CSM: If Obama looks as if he’ll lose in 2012, what about Hillary Clinton?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Another day, another Hillary 2012 article.

Folks, this topic has jumped from the keyboards of angry bloggers to the mainstream media in record time. Everyone from The New York Times, to the Los Angeles Times and now the Christian Science Monitor are opining about Hillary Clinton in 2012.

I can’t I’m surprised by all the attention Hillary is receiving when I consider just how quickly President Obama’s popularity is fading. If I had to point to a seminal moment that finally put the kibosh on Obama, it would be Friday’s decision by the president to flip-flop on his own clean air regulations in a pathetic attempt to curry favor with big business and the Republican House.

The 2012 General Election is no longer President Obama’s to lose, it’s Hillary Clinton’s to win. What do you say, Madame Secretary?

From the Christian Science Monitor:

This is a pretty dismal time for President Obama.

He campaigned on a platform to change Washington, but as he himself admitted in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the atmosphere there is worse since he became president.

His popularity is at an all-time low. It is no surprise that many Republicans want to give him the heave-ho in 2012. He is not exactly wowing independents, and even some Democrats, especially African-Americans, are grumbling.

In The New York Times, liberal columnist Maureen Dowd complains: “He got the job by blaming Washington. But once you’re in the White House, you are Washington. It’s like the plumber who came to fix the sink waiting for the sink to fix itself.”

In The Wall Street Journal, conservative columnist Peggy Noonan opines: “He has made big mistakes…. His baseline political assumptions have proved incorrect, his calculations have turned out to be erroneous, his big decisions have turned to dust. He thought the stimulus would turn the economy around. It didn’t.”

On the foreign-policy front, his successful decision to go after Osama bin Laden was gutsy. But throughout the Arab Spring he was indecisive. On Syria, he procrastinated before declaring that the murderous Bashar al-Assad should step down. On Libya, he led “from behind,” as one White House aide famously described it. We should all be grateful that no American lives were lost. But how many Libyan freedom fighters’ lives could have been saved by earlier US forcefulness?

If the unemployment figures are nearly as bad this time next year as they are now, Mr. Obama’s reelection to a second term may be problematic.
If his defeat seems inevitable, will Democrats contemplate an alternative candidate? If so, who?

There is already some whispering. The name “Hillary Clinton” crosses lips. Despite a flurry of denials and her protestations that she will retire at the end of 2012, the issue has been raised by reporters at White House press briefings and on TV networks such as Fox.

In the curious way we elect our presidents – so bemusing to many foreigners – Hillary Rodham Clinton got more of the people’s vote than Obama in the primaries: 18,223,120 to his 18,011,877. Neither candidate received enough delegates from state primary races and caucuses to reach a majority at the party convention, but “superdelegate” votes pushed Obama over the top.

Some problems would attend a Clinton campaign. She would obviously need to resign as secretary of State. But she has already said she will leave that position at the end of a first Obama term.

Would it be unseemly to campaign against a Democratic president in whose cabinet she served? his readiness to campaign against Obama. He argues that he served the office of the president, not necessarily Obama the president. Clinton has been a loyal foreign minister for Obama, although privately pressing for more fervor on several issues.

Clinton’s main problem would be a late start against a president whose campaign is already under way. It is one in which Obama is intent on raising a war chest of record size.

She would be at a disadvantage in staffing and funding. The primaries determine which delegates are pledged to vote for which candidates at the convention. But they are not legally bound to vote for the winning candidates. Theoretically a dark horse could emerge at the Democratic convention if Obama’s ratings were so abysmal his reelection was deemed impossible.

However implausible a Hillary candidacy might seem, it would be surprising if the Clintons had not wistfully pondered the possibility of Hillary yet winning the presidency that once eluded her so narrowly.

The CSM piece was written by former CSM editor John Hughes.

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16 Responses to CSM: If Obama looks as if he’ll lose in 2012, what about Hillary Clinton?

  1. Rachel says:

    I am surprised by the speed at which the traditional media is covering the calls for a Hillary Clinton challenge to President Obama in 2012. Usually, the traditional media is afraid to touch such topics out of fear they might lose access. This is different. I think the traditional media is very aware of just how unhappy many Democrats have become with the president and they see Hillary as viable.

  2. Harry says:

    This Hillary thing seems to be gathering steam. I like it.

  3. Robyn says:

    I’m pleased this has reached the lamestream media. Gives them something else to talk about instead of Sarah Palin’s non-campaign campaign stop in Iowa.

  4. Sean says:

    Or Obama’s non-campaign bus tour right Robyn?

  5. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Obama…. Pack your bags for Kenya, You’re finished in this town! You HUGE failure……

  6. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    And take your drunk uncle with you too!

  7. JollyRoger says:

    Bushack’s position would be, I’d think, considerably weaker than Lyndon Johnson’s was in 1968. Offing his candidacy can be done by someone without the war chest.

  8. Estacada says:

    Hillary Clinton can raise Hollywood money. Obama doesn’t have Spielberg, Streisand, Geffen and Katzenberg money. She will be just fine.

    If she goes onto win the nomination, all the monies in the DNC coffer would go to her election effort, as Obama has no say on this. Plus, he would be under pressure to hand over what he has in the bank to help her effort. Hillary is perfectly positioned.

  9. Idaho Librul says:

    2012 could be one of the more interesting presidential elections in recent memory if Hillary Clinton decides to challenge President Obama for the nomination.

    I have to say I’m taken aback at the speed with which Obama has gone from hero to zero. Usually it take years for a president to become as unpopular as this president is, assuming the opinion polls are correct.

    Here in Idaho, President Obama is very unpopular. But oddly enough, no one in the GOP field is igniting much excitement either. The economy is just so precarious and there is a real sense that no one — be they Democrat or Republican, knows how to fix things.

    Do you think Hillary might do it? She would be very popular with disenfranchised women voters who feel abandoned by Obama. She certainly has the moxie and the smarts to shake things up and Lord only knows, we need somebody to take the helm.

  10. Zoeller in Reno says:

    Yeah, lets reelect this numbskull president. After all, he’s done such a bang up job, right? Look, lets face it. