An op-ed published this week in the Wall Street Journal has ignited rumors of a potential 2020 presidential run for Hillary Clinton. The piece discusses the different iterations of Hillary Clinton the public has seen over the past 30-plus years. But none of those versions became president and no matter how many times Clinton tries to reinvent herself she cannot change who she is at the core: inauthentic, unlikable and out of touch. According to the op-ed by Mark Penn and Andrew Stein – headlined “Hillary Will Run Again” – Hillary Clinton 1.0 was a “universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand” in 1994 when she was first lady. Hillary Clinton version 2.0 was a moderate when she successfully ran for the Senate and again when she lost in the Democratic presidential primaries to then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008. In 2016, Clinton 3.0 was a progressive who moved further to the left because of her challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. And Hillary Clinton version 4.0 will run for president in 2020 by returning to her roots as a progressive, Penn and Stein predict. But the fact there have been so many different versions of Clinton is precisely the problem. Clinton is inauthentic. Former Obama adviser and Democratic strategist David Axelrod nailed this point about Clinton and the 2016 election when he said: “Authenticity is a big factor and a leading indicator for candidates, and they have to be comfortable in their own skin. There is no one wishing that Donald Trump would speak his mind. Hillary Clinton has always been allergic to revealing herself, and when she does talk, it comes out through a political filter.” Clinton’s authenticity has also taken a major hit over the years because she changes policy positions depending on where the political winds are blowing. This gives the perception that she is not rooted in any core beliefs. One issue that probably hurt Clinton most in the rust belt was trade. As secretary of state in 2012, she backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, even calling it the “gold standard.” However, she changed her position in 2016 while under scrutiny from Bernie Sanders on the left and candidate Trump on the right. Clinton also has a likability problem. In an interview with the Washington Post, Democratic pollster Peter Hart put it this way: “I bring it down to one thing and one thing only, and that is likability.” The likability issue was also brought up during a 2008 Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, when the moderator said voters were impressed by Clinton’s resume but were “hesitating on the likability issue.” Obama famously quipped that she was “likable enough” during the exchange. Clinton is also out of touch. Her surprise pit stop to an Ohio Chipotle in 2015 while on the campaign trail demonstrated this. Despite it being a great opportunity for pictures with customers, she wore dark sunglasses in the restaurant. She couldn’t be bothered to speak with anyone. Clinton’s infamous “basketful of Deplorables” comment also underscores this point. In response to her comment calling his supporters “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic,” Trump responded that Clinton showed “her true contempt for everyday Americans.” Other gaffes also speak to Clinton’s disconnect with voters. In response to a question from ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2014 about her $200,000 speaking fees, Clinton said that she and President Bill Clinton “came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt.” President Clinton received a $15 million advance for his memoir after leaving the White House and then-Sen. and former first lady Hillary Clinton received $8 million in a deal for her memoir. In what will likely be a crowded 2020 Democrat primary field, Hillary Clinton would not stand out. Her time has come and gone. She is a relic of the past. No amount of pollsters, speechwriters, or consultants can change who she is – and that is why she will never be president.
Agreed…and well said, Lisa. Lisa Boothe is responsible for that spot-on op/ed. Hillary has no core beliefs. And a great percentage of Americans absolutely despise her. Her likability” factor is in the toilet. When she said she was “dead broke,” a LOT of us said.. “can I please be that ‘dead brok?'” Unreal… Hillary is a self-righteous, arrogant, sanctimonious, entitlement-minded, liberal elitist. She changes her “views” based on what’s currently popular. And, she’s a brazen hypocrite. Remember when she said we all need to believe “all women” who make sexual allegations against men? Yet, when such very credible accusations were leveled at her husband, she fought them tooth and nail. In other words, to her.. Believe all sexual accusations made by women, unless they’re against my husband. So much for the #MeToo movement, lol. Hillary made her 2016 campaign all about herself. Donald Trump made it about “the forgotten men and women”..and to “Make America Great Again.” That was the difference. Heck, the man only takes $1 a year for his salary (because he has to), and donates the rest of his presidential salary to charity and federal government agencies like Health and Human Services (it rotates each quarter). In a million years, Hillary would NEVER do that. Remember when she got caught stealing the china out of the White House when the Clintons left it in 2001? They had to go back and recover the china and other items and return them to the “People’s House.” Lisa is right.. Hillary’s time has come and gone, and America has had enough of her. But, hey.. If the Dems are dumb enough to renominate that nauseating bitch, then they deserve to lose….again.
The California Democratic Party will not endorse Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s re-election bid this year, with delegates at the party’s annual convention giving the majority of votes to her top primary challenger, progressive State Sen. Kevin de Leon. De Leon got 54 percent of the vote, compared to 37 percent for the more moderate Feinstein, according to results released Sunday. But neither Democrat will receive the state party endorsement because they failed to reach the 60 percent threshold. The vote totals were not a surprise, considering the state party’s liberal leaning. And Feinstein leads de Leon by 29 percentage points in the primary race, according to the most recent RealClearPolitics polls average. “The outcome of today’s endorsement vote is an astounding rejection of politics as usual, and it boosts our campaign’s momentum as we all stand shoulder-to-shoulder against a complacent status quo,” said de Leon, according to Politico. “California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines.” Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate at 84, is seeking a sixth term. Feinstein took heat last fall from some on the left after appearing to voice optimism about Trump becoming “a good president.” Feinstein also recently said that former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which Trump is ending, was on shaky legal ground. DACA provides a level of amnesty to certain illegal immigrants — many of whom came to the U.S. as children. Still, Feinstein will be difficult to beat, considering her establishment support and standing among independents and women, two key voting blocs. “It will be tough to outflank her in that capacity,” Ben Tulchin, a San Francisco-based pollster, recently said.
Agreed.. That’s why this really isn’t much of a story. But, what makes it interesting is that the state party no longer endorses Sen. Feinstein (D-CA), who is now 84, and will be at least 85 when she starts her next term in the Senate. That alone should make ANY California voter think twice before just blindly voting for her, just because she’s a Democrat, the general election…should she win in her primary. Hopefully, the California Republican party will find a quality candidate who might, just might, be able to mount a credible threat to Dianne’s Senate seat.
Hours before President Obama’s second-to-last State of the Union address, Debbie Wasserman Schultz made her first TV appearance since the Democrats lost their majority in the Senate and slipped further into the minority in the House.
Up til yesterday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL), the DNC’s chairwoman, had been in hiding after the humiliation her party suffered in last November’s mid-term elections. Frankly, I’m stunned she still has her job. But, hey.. If the DNC wants to rally around a loser like her, then that’s their call.
Dem ‘disarray’? Florida House candidate drops out, Conyers kept off ballot
Oh, I wish.. John Conyers will return, AGAIN, to the House where hes been for about 50 years! Hes a Dem fossil whose time has come and gone..and yet hes still there…while his wife is in prison for corruption. The Dem party is far from being in “disarray,” despite the rhetoric and wishful thinking of the RNC and the NRCC. But, hey.. if the GOP can keep the House and maybe pick up a few seats, then that’ll be the only thing keeping SOME check and balance on Obama and the Dem-controlled Senate. This upcoming midterm election is probably the most important election I can remember because we’re in a time in our country’s history where we’ve never seen such expansion, abuse, and attacks on us by our federal government (under Obama), control of both chambers of Congress is in the balance. We have an opportunity to actually do something substantive to put Obama, Harry Reid, and AG Eric Holder in check.