by David L. Goetsch
Hillary Clinton began running for president the day after she lost the nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. At the time she didn’t know if her next opportunity would come in 2012 or 2016, but she knew she would run, and so did her loyal supporters on the left. But that was then and this is now. As often happens in politics, circumstances have changed. For Hillary Clinton, the political landscape is much rockier now than it was then. Nevertheless, the odds-on favorite for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2008 is once again considered the odds-on favorite for 2016, but one should never forget what happened in 2008 and why.
Thanks to the failures of the Barack Obama administration, her own uninspiring record as Secretary of State, the perilous task of trying to distance herself from President Obama without alienating his supporters (don’t be fooled by insincere hug fests between Obama and Hillary), the unpredictability of her bad boy husband, the Clinton’s on-going feud with the Obamas over control of the Democratic Party, and a variety of other factors, Hillary faces even tougher odds in 2016 than she faced in 2008. As things are shaping up, Hillary Clinton’s time as a national politician may be slipping away from her. Her husband is still wildly popular with Democrats, but Hillary’s popularity with mainstream Democrats is slipping.
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