Having lived in the public spotlight for so many years and being accused of being everything from a closeted lesbian to a murderer, taking swings at the Hillary Punching Bag has a fun activity for her opponents since the early Nineties. That is not to say there isn’t more to know about Clinton including more stuff she doesn’t want us to know, but there isn’t a candidate living who hasn’t had her past scrutinized as closely as Hillary Rodham Clinton and the opposition research folders runneth over already.
She wouldn’t bother running if she wasn’t ready for all the guns that will be trained on her, but that’s nothing new. Even if there’s no one like Barack Obama in 2008 waiting in the wings to deny her the party nomination (and there isn’t), Clinton is the most formidable candidate in either party running. She’s setting the pace and everyone is trying to keep up with it.
There’s a chance Jim Webb, Joe Biden, Marty O’Malley, Bernie Sanders or Lincoln Chafee steps up to the mic and throws down with Hillary in an epic rap battle. Not much of a chance, mind you. As for Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Macro Rubio and all the rest of the crew in the Republican Clown Car, they have to fight it out among themselves first before they can step up to take down Clinton.
In some ways it works to the benefit of the Republicans all the buzz is on their side with the scrum they’re about to engage in. After all, they are the ones whom have been out of the White House for eight years. They need to convince the American people to step on the lot and test drive all the shiny new models on display in the showroom and their best sales pitch is do you really want the 2016 Hillary that hasn’t changed a thing besides swapping out the CD player for an iPod?
Already Clinton is being beaten up because she’s not the warmest woman in the world. Likability is an overrated trait in politics. It’s more important to have a president who can handle the forest fires big and small that come across their desk every day instead of whether they’re a good guy to tip back a beer with. If Clinton comes off as stiff and unapproachable, that’s not a deal-breaker for me. An aloof Hillary is better than a friendly Ted Cruz.
As far as not being tested if she doesn’t receive a credible primary challenger, the only bad aspect for Hillary is it allows the Republicans to attack relentlessly. While they are all taking free shots at Clinton, she has to choose between reacting and responding or try to ignore it until the GOP finds their hitman to send after her. It’s the Republicans who will get to set the parameters of the debate in the general election if Clinton sits back and plays defense.
In the 19 months between now and November 2016, the men and women running for president will be asked many questions. Some smart ones, some silly ones, some stupid ones. Here is one anybody who wants the job should have to answer.
We have Osama bin Laden’s home address. We know he’s going to be there, but we can’t send in the Navy Seals, Delta Force or The Expendables. It’s too dangerous. We need to take him out with a drone, but there are women and children in the house with bin Laden and if we take him out we’re going to take them out too.
We’ve waited for years for this opportunity. We miss him now and we might have to wait years more before we get this opportunity again.
Mr. (or Mrs.) President, what are your orders?
Anyone who wants the job of being the President of the United States who isn’t ready to say, “Take him out,” is instantly disqualified and should be kept as far away from the Oval Office as possible.
Every man who’s ever been president has had to choose those whom get to live and those who have to die then deal with the consequences of their actions. It’s cool if want your president to be someone could borrow your lawn mower and you wouldn’t have to bang on their door to get it back, but be sure you choose one who can also be the biggest, coldest bastard in the world if the situation calls for it.
There is little doubt Hillary Clinton could give the order. She and Bill might have looked like peace and love hippies in the day, but on the global stage, she’s no latte-slurping Lefty.
It’s not that’s she is too old, or overly aggressive/ambitious, or entitled or too scandal-plagued, or electing her would effectively be Obama’s third term. The best argument to be made against another Clinton as president is “What’s so different about Hillary in 2016 than 2008?”
If Hillary can’t win that argument she loses.