And they’re off! How far off is yet to be determined. The next two years of Obama Impeachment Hearings will likely take a back seat to the Republican Race for the White House in 2016.
The Republican field is wide open and has the potential to offer up some really good candidates, John Kasich of Ohio, Mitch Daniels from Indiana, Ben Carson of Fox News, and Condolezza Rice of the College Football Playoff Committee. None of these folks will get the nomination, of course.
There’s also the GOP Presidential Entertainment Package with the likes of Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Mississippi’s own Haley Barbour. Although Haley might want to curl up with a bottle of scotch and his Book of Uncle Remus Tales and just sit this one out.
Then there are the front runners: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush. The smart money is on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who could chew up half the field and swallow a few in the process. But enough about the Republicans, the White House is theirs to lose in 2016. The real story is what the opposing party has to offer in the way of a nominee.
As Democrats try to recover from the Red State Thrashing they received in last week’s mid-term elections, it’s safe to say that they are looking to the “Hill” for what they hope is their strength. Yes, that “Hill.”
Avert your eyes, Democrats. Back away. Sure Hillary Clinton looks good, sounds great, possesses a brilliant political mind and is not afraid to take on the opposition no matter how frivolous or high-stakes the fight.
Democrats get nostalgic over the embattled wife of the 1992 Democratic Presidential nominee who defeated George Herbert Walker Bush. They were confident that the Southern Boy with the big ole heart had a real fine Yankee gal behind him, despite her early dismissal of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.”
Aware of her husband’s philandering ways, Hillary and the rest of the Party just repeated the refrain “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.”
The truth is Hillary and Bill’s tomorrow came and went yesterdays ago. Beyond a variety of scandals throughout her political career that she has managed admirably, if not beautifully, Hillary’s chosen to “Stand by Her Man” after the entire nation learned of his affair with an intern.
It was nobody’s business but their own. Still the tremendous waste of time and political energy associated with Bubba’s dawdling led to the further ruination of the political climate in our country. If only Bubba could have kept it in his pants, he may have been as popular as both the Gipper and FDR and Hillary more than likely would have already completed her 8-year Presidency.
Hillary and Bill must have an amazing relationship and who can blame them for staying together whether for the sake of their political careers or their family. But after Bubba’s pizza dates with Monica, Hillary should have left her sorry husband while he was still President.
Hillary could have announced her candidacy and easily taken the Democratic nomination in 2000 from an already defeated Al Gore, who had no stomach for Presidential politics. Hers would have been a magical, fascinating, and more productive Presidency than her adulterous mate’s, Bush the younger’s, or Obama’s.
Yet, why was she so easily defeated as a nominee in 2008 by Barrack Obama, a man the American people knew next to nothing about?
Hillary will never be as big-hearted as her horny husband. More guarded than empathetic, her speeches lack the love and passion of a genuine public servant. Her inability to reach out to the regular folk is problematic. Currently receiving over $200,000 per speaking engagement and possessing nearly as much money as the Bush family, she will never be able to connect with Joe Six-Pack, Joe the Plumber, or Joe Blow.
Her Thatcher-esque support for sending troops to Iraq raised warning flags among Dovish Democrats, particularly after everyone learned Dick Cheney had expanded the the War on Terror in Iraq through outright deception.
As the front-runner in 2008 democratic primary, she took for granted the African-American community and they quickly abandoned her for Obama. More importantly, however, Obama represented a change from 20 years of Bubba and the Bushes.
Americans may have sent most of the same people back to D.C. last Tuesday, but let’s hope we haven’t given up on a brighter future for our families and communities? After Obama, we remain stuck in a rut, plagued by partisan politics and an inability to build a unifying political discourse.
Democrats know full well how polarizing Hillary is and that is perhaps her biggest problem. It’s crunch time in America. Both parties need their leadership to exude a willingness and demonstrate an ability to work with the opposition to find real solutions to save our system of education, our environment and our dying middle class.
It’s a shame when you think about the good Hillary might have done had she been President in 2000 or 2008. As 2016 looms, Democrats have to consider Hillary because she may be the only potential winner they have to offer. Could she be the leader the nation needs? Possibly.
Should she be given the Democratic nomination? Absolutely not.
» David Dallas is a political writer. He worked for former U.S. Sen. John Stennis and authored Barking Dawgs and A Gentleman from Mississippi.
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