What is today\’s demonstration that Hillary Clinton has no lock on the 2016 election?
I have two links/excerpts to provide you.
I\’ll start from the right, with this excerpt from Thomas Lifson\’s latest blog for americanthinker.com:
We live in an age of narratives, not news. The narrative in the mainstream media is that Hillary Clinton is “inevitable” as the Democratic nominee, with supporting polling data from the New York Times (that oversamples Democrats and under-samples Republicans) manufactured to support the narrative. But the real news, what people need to know, is that Hillary looks like a disaster-in-the-making, with very poor campaign skills and an indefensible record overseeing foreign policy disasters that have exploded in the face of Obama.
But some in the mainstream media are beginning to shed their reluctance to say that the empress has no clothes. Check out this editorial from the Miami Herald (hat tip: Jerry Schmitt)
The aura of inevitability in which Hillary Clinton basked for so long has smacked up against the reality of the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. And both she and the Democratic Party are worse off. (snip)
…Mrs. Clinton comes with baggage, the contents of which should be examined, explained. The dubious sources of donations to the Clinton Foundation, for instance, are fair game.
Hugh Hewitt, who has no problems at all with the truth, is even blunter, writing at the Washington Examiner:
I cannot be the only pundit who believes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton\’s reckless disregard for American national security is disqualifying. This was made manifest in one particular episode of almost unimaginable fecklessness: her selfish, and at best marginally legal, choice to maintain a non-secure server in her home from which she sent non-secure emails to and fro around the world.
Former Deputy Director of the CIA Michael Morell cannot be the only intelligence professional who believes all of that Internet traffic to and from Chez Clinton was compromised, monitored by foe and friend alike.
It can\’t be just the members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi who are stunned at what the smallest slice of the smallest part of the not completely erased Hillary email trove has already uncovered.
And now, from the left, we have this excerpt from Nick Desai\’s blog for huffingtonpost.com
It\’s time to say out loud what we all already know. It\’s not Hillary. It just isn\’t. After the inspired and historic leadership of President Obama, we don\’t want his runner up from 2008. After the genuine and authentic article, we don\’t want the 3D printed likeness, no matter how realistic it may appear. Whether it\’s that she\’s too corporate or too conflicted, or it\’s just that the Clinton name has been in our face for far too long, it isn\’t Hillary. The sooner we accept that, the better chance we have to do something about it before it\’s too late.
I can\’t believe I am actually agreeing with the right wing\’s favorite radio gasbag, but he\’s right in saying that the media is propping up Hillary because she\’s vulnerable.
Hillary\’s mistakes are manifold, and continue to compound daily. First, she\’s just way too corporate. I fault no one for making $25 million on paid speeches, but it isn\’t the best way to sell yourself as the candidate who can champion working class Americans. What\’s more, she stayed in our face way too long. She didn\’t retreat from the limelight, regroup and re-launch as Hillary2.0. Hillary 2015 isn\’t a refreshing new look at a familiar face; it is a tired retread whose freshest idea yet has been the burrito bowl she ate at Chipotle. She could have taken a step back to develop bold new ideas for a big problem like climate change or opportunity inequality. Instead, she sold her speeches to the highest bidder thinking she can just shift from Corporate Clinton to Candidate Clinton anytime she wants.
But the worst thing is, she is actually uninspiring.
Interesting that these two folks who, politically speaking, are about as far apart as Arctica and Antarctica, can come to the same conclusion.
Sorta makes you think there\’s something to it.
To Mr, Lifson and Mr. Desai…and Mr. Hewitt and the Miami Herald editorial board…welcome to the club. I assume you join me in what I have been saying here for over a month:
Hillary Clinton inevitable? Believe me, she\’s evitable.