Will she or won’t she? That’s the question many in both parties are asking about a potential Hillary Clinton run for the presidency in 2016.
That year feels far away, but it’s not. Once the November, 2014 midterms are resolved, the presidential race will swing into high gear for any interested party.
One indicator is the Aug. 12 edition of The National Enquirer. I admit I never thought I’d cite or mention that publication when I was a young writer.
As a veteran writer, I’ve learned to cite any source whose claims are valid. The John Edwards love child scandal comes to mind. The Enquirer should have received a Pulitzer for the sordid story they broke about a man who had solid chances of winning the presidency. The tabloid, however, doesn’t belong to the good old boys and girls club that basically awards prizes to each other.
The same week, ‘leftwit’ columnist Maureen Dowd penned an editorial for de facto political tabloid, The New York Times. She titled it ‘Madam President.’
I’ve seen more than one pundit theorize about Mrs. Clinton sitting in the Oval Office. Do you think a single reporter will ask her if she’ll cover her head when she visits countries headed by radical theocrats? What kind of respect might we receive from a testosterone-obsessed country ruled by mullahs if our president agrees to cover conspicuous parts of her pantsuit and body?
Talk about that famous “war on women.”
I have to confess, however, that as a Republican, I relish the opportunity for Mrs. Clinton to assume the Democrats’ mantle. Her husband’s wandering eye aside, Hillary has a long intriguing history that is less than savory.
Her career as a U.S. senator was unremarkable, basically a stepping stone to a presidential run, other than her missed votes.
In that regard, Hillary excelled, as GovTrack noted:
From Jan 2001 to Jan 2009, Clinton missed 249 of 2,616 roll call votes, which is 9.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2009.
Nonetheless, if our former First Lady does run, The National Enquirer can bank on sizzling content (literally) and The New York Times will more than likely advocate for another Democrat.
The latest NE cover really jumped off the supermarket shelf. It’s doubtful, however, that Mrs. Clinton is pleased with the image.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 12, 2013)
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