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John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat

John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat
Source: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Hill: Opinion- Judd Gregg- Dems Now Look Ahead to Hillary: Not Time to Get on the HRC Bandwagon Just Yet


The Hill: Opinion- Judd Gregg- Dems Now Look Ahead to Hillary

At risk of sounding like a sexist, even though I'm not, I'm not on the so-called HRC Bandwagon just yet, because the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton president in the third month of 2014 is more than 2.5 years away from the 2016 presidential election and she's not running as a liberal or a progressive or a centrist but as what I call a safe, electable, "resume" Democrat. In other words, vote for her not only because she can win but also because of what she's done in the past and what she's been doing since her husband left the White House 13 years ago.

I have a prediction:  Senator/Secretary Clinton or whatever title she goes by now (I doubt it's First Lady) will not be elected president unless she's able to communicate why she wants the job other than being the first female President of the United States.  It is an awesome job in the real sense of the word because of the power and responsibility that comes with it. It is the most important job in the world and even the far left now understands that, as much as they may hate giving America credit for anything positive. Some Democrats, hopefully real center-left liberals, will run to fill the void left by Mrs. Clinton if she decides to run for president without a message and vision for the country.

That Democrat will probably be under 60, or just 60 in Brian Schweitzer's case, or perhaps in my generation and born in the 1960s or so.  That person will be charming and well-liked, and be able to communicate with young people, raise a lot of money from them, and get them to organize and work for him or her. This sounds familiar because that is how a freshmen U.S. Senator from Illinois got elected president in 2008.  He was from the post-Clinton generation and had a different message than Hillary did in 2008. Actually, he had a message and Hillary had a name and would have represented a milestone had she been elected President.


What the Clinton campaign should've learned from 2008 is that a great name or even a great resume, which she doesn't have, is not enough to be rewarded with the most awesome (again real sense of the word) job in the world. You have to at least know why you are applying for it beyond setting some new milestone, and you have to be able to explain to people why you should have the job. And this should go without saying, you have to be able to communicate what is it exactly you would do with the job if you were hired. And these are questions I believe Hillary hasn't answered and why she isn't President now.  She will need to address these issues to get the job.