As soon as the 2012 election was over and the White House secured in the blue, I like many people who consider themselves Democrats became increasingly excited about the inevitable prospect of a 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential run. I had in fact, preferred Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama in the 2008 contest. I did eventually fall in line and got aboard the Hope and Change bandwagon.
As President Obama’s second term unfolded however, something occurred to me, if the Democrats ran Hillary in the 2016 General election, they would lose. Or worse yet, Hillary would be the next President and the country would be damned to 4 more years of Congressional obstruction and gridlock and a deepening polarization of the American people. It was a harsh reality for this writer, who had grown up during the Clinton years, in a Clinton household, to make the realization that the democrats and the country would be better served by someone other than Hillary Clinton. This is a truth that many life-long Demos are going to have to face and fast if they want to keep the White House out of the red. (Or orange)
Why did I come to this epiphany years ago, precisely because I HAD lived through the Clinton years and I remembered them. I remembered that those years were the beginning of the political divide that has only grown since President Clinton left office in 2000. While the mainstream media likes to tout the old glory Clinton days, I remembered the daily bombardment of accusations, personal attacks, investigations, impeachment and the fact that some people no matter what seemed to hate the Clintons and passionately.
Many people may believe that enough time has past since the 1990’s ire for the Clintons. Hillary became a Senator, did important work as Secretary of State and her husband’s administration symbolized a time and government before it all came off its wheels, before terrorism, before economic ruin and the complete destruction of bipartisan political solutions in this country. Sounds like the glory days doesn’t it?
There are just two facts that Hillary and the media seem to forget:
- We liked Bill not necessarily Hillary, and the right has never made any bones about the fact that they have never liked her.
- 20 years ago there was a will to govern. Besides a couple of policy driven government shut downs, Congress put aside its distaste for the President and still managed to do it’s job of writing and passing laws. This does not happen anymore.
If the past 7 years has taught this country anything it is that Congress is willing to halt all productivity and progress at the detriment of the country if it does not like or feels it cannot work with the President. Just ask President Obama. And who does the far right hate more than President Obama? Hillary Clinton. If the 4 year $20 million Benghazi investigation doesn’t give us a preview of what is to come with a Hillary Clinton Presidency nothing will.
But for all of you Lefties imagining a Hillary Clinton Presidency being a super highbred of a President Obama and President Bill Clinton administration you are right and here is what it will look like: scandals real and fake, multimillion-tax dollar investigations, Bill’s sex scandals, nightmarish Thanksgivings with your right wing uncle, deepening political division and more importantly expansion of Presidential powers because just like President Obama, Hillary will not be able to get much of her agenda done with the help of Congress.
For whatever reason, Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton inspire the worst in their governing counterparts, so much so, that the other side will always chose not to govern even at the expense of the country. We as Democrats could never have foreseen the overt obstructionism that came as a result of the election of President Obama. Now I am not turning on the President, I am stating a fact that he himself recognized during his last State of the Union speech. Imagine what could have been accomplished if he had not met with such opposition from Congress.
While we couldn’t foresee the obstructionism that was to be the Obama years, there is no way that ANYONE can HONESTLY say that Hillary will inspire the political Right to get on board with her liberal agenda. ANYONE can see that her administration will bring more of the same obstructionism and pure hatred from the Right.
You may realize that Bernie Sanders’ name has not been invoked in this article yet. Sanders already has your heart whether you know it or not. Hillary is working for your head and if you step back and use it, you like I, and so many others will soon realize she doesn’t make sense there either.