Obviously, past performance is no guarantee of future results. Democrats chose the next guy in line in 2000 — Vice President Al Gore — and they may well do so again. But speaking from across the aisle, it’s just this one observer’s opinion that Democrats would be poorly served by following the Republican example when President Obama’s term ends. – David Frum
A FEMINIST David Frum is not. He’s also not a man with a sense of women’s history.
Hillary Clinton is older than Barack Obama, Frum states. That is not the real problem, however.
The ethics! That’s one problem.
Oh, and then there’s her husband, too. Of course, how could President Bill Clinton be anything but an albatross?
But the real issue is… wait for it…
Yet the biggest risk to Democrats from a Hillary Clinton nomination is not that it would be generationally backward-looking — or that it would reopen embarrassing ethical disputes — but that it would short-circuit the necessary work of party renewal.
Party renewal? …for Democrats?
That Frum completely misses any reference to women, girls, the tapping of an economic stream that could ricochet around the globe through the activism of more women rising to lead, none of this makes a dent.
Republicans never cease to amaze me when it comes to underestimating the importance of women’s leadership and what the Hillary Effect’s continued reverberation could mean to the world, especially if she became the first female Democratic nominee in American history.
If Hillary Clinton became president, the impact on women’s rights and the ability for women of every culture to take a step forward would rebound exponentially.
Nothing is a bigger nightmare for Republicans than Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic nominee.
David Frum knows better than anyone that Republicans have no equal on their side.