Now that 2015 is underway, so to is the race for the 2016 presidential nominations. With no official declarations on either side, one can surmise that certain persons on both sides will surely throw their political hats into the cesspool of presidential politics. The most feared candidate on the Democrat side of the aisle (at least the most feared by moderate Republicans), is Hillary Clinton. Remember her, the smartest women, nay, the smartest person in the world who was destined for the presidency in 2008, until little known community agitator Barack Obama ripped the scepter of presidential power from her chubby little hand.
I never understood some Republicans' debilitating fear of Hillary Clinton, the woman who lost her party's nomination that was understood by everyone on both sides of the political spectrum to be a fait accompli. The reason was clear; she was a bad candidate that was bound to lose to any of the Republican challengers being considered by GOP primary voters. Democrat Party stalwart Teddy Kennedy understood this and threw his rather weighty support behind Barack Obama to avoid being trapped in the burning wreckage of the Hillary campaign.
When one examines the career of the Left's favorite career woman, it is obvious that the Hillary train of failure and non-success somehow dragged itself into the station of political power. This is a woman who was dismissed from the Watergate committee by her Democrat superior for, in his words, "Ethical violations and lying." Having no political star of her own, she tied herself to Bill Clinton's coattails and hung on for dear life.
Hillary was given a position at the prestigious Rose Law Firm in Little Rock Arkansas, in spite of her ethical violations, because she was the wife of the state's attorney general and latter governor. In all the years she spent at the firm she never tried one case, but rather met with important clients of the firm as a physical representation of the firm's conduit to the highest levels of power in the Arkansas state government.
Hillary's failure continued as First Lady when what was suppose to be her crowning achievement, universal healthcare, went up in a spectacular political fireball of ineptness and illegality. Some may have forgotten that Hillary's healthcare task force was found by a federal judge to have been formulated illegally. The rest of her husband's term in office Hillary was relegated to baking cookies and handling Bill's bimbo eruptions, which seem to be popping up as frequently as gas pains after a bad Mexican meal.
After the eight years of the Clinton administration Hillary was rewarded for her loyalty to Bill and the party with a New York senate seat, for which she ran virtually unopposed. To say that her senate career was undistinguished is an understatement on par with saying ISIS is a slightly aggressive organization. And then there is her campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination to which I alluded earlier in this post.
The 2008 campaign was the longest stretch of campaigning in which Hillary had ever engaged, and the party bulls like Ted Kennedy did not like what they saw. Placing her on the top of the ticket against John McCain and Sarah Palin was seen as political suicide and so she was thrown under the bus in favor of, as Joe Biden put it, "A clean articulate black man." She was thrown the bone of Secretary of State (a position in which she not only did not distinguish herself, but was a total failure) to soothe her hurt feelings with the promise that next time it would be her turn.
Here we are, ground zero of next time, and my guess is the Democrat Party establishment will find some way to deny Hillary again. But what about the polls that say Hillary Clinton is still one of the most popular figures in American politics? Well, I think they have been created to form opinion, not reflect it. If she really was that popular, why did her book sell so embarrassingly few copies? If ever there was a paper tiger in American politics, it is Hillary. That is why I will be saddened if she is not the Democrat Party's nominee for 2016. She is, after all, the most beatable candidate ever in presidential politics.