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Would you vote for Hillary Clinton?

June 16, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016?

Judging by her new memoir, her book tour, and the interviews she's been doing in recent days, Hillary will very likely be running for President. Republicans are also dredging up every bit of negative information they can find in her past. There's the 1975 Arkansas case where defense attorney Hillary Clinton attacked the reputation of a 12-year-old girl to get her alleged assailant a plea deal. Hillary gave a series of interviews about the case in the early 1980s, according to The Washington Free Beacon at

It is a disturbing story, though it is also clear that she did what a defense attorney is required to do and gave her client a zealous defense. As horrible as the case is, I don't hold her skill as a defense attorney against her, nor do I hold it against her that she enjoyed using her skills and beating a prosecutor who screwed up. There is some question over whether she violated attorney-client privilege in those interviews, though it doesn't sound to me like she actually revealed anything that her client told her.

The larger issue here may be one of character and how we can expect her to react in a crisis. Her actions in 1975 will be weighed along with her public and private actions over the last four or five decades. I'm sure we can expect another discussion of Vince Foster and Whitewater again too, along with the attacks on the American ambassador and other Americans in the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Then, of course, there will be her 1990s attempt at comprehensive health care reform and the true state of her marriage and how much involvement Bill Clinton would have in a Hillary Rodham Clinton White House.

Do you think Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee? Could you vote for her if she runs for President?


Article Comments



Jul-01-14 12:03 PM

The scale I was using in my assessment was left of the center left and left of the center right, judging Obama and Powell by the standards of their respective parties. By Republican standards, Obama is clearly a leftist; by Democratic standards, Powell is a touch too conservative to be a true Democrat. There seems to be an ongoing war in both parties over which group holds the "purest" viewpoint. With Republicans, the war is between Tea Party populists and traditional business Republicans. The Democratic war is about over and I think the blue dogs have been silenced or marginalized, particularly if they don't agree with the mainstream view on abortion rights and gay marriage. It would be nice if we had a strong third party option for those in the middle.


Jul-01-14 11:57 AM

I don't think you can reduce political positions to a 1 to 10 scale, though. There's more nuance involved. Your definition of conservative might well be someone else's moderate or even liberal. And people can hold both conservative and liberal opinions on different topics. From your perspective, Obama may well look like an extreme liberal but he looks pretty middle of the road to some of the folks I read over at Alternet.


Jun-28-14 4:56 PM

I don't know where Powell stands on every single issue but I'd probably class him as a moderate Republican. Some of his opinions may overlap with that of blue dog Democrats and some may be too liberal for extremely conservative Republicans.

Obama has not pleased everyone in the Democratic party, particularly those on the far left. There is regular criticism of him on sites like Alternet or Huffington Post. I'd put him slightly to the left of center left in some areas, but he's certainly not the most liberal of Democrats in general. Take a look at his policies regarding the NSA, military and defense and the general lack of openness in his administration, all things that have irked the left wing of the party.


Jun-26-14 11:49 AM

Rush Limbaugh and NPR appeal to different demographics. Ben Carson is apparently a candidate who is appealing to the demographic that listens to Rush Limbaugh. I listen to Rush Limbaugh and various programs on NPR, in addition to reading blogs and newspapers of various political and religious persuasions because I believe in being well-informed and in getting my news directly from the source, not filtered through various media talking heads whose viewpoints are colored by their biases. But, to answer your question, both NPR and Rush Limbaugh have different biases.


Jun-25-14 12:36 PM

Did you see the recent US Supreme Court decision about police searching cell phones? The decision was a no brainer.


Jun-25-14 8:36 AM

Did you notice, Jack, that centerfield obliged handily with "going after" Dr. Ben Carson?

BTW, I would NOT vote for Hillary Clinton. The biggest reason why is her enabling of her husband's past "bad behaviors." She "stood by her man" when it meant political expediency for herself. Nice......


Jun-24-14 4:32 PM

I think Powell would have been a better candidate than most though he might be getting up there age-wise.


Jun-24-14 3:54 PM

I studied the candidats very carefully. Huntsman isn't who you think he is. He wasn't very interested at all in Negative Rights. He was rightly trashed by the "Right Wing", although the reasons given at the time for said trashing weren't exactly on the mark either.


Jun-23-14 5:35 PM

Well, Kerry has served in the military and he has a background in international affairs. His politics will probably not find favor with many on the Republican side of the aisle.


Jun-23-14 5:30 PM

Let me clarify: the next President should either have served in the military or have immediate family or friends who have served. People who don't know the service intimately would seem to be at greater risk of ordering people into battle unnecessarily.


Jun-23-14 3:42 PM

Politics is the art of the possible. I don't expect the next President to be a unicorn, but is it really asking too much that he or she not be corrupt?


Jun-23-14 2:22 PM

Someone who keeps Negative Rights front and center in their mind. Someone who offers to be the president of everyone, not just of their favorite constiuencies, but realizing that respect for Negative Rights still comes first.

Otherwise, my default answer is, "Nobody for president."


Jun-23-14 1:39 PM

Here's another question for you: what would be on your list of qualifications for the next president?

My personal requirements: honesty, integrity, intelligence,a background in business or academia AND in public service with some substance to it, including international affairs; some passing acquaintance with the military; the ability to listen to both sides on the political aisle and to make compromises on occasion to get things done; someone who is not in the pocket of lobbyists and big corporations. Preferably, the candidates would not include the sort of person who can say, "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is." I suppose that's a tall order. I don't think most well-qualified people are crazy enough to run for President.


Jun-23-14 11:49 AM

To my amazement there is a Hillary Clinton Monument Committee and I thought I would check it out. I joined as I only thought it was fitting to do so.

We originally wanted to put her on Mt. Rushmore until we discovered there was not enough room for two more faces.

We then decided to erect a statue of Hillary in the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame. We were in a quandary as to where the statue should be placed. It was not proper to place it beside the statue of George Washington, who never told a lie, or beside her husband William J. Clinton, who never told the truth, since Hillary could never tell the difference.

We finally decided to place it beside Christopher Columbus, the greatest Democrat of them all. He left not knowing where he was going, and when he got there he did not know where he was. He returned not knowing where he had been, and did it all on someone else's money.


Jun-23-14 9:03 AM

I propose the JackAaah and faux-center form a Hillary R. Clinton Monument Committee in honoring this great America. Only they can chisel out the details.

Jun-23-14 7:10 AM

It would be another disaster as Obama administration


Jun-22-14 7:46 PM

I don't doubt her qualifications. I would be pleased to vote for a woman for President. I do have some serious misgivings about the Clintons, based on having written about and having followed their careers for more than 20 years.


Jun-19-14 9:00 AM

She's not even qualified to be First "Lady"


Jun-18-14 9:08 AM

I don't want another George Bush or member of his family, either.


Jun-17-14 5:56 PM

It would be nice if there were a broader pool of possible candidates than the wife of a former president or the grandsons of other former presidents. I understand that George Bush III's name is occasionally mentioned. The United States is not supposed to be a monarchy. If Hillary is elected President, it's inevitable that Bill would be along for the ride, with everything that means.


Jun-17-14 2:56 PM

Answer: No. I've had enough oligarchy for one lifetime.


Jun-17-14 7:19 AM

The truth and the problem is we really can't get any worse POTUS than we have now. Obama set the stage for Hilldog that is for sure, although he has a way to go yet to make her look good.


Jun-17-14 12:33 AM

Bill Clinton's behavior all the way around has been utterly disgraceful. I'm sure all of that will come up again too, as well as how Hillary reacted to it.


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