Beyond the Hillary Hype

Posted: Jun 05, 2006 12:05 AM
Regardless of a 30 percent approval rate for the president, thousands of deaths in Iraq, multiple congressional investigations, and continual government scandals, the majority party need not worry about holding the White House in 2009. And there's one reason why: Hillary Clinton. With Clinton on the next presidential ticket, the Republican Party - regardless of its mistakes, missteps, and miscalculations - will win another Presidential election. Clinton officially kicked off her Senate re-election campaign last week at the New York state Democratic Convention with an 18 minute biographical video and a scalding speech about the Bush Administration’s tenure. Although she hasn’t officially announced her desire to run for President, it is clear she will do so. Thankfully she cannot win back the White House for the democrats, and there are three reasons why: She's too liberal, too conservative, and severely under qualified.

She is too liberal. The fact is that Clinton - despite her recent attempts to become more centrist - is a liberal at heart. Her leftist leanings on the environment, immigration, healthcare, and education may make the greenies happy, but she cannot win a presidential election by avoiding the swing voters and polarizing the right. The Republican Party absolutely detests her views, ego, and attitude, and thus their attack machines and checkbooks will be out in even stronger force than in 2004. This will prevent her from making a dent in the southern or plain states, and will likely cause her to lose blue states in the Midwest. Furthermore, the support that the far left can give her will simply not be enough. There is little evidence that they can mobilize enough votes, enough dollars, and enough support to elect one of their own. Remember, just because the far right can elect a president doesn't mean the far left can do the same.

She is too conservative. Because of political pressure, polling numbers, and nervous advisors, Clinton has suddenly abandoned her base and tried to appeal more to the right, thus confusing and irritating the entire electorate. Her staunch support for the war has upset millions of democrats. Her refusal to strongly back Roe v. Wade has angered millions of Pro-choicers. And her recent partnerships with Senator McCain and other republicans on various legislations simply confused her allies. Although her advisors are correct in pushing her towards the center, it is too little, too late. And because of that, the political motivated move will hurt her more than help. The public will eventually see it for what it is: another example of a government leader buckling under the pressure because of lobbyists, consultants, and polls. Simply put, Clinton’s conservative moves make her unappealing to the left, right, and center.

She is under qualified. Clinton may have spent many years living in government mansions, but she is simply not qualified to run a country. Her management skills have yet to be tested in the dark blue state of New York and frankly, her only credibility comes from her marriage to a former president. She lacks charisma, has average speaking skills, and has no experience dealing with rocky political waters. Perhaps most importantly, she is not capable of leading during a time of war. Not only do Americans want a strong leader in this tumultuous time, they need a strong leader. With the war on terrorism to last another generation at least, the United States cannot afford to have a wishy-washy or inexperienced Commander in Chief. And finally - and this may be politically incorrect to say - being a woman significantly hurts her chances. Polling shows that men overwhelmingly trust a man more than a woman in leadership roles, and not surprisingly, so do women. This may change as more women succeed in leadership roles, but for now, our country is not prepared to elect a woman to the most powerful position in the world.

Because she's too polarizing to both parties and lacking the necessary skills, many democratic insiders are hoping she doesn't win the nominee.

Although recent polling shows that Clinton is leading her democratic foes for the nominee, some democratic factions are hoping for anyone else to match up against McCain or the republican nominee. There's a long list of other potential democratic contenders - none of which inspire very much hope, but completely trump Clinton in terms of qualifications - including Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, former Vice-President Al Gore, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, and Virginia Governor Mark Warner. Other potential candidates include retired General Wesley Clark, Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, Delaware Senator Joe Biden, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. The men on this list may lack star power, expertise, or experience at this point, but the Democratic Party would be smart to start building them up now. Because we know this for sure: if Hillary Clinton wins the democratic nominee, the White House will remain Republican.