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Knocking Hillary

July 1st, 2013

How do you know Hillary has a good shot at winning the 2016 election? Republicans are scared spitless of her. You can tell by the fact that the continuously declare her candidacy for 2016 dead. They thought that they had her at Benghazi, but that turned out to be worse for the Republicans, as Romney discovered to his chagrin.

Now? Her age.

Stuart Stevens, the top strategist for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, declared to an audience of reporters at a breakfast last month that electing Hillary Rodham Clinton would be like going back in time. “She’s been around since the ’70s,” he said.

At a conservative conference earlier in the year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, ridiculed the 2016 Democratic field as “a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls,’ ” referring to Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is 70.

First, notice that they don’t say how old she’ll be—69—when she would be inaugurated; instead, they use the word “70’s” and compare her to a man in his seventies as well as fictional characters into their seventies.

And after all, Republicans never nominate old people to office. After all, Mitt Romney was a buoyantly chipper 65. And look at Dubya, he was no more than 54 when he took office.

But then we have Bush Sr., who was 68 when he started his second term. And, oh yeah, Reagan, who was 69 in his first term, 73 in his second. And John McCain, who would have started at 72. And oh yeah, Bob Dole, who would have been 73.

In fact, when the average age of 5 of your last 6 nominees was exactly 69 at the onset of a term they ran for, I don’t think you can go around knocking the leading Democratic candidate for being exactly that age when she would take office.

So, what’s next?

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  1. July 2nd, 2013 at 06:21 | #1

    It’s weird, but I never think of Hillary as being quite so old. She looks pretty decent for a 60 plus. She’s in plenty good shape too.

    And if presidencies were won or lost based on looks, I think she’d have a shot. But no, they’re based on who people can get in their pockets, and their ability to continue to push forth the dark lord’s agenda.

    Hillary is too moderate, even for a Democrat. Obama was a protest vote against the asshattery that placed Bush in a position of executive power. But he’s old news now. He’s the sweet ol’ insane man who once thought he was making decisions. People are ready for another radical. Romney wasn’t it is all. But they’ll get it right next time, and then, bye bye Democrats, for another 8 years.

    And this, from a Democrat.

  2. Tim
    July 4th, 2013 at 14:18 | #2

    They’ll be lucky if it is Hillary. It could also be Elizabeth Warren or that new fighting fighter down in Texas, Wendy Davis.

    They’ll likely lose all minority and women voters. This should keep the Republicans out of the White House until 2024. Sooner or later a conservative on the bench will die. The reagan revolution will be over. Hillary will have outlive the Vast right wing conspiracy that will have attacked her all of her career. She will throw the first shovels of soil upon their casket.

  3. Troy
    July 6th, 2013 at 03:32 | #3

    I hope Hillary runs and wins but the Dems are going to need to take the House, too!

    And keep the Senate.

    Hey it’s election time in Japan!

    Support for the parties (NHK poll of 7-9 June 2013):

    LDP 41.7%
    None 34.6%
    Don’t know/can’t say: 7.0%
    DPJ 5.8%
    New Komeito 5.1%

    Oh how things have changed since these upper house seats were last at the polls, in 2007, when Abe was last in power and the LDP only got 28% of the vote.

    I think for me personally it’s better if the LDP continue their inflationary ways.

    The yen/dollar rate is the most important thing for my future I guess, I think I’d rather see it at 150 than 80, but this assumes I can make more USD income than JPY income in the future.

    A cheap yen does help Japanese exporters, and that in turn does make the job situation for English speakers in Tokyo better I think.

    I wonder what the job situation for Tokyo is right now . . . I went to my first DISCO job conference thing (in SF) in winter 1992 . . . a lot has changed since then!

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