That Hillary Clinton is sitting in the catbird seat. She will be serving the nation in or out of office— directly or indirectly. We know that she has first dibs on the next Democratic nomination because she is overqualified to be president and took one for the team by being gracious in defeat. Secondly, the juggernaut of two Clintons and two Obamas will be a campaign force of epic proportions.
But check this out: the Dem Team will “clear the field” for her. In other words, no other candidates enter the primary and she saves the energy and resources that might be used. The 2012 GOP presidential results might have been different if Romney didn’t stand on the stage with that cast of characters and didn’t have to fight for the far right vote during the primary—so thanks. If the GOP cleared the field for hipper congressional candidates, they would have a foothold with the Middle. But, they let Tea Party cats win primaries and those guys are D.O.A. in November.
On Meet the Press this weekend, they said that polls indicate that Clinton would get 62% of the Republican women vote—“ouch”, game, set, match. My conservative friends call it identity politics but Hillary and Obama are super without regard to that stuff. Yes, I would have voted for the Colin Powell or Condi Rice for president.
I see the indirect benefit of Hillary 2016 as this: if the GOP has any hope, they must court the middle and/or the rest of America. They policies must reflect the interest of the nation wider and not just their circle. And for that, Hillary will be helping the game while chilling, doing daily zumba and not lifting a finger. How many times have we told the right that they need to create and cultivate a division similar to the Dem’s Blue Dogs. But, the hardheaded never learn. Hillary is going the beat them like a drum.