Hillary Clinton launched her “official” campaign for President Sunday in the 2016 election with a polished online video about the needs of the middle class.
At the moment, she is the only Democrat who has announced.
Two Republicans — Ted Cruz and Rand Paul — have announced and a third — Marco Rubio — will join the fray Monday.
Cruz, Paul and Rubio are first term Senators. That is their only political claims to fame.
Clinton is a former First Lady, a former Senator and was Secretary of State for Barack Obama.
At the moment, that makes her the “most experienced” candidate who has announced for 2016.
Of course, all are seeking to follow a two-term President who was just a first term Senator when he decided to run for President in 2008.
Those who find Obama wanting because of perceived inexperience or his many stumbles and failures might wonder is a first term in the Senate — or any elected office for that matter — is enough experience to be the big boss who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Clinton was actually in her second term as a Senator before she ran for office and she lost in the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary to a one-term senator — Barrack Obama.
Does experience matter for a President? The last President with an extensive resume was George H.W. Bush, who served in Congress, was ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office to the People’s Republic of China, Director of the CIA and Vice President for two terms under Ronald Reagan before he was elected in 1988 as the 41st President and only lasted one term.
Even Bush’s son, George W. Bush, whose resume was a questionable tour as governor of Texas and a failed professional baseball owner, managed two terms.
In 2008, John McCain was a Congressman and then a Senator after being a prisoner of war but his advisers felt he needed a “celebrity” on the Republican Presidential ticket to challenge Obama, so they picked — God forbid — Sarah Palin. Even worse, there are still people who think a ditz like Palin should be President.
Let’s look at the current crop of announced candidates:
TED CRUZ — Loud mouth, troglodyte, tea party favorite: The list of bad news goes on and on. Yet among the brain dead ultra-right wing — with a collective IQ of, maybe, 10 — he is considered “their candidate.”
RAND PAUL — Son of Ron Paul, which should be reason enough to dismiss him, but will add fuel to an unfavorable fire with his off-the-wall temper, his tantrums against mostly female reporters and his lack of knowledge on any real issues that matter to the nation.
HILLARY CLINTON — Arguably the most qualified of the current slate but already tainted by too many unanswered questions on the failed Benghazi raid and her incredible stupid use of private email accounts for official business as Secretary of State. Plus, the woman who claimed she was not perceptive enough to realize that her constantly horny husband — and President — Bill Clinton was screwing around? Oh, come on.
And, today’s add on, MARCO RUBIO: If Hillary can run as the first woman to be President, Rubio can claim to be the first Cuban-American. When you look at his record — or lack therof — that is all he has.
On the Republican side, there are many still in the wings in what will be a mob of candidates: Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Chis Christie, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and others.
For Democrats, there is Bernie Sanders, who could run as a “Democrat Socialist”, One-term Virginia Senator Jim Webb, a former Secretary of the Navy, and more.
So far, there isn’t a candidate out there worthy of consideration or support.