when she was First Lady, the Presdident did what SHE told him to.
.
Totally agree with you on Joe Biden, though.

listens2glenn on July 11, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Hillary’s big chance was 2008. At that time, President George W. Bush was very unpopular, Democrats still had nostalgia for the 90′s, and Hillary had 8 years experience in the Senate. But after losing the Dem nomination to Obama, she could have burnished her foreign-policy credentials (on which she criticized Obama in 2008) as Secretary of State, but she bungled everything she touched–not only Benghazi, but also the Arab Spring, doing nothing when there were signs that the Iranian regime might collapse, and throwing US support behind a wannabe dictator in Honduras.

By 2016, the 1990′s will be over 16 years ago, with many young voters who don’t remember them, and Hillary will have been out of office for 4 years, and have bungled the 4 years before that. If Obamacare does turn out to be a “train wreck”, Hillary will not be the person to fix it, since she also tried and failed to impose socialized medicine in 1993.

By 2016, Hillary will be 69 years old, and the Republican candidate will likely be both younger and more experienced than Hillary (who only has 8 years in the Senate). If the Republican candidate is a sitting Governor or Senator, why would the Democrats trust an out-of-office Hillary who resigned in disgrace from the State Department, instead of a Democrat who does hold office at that time?

Steve Z on July 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Nat’l Journal wonders: Have we already hit Peak Hillary?

We long ago hit Overcharged Shrillary.

Peregruzka!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Martin O’Mally. Remember that name.

jerryofva on July 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

After 8 years of Obamanomics, do the Democrats really believe the country would be stupid enough to vote Hillary! (Barry V2.0) into office?

After all, she did such a WONDERFUL job as Sec State.

GarandFan on July 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Of course they will! More free money! More free cell phones! More, more, more… I want more!

You must be kidding yourself if you think these freeloaders won’t vote for more of the same.

riddick on July 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Hillary simply has no qualifications for the Presidency. She was elected Senator because she was married to a successful politician. Her only accomplishments as Senator were keeping her name in the headlines but nothing concrete other than that.

Her term as Sec of State was undistinguished overall dipping into incompetence with Libya and Benghazi.

With Benghazi she got the 3AM call of her campaign commercials and refused to answer the phone.

There’s no there there.

Of course, in the age of Obama lack of qualifications is no barrier to election.

schmuck281 on July 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Hilary Clinton is an old running shoe.
1.Can’t use it.
2.Worn out.
3.Doesn’t fit well.
4.Just can’t through it away.

jpcpt03 on July 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

There are many smarter and much more clever people than me posting here and yet I’m continually amazed at a sense that I’m alone in the room.

Surely, (and don’t call me Shirley) I can’t be the only person who realizes that nothing, nothing, nothing, deters this woman’s movement, nothing. There are no tea leaves to read no ‘peak” anything to parse.

It is simply Hillary’s turn. she’s OWED! Hell, she could have pulled the actual trigger in Benghazi that killed the Ambassador and she will still get a pass from EVERYONE in the U.S.

If she’s not crowned president in 2016 then there is no courts in the land, especially the Supreme Court, that won’t face her fury.

I suspect the courts would rather install her as president than face her and her minions. Her minions now go to the homes of people they don’t like. Think the SCOTUS wants her zombies on their front yards, clubs, gyms, vacation homes?

Envision the Bill team, aided by the Obama team. How can she possibly not be the next president?

I’m keeping a copy of this to post in 2016.

E9RET on July 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

The early and intense focus on Clinton recalls 2008, when she was wrongly assumed to be the prohibitive frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

And she actually was the frontrunner. She had the most primary votes and the most delegates. Howard Dean just decided to disqualify some of them because the states involved did not hold their elections as per his orders. Will the head of the DNC do the same thing in 2016.

I saw my first Ready for Hilary bumper sticker in Delaware today.

talkingpoints on July 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Another Obama, but with female parts. Sure you want 16 years of this?

RdLake on July 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM