The Hillary Factor

hillary-clinton-old-hag-11At sometime approximately the same as when this column is being written Hillary Clinton is expected to formally announce her candidacy for President of the United States in an informal manner – Twitter, as opposed to the traditional speech, as used by Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Perhaps this is another attempt at relevancy toward the youth vote; something this aging and increasingly un-youth oriented politician will need to mount a serious campaign.

Hillary Clinton has been something of a political anomaly from the moment she appeared on the scene. While she purportedly dragged her husband through law school because he was unable to make the grade on his own, she was subsequently unable to find her own way professionally until his political success granted her access to a desk a the Rose Law Firm, where, according to some reports, she did little or nothing, but occupied a position that granted the firm access to the upper levels of Arkansas government. This continued after Bill Clinton became governor, which facilitated her promotion to partner; something that apparently would not have otherwise occurred.

With Mr. Clinton’s sudden appearance on the national scene it was politically necessary for her to suddenly become a paragon of equal ability to his supposed qualifications. Thus, a compliant media immediately elevated her into the “most intelligent woman in the world.”

Since then it has emerged that Mrs. Clinton’s intellect was limited to her ability to covering up for her husbands sexual affairs, and shredding documents that would have incriminated one or both of them in connection with the many scandals that dogged the Clinton White House and culminated in the Lewinsky scandal. Not satisfied with looting the White House of various furnishings to take to their new home in New York State, Mrs. Clintons took it upon herself to run for the US Senate, which she likely would have been unable to do without the previous fact of her elevation in the press and status as a First Lady of dubious quality. Her time in the Senate was an obvious springboard for a presidential bid that materialized in 2008 where she was taken out by an upstart with a hidden track record and help from the Democrat Party’s “super delegates,” none of whom voted for her. Now, after supposedly serving as Secretary of State, she is again pushing her White House bid as something that is owed her, rather than something she is qualified for.

The facts are fairly straightforward. As the Democrat Party has become increasingly totalitarian oriented those occupying high offices find themselves fighting among one another over who will be top dog. Qualifications are no longer relevant, but rather, the most important quality is the amount of influence one controls and what can be done with it. Obviously, the Democrat insiders were less interested in a Hillary presidency, than in another person of equally dubious qualifications; perhaps even unqualified, who could trump her XX chromosomes with a higher melanin level in his skin. That was really all that mattered.

What no one noted was that both of the finalists were people equally devoted to the concentration of personal power at the expense of others. Thus, either one would have created the power vacuum that now exists in the Democrat Party. There are no clear-cut candidates for 2016 other than the aging Clinton and she knows it. Joe Biden is a Joke. Elizabeth Warren will run only if forced to do so. Others are potentially waiting in the wings, but will have an uphill struggle because of lack of public recognition; a lack that was fostered by the Clintons as a means of making Hillary “inevitable” and by Obama as a means of preventing any strong rivals for power while he was in office. He was also, potentially, setting the stage for a family dynasty, if the circumstances permitted.

What matters now is public sentiment. Hillary has become damaged goods. The scandals have dogged her during her time at the State Department, beginning with the miswritten “reset button” given to the Russians, and ending with Benghazi and the deliberately destroyed emails. Public favorability ratings have plunged with the email issue, combined with publication of her having taken money from despotic, anti-woman and anti-homosexual regimes. Something that the press is now less inclined to cover up for, perhaps because they are suffering a case of Hillary Fatigue.

But the problem may go further than that. The public may be suffering from Clinton Fatigue as well as Democrat Fatigue. The recent Republican victories in the Legislature maybe be the harbinger of a shift in the presidential winds, as the public looks for an outlier to, perhaps, clean house after all the dubious activities of the Clintons, Obamas, and yes, the George W. Bushs, as Jeb appears to be trailing badly in all respects except public recognition and money from large sources.

Money is not the final deciding factor in a political race, although it does help. Public recognition may help and it may hurt, if the public associates a candidate with negative publicity or negative images. Thus, Hillary’s chances may depend on her ability to transcend the negativity that has surrounded her past few years and the associated scandals as well as the likely impression that she will be a third Obama term.

Hillary, of course, will try to laugh it off with her well-known cackle. She will talk about new beginnings and how the public is suffering from a deficit of fun. Perhaps she is interested in a rebirth of the Strength Through Joy movement that was a creation of the Nazi regime in Germany.

Regardless, her road to the White House is strewn with obstacles and boulders, many of which she placed there herself. Her candidacy should be very likely to fail, simply because she is a flawed and not very astute candidate. She might have changed that assessment by going public with exactly what happened in Benghazi and blaming it on Obama, thus severing her ties with the Party orthodoxy. This she did not do, and in so failing, maintained herself as an insider at a time when being an insider has become much less popular. The Clinton campaign is likely doomed to failure and a good thing too.

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