Here’s the Nonsense: Hillary’s missing her opportunity by not pursuing the Democrat nomination for president in 2012.
Here’s the Horse Sense: Hillary Clinton stated this morning on NBC’s Today Show that it’s time for others to step up, that she’d made her contribution. She is confirming that she is not interested in running for president.
Now something about this doesn’t quite add up. For years we’ve heard that Hillary is ultra-ambitious and would not miss the opportunity to take power, especially the position of most powerful leader on the planet. She’s the obvious front-runner if she wants to challenge the current occupant of the White House for the nomination. Many in the Democrat Party wish she would have gotten it in 2008.
President Obama has been an utter disappointment and disaster for the Democrats. They have had no failure of this magnitude since President Jimmy Carter who, up until now, has been referred to as the worst president in history. There have to be many on the left side of the aisle that wish they had a different candidate to run than the incumbent.
But even though there is opportunity for her there, Hillary probably realizes that a Democrat presidency, if it were to win in 2012, is a guaranteed failure. And certainly the last thing Hillary wants is a legacy that screams failure.
Hillary’s dilemma is simply that the Democrat methods of turning the economy around cannot work. They’ve already proved it. The old definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Certainly someone who is wise would not do that.
Hillary sees the handwriting on the wall. To challenge President Obama she has to have different answers than he does. She sees that his answers have not worked. She can see that the only solution is to cut expenses, cut taxes, and reduce the size of government. But if she claims that position, then she is embracing the position of the conservative Republicans. Even if she could get the nomination with that kind of platform, what would she do to win against the Republicans with the same platform in the general election?
On the other hand, if she were to take on the typical Democrat answer of tax and spend she would be bound to fail. She might go into office with hopes of being seen as a savior to the country, but she’d be guaranteed failure. However, if she bows out now she walks away with a legacy that she is proud of. She is not seen as a failure like her current boss will be. And later, she can always choose to run. She’s not old. She’s only 63. She can wait 4 or even 8 years and choose to run then if she wants. Even though people used to be concerned about people in their 70’s running for president, we are now continually reminded that 70 is the new 60.
Hillary might just be tired and ready to retire from public service, which is certainly her choice. But her reputation and prior actions don’t show her as someone who walks away. She understands the insurmountable task a Democrat would face should they win the White House again in 2012. She might not be as ready to leave public service as she is just plain wise.