UPON President Obama’s return to Washington, what greeted the Obama White House was the most devastating of all developments that will very likely make the Obama guard dogs nervous, if not rabid. The Hill announced the Beltway is moving on. Elite Democrats already making way for Hillary, starting to knock on her door to help them get elected in 2014.
It comes just after Senator Claire McCaskill suddenly and surprisingly endorsed her 2016 candidacy, then admitted that Hillary Clinton had called her after she did.
“She did call me after this all happened the other day; we had a great conversation. I’m not going to talk about what we said but I think she’s got a big decision to make and I think she’s in the process of making it, and I think the more people that are out there urging her to run, I think it will help grow the grass-roots effort.” – Senator Claire McCaskill [on "Morning Joe"]
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand began this “grass-roots effort” over a year ago when she stated, “I’m going to be one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016.”
The object is to give Hillary Clinton no choice but to take on the presidency again, which I wrote also over a year ago in “Hillary’s No.”
The Hill’s mischief reveals elite Democrats are looking forward too, which should trouble the Obama administration, because it threatens to throw the trip wire on Obama’s lame duck status before immigration reform and other important second term agenda items can be concluded. Talking about President Obama’s “star power could fade,” sounds like typical Beltway curse material in a short attention span media environment that’s always waiting for the next big story.
It’s important to note that Hillary Clinton has kept herself under the radar since leaving the State Department, being nothing but a loyal soldier for President Obama and the Administration, with these types of stories unhelpful and nothing a new start on a brand new presidential run needs. What’s in Hillary’s interest, as well as the country’s, is that President Obama stay effective as long as possible, so you can bet Hillary isn’t interested in jeopardizing that and neither is anyone who wants to see her Twitter TBD turned into a 2016 announcement.
The opening line of The Hill article is intentionally meant to burn, as well as churn up old grudges, the surest way Clinton’s potential White House bid could become unnecessarily contentious by dredging up ’08 wounds, something on which I’m an expert. Nothing would make the Beltway bunch happier than to see big battle headlines of old. It brings eyes to the page and sells advertising, even if it doesn’t help Obama or Clinton or Democrats, let alone the future of the country, which is the only thing that matters to Hillary Clinton. An excerpt from the article:
Democrats in Washington are starting to shift from the Obamas to the Clintons. …
“The political focus of the Democratic Party will shift to Hillary, and in some ways it has already,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), who, as a staunch Clinton supporter, has an interest in seeing his forecast come true.
… “There is a cautious presumption that the nomination is hers for the taking,” said Phil Singer, deputy communications manager for Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
That caution is in place for a reason: There is a danger that Clinton could peak too early. She was the heavy favorite in the 2008 Democratic race before narrowly losing to Obama.
The nonsense that Hillary Clinton “could peak to early” is conventional Washington wisdom that misses by a mile something far larger. It’s not the peak that matters, but the initial trajectory of the campaign that does. The WHY IS SHE RUNNING? thing, the purpose behind her candidacy thing, but also who is standing behind her when she announces, if that’s what she chooses to do.
What Clinton needs behind her is a deep bench of women from all generations, including sitting senators. If Clinton announces, the change has to be in the first image that blasts across the media. When she announced in 2007, she was sitting in her home on a couch covered in beautiful floral fabric, taking boring questions from the masses, something I criticized out of the gate. By the time she ended the 2008 campaign she’d turned into Fighting Hillary, with masses of middle class and working women and men behind her as she fought for the American dream. There won’t be a chance for this evolution in 2016. Hillary and her team will have to make the statement behind her campaign from the start and it must begin with a change means electing the first female president of the United States, because the best, most qualified candidate happens to be a woman.
No one is going to elect a woman for the sake of it, not in America.
Whatever men have to work for, women have to work even harder, while accepting less for it, wait longer and come with more money, more backing and more of a surge into the field than any man needs.
The bar for Hillary’s potential announcement is already sky high, so don’t think for a second this will be a walk. It won’t be on any scale. One glitch or bad move and you’ll have the Game Change boys and the chattering cliterati, led by Maureen Dowd, Peggy Noonan as back up, prematurely announcing Hillary’s blown it.
Gillibrand, McCaskill, Emily’s List, eventually, this will be a start, but to make it work Hillary Clinton will have to have millennial women behind her, even those who don’t agree fully with her on everything, standing up to say that men have tried for over 200 years and it’s our turn now. Not because it’s owed to us, though it is after all the men we’ve put in office, including the White House, but because the best candidate qualified to take on the job of the presidency is Hillary Clinton.
I’ve been voting for decades and I can’t remember a man I voted for that I agreed with on all things. So, here’s a news flash, Hillary Clinton will be no different. We will also have to hold her accountable, because this is no fan club. It’s about the future of this country and the reality that every single politician must be moved in directions that put America on a more progressive trajectory when it’s easier to do it the old fashion way that hasn’t worked before.
Given the entrenched nature of getting elected in the American political system this won’t be easy. It never is.
For now, however, we wait, hoping President Obama recovers from his air balls.