Mere mention of her name sends fear into the hearts of Republicans and turns Democrats giddy.
She’s become a politician identified by first name only.
Hillary: The woman who wants to be the next President of the United States.
While Illinois Senator Barack Obama may have rock star status within the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton is the pre-emptive front runner for the party’s Presidential nomination in 2008, the one to beat, the candidate with the biggest campaign war chest and the best organization on the ground.
So concentrated is the attention on Hillary Clinton that news she is “now considering” running for President is enough for news networks to call it “breaking news.”
When news broke Sunday that Clinton has approached New York Democratic leaders for support of a “potential” Presidential bid, the cable news networks treated it like a formal announcement for President.
The Associated Press plugged the story on its “breaking news” wire. So did Reuters. The word spread through political blogs and bulletin boards. Hillary’s running. Ohmigod!
She hasn’t said yet she is running but she took a step closer and several polls say she would win if the election were held today.
But that’s the rub. The election ain’t today or anytime in the near future and there’s a lot of ground to cover even before the caucuses in Iowa or the primary in New Hampshire in early 2008.
Political history has a nasty habit of taking down early frontrunners. Just ask Howard Dean, Ed Muskie, Gary Hart, et al.
Dean melted down after losing Iowa; Muskie broke down under dirty tricks from the opposition and Hart fell down on his petard after challenging the press to catch him messing around on his wife and they did. Once a candidate becomes the pre-emptive frontrunner, the harsh light of public scrutiny heads for the closet to look for skeletons.
And Hillary’s closets overflow with bones from past political mistakes, scandals and missteps.
Let’s not forget that this is the same Hillary Clinton who stood by her man, the President who dallied with interns in the Oval Office, calling questions about his infidelities part of a “vast right wing conspiracy” against both of them.
This is the same Hillary Clinton who found herself hip deep in the Whitewater scandal, who misplaced subpoenaed files inside the White House, only to “discover” them later on an end table in the private residence.
And she is the same Hillary Clinton who, along with her husband, entered the White House in 1992 virtually broke, only to emerge a millionaire eight years later even though she and her husband faced millions of dollars in legal bills that remain unpaid.
Like her husband, Hillary Clinton is corrupt. Like her husband, she lies for political convenience. And like too many other Democrats, she voted to allow George W. Bush’s failed invasion of Iraq.
If the Democrats want to capture the White House in 2008, they will need to prove they can be better than the corrupt, scandal-ridden, criminally-insane administration of George W. Bush.
Hillary Clinton is not the man for the job.