Thanks Nanna
Is the epically failing Barack Obama, reigning as he is over the economic, military and geo-political decline of our country, making it impossible for Hillary Clinton to succeed him as president? As our ill-starred president's fortunes go from bad to worse in domestic and foreign policy-with the Mideast exploding with sectarian violence rushing (it seems) towards war, and an unpopular health care law that punishes middle and upper income folks to subsidize insurance for the poor, prospects for Hillary in 2016 grow dimmer by the day.
With 79% of Americans believing that Obamanomics is a flat-out failure and that the economy is still in recession and likely to get worse what can Hillary run on in 2016 if growth remains stagnant or worsens by then? Her only out is to distance herself from Obama's policies and run to his right on her husband's record of cutting taxes, spending and balancing the budget with the promise that it will fix the economy and send it soaring as happened in the 1990s. But that would alienate her leftward moving Democrat base who wants to double down on Obama's policies believing that he under-taxed, under-spent and redistributed too little wealth to restore prosperity. But if Hillary runs a tax and spend campaign of fairness, redistribution and more stimulus she'll risk alienating Independents who are alarmed by record deficits and debt imperiling our future.
As for Obamacare what can Hillary propose in its place? Hillarycare that failed passage in the 1990s? Single payer universal healthcare that failed in Massachusetts and was the reason for Romneycare? Given the massive and growing distrust of the federal government voters will oppose total Washington takeover of their healthcare lives.
And speaking of distrust another key issue that will certainly spell trouble for Hillary in 2016 is honest government. After eight years of the most mendacious president in US history riddled with scandals, cover-ups and unconstitutional lawlessness Americans will be hungry for a truly transparent and candid leader who says what he means and means what he says and respects the laws of the land. With an impeached president for a husband who lied about the Lewinsky affair and her deliberate lies on Benghazi to the victim's parents and nation Hillary (with a closet full of skeletons) will have little credibility that she would make a trustworthy president
And lastly, there's the novelty of finally having a woman in the White House with Democrats braying the time has come and her name is Hillary. But that won't sit well with most voters since their blind election of the first Afro-American president (who they preferred to Hillary) backfired on them. In 2016 voters will be looking for substance in a candidate not image, charisma and novelty which did nothing but raise false hopes for them in 2008.


  1. She is an unprincipled liar at least since she was thrown off of the Waterfate Committee. As more comes out on Benghazi she will drop in the polls. She will never be President

  2. The popularity of Christy was because of his fame for being so straight forward. In truth that would be a bad thing when talking to world leaders. They appreciate honesty, not rudeness. Besides he is a passing fad. He lost me a long time ago when he appointed a Muslim for judge. That alone will lose a lot of people.
    We will have someone strong come out before long.
    I can think of several that make Christy look stupid. Allan West for one, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz to name a few. There will be others that will come forward between now and 2016.
    Hillary will look weak and exposed.

  3. Apollo,
    Bartstar’s post reminded me that sometimes I get so caught up in my remarks that I fail to tell you what a good and accurate article you have written. Forgive me my selfish oversight.

  4. Show the picture of Ambassador Stevens being cattle prodded and tortured in Benghazi alongside a picture of Hillary! saying “What does it matter.”

  5. For those who may have forgotten what kind of a President Bill Clinton was here it is in all its nausiating detail as posted by John W at Red State:

    1) Clinton’s own words show his often expressed innate hostility to, and utter contempt for, the core principles of the American founding:

    “If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.’’ — President Bill Clinton, August 12, 1993

    “The purpose of government is to reign in the rights of the people’’ –- Bill Clinton during an interview on MTV in 1993

    “We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans…that we forget about reality.’’ — President Bill Clinton, quoted in USA Today, March 11, 1993, Page 2A, “NRA change: `Omnipotent to powerful’’’ by Debbie Howlett

    “When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly… that they would work for the common good, as well as for the individual welfare… However, now there’s a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there’s too much freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it.” – Bill Clinton, April 19, 1995

