Hillary: Redeemed, Resurrected and Ready for 2016

Cocked, locked and ready to rock for another presidential run?

Sometimes the best way to make a comeback is to never go away.  Hillary Clinton’s bounce back from wandering in the wilderness to my best bet to win the  Democratic nomination in 2016 is a resurrection of Biblical proportions.

Clinton has emerged as one of the most formidable and accomplished politicians in American politics.   After the bitterly fought election of 2008, her stature had been diminished and the Clinton brand name had lost a bit of its luster, tarnished somewhat from the campaign and the fatigue with Bill Clinton.

America needed a break from the Clintons.  By settling into his post-presidential life, Bill has largely put the taint of his sexual indiscretions and impeachment behind him.  The committed Clinton haters will never give up that hate, but their numbers are dwindling.

A 2011 Gallup/USA Today poll of America’s Most Admired People placed Hillary Clinton at Number One (in a tie with President Obama.  George W. Bush is at second place and Bill Clinton at third).  I don’t think that’s an accident.  Hillary is no longer thought of as simply another former First Lady.  She’s grown far beyond that.

Clinton was a respected U.S. Senator.  She’s worked hard as Secretary of State and from all outward appearances, been loyal to President Obama.  Whether or not she thought her reputation needed rehabilitation, Hillary has thrived when she accepted Obama’s offer to join his administration.

While she has said she will not return as Secretary of State if the president wins reelection, nobody should believe she’s going to retire from politics.   If Obama wins, there’s nobody in the Democratic Party better positioned to succeed him in 2016 than Hillary Clinton (sorry, Joe Biden).  If Romney wins, she becomes the Democratic front-runner in 2016 (sorry, Joe Biden and Andrew Cuomo).

If Romney loses, there’s going to be a pushback from the moderate wing of the Republican Party.  The far-Right of the GOP has pushed Romney to take positions that makes him less palatable to independents.    I can see someone emerging to pull the Republicans back to the center and away from the challenges posed by a Tea Party favorite such as Senator Rand Paul and that person could well be Jeb Bush.

George Bush’s reign of error made the Bush brand toxic in 2012 (can anyone recall any Republican presidential candidate praising Bush 43?) and the party is desperately trying to avoid any mention of the Bush years.  Voters needed a break from the Bush family and by 2016, another time will have passed to forgive, if not necessarily forget, the bad old days of Dubya and Evil Dick Cheney.

I’m predicting a Clinton vs. Bush: Round Two in 2016.  It would be a contest of epic proportions.  But it sure wouldn’t represent any sort of drastic, dramatic change in American politics.   If you loved Bill and George Sr. and Jr., you’ll love Hillary and Jeb.

Clinton will be 68 in 2016 and younger than Romney will be then.  She’s redeemed her slightly tarnished image.  She can raise money.  She’s a formidable campaigner.  She’s married to a guy who knows how to win.  Why shouldn’t she take a couple of years off and in four years, the Democrats will be begging her to run to replace Obama or take on Romney.

Bill wants this to happen.  George Sr. and Karl Rove want this to happen.  Even if Romney wins and runs for a second term,  I expect Jeb Bush to challenge him for the nomination.

The Dynamic Duo of the Democratic Party are poised for 2016.

It would be the ultimate triumph of status quo, business as usual, politics, and the final throwdown between two political dynasties and I am absolutely convinced that is exactly what is coming America’s way in 2016.  Hillary can write her own ticket and if she wants to, she’s a lock to make history in four years by adding “President of the United States” to her resume of accomplishments.

Love her, like her or loathe her, but you can’t stop her.

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6 thoughts on “Hillary: Redeemed, Resurrected and Ready for 2016

  1. I couldn’t agree more. While I wasn’t ready to vote for her in ’08 and believed Obama to be the better choice, I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for her in 2016. She’s proven herself as a senator and as secretary of state. I’ve been very impressed with her and glad to see that she and Obama have worked so well together. She’s got my vote.

  2. Hillary would be a great president but she seems to have a hard time keeping Bill on a lease and muzzled which could be a problem

  3. Your thoughts about Bush are interesting. If Romney loses I predict a major meltdown in the Republican Party with a lot of soul searching and an end to the tolerance of the obstructionist policies and irresponsible clowning that were the hallmark of the GOP in the Obama years. If Romney wins, the clowns and extremists will see that as a mandate and they will keep on going, but may well overstep the mark and lose all the harder in 2016. This is what happened in the UK in the aftermath of the Thatcher years. The Conservative Party went from arrogant rulership to a painful period in opposition where they were forced to put their own house in order only to re-emerge as a more sensible, restrained and civilised alternative a decade or so later. Only then were the voters once again prepared to give them power.

  4. “A 2011 Gallup/USA Today poll of America’s Most Admired People placed Hillary Clinton at Number One (with her hubby in third behind Barack Obama and George W. Bush).” I am not a mathematician but that does not add up lol.

    • Oops. Good catch, Tim. Looking again at USA Today and apparently, Hillary tied with the president. So technically, they’re both in first place, but I could have worded that better to avoid confusion (and make the math work better).

      I’ll fix it. Thanks.

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