Hillary, Meet the Press Please

After considering that Hillary faces no opposition within her own party - Elizabeth Warren seems to have quietly moved away from any political stage from which she may have possibly, perhaps, launched a rival bid for the nomination - it begs the question of whether she actually welcomes the email scandal. At least it keeps her in the news and allows her base - make that wealthy donors and Democratic party stalwarts as well as voters who think she deserves a shot - to try and get riled up over something, anything. Byron York described her campaign as dead, as in how much teeming competitive life could be found anywhere near any of her carefully controlled public appearances. That’s in stark contrast to the packed field of GOP contenders who fight between themselves for every percentage point in the latest poll, and are continually forced to define who they are, and what kind of president they might be in front of an often hostile press. That’s basically a boot camp for the latter stages of the campaign - the sprint after the party convention.

Basically, Hillary seems tired. It's not a question of age; it's a lack of fire in the belly. Not a lack of anger or fastidiousness. She seems to have plenty of that. A lack of honest passion over the current state of politics in America. Elizabeth Warren seems to have plenty, but at this stage and unless she actually decides to run, it's a mute point. So perhaps Hillary is grateful for the email scandal as it gives her a chance to practice what actually facing the press might be like. Her tactics, however, are those of a veteran lawyer, and not a politician. And there is a difference between the two. By attempting to avoid the possibility of controversy - a motivation behind her use of a private email server as Secretary of State in the first place - she unfortunately paints the picture of a someone who operates in a hermetically sealed star chamber with only trusted veteran aides allowed in. That's hardly a surprising method when it comes to presidential candidates, but if you want to be president - and that means surviving the election campaign - that's not enough. You also need to take the heat. So perhaps Hillary should start giving press conferences on the email scandal and test her mettle in front of the press. Before it's too late.

Posted by Keeley at March 17, 2015 3:33 PM
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Comment #390613

Good post Keeley. I am so pleased that it appears the dems will nominate a tired old familiar face with a tired old family name and a tired old resume.

Nominating Bob Dole and John McCain almost guaranteed a loss in the election. Nothing new, nothing exciting, just the same old spin-the-bottle game rigged to nominate the next in line to be crowned.

I don’t have a favorite among the known Republicans running. As you hoped for Hillary, I hope to hear all the R candidates quizzed under pressure by the press.

This country can ill afford another party-line critter. We need an individual capable of thinking on their own, willing to confront the party-line…and skilled enough to present their core beliefs without offense to independent voters.

Reagan was such a candidate.

Posted by: Royal Flush at March 17, 2015 7:32 PM
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Well for a tired old familiar face HRC sure has the Hoi Polloi and even the Hoi Oligoi of the Republican party terribly concerned and fearful for their political aspirations for the 2016 Presidential election run.

I expect that she will deflect all of the criticism and continue on her way. Whether that is a run for the Democrat nomination for Presidency in 2016 doesn’t seem to be determined but her actions and those of the aforementioned groups would certainly indicate that she is.

I myself would like to see this all play out and have not made any determination other than we do not need a Republican in the position of President of the United States of America. But I will still listen to both parties primary processes and make my determination and vote accordingly.

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