Hillary running away from Obama?

posted at 8:41 am on November 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Post believes that Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric from her new platform as a high-paid lecturer contains a not-so-subtle rebuke of her former boss — and an attempt to distance herself from him.  In the wake of the shutdown, the former Secretary of State and Senator has taken aim at Beltway gridlock, which is hardly an unusual topic, and pledged to bring greater unity, which sounds awfully familiar.  It’s that latter point that the Post’s Philip Rucker hears as subtext:

In recent stump speeches and policy remarks, Bill and Hillary Clinton have offered sharp criticisms of the partisan gridlock paralyzing Washington, signaling a potential 2016 campaign theme if Hillary Clinton chooses to run for president.

The Clintons’ critiques in recent days have been explicitly aimed at congressional Republicans, who helped spur a 16-day government shutdown and potential debt default in October. But their remarks also seem to contain an implicit rebuke of President Obama’s failure to change Washington as he pledged when first running for the White House.

The arguments suggest a way that Hillary Clinton could attempt to run in 2016 as an agent of change — potentially putting her at odds with the two-term Democrat she would be seeking to replace.

If so, then this should be filed in the Someone Left The Irony On Department.  The Clintons are hardly known for their soft-pedal tactics in politics, and Hillary especially has been seen as a hard partisan. She coined the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” to describe how her honest husband was being hounded by his opponents, until the Clintons had to admit that Bill wasn’t being all that honest in the first place. As Secretary of State, she may best be remembered for yelling What difference at this point does it make? at a Republican Senator for interrogating her over the State Department’s lies about the al-Qaeda attack on Benghazi.

Let’s step away from the irony for the moment. Can Hillary distance herself from Obama? It’s possible, but it would be a difficult task.  The only executive experience Hillary has comes from her time as Secretary of State under Obama — and she has few accomplishments to her credit for those four years anyway.  In fact, Hillary didn’t preside over one significant treaty or trade agreement from beginning to end in her term, a remarkable track record of mediocrity.  Her tenure was bookended by an embarrassing “reset button” with Russia and a humiliating defeat in Benghazi.  Her only path to the presidency rests firmly on Barack Obama’s coattails.  By 2016, no one will have voted for her husband in 20 years, or for her in eight.

That may explain the recent drop in the polls for Hillary, too.  As Obama’s problems mount, Americans might be more likely to stick with him while discounting the obvious successor to his administration.  Obama’s own polling has hit the skids anyway, but Hillary’s have really taken a dive this year without any real significant event linked to the decline — except Obama’s problems, and the foreign-relations fiasco in Syria well after Hillary’s departure.  As such, then, the acute polling issues are less meaningful to Hillary than they look, but the chronic lame-duck status of Obama may end being a huge drag on her presidential ambitions.

Hence the distancing. However, this has another somewhat ironic dimension.  The last major presidential candidate to run away from the President he served was Al Gore — who took a lot of heat from Clintonistas for his strategy after his narrow loss to George W. Bush. Will history repeat itself?


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Hillary 2016: “If you like our Ambassador, you can keep our Ambassador”

faraway on November 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Just wish she could distance herself from those cankles.

hillsoftx on November 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Hillary’s big claim to fame always was that her husband cheated on her. She’s an empty skirt and a liar who tried to cover up a terrorist attack.

Hillary for Prison 2016.

bluegill on November 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Hillary is for government takeover of healthcare. Hillarycare = Obamacare

Need to make that a big issue.

bluegill on November 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

“What difference at this point does it make?”

That could be a hint. Go away Killary.

TerryW on November 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

bluegill on November 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Yeah, no kidding – Obama just co-opted Obamacare from Hillary when he couldn’t find enough D’s for a public option. This after ridiculing her in 2008 that Obamacare wouldn’t work (oh the irony).

crrr6 on November 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I hope she wears those big thick hipster glasses more often.

Makes her look harder, less likable, more like a feminist nag.

bluegill on November 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Electing Hillary, a mini-me of Obama with regards to experience, achievements, and competence, would definitely prove that the definition of insanity is alive and well.

