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Hillary for President in 2016?

April 8, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
So it's looking like Hillary Rodham Clinton may make another run for the Presidency in 2016.

No such announcement has been made but Hillary sure is looking and acting like a Presidential candidate. She issued a statement this spring expressing her support for gay marriage, which I don't think was in much doubt, but it will win her support from key Democratic groups. She's writing a book about her time as Secretary of State that is expected to come out next year and will help remind potential voters of her various accomplishments. I remember writing about the first attempt at a health care system overhaul back in the 1990s. Hillary, as First Lady, was one of its major architects. She is also a former Senator from New York. It's been 15 years or more since you could refer to her as just the former First Lady or wife of Bill Clinton.

Her various supporters seem to already be organizing the campaign behind the scenes. People on the Sunday news shows yesterday were all buzzing about a run they seem to think is nearly certain.

As a woman and as a feminist, I know I ought to be thrilled by the prospect of a woman in the White House. On paper, she is probably the most qualified woman of all the potential Presidential candidates in the Democratic party.

But, for whatever reason, there is something about Hillary Rodham Clinton that I have found difficult to warm to and I suspect that feeling is shared by a fair number of potential voters.

What do you think of Hillary Clinton's prospects for a Presidential run?


Article Comments



Apr-15-13 9:07 AM

Just say no, Hilary.


Apr-12-13 3:47 PM

Bill...The chewing material is a hint why kids dress the way they do.


Apr-12-13 3:43 PM

Bill buddy, I'm pretty sure most people go through lives meeting various people they respect and look up to. Parents are at the top of the list of role models IMO.

Anti-mimesis is a philosophical position that holds the direct opposite of mimesis. Its most notable proponent is Oscar Wilde, who held in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". In the essay, written as a Platonic dialogue, Wilde holds that such anti-mimesis "results not merely from Life's imitative instinct, but from the fact that the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realize that energy. Chew on that bill.


Apr-12-13 10:01 AM

I don't have a problem with her choice of clothing or hairstyle, nor do I have a problem with Pres. Obama's choice of clothing or hairstyle. A person's record is what should make or break him/her.


Apr-12-13 8:27 AM

lefty...Teachers are role models and yes I hope they can influence the children.


Apr-11-13 1:59 PM

billgrr, was yours a substantive post, according to your own stringent standards? I dunno...


Apr-11-13 8:29 AM

The teachers that look like high priced beltway hookers always catch my eye. I thought teachers were supposed to be leaders, I guess there are allot of paths to be lead down and even up sometimes.


Apr-10-13 7:41 PM

My first thought after reading leftwing's post was "why, does Jeb wear a pony tail?"

Sorry. :-) I get what leftwing was trying to say (family connection).


Apr-10-13 9:52 AM

Andrea, I like the way you think and tolerate open discussions. Keep on keepin on!!


Apr-09-13 4:18 PM

Jeb or Hilliary are a mockery of what is good and just. I liked ol Ross Pero(sp?)he was not a good ol beltway boy.


Apr-09-13 12:28 PM

I'm saying she's a qualified candidate but one I have trouble liking.

It's up to the voters to decide whether they're tired of her and her husband and their associates or not.


Apr-09-13 11:59 AM

Maybe this will help. And all along I thought we were tired of the same old thing, now you say it's good. Can't have both, do we really want to go through that families problems again.


Apr-09-13 11:41 AM

Still not getting the gist of your argument. It's likely that Hillary Clinton is going to run; it's not certain whether she'll actually get the nomination, much less win the Presidency.


Apr-09-13 11:06 AM

And all along I thought we were tired of the same old thing, now you say it's good. Can't have both, do we really want to go through that families problems again.


Apr-09-13 11:03 AM

Andrea, the substance in dandelions qualifies as milk but we as humans require the milk of mammals. Even the media cannot change a donkey into a dandelion.


Apr-09-13 11:01 AM

It's a double-edged sword with the Clintons. If you like them, you're happy to have a President and former President putting their heads together in the White House. If you hate them, it's your worst nightmare.

By any standard you look at, Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than the male presidential candidates who have run in recent years. She's a lawyer who helped craft health care legislation; she served as both a Senator and a Secretary of State and she certainly took an active role in the White House when Bill was President. She has the domestic and the foreign policy background. The argument is going to come down to personality, character, any mistakes she made in office, as in the attacks at Benghazi and the perceived initial cover-up, etc. I'm sure they'll dredge up Whitewater and Vince Foster and Bill Clinton's womanizing again too.


Apr-09-13 10:39 AM

Andrea, do you remember Bill & Hillary using that as part of the original campaign? "You elect me, you get Hillary too" was a drawing point.


Apr-09-13 10:38 AM

I'll agree with Andrea on the following: Looks don't matter if the person is qualified. By "qualified," I include character traits, experience, job performance under pressure, etc. Is Hillary qualified? To some people, perhaps. Is she "more qualified" because she's a woman, and we haven't had a woman president before? That is beside the point.


Apr-09-13 10:32 AM

I don't get the comparison. Sorry. What I'm saying is that she looks appropriately dressed and put together for a woman of her age and status. Her looks and undeniable qualifications aren't part of the reason I have had trouble warming to her. Some of that may just come down to personality.

Bill Clinton, on the other hand, has always reminded me a bit of Eddie Haskell from the old Leave it to Beaver TV series. He oozes charm but I don't know how sincere it is. If you elect Hillary, you get Bill as part of the package deal.


Apr-09-13 9:54 AM

Andrea, so you are saying milk is milk even if it comes from a dandelion.


Apr-09-13 9:28 AM

Looks don't matter overly to me provided the person is qualified. I especially don't think it's appropriate to demand more of a woman than a man in that regard. However, I would say she looks appropriate in every interview I've seen her do in recent years.


Apr-09-13 9:13 AM

I meant many people not most people or we would all starve.


Apr-09-13 9:11 AM

This country needs a true Lone Ranger to ride in with the sun to their back, somebody who truly wants whats best for America and all it's people. Somebody from outside the beltway who dares rein in crooked lawmakers and enforcers of crooked laws. Somebody who is not selfish and has only the welfare of the common people in mind. We are all born with those qualities but somehow most people either have to let go of them or just find being decent a nuisance.


Apr-09-13 8:59 AM

It's so obvious it's all about position and power for that lady. She loves to control people and everything people do.


Apr-08-13 10:00 PM

Bill Clinton did behave disgracefully, though he seems to have improved his image since his Presidency. It would be interesting to see what a former President in the role of "First Husband" would do.

I have no idea why Hillary stayed with him or stood by him but I imagine it would have been hard to walk away from a nearly 20 year marriage when they have a child together. She's also had quite a successful career, with his backing, in the years since.


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