    2) Clinton inevitably pursued his own political advantage at the expense of American interests and national security. Here is just one of many possible examples:

    It is well documented that Clinton and the Democrats took illegal campaign money from groups and individuals tied directly to the Chinese People’s Republican Army. It is therefore not surprising that In January 1998 Clinton went against the advice of then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Pentagon experts by lifting long-standing restrictions against the export of American satellites to China for launch on Chinese rockets. Not only did he move control over such decisions from the more security-focused State Department to the Commerce Department, but he intervened in a Justice Department investigation of Loral Space & Communications, retroactively enabling Loral to sell critical missile technology to the Chinese. Interestingly enough, Clinton’s decision was made at the request of Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz, whose earlier $1.3 million campaign donation made him the single biggest contributor to the Democratic election effort.

    The result, as stated eloquently by syndicated columnist Linda Bowles, was that “the Democrats got money from satellite companies and from Chinese communists; China got supercomputors, advanced production equipment and missile technology; Loral got its satellites launched at bargain basement prices . . . and the transfer of sensitive missile technology gave China [for the first time] the capability of depositing bombs on American cities.” Incidentally, Loral ultimately failed to benefit from this permanent injury to America’s security interests: in July 2003, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, and in order to raise cash was forced to sell its most profitable business – a fleet of communications satellites orbiting over North America.

    3) On two occasions, Clinton used military action for the specific purpose of distracting the American public from the fallout of the Lewinsky affair:

    • On August 20, three days after Clinton finally admitted publicly to the Lewinsky affair, the news media was poised to focus on that day’s grand jury testimony by Monica Lewinsky. That same morning, Clinton personally went on national television to gravely announce his bombing of a Sudanese “chemical weapons factory,” and a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. It was the first time most Americans ever heard the name of Osama bin Laden. The factory bombing in Sudan killed an innocent night watchman, but accomplished little else. It later was proven that the plant was making badly needed pharmaceuticals for people in that poverty-stricken part of the world, but no chemical weapons.

    Several months later, the U.S. Center for Nonproliferation Studies, part of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, stated: “…the evidence indicates that the facility had no role whatsoever in chemical weapons development.” Kroll Associates, one of the world’s most reputable investigative firms, also confirmed that there was no link in any way between the plant and any terrorist organization. As for the Afghanistan bombing, it failed to do any damage at all to bin Laden or his organization. Clinton’s action was accurately characterized by George W. Bush when he said right after 9-11: “When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt.

    Clinton’s pointless and murderous military actions did not make Americans safer that day, although they did destroy an innocent life, and for all the good they did certainly could have been delayed in any case. But they did succeed in diverting media attention from Lewinsky’s grand jury testimony for a 24-hour news cycle, which was the main point. So I guess, they weren’t a total loss.

    •On December 16, 1998, on the eve of the scheduled House vote on his impeachment, Bill Clinton launched a surprise bombing attack on Baghdad. As justification for this exploit, he cited the urgent threat that Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction posed to America, and the need for immediate action. Almost immediately, the House Democrats held a caucus and emerged calling for a delay in the impeachment proceedings. House minority leader Dick Gephardt made a statement: “We obviously should pass a resolution by saying that we stand behind the troops. I would hope that we do not take up impeachment until the hostilities have completely ended.”

    Conveniently, a delay so near the end of the House term would have caused the vote to be taken up in the next session – when the newly elected House membership would be seated with more Democratic representation, thereby improving Clinton’s chances of dodging impeachment.

    The Republicans did, in fact, agree to delay the hearings, but only for a day or two. Amazingly, Clinton ended the bombing raid after only 70 hours — once it became clear that in spite of the brief delay, the vote would still be held in the current session.

    Once the bombing stopped, Clinton touted the effectiveness and importance of the mission. As reported by ABC News : “We have inflicted significant damage on Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction programs, on the command structures that direct and protect that capability, and on his military and security infrastructure,” he said. Defense secretary William Cohen echoed the point: “We estimate that Saddam’s missile program has been set back by at least a year.”

