Jan. 24, 2013

What's Next For Hillary?

Let me preface this entry with the fact that I am a fan of Hillary Rodham Clinton. I voted for her in the 2008 California Presidential  Primary. I have also been a proponent of a qualified woman running our country as president. Clinton IS qualified, probably more so than ANYONE on the scene or behind the scenes in our current government.

I also know that she has always wanted that job, but I hope and pray that she doesn't want it when she needs to decide about running for the 2016 nomination.

Why on earth would I think, or even say this? 

REALITY.

Reality is a bitch when it comes to what we want, rather than what is best for ourselves, or our country.

Hillary was an exemplerary First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State. She has served and excelled at everything she has done. We forget she was a great attorney before politics entered Bill Clinton's and Her life as a profession in the 1980's.

OK. Let me get to the point. 2016 is a long way off and she will be older (69 years old in 2016). Obama's America is a vastly different place than it was in January, 2009. He has governed with a Democratic-sized elephant on his back in a climate that has NEVER been seen in Washington, but has managed to get a lot of stuff through, despite senatorial fillibusters, Tea Party interference and a slew of nominees who were never confirmed during his first term.

This political minefield has become the political norm in Washington and Obama has used VP Joe Biden in a very active way NEVER scene in presedential politics in the past. Our past VPs have been VERY behind the scenes and figureheads for the most part. George H.W. Bush was the closest thing to a working VP we have had before Biden. Cheney was more of an advisor co-president to "W." They had wars to wage and an economy that was flimsy due to Credit Default Swaps and "No Money Down" investments.

Would Hillary REALLY want to follow Obama if he continues to excel in a job no one in Washington thought he was qualified for in the first place? Obama surprised a lot of those pudits and insiders with his ability to maneuver through the crap known as congress.

Hillary was AWESOME facing the senate and then the house on Benghazi. She excels at being MORE prepared and eloquent. She knows more than most of her former collegues. Hillary Clinton is smarter and has more stamina than anyone, having traveled more tha 1 million miles in her 4 years working for Obama. She was incredible as Secretary of State.

Here is my ONE thing. It is a big one. Hillary has NO PATIENCE for small-minded politicians. She blows her cool quite often when other people do not see her point. The difference between her and President Obama is his willingness to educate the public over and over again on whatever issue he is pursuing. I really don't see her using this now-proven technique. Obama is professorial and commited. He was a constitutional law professor in a past life. This has helped him greatly in getting the public support.

If Hillary Clinton were to pay close attention to her former boss and use some of these techniques. If her health is good by then and she gets a little bit of a makeover again, it could happen.

I have to say that in my opinion America loves energetic and youthful leadership and someone we can trust and WHO LISTENS TO US. That is what we are getting right now.

I hope Hillary gets some rest and REALLY thinks about these ideas and really watches how President Obama progresses through these next 4 years. Will we get somone to carry on, or move us in a different direction?

This is what will really get addressed for the next graduating class of presedential candidates.