Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
This week’s Time magazine splashes the question on its cover: “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?” The Weekly Standard is happy to provide our friends at Time with an answer to their query: Yes. Hillary Clinton can be stopped. How? Let us count the ways.
The easiest way Hillary can be stopped is if she stops herself. She can choose not to run. Indeed, Time reports “on good authority” that “Hillary Clinton has not decided whether to run for president again.” There is a reasonable chance she’ll decide not to. She’s an intelligent woman. She remembers that her last experience of running for president wasn’t fun and didn’t end well. She knows that winning the Democratic nomination won’t be as easy as the media now pretend and that the general election will be, at best, a 50-50 proposition. Time points out that Hillary is now “able to dominate discussion of 2016 even as she sails above it.” Of course, the moment she announces, Hillary will no longer be “sailing above it.” It will be all downhill from the announcement. Why bother?
Because there’s so much she wants to accomplish as president, and only she can accomplish those things? No. Hillary has no agenda different from that of other generic Democratic candidates, or for that matter from Barack Obama, the man she would succeed. Hillary’s first term would in reality be Obama’s third. She’d be tinkering with his successes and trying to cope with his failures. Becoming president in 2009 after eight years of dastardly Republican rule, with a chance to make things anew, was an exciting prospect for a liberal. Succeeding the modern liberal president after two terms? Hillary may well decide it’s not worth the candle.
There’s also the matter of winning the nomination. Hillary is very likely to be out of step with the Democratic primary electorate in 2016—too close to Wall Street, too establishment, a prominent part of an administration that employed drone strikes and used the NSA in all sorts of dastardly ways. For Democrats in 2016, Hillary Clinton might be too much of a . . . Clinton Democrat. She’ll have a tougher nomination fight than everyone now expects.
And then there’s the general election. The only time since 1952 a party has held the White House for a third successive term was in 1988, when George H. W. Bush won, in effect, Ronald Reagan’s third term. Will the country be in as good shape in 2016 as it was in 1988, ready to vote for a continuation of the same party in office? Will Hillary’s opponent be as hapless as Michael Dukakis? It’s possible.
It’s more likely that Hillary goes down in the general election, a representative of the old order losing to a younger, fresher Republican face. Time claims, “One widespread forecast holds that Clinton is poised for a cakewalk of historic proportions.” One would like to see what analysis that forecast is based on, and whether it’s “widespread” among anyone other than Clinton loyalists.
Wait, wait, wait . . . We’ve forgotten something: Hillary would be the FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT! That might be enough to get her to run and conceivably to get her elected. But Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher hadn’t been first lady before taking power. Hillary will be the second Clinton president. That fact overwhelms her claim to first-ness. As a feminist, Hillary surely knows that when your husband’s been president, you’re not really breaking any glass ceilings on behalf of womankind. And lots of other women understand this as well.
Speaking of Bill, one gathers that he does very much want Hillary to run. It will be a liberating moment for Hillary—and perhaps an inspiring one for other women—when she decides that she doesn’t have to do what her husband wants.
Hillary likely won’t run. If she does, she likely won’t win.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:00 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on his recent piece Schweitzer Takes Aim, and how the populist former Democratic governor of Montana might challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A progressive populist has Hillary in his sightsDec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Brian Schweitzer sounds content with being a “former” pol. As we chat on the phone, he is looking out the window of his home on Georgetown Lake in western Montana. By mid-November, the lake is frozen, and the Pintler Mountains to the south are covered with snow. Schweitzer’s home sits at the end of a dirt road more than a mile long. “I’m 25 miles from groceries,” he says.
The New Jersey governor muscles his way to the front of the pack, for now. Nov 18, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 10 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Morris Plains, N.J.
On election eve, Chris Christie has come home to rally a few hundred supporters in Morris County, the place where he was first elected and now lives with his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children.
4:45 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with contributing editor P.J. O'Rourke on Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Obamacare, Ted Cruz, the Weekly Standard Cruise, and the etiquette of drinks before lunch.
The Texas governor’s new national campaign.Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By FRED BARNES
Texas governor Rick Perry goes where governors have never gone before. He’s been descending on blue states for months now, infuriating their Democratic governors with his pitch to CEOs to relocate their companies in business-friendly Texas. Now he’s going national. He aims to stir a debate over whose economic policies are better for jobs and growth, red states’ or blue states’.
How does Senator Ted Cruz tick off liberals? Let us count the ways. Sep 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 03 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
Several times a day, especially if he’s out travelin’ and talkin’ to folks, as he always is when the U.S. Senate isn’t in session, Ted Cruz will stand before an audience and reflect, seemingly for the first time, about the generational shift taking place in the Republican party.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:42 PM, Aug 21, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the recent RNC meeting in Boston, and the fights between 2016 contenders and how these debates help the GOP.
The poverty of the GOP’s antipoverty agenda.Aug 26, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 47 • By LORI SANDERS AND ELI LEHRER
After five decades of liberal antipoverty programs that have produced only failure and futility, it is more than time for a conservative response to the problem of poverty—one that emphasizes work, family, and economic freedom.
The immigration bill will only make things worse for the middle class—and the GOP. Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By JAY COST
In the wake of the 2012 election, Republicans have been treated to seemingly endless prophecies of doom. Many have come from liberal Democrats, who would happily see the demise of the GOP. But more than a few Republicans have also made the case that the party must either change or disappear, and they focus especially on immigration. South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham argued recently that unless the GOP does something on immigration, it will face a “demographic death spiral” as the growing Hispanic population turns on Republicans.
Jun 10, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 37 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
We'’ll take the liberty of updating, for the summer of 2013, the famous lines from Auden’s “September 1, 1939”:
We sit in our office
On Seventeenth Street
Depressed but with anticipation
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest administration.
Rick Perry promotes the Texas Miracle. Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36 • By FRED BARNES
When President Obama arrived in Austin three years ago, Texas governor Rick Perry greeted him with a four-page letter asking for help in securing the border with Mexico. “He was not particularly enthralled with my theatrics,” Perry says. The president didn’t bother to respond. Perry heard later from a White House aide.
11:36 AM, Mar 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
It's surely not worth trying to contemplate the idea that Joe Biden could be a viable presidential candidate in 2016--despite Politico's long feature this morning saying that the vice president's camp appears somewhat serious about the notion. (Literally, Joe Biden? Give me a break.)
3:19 PM, Mar 16, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Hillary Clinton tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she doesn't want to serve another term in the Obama administration. Oh, she also doesn't want to run for president. At least that's what she says:
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