    Whether or not one buys Clinton’s assessment of that mission, it is difficult to believe that its timing was so critical that it required commencement virtually at the moment the House was scheduled to vote on the impeachment. I think the most reasonable conclusion is that Clinton cynically deployed US military assets and placed military personnel in harm’s way for purely political reasons.

    4) Clinton’s reckless sexual behavior was a threat to American national security:

    Clinton and his supporters have been very effective in persuading large numbers of Americans that the Lewinsky scandal was “only about sex.” But I see a bigger issue here, because Clinton is on record as saying that he would have done anything to keep knowledge of the Lewinsky affair from becoming public.

    To me, that statement raises a very serious question: What if, instead of sending her recorded Lewinsky conversations to Ken Starr, Linda Tripp had instead secretly offered them for sale, say, to the Chinese government? Or to the Russians? Or even to agents of Saddam?

    What kind of blackmail leverage would those tapes have provided to a foreign government in dealing with America on sensitive trade, security or military issues? One of the few things Clinton ever said that I believe is that he would have done anything to keep the Lewinsky affair secret. Given his demonstrated track record of selling out American interests for personal or political gain (and there are more examples that I could have cited here), how far would he have gone in compromising America’s real interests in order to protect his own neck when threatened with blackmail?

    Pretty far, I believe. Equally distressing is the prospect Clinton might, in fact, have succumbed to foreign black mail on other occasions in order to hide different sexual episodes that ultimately did not become public. There is no way to know, of course, but I prefer presidents for whom such a scenario is not a plausible possibility.

    And don’t even get me started on the war crime in Kosovo.


    During Bill Clinton’s 1999 NATO-led war in Kosovo – which according to some estimates cost as much as $75 billion – we bombed Belgrade for 78 days, killed almost 3,000 civilians, and shredded the civilian infrastructure (including every bridge across the Danube.)

    We devastated the environment, bombed the Chinese embassy, came very close to engaging in armed combat against Russian forces, and in general, pursued a horrific and inhumane strategy to rain misery on the civilian population of Belgrade in order to pressure Milosevic into surrendering.

    Why did we do all that? The US did not even have an arguable interest in the Balkans, and no one ever tried to claim that Serbia represented any kind of threat to our nation or our interests.

    But for months the Clinton administration had told us that Milosevic was waging a vicious genocide against Albanian Muslims, and needed to be stopped. The New York Times called it a “humanitarian war.” In March 1999 – the same month that the bombing started – Clinton’s State Department publicly suggested that as many as 500,000 Albanian Kosovars had been murdered by Milosevic’s regime. In May of that year, as the bombing campaign was drawing to a close, Secretary of Defense William Cohen lowered that estimate 100,000.

    Five years after the bombing, after all the forensic investigations had been completed, the prosecutors at Milosevic’s “War Crimes” trial in the Hague were barely been able to document a questionable figure of perhaps 5,000 “bodies and body parts.” During the war, the American people were told that Kosovo was full of mass graves filled with the bodies of murdered Albanian Muslims. But none were ever found.


    During the election cycle of 1992, George H.W. Bush lost his job after Bill Clinton hammered him relentlessly for having caused the “worst economy of the last 50 years.”

    In fact, as CNN’s Brooke Jackson has reported: “Three days before Christmas 1992, the National Bureau of Economic Research finally issued its official proclamation that the recession had ended 21 months earlier. What became the longest boom in U.S. history actually began nearly two years before Clinton took office.” See (See

    By the same token, Clinton is generally perceived as having a stellar economic record during his own presidency, in spite of the fact that the economy was already starting to decline during the last year of his term after the stock market crashed in March 2000.

    According to a report by MSNBC: “The longest economic expansion in U.S. history faltered so much in the summer of 2000 that business output actually contracted for one quarter, the government said Wednesday in releasing a comprehensive revision of the gross domestic product. Based on new data, the Commerce Department said that the GDP — the country’s total output of goods and services — shrank by 0.5 percent at an annual rate in the July-September quarter of 2000.” See:

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