11/05/2004

Look Out: Here Comes Hillary!

In a recent Associated Press article, many Democrats are being mentioned as possible candidates for a run in the 2008 presidential election. Hillary Clinton just happens to be one of those posturing for an eventual run at the White House. She already has name recognition and a wide following. Other contenders named were John Edwards and possibly John Kerry. It will be an election in which both the Republican and Democratic nominations will be up for grab.

If given the Democratic nod to run in 2008, Hillary might find herself suffering the same fate as would be president John Kerry did in 2004. Namely for reasons like being a liberal Democrat coming from the Northeast. I think Hillary will be given the 2008 Democratic nomination, but I just don't see her being moderate enough to get elected. I do believe however that she would put up one heck of a fight and I do think that she would win a couple of southern states- namely Arkansas. It makes me laugh to think of Bill being the first First-man in the White House. I think Hillary would find much of her time going to making sure Bill kept his hands off of any female staff or visitors.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would have to agree with you on the idea that Hillary Clinton would probably not be elected. Name recognition and a wide array of followers won't get you elected in this country. I honestly think it would be great to have a woman president, but I just don't agree with Hillary on many of the issues. What would the country be like if we had a woman president? Do you think it would be much different than it is now or do you think it would be the same?

John West said...

I've said it before women are very bright, often times more than men, but I don't know what would happen with a female president in the White House when it came to national defense issues. I don't think that it would be very easy for a woman to take decisive action against an enemy. I would worry about such countries as North Korea and Iran taking advantage of a trusting female president. However, there are many issues that I believe a female president would excel in. Issues such as education and social security would definately be top priorities I'm sure for a female president.

peter_parker said...

The 2008 election will be interesting. It seems likely that Hillary will get the nod, but her strategy will have to differ from Kerry's. She is going to have to look west for some votes, and not just California, Oregon and Washington. It will be a heck of a run, considering all the people the Clinton's know and what type of back-handed plots they'll come up with. Arkansas won't vote Hillary. They hate the Clintons and were happy that he left the state for the presidency. I agree that she won't be elected but I'm sure she'll have plenty of dirty trick up her sleeve to make it interesting.

daniel said...

Hillary in the White House is not something I would like to see happen, but don’t count her as lost. It’s not like Bush won the last election by a land slide. Just for the fact that Hillary is a woman might give her the edge over the Republican Party. Hillary running for president might bring out people to vote that may not normally vote, and vote for her just to get the first woman president, regardless of the platform she runs on for office.

Janet said...

During the past election it was said that single women, with or without children, voted for President Bush because they felt more secure with him in office. Wouldn't these women who voted for security instead of politics be more likely to vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman? Women feel more secure knowing that a woman is in office because they feel she will do the best thing. Women seem to trust their own gender more. Would those undecided voters who have no political views go towards a woman president just to see what happens? I think our society might go for curiousity instead of who they feel is right.

This could also have the same affect in the opposite direction. Some feel that a woman would not have as much power no matter how good her views are. This could turn the undecided voters towards a male because they feel he will be accepted. Would other countries look at a woman the same way as a man? That could be the big question as to whether Hillary Clinton is our next president.

Bruce Banner said...

Please not Hillary Clinton for President. It will be interesting on how the 2008 elections come about.

Julie said...

A couple elections ago Clinton ran against Dole and I remember thinking that it should be the wives running, not the husbands. Hillary has a lot of supporters and a lot of people who can't stand her. I met her once when I lived in New York. She's brilliant, personable, and very strong. Most New Yorkers think she's done an excellent job in the Senate. Despite the fact that I think she'd be great as President, I doubt she'll get elected any time soon. I think most of the country isn't ready for a woman in the Oval Office. As for doubts about a woman's ability to handle issues of national defense, it didn't seem to be a big problem when Margaret Thatcher was England's PM.

Maudi said...

Hillary Clinton is a great lady I'll give her that but, there is the one issue of respect. Many people will not respect a woman. I'm not say that I wouldn't but, there are a lot of uneducated people out there that think it is impossible for a woman to be president. I also agree the the Democratic party is so off the mark with their beliefs and their comments that I don't think very many people would support a Domocrate winning.

Kova said...

I think it would be absolutely great for Hillary to run for President. I don't see many other women that could even have half the chance at winning that Hillary would have. I can't really say that I am surprised either. Hillary has been working toward this for a long time and she would probably get my vote!

Student 01 said...

Hillary doesn't have a prayer!!! At least not yet, there are a lot of people who would vote for her, but I don't think that the greater population would be willing to vote for her. The sad part about it is that there decision to not vote for her would be based on the fact that she is a woman, I wouldn't vote for her because she is against almost every thing I believe in. What would really be interesting is if both major parties nominated a woman for their presidential candidates, who knows maybe Ralph Nader would win more then 1% of the vote.

Dr. Tufte said...

Let me send you off to Brad Delong's Semi-Daily Journal for his thoughts on Hillary Clinton. Delong is a well-known economist at Berkeley. From his blog it is pretty easy to see that he is a serious Democrat. So serious that he worked with the Clinton White House on health care reform in the mid 90s. Here's a snippet of what he has to say about Hillary:

"My two cents' worth--and I think it is the two cents' worth of everybody who worked for the Clinton Administration health care reform effort of 1993-1994--is that Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life. Heading up health-care reform was the only major administrative job she has ever tried to do. And she was a complete flop at it. She had neither the grasp of policy substance, the managerial skills, nor the political smarts to do the job she was then given. And she wasn't smart enough to realize that she was in over her head ..."

For me, this view is definitive.