Inevitability is said to be one of Hillary Clinton's hinderances in securing the Democratic party's nomination for president, that she must earn the nomination rather than claim it as a right. But to listen to Mrs. Clinton's recent videotaped message to the South Carolina Democratic Party's convention, one would think she's just waiting to find out who her Republican challenger will be, ignoring the entire primary process.
Mrs. Clinton begins her message by greeting the delegates and thanking them "for organizing precincts, making calls, knocking on doors, registering voters. Thank you for the hours you've spent and the blocks you've walked on behalf of a Democratic South Carolina party."
After naming some issues around which she apparently intends to focus her campaign, Mrs. Clinton says: "Now we don't yet know who the Republican nominee for president will be. But we do know they'll be offering the same economic agenda that has failed American families again and again."
While Mrs. Clinton did not make a personal appearance at the convention, three possible challengers did address the gathering: former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. Vice President Joe Biden, another possible contender, neither attended or recorded any remarks for the event.
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a possible Republican presidential candidate, made the case that immigration policy should "protect"American workers and wages. Walker made the comments in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity:
Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, a supporter of the Ready for Hillary super PAC, threatened Martin O'Malley that he "better watch it" in the presidential race. Why? Because, Granholm said she "was thinking that he might make a nice member of a President Clinton administration."
The implication of Granholm's comment is that if O'Malley crosses Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, he will not get a plum administration posting under President Hillary Clinton.
Al Gore is "gaining steam" in the presidential race, stated a report last night from Fox News. Watch Peter Doocy's report on Bret Baier's Special Report:
"With Hillary Clinton's recent troubles comes renewed speculation about who might challenge her for the Democratic presidential nomination," reported Baier. "Tonight, one possibility you probably have not considered."
Speaking with Bill Kristol, longtime Bill Clinton aide Paul Begala said he wishes Hillary Clinton "had a really tough primary challenge." But, he admits, it's not likely this time around:
"On my side, you know, the press will try to pretend there's a fight. It would be better if Hillary had a fight. I'd rather she had a really tough primary challenge. I just don't see it coming," Begala said.
Legendary investor Warren Buffett was asked this morning in an interview whether he'd still bet money on Hillary Clinton being the next president of the United States. Yes, he said, he still think it's "very likely" she'll be the next president. But he warned in the CNBC interview: "things could always happen in politics, including illnesses or something of the sort."