One of the shortest novels in existence is a detailed list of Hillary’s accomplishments. Maybe her continually screaming “What difference does it make” is a methodology of diverting attention from the truth and a means of winning elections for her in the future.

iamsaved on November 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

But… war on women…

But… we need a woman in the White House (just not one who is a Republican)…

But… Bill gave us a surplus…

But… She is a victim…

Clinton will win because we are the dumbest nation of people who never learn from our mistakes and continually vote for the same talking points over and over again like a country of Alheimzers patients.

Who’s going to beat her? Ted Cruz? The man will be crucified by the press, while Hillary dodges questions like gunfire in Bosnia…

Washington Fancy on November 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM

She can run but she cant hide……she’s linked to him big time

Lsm will try their hardest as well

cmsinaz on November 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Yeah, a retread and incompetent who’s been in DC since the 1990′s as an Agent of Change. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

HumpBot Salvation on November 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

The arguments suggest a way that Hillary Clinton could attempt to run in 2016 as an agent of change

Yup, grab yourself a copy of the Pickering Report and catch yourself a glimpse of Hillary “agent of change” Clinton.

Dusty on November 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Yup…..gop are racist to gop are sexist.

cmsinaz on November 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Can we draft a constitutional amendment that requires previous, full term role as a state governor, as a mandatory qualification…please.

hillsoftx on November 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Let’s step away from the irony for the moment. Can Hillary distance herself from Obama? It’s possible, but it would be a difficult task.

She’ll try and certainly the drive-bys will attempt to assist her(expect a lot of comparisons to her husband as opposed to Obama). The problem is what does she run on? By 2016, a full repeal of Obamacare will likely be far more popular with the electorate than it was during Romney’s campaign. Does Hillary dare take that position? Will anyone even believe her considering Hillarycare and her running in 2008 in support of what essentially became Obamacare(including the individual mandate)? What will her sales pitch look like on foreign policy which she’ll claim as her expertise? Especially since she’s looking to avoid the topic of Benghazi at all costs. What will her economic agenda be? Her husband had the luxury of coming in during a recovery and in the wake of a decade of Reaganomics. Hillary would inherit a disaster from Obama and an already overtaxed upper class.

I’m not saying Hillary can’t win. We have a stupid electorate that put Obama in office twice, so never underestimate the low-information types. But I’m struggling to see what she runs on other than a generic “pick me because I’m ready on Day 1″ narrative. Which didn’t work in 2008, arguably makes her inferior to Bite Me who will have served as VP for 8 years, and isn’t even true given her complete lack of accomplishments.

Doughboy on November 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

The arguments suggest a way that Hillary Clinton could attempt to run in 2016 as an agent of change

With her new attire, I foresee Agent Orange.

hillsoftx on November 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

But her carbon footprint the thousands of miles she travelled as SecState is impressive!

conservative pilgrim on November 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

After the disaster of Obamacare and Obama’s rapidly unravelling presidency perhaps more Americans are going to actually look at the qualifications of presidential candiates. Hillary has none. She is a failed (and corrupt) lawyer, a failed co-president as First Lady (Hillary-care), carpet-bagged her way into a gimme Senate seat and had no significant legislative record as a Senator. As Secretary of State she had at best a mediocre record and capped it off with the disaster of Benghazi, for which she bears responsibility. When it comes down to it, the only qualification she has is her name. Not interested, America deserves way better.

Trafalgar on November 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Lest we forget…

Months after whistleblowers accused the State Department of covering up employee sex scandals, most of the cases have been ignored or swept under the rug, critics charge.

Records show that staffers were given cushy jobs or allowed to retire, and watchdogs say the feds have hardly bothered to investigate since the shenanigans came to light this past summer.

“The first few days after the revelation, there was a whole lot of barking going on,” said Damon Mathias, a lawyer for Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the department’s inspector general who leaked an internal memo citing probes that were derailed by senior officials under then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“Nobody’s barking anymore. As a concerned citizen, what the hell is going on here?”

The bombshell memo detailed accusations that former Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman and members of Clinton’s security detail hired prostitutes, but were given little more than wrist-slaps…”

http://nypost.com/2013/10/20/state-department-scandals-swept-under-rug/

workingclass artist on November 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I think a few years ago people liked Hillary because they liked her husband’s more moderate approach to politics. As politics have gotten more divisive though, now the memory of the Clinton’s endless political fights hurts Hillary. Also, the more one thinks about Hillary, the less one thinks about Bill, and there really isn’t much to Hillary that didn’t come from her marriage. Maybe Obama’s presidency has convinced more people that past performance matters.

