2016 Presidential Campaign – #3 – March 15, 2015

Note from the author: from time to time during the upcoming presidential election, I’ll be sharing articles and my thoughts about it here. For those hardcore political junkies among you, here’s a link to a very good non-partisan website, 2016 Election Central, which will keep you up to date over the next two years of campaigning http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/. Charles

White House frets return of ‘Clinton way’

To sum up the feelings, all the way up to the highest levels: What. The. Hell.

By Edward-Isaac Dovere

Can the Hillary Clinton Email “Scandal” Derail Her 2016 Presidential Campaign Before It Even Gets Started?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again today: the biggest problem I’ve always had with Bill and Hillary Clinton is that they keep on giving ammunition to their enemies. As the writer in the article above says the feeling in the White House is: “What. The. Hell.”? What the hell possesses the Clintons to continue making the same types of missteps over and over again? Is their paranoia of the media in general and the right-wing media in particular so deeply ingrained that it’s impossible for them to think and act in any other manner? How could running all of Hillary’s emails while serving as Secretary of State through a personally-owned server at the Clinton home in New York state be anything but a dumb idea? And, why wasn’t there more oversight from the White House and State Department IT security?

Here’s the bigger question I have: does Hillary Clinton really want to run for president again? Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that she wants to be president, but I’m not 100% certain that at her age and now with her first grandchild, that she actually wants to run again.

A modern presidential campaign, even for someone with Clinton’s previous experience eight years ago and as of today, no real primary opponent, is an 18-24 months long slog across America. Day after day of public appearances, stump speeches and an endless appeal for money from both well-heeled and smaller donors is what candidates must endure today. Once you become an “official” candidate, you’re seldom ever at home and your life becomes captive to an endless schedule. And no one knows that better than Hillary Clinton and that’s probably one of the reasons for her delaying her announcement.

Then add in the advent of the Super-Pac as allowed by the notorious Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court in 2010 that unleashed millionaires and billionaires to give as much money as they want, the increased 24/7 Twitter-fed digital age and the fact that other than Barack Obama, no one stirs hatred from the Right more than Hillary Clinton, it’s easy to see why she’s taking her time to publicly decide if she really wants to hit the trail again.

But, here’s the Catch-22 that Hillary Clinton, as loyal as Democrat as there’s ever been, finds herself in: by delaying her announcement for so long, she’s pretty much left the party and any potential candidates in limbo and if she doesn’t run, she’s left the party in a bind to find an alternative candidate. And that’s not the coda to her career and legacy that she, Bill or Chelsea want.

Will Hillary run? She probably will because behind the scenes, she’s been hard at work assembling a campaign apparatus that includes many key players from the successful Obama campaigns. But I won’t be surprised one bit if she decides that being a retired politician giving paid speeches and enjoying life as a new grandmother isn’t a better use of her time and energy.

On the Republican Side of Things

While Jeb Bush hit the trail in New Hampshire and Rand Paul and Scott Walker tried to convince America that they’re not as crazy as they seem on the surface, embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie desperately tried to hold on to his slipping presidential hopes.

Quote of the Week

“You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran. Really. That wasn’t a joke.” – President Barack Obama at the Gridiron Club Dinner on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Cartoon of the Week

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