Though currently she is — at least temporarily — out of political life, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to enjoy a strong favorability rating, now 64%.. – Hillary Clinton Is Still Popular, More So Than Obama, Biden [Gallup]
HILLARY Clinton’s comfortable front row seat just got a lot cozier. The conversations that revolve around her being a bit too rightward on foreign policy shattered in the first Boston Marathon bomb blast that jettisoned terrorism back on to the front deck of President Obama’s priorities. Hillary Clinton’s traditional muscular rhetoric ringing clear after the terrorist attack in Boston.
From Politico, Glenn Thrush and Jennifer Epstein, serve up the conventional wisdom that plays into Clinton’s hands:
President Barack Obama wasn’t shy about invoking Osama bin Laden’s killing during the 2012 campaign ““ but when it comes to his larger approach to terrorism he’s pursued a policy of speaking softly and ordering lots of drone strikes. That delicate balance was shattered by the Boston Marathon attack, thrusting a downplayed anti-terror campaign into the spotlight and the issue of terrorism to the top of Obama’s second-term priorities, at least in the short term.
President Obama never had a “downplayed anti-terror campaign,” though to the folks over at Politico if you’re not sticking someone with a cattle prod, just shy of waterboarding, you’re a little too soft for their right of center foreign policy sensibilities.
What was out of vogue in 2008 is about to be put in perfect relief. That inevitable lurch toward “homeland” rhetoric that had one ignoramus on the right squealing for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be tortured.
So, scum bag #2 in custody. Who wouldn’t use torture on this punk to save more lives?
— Greg Ball (@ball4ny) April 20, 2013
New York State Senator Ball was immediately made a hero by Sean Hannity. The countdown has begun for his run for higher office, because he’s got the mentality of a perfect candidate for Congress. He also represents the type of politician who shifts elections to the right and brings out the most committed, people who aren’t always high information voters.
After Bush-Cheney, no one wanted to hear from Hillary, whose vote on Iraq came off as discordant clanging at a time when everyone wanted change, even if it came with only a promise. This same hope is what got her husband elected in 1992, against all the odds.
Obama’s true believers have had to digest that Obama and Hillary are flip sides of the same Democratic coin, with whatever his candidacy marketed not matching up to the mindless drone war, absorbing the same executive powers George W. Bush expanded, and the weapons of mass destruction charge against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, after waiting to read Suspect 2 his Miranda rights.
Hillary Clinton voted to give George W. Bush power to go to war, because being in the White House with her husband she believed a president should have whatever power he needs to do what he feels is best.
At no time in his presidency has Barack Obama disagreed with this supposition and has instead embraced the premise. It’s what members of the Presidents Club do.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, the former senator from New York who helped pick up the city after 9/11, is remembering those days and what it means to have power when evil comes knocking. The terrorism that hit Boston has got to jettison her back when she was in the thick of saving New York City. It’s got to pull on her hearts strings, as it does ours, too, but it also reminds her what it was like to be in government and be able to make the difference.
With the Boston terrorist attack in the rearview mirror as she lives a civilian life outside of the action, it’s got to weigh on Hillary Clinton what it would mean to be president. How can it not?
What voters will be thinking by 2016 we can hardly know, but it won’t be the same atmosphere as 2008. Tough on terrorism is about to make a comeback.
There’s no one who doubts that Hillary Clinton is tough. It weighed against her in 2008, but if she chooses to run in 2016 it will once again become one of her leading advantages.
This was always going to come back around to this point in a country that feeds off of masculine rhetoric at times of peril, which is the only thing that the broader American public recognizes. Coupled with Clinton’s soft power prowess the combination remains lethal for Republicans.