EricW on November 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The arguments suggest a way that Hillary Clinton could attempt to run in 2016 as an agent of change — potentially putting her at odds with the two-term Democrat she would be seeking to replace.

Hillary is a liberal progressive socialist just like Obama. Period. The strongest argument for keeping her out of the WH is the fact that the “change” Obama promised is as hollow/false as his “you can keep your plan” joke played on the American public. Liberal progressive socialist admittedly LIE for the greater good of pushing their ideology. Why would this nation insert another liar?

Rovin on November 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The Clintons’ critiques in recent days have been explicitly aimed at congressional Republicans,

Yeah, she’s a uniter alright.

mankai on November 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Someone Left The Irony On Department

Someone

Left

Utter

Tragedy

TXUS on November 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

This campaign will be Hillary’s last hurrah. If she foresees a loss or competition from Obama’s circle, I wonder if she’ll be “forced” to share some secrets? For some odd reason, the MSM doesn’t fawn over her like they do Obama. That’s the job of “Republicans” like McCain. This cycle will be interesting.

conservative pilgrim on November 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

But can Hillary distance herself from Hillary?

DAT60A3 on November 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Why this horrible, horrible, no good hag had good poll numbers in the first place is a much better question. Whats wrong with people?

Valkyriepundit on November 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Pro-amnesty RINO’s are already preparing to back Hillary in case their preferred choice Chris Christie doesn’t get the nomination:

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/john-mccain-hillary-clinton-2016-98937.html

bluegill on November 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Has there ever been a presidential candidate that didn’t run as an agent of change?Old and boring,we need something fresh.

docflash on November 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Hillary running away from Obama?

I wondered what that swish…swish…swish…swish sound was.

bigmacdaddy on November 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Remember Benghazi! Hillary! sure as hell doesn’t! “It was such a long time ago!”

GarandFan on November 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Democrats like Hillary simply because of her husband. If they can get a third Bill Clinton term, they’ll go for it.

conservative pilgrim on November 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Doughboy on November 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

They’re going to try and distance themselves from Obama a little, but likely not too much, because Barack’s team is every bit as vindictive as Team Clinton, and will not allow their guy to be thrown under the bus without offering up a few key leaks on certain topics, like Benghazi, that Hillary’s backers were saying is ‘old news’ about 60 days after it happened.

More likely is you’ll see the demonization of the Republican candidate that will make Team Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney look like a love-fest by comparison (even if Chris Christie somehow got nominated, by Election Day 2016 according to Hillary’s people, he would be framed as America’s most dangerous right-wing radical — Clinton can’t win with a positive message about Democratic governance, if the voters think she’s going to be in essence Obama’s third term, and she can’t run as her husband’s third term without trashing Obama).

jon1979 on November 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Why this horrible, horrible, no good hag had good poll numbers in the first place is a much better question. Whats wrong with people?

Valkyriepundit on November 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Because as Secretary of State, she was seen as above politics. Seriously, other than maybe Rumsfeld, what cabinet secretaries have bad poll numbers? Why even bother polling them in the first place?

But now that we get closer to the 2016 primaries and the likelihood of her candidacy grows, she’ll be seen as more political and thus decisive. And once she starts being forced to actually articulate her positions on key issues, her numbers will sink even further.

Doughboy on November 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

I don’t know, after eight years of the Black Hitler, maybe Nurse Ratched would be a pleasant change.

/

TXUS on November 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Democrats like Hillary simply because of her husband. If they can get a third Bill Clinton term, they’ll go for it.

conservative pilgrim on November 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

This is when people need to be reminded that Billy Jeff was impeached!

He should always be referred to as the disgraced former President. Keep turning the knife and keep the Dems on the defensive.

DAT60A3 on November 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Hillary is for government takeover of healthcare. Hillarycare = Obamacare

Need to make that a big issue.

bluegill on November 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

You need to get with the program, Dems and the MSM have already declared O’care was originally a Rep proposal. Also see Romneycare.

antipc on November 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Yah nothing says “change” like a scandal-ridden, carpet bagging, old dishrag harpie who refuses to leave the political scene.

Bishop on November 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Was Trotsky running away from Stalin?

Who cares?

DeweyWins on November 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

FELLOW RIGHTWINGERS: Do not, I repeat Do not! beat up on Hillary too much. We want her as the Democrat nominee. Not because she will be easier to beat. That’s a given, with all her baggage.

No, we want Hillary as the Dem nominee to ward off Martin O’Malley. O’Malley is truly evil. He is the biggest of big government-ists in the U.S.

Hillary may be a Marxist, but O’Malley is an outright Stalinist.

ericdondero on November 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

“Change You Can Believe In” is a perfectly recycled slogan for this recycled, coattails-grabbing, carpetbagger. And the MSM & LIVs will gobble it up like it was something new & exciting!

KS Rex on November 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I’m tired of hearing the name Clinton…

PatriotRider on November 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Just go away…

PatriotRider on November 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Maybe Obama’s presidency has convinced more people that past performance matters.

EricW on November 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

O_o

We’re talking about a demographic that reelected Alan Grayson after a short break from public office, elected Al Franken simply because he was a “D”, and continually reelected for 50 years one guy who killed a woman and another who was a leader in the KKK.

Bishop on November 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Call me nostalgic, but to me she’ll always be Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife.

Galtian on November 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM

I honestly don’t think she is going to run. She will be 70 if she wins, and she looks like hell already. Add in a years worth of campaigning and she will look worse. Americans are a shallow people and they don’t vote for old hags.

If she does run, Benghazi is going to doom her chances. It will keep coming back because her only real experience is SOS, and if she trots that out, her opponent goes full Benghazi on her.

Johnnyreb on November 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Hillary Clinton could attempt to run in 2016 as an agent of change — potentially putting her at odds with the two-term Democrat she would be seeking to replace

Huh? Agent of…change?

The Clinton’s have marched lock-step with President Obama’s agenda.

Mrs. Clinton owns the wreckage of our foreign policy. I defy the press to find a statement from her that criticizes, contradicts or displays some type of reservation independent from the administration.

If she disagreed so much- why stay around? Why have your husband take the lead on so many issues consistently?

That’s before we even get to Benghazi and questions regarding what makes Mrs Clinton qualified for that office?

Because it’s…”time”?

Really? Haven’t we already had enough of campaigns based on marketing themes like “change” that seek to play on people’s emotions and gloss over the fact a candidate has no proven skills, experience or history of good judgment to do the job?

Marcus Traianus on November 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM

This is when people need to be reminded that Billy Jeff was impeached!

He should always be referred to as the disgraced former President. Keep turning the knife and keep the Dems on the defensive.

DAT60A3 on November 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Focusing on Bill Clinton’s having been impeached isn’t going to help us, for two reasons.

1. Although Bill was impeached by the House, he wasn’t convicted by the Senate. From the perspective of the media and low-information voters, Bill won the impeachment struggle and the Republicans lost.

2. The impeachment of Bill Clinton stemmed from his perjury and obstruction of justice related to the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit. These scandals were about as personal to Bill as one could get, and they can’t be pinned on Hillary. More likely, calling attention to those scandals would enable Hillary’s supporters to portray her as a victim of her husband’s adultery. That’s not going to tear Hillary down as a candidate.

J.S.K. on November 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

O/T But this is a nasty attack on Sen. Ted Cruz (the man who could put Hillary in her place once and for all). The psychological projection is thick in this hit piece. Substitute Obysmal’s name throughout, and one can see the writer’s blind spots.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/10/ted-cruz-the-mask-of-sincerity.html

onlineanalyst on November 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

FIRST you have McCain singing her praises as Secretary of State TODAY we have Nicole Wallace chastising Joe Scarborough to DROP the “What difference does it make!?”
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2013/11/01/nicolle-wallace-defends-hillary-what-difference-does-it-make

Marcus on November 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Oh, and Joe Scarborough really wanting to like Hillary and Nicole Wallace taking another shot at Palin. These people are cretins.

Marcus on November 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

FELLOW RIGHTWINGERS: Do not, I repeat Do not! beat up on Hillary too much. We want her as the Democrat nominee. Not because she will be easier to beat. That’s a given, with all her baggage.

