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.