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It is never too early to avert a crisis.

It seems far away, particularly as we are stuck with Barack Obama's lame-duck antics, but there is a presidential election over the horizon, provoking speculation about Hillary Clinton — that she will run, that if she runs the nomination is hers because no one will challenge her, and that the Clinton political machine will carry her to the White House and beyond. We've heard such predictions about other candidates, including Ms Clinton, back in 2008, when an Obama candidacy seemed as much a joke as his presidency has become.

There are commentators, from Z to Amy Holmes, who wonder whether Hillary Clinton is up for it. Public a personality as she is, her health is a mystery. Running for president is strenuous, tougher work than actually being president. According to experienced Republican observer, Mary Matalin, Clinton may not run at all, while the Washing Post ask if Hillary has got the stamina.

Presently, she can bask in the limelight without having to field tough questions, face opponents, or forego raising funds while traveling around making comments bursting with platitudes. She is writing another book, which will probably sell far more copies than anyone reads. Once she announces her candidacy, if she does, the heat will be turned up. Remember that while she has accolytes, who don't really know her, she has enemies who know her well and will do all they can to prevent her ascendancy.

In May (2014), Karl Rove's speculation concerning Hillary's health was picked up and tossed around by the media, mostly as a way to attack Mr Rove as being insensitive or something because the health and age of presidential hopefuls has never been questioned before, at least if your memory only goes back two years. I encountered rumors about her injuries as soon as I began researching this piece, back in January.

My question is not whether she is physically fit to be president, but whether she will run. As someone who loves being in the spotlight, Mrs Clinton may be toying with the public, having already ruled out a presidential run. When, or if, she declines to be a candidate, where will that leave the Democratic wing of the Incumbent Party? Will she be able to designate someone else to run, as Salad Burton did to get Nancy Pelosi her seat in the House of Representatives? These are valid questions, even when Karl Rove and other political operatives pose them.

Dozens of Republicans are at least considering whether to seek that party's nomination, with others being begged to run. So far, the Democrats have few alternatives. There is Joe Biden, of course, a no brainer. Seriously. Some have advanced first-term Senator Elizabeth Warren as someone with a shot, so long as she continues to be a mystery to non-extremist Americans. According to the Christian Science Monitor, there are a few others, but they are scraping the bottom of the barrel. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is possible, Howard Dean [that Howard Dean], New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand [I have heard of her], Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and two-term Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar [no way! her name sounds too much like cockblockerinsert Hillary joke here].

What's she done - ever?

On the other hand, Clinton would perpetrate the myth that women in the USA are mistreated, as they are in Iran, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, for instance. That is called “Moral equivalency.” From what we've seen of her activities, Hillary doesn't want to control women, she wants to control everyone.

“Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn't matter what country they're in or what religion they claim. They all want to control women. They want to control how we dress. They want to control how we act. They even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and our own bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe but even here at home we have to stand up for women's rights and we have to reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America has to set an example for the entire world.”
— Hillary Clinton, 16 March 2012

Once she finds a catchy aphorism, she runs it into the ground. And by the way,
human rights are human rights.

“Gay rights are human rights
and human rights are gay rights.”

“Women's rights are human rights
and human rights are women's rights”
  (1995 Beijing)

Greatest Secretary of State —
even better than Thomas Jefferson?

Sure! Why not?

Democratic partisans are fond of saying Clinton was a great Secretary of State, perhaps the greatest ever. They are hard-pressed to provide actual accomplishments in foreign policy. Even if you can forget the whole Benghazi fiasco and cover-up, what did she do that was so wonderful? Barack Obama sings her praises, but he stood behind Kathleen Sebelius and refuses to recognize that Eric Holder is a lawless dick, to coin a phase.

Commentator and author Charles Krauthammer has issued the challenge, “Can somebody name one achievement she had in four years. Just one...” We are still awaiting a response.


Gasparino by Matt Furman
    16 January 2014, Fox Business Network

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Posted 19 May 2014
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