No, we want Hillary as the Dem nominee to ward off Martin O’Malley. O’Malley is truly evil. He is the biggest of big government-ists in the U.S.

Hillary may be a Marxist, but O’Malley is an outright Stalinist.

ericdondero on November 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Even if O’Malley is as bad as you say he is, wanting Hillary as the candidate to ward him off is not a solution.

O’Malley is a white male. As such, it won’t be possible for him to be portrayed as a historic step in identity politics. If you thought there was a lot of attention to the historic aspect of Obama being the first black president, well, there are more than four times as many women in the United States as there are black people. The identity politics motivation for promoting Hillary as the presidential candidate will be a very important aspect of her campaign.

Besides, O’Malley is just one of several potential alternative candidates to Hillary. Even if Hillary dropped out, someone like Biden would likely be able to out-fundraise O’Malley by a large margin.

J.S.K. on November 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

More of the media prepping the public for Hillary in 2016…

albill on November 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

Ben.

Ben who?

What difference, at this point, does it make?!?!!!

The Butcher of Benghazi, Killary… This is sticking to her.

Fallon on November 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hillary running away from Obama?

I wondered what that swish…swish…swish…swish sound was.

bigmacdaddy on November 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

More like two balloons rubbing together.

Patrick S on November 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Could her decline in popularity really come from the fact that more and more people are finally seeing her for the dud she really is.

savage24 on November 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

A Hillary candidacy will be a fun study in liberal memes being twisted for her benefit.

Libs bristle at the idea that “behind every great man is a great woman.” Yet they will have to boost her popularity by associating her with her husband’s successes. “She was the real power behind the throne,” they will have to say.

Libs bristle at the idea that a woman will just “stand by her man,” when he makes a public fool of himself. “She stood by him because she just wanted to help the children or something,” they will have to say.

Libs foam at the mouth when you suggest that staying together for the sake of the children is a good idea. So then how will they explain that Hillary stuck with Bill except to stay close to his power base? “Chelsea needed a stable home,” they will say, between gritted teeth (and glancing around nervously for shades of Rick Santorum).

Need I go on? At this difference, what point does it make anyway?

JoseQuinones on November 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Marcus on November 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I was flipping through the channels this morning, saw the assassin Wallace and kept going… MSNBC attracts the traitorous shills fairly regularly, don’t they? Like flies to Obama’s face.

Fallon on November 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Hillary can’t run away from Benghazi. If the GOP loses in 2016, then the party really is run by incompetent people. Should be a cakewalk and should have been one in 2012, but Romney was scared to hit on Benghazi and Christie backstabbed everyone.

nazo311 on November 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Hillary 2016: “If you like our Ambassador, you can keep our Ambassador”

– faraway on November 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Ha ha! Yes, lets claim that as Hillary’s 2016 campaign slogan.

Chessplayer on November 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Hillary can’t run away from Benghazi. If the GOP loses in 2016, then the party really is run by incompetent people.

nazo311 on November 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

We already know the Republican Party is run by incompetent people. Even if we win in 2016, I doubt that will prove that the RNC has been struck by a sudden burst of competence.

J.S.K. on November 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Maybe Obama’s presidency has convinced more people that past performance matters.

EricW on November 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Objection! Facts not in evidence. The country gets more stupid by the day.

If she does run, Benghazi is going to doom her chances. It will keep coming back because her only real experience is SOS, and if she trots that out, her opponent goes full Benghazi on her.

Johnnyreb on November 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

McLame couldn’t even say “Hussain”, and Romney backed away from a huge opportunity about Benghazi. Who do you think is going to actually call her on this – surely not the GOP candidate?

And, do not underestimate the Dem’s ability to run someone much, much worse, if not Hillary. Eizabeth Fauxcahontis Warren comes to mind for starters. Or Schumer’s parakeet Gillibrand.

bofh on November 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Killary, the Butcher of Benghazi.

It’s time to take the gloves off and make sure she owns this.

Hill60 on November 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Hillary is going to do what she perceives to be in the best interests of Hillary. If that means distancing herself from Obama, she will. If that means being Obama’s best friend, show will. All Hillary’s latest comments reflect is that Obama is on the decline.

In terms of policy. Hillary is Obama Lite; and that is no good. In terms of her tenure as Secretary of State, she has blood on her hands from Benghazi and a mediocre record otherwise.

Phil Byler on November 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Personally, I’d pay good money to see a Ted Cruz/Hillary Clinton debate during a presidential campaign. You want to see an eye-opener for this country, that would be it.

trigon on November 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Why is Hillary dropping in the polls?

Lolz! Oh Ed, if you only knew. I have a new chop coming out on this very topic. Soon. P.S. Please don’t swing at me when I finally post it. ; )

Bmore on November 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM

she has few accomplishments to her credit for those four years anyway.

Once again, what were her “qualifications” to be the Junior Senator from New York?

(Starts glacier-powered sundial)

Del Dolemonte on November 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I hope she wears those big thick hipster glasses more often.

Makes her look harder, less likable, more like a feminist nag.

bluegill on November 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

The Rachel Maddeau look; Hillary appealing to the powerful lesbian demographic.

slickwillie2001 on November 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. At any point in time, what difference would it make?

I just hope the Republicans come up with a candidate I can vote for without holding my nose.

RebeccaH on November 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

She can run all she wants, but she won’t be able to hide from what will be the previous 7-8 years. The GOP won’t let her hide from the fact that she’s been in the tank for Obama from day one. The 60 minutes love fest, her support for Obama’s intervention in Syria, and her full-throated support for ObamaCare, just to name a few. Her numbers are down and all she’s been doing is giving lofty, feel-good, substance-less speeches. Just wait until the GOP unloads on her. If they do it right, and with the right candidate, those numbers will go even further down.

Then again, lofty, feel-good, substance-less speeches worked for Obambi twice. Will America make the same mistake for a third time?Man I hope not. The GOP is going to have to offer up a credible alternative. One that gets the base out, but at the same time doesn’t turn away independents. Romney won the independents, he just couldn’t get the base out. We need a candidate that can connect with the people. And as much as I love Rubio and Paul, we’re going to need a governor. We need to present a stark contrast, not just in policy but in experience as well. We need a candidate closer to Rand Paul’s foreign policy approach to put up against Clinton’s interventionist ways. Walker, Martinez, Jindal, Christie, McDonnell (if his political career can be resuscitated); we’ve got a great group of candidates.

I think the Clintons are making a big mistake by taking the public mood for granted. They’re assuming that the public won’t be weary of statist liberal policies after 8 years of government largesse with nothing to show for it but debt. A stagnant economy, high unemployment rate, low labor force participation rate, increased welfare rolls, the debacle that is ObamaCare, weakness abroad…this is a recipe for a strong GOP showing at the polls. But only with the right candidates. No more Angles, Akins, O’Donnells, and Mourdocks. It was encouraging to see Cruz extend an olive branch to fellow GOP senators. We will need to work together if we’re going to hold the House and take back the Senate in 2014, and take the WH in 2016.

ncconservative on November 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM

She cannot run away from herself. I don’t care how much plastic surgery or hairstyle changes she has. She is still a person who allowed 4 great Americans to die under her watch. She doubled down on the evil by blaming the attack on a video when she knew that was a lie. Then the ultimate act of evil was she and her boss standing over the coffins and lying about everything. At this point I have to wonder if all Dems ate going to he// How can she even show her face in public much less have the gall to run for President and how can anyone vote for her knowing all of this? She will forever be known by me as Killery.

neyney on November 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

America, note to self:

Hillary Clinton is Barack Obama in drag.

Sacramento on November 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Coattail politics only works if your are willing to go down on with the winner. Obama is well on his way to a date with impeachment by his third year. I don’t see any way that this will be avoided. What is needed is Republican control of both houses after the midterm elections. Hillary is just an old running show. All worn out, just doesn’t fit right and can’t do the job.

jpcpt03 on November 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Hillary running away from obama?

With those hips, and a BAC of 0.47? I don’t think so.

Pork-Chop on November 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Hillary 2016: “If you like our Ambassador, you can keep kill our Ambassador”

faraway on November 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Fixed for accuracy.

Certainly not for humor.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Pro-amnesty RINO’s are already preparing to back Hillary in case their preferred choice Chris Christie doesn’t get the nomination:

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/john-mccain-hillary-clinton-2016-98937.html

bluegill on November 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

….honey!…we covered that 3 days ago!

KOOLAID2 on November 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM