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Thoughts on Hillary Clinton`s run for President

Thoughts on Hillary Clinton`s run for President

I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton. In fact, in speaking with a friend who is a big supporter of Barack Obama, I said that Hillary’s voice to me sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard. I don’t know if I could survive 4 years of her as president. I would need to wear ear plugs the entire time.

However, I recognize her skills and tenacity as a candidate for president. She has amazing organizational skills and came to within a few percentage points of the presidency. She received 18 million votes in the primaries which beats everyone in history except Obama.

However, timing is one of the key’s to anyone’s success. In this regard, I think that Hillary was a victim of bad timing. Let me point that out using the following two arguments.Thoughts on Hillary Clinton`s run for President

I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton. In fact, in speaking with a friend who is a big supporter of Barack Obama, I said that Hillary’s voice to me sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard. I don’t know if I could survive 4 years of her as president. I would need to wear ear plugs the entire time.

However, I recognize her skills and tenacity as a candidate for president. She has amazing organizational skills and came to within a few percentage points of the presidency. She received 18 million votes in the primaries which beats everyone in history except Obama.

However, timing is one of the key’s to anyone’s success. In this regard, I think that Hillary was a victim of bad timing. Let me point that out using the following two arguments.

1) John Edwards who came in 3rd in votes in the Democratic Party primaries was later discovered to have had an ongoing affair with a staffer while his wife was struggling with cancer and fathered a child out of wedlock. There were rumors of this for the entire time that the affair was going on. However, the mainstream media looked the other way and were successful in keeping this story from becoming front page news.

That bastion of believable news, The National Enquirer, actually got it right for once and was the only news source to investigate and ultimately break this story. Despite repeated Bill Clintonesqe denials, Edwards was finally required to admit that everything that the National Enquirer had printed was true. But he didn’t have to do that until after he had taken enough votes from Hillary Clinton to keep her from winning her party’s nomination. Now that the Edward’s affair is public knowledge, he is treated like a leper and his name is being removed from his party’s list of who’s who. His speaking invitation at the Democratic Convention in Denver was withdrawn.

Edward’s voters were not votes that would have gone to Obama, they were siphoned away from the Hillary Clinton campaign. This was the same way that Ross Perot had taken enough votes away from George Bush, Sr. to allow Hilllary’s husband Bill to get elected. I guess this is a case of Cosmic Karma balancing the scales. However, if the mainstream media had investigated the rumors of Edwards’s cheating on his cancer stricken wife before the primaries, Hillary would be the Democratic Party’s nominee.

Thus, the timing of the public knowledge of Edward’s affair kept Hillary from the few percentage points that she would have needed to defeat Obama.

2) Barack Obama was able to ride to prominence with the support of the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party. The “surrender at any cost” mantra of MoveOn.org and other Democratic Peaceniks supported Obama because he was the true Anti-War candidate in the election. Hillary, who had voted for the war, was effective labeled as too conservative by the single issue Anti-War voters. This was at a time when the effectiveness of the surge was still not known.

However, now that the surge has been document to have worked and the War in Iraq, is in the mop up stages, support for and against the war has become a non issue. It is not the lead issue that Obama uses any more. He still talks about it, but he has changed his position several times since his bold and brash position that gave him an early lead in the primary.

Once again, the timing of the success of the surge and ultimately the entire War in Iraq has cost Hillary the few percentage points that she could have had to secure her party’s nomination.

With all of that being said, I recognize the historical nature of Obama’s run for the presidency. I won’t vote for him because he is both too liberal and not ready for this important responsibility. However, if he were conservative, made arguments that made sense, and had earned my trust that he knew what he was doing, I think that it would be novel to vote for an African American for president. The 45 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous speech has caused the world to take notice. However, Hillary lack of timing has definitely benefited Barack Obama.