The greatest political couple of my lifetime, and certainly the greatest in United States political history since Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and before then since John and Abigail Adams.
Both are brilliant and ever dedicated to public service, and neither was “to the manner born” as were political families like the Adamses, the Roosevelts, the Kennedys and the Bushes. Nor was either a product of a cheering media, such as was the made-by-the-Right grade-B Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan.
And Bill got to the White House detested by the press and pundit classes–in short, he got there in spite of them, rather than because of them. And nobody ever could handle a political crowd or any individual more effortlessly than him–he was, and remains, the platinum politician of my lifetime.
When the Clinton Global Initiative and its attending Foundation became forces on an international scale with greater significance than even the Nobel Foundation and the United Nations, the press and pundit classes became spit jealous–because none of their anointed darlings, such as members of the Bush family–could ever have had such lasting achievements. With the 24/7 anti-Clinton invective of the press and pundit classes, accusing the Clintons of anything and everything, through silly impeachment charges through influence peddling and premeditated murder–both Bill and Hillary remain survivors of it all.
When Hillary declared formally this past April, everyone who was anyone in the Democratic Party knew that she was going to be the heavy favorite for the nomination. She had more than PAID HER DUES. She was the runner-up for the Democratic nomination in 2008, and lost by just a scant less than 42,000 votes (with her tallies in Michigan and Florida not being counted)–with now Vice President Biden being nowhere near that finish line. Then she brought her forces to work on behalf of electing as President her chief rival Barack Obama, who then offered her the highest of all possible cabinet positions (much higher than the role of a Vice President, whose function is essentially a seat-filler, which is why very few have gone on to win independently of the President they represent) as Secretary of State.
In that role, she performed brilliantly–through restoring diplomacy tarnished almost irreparably after the Bush years, to the capture of Bin Laden under Obama’s aegis–and through it all, even through the tragedy at Benghazi, she held very high marks with the consensus of the American People. No one then cared anything about how she handled her E-mails.
She came to this campaign as the only game in town. The GOP Congress, the press and pundit classes knew they had to destroy her, otherwise no member of the GOP Clown car could succeed. They knew they would need to stir up her left flank, and so the “feel the Bern” movement was born, by way of Republican operatives working through progressive websites such as this one. Thus, with Senator Sanders now leading in New Hampshire and closing in in Iowa, and with their 24/7 attacks on her from congressional committees with unlimited government money at their disposal, inventing an “E-mail scandal” when there isn’t any, these forces feel certain that they have already destroyed Hillary.
But little do they know the Clinton resolve. She, like her husband before her, will be there “after the last dog dies.” If I had to bet against any pollster, and press or pundit class member, or even, if they are so foolish, New Hampshire and Iowa early voters in the Sanders camp, I would still take my odds with the Clintons. Bill Clinton didn’t need either Iowa or New Hampshire to become United States President. And neither will Hillary.
I’m betting that the state that first says yes to Hillary and no to Sanders will be the state that first gets it right. Because I have no doubt, in spite of the press and pundits and pollsters and websites like this one largely spitting on Hillary every day, that it is she who will be the Democratic nominee, and she who will became our first woman President.
And like her husband before her, IN SPITE OF THE PRESS AND PUNDIT CLASSES, and maybe also in spite of early primary and caucus results, because she has the unique Clinton determination.
Because unlike the press and pundit classes and congressional committees and wildly bizarre Sanders supporters cheering on her demise, she really will be there–like 2008–“until the last dog dies.” But unlike 2008, with no rival like the spectacular now President Obama, this time she will emerge victorious.
I’m just waiting for the first state to get to report that it was the first to appear in her column–giving rise to the first woman President of the United States. And whether that is neither New Hampshire nor even Iowa doesn’t matter. The state that first calls it for her will be the state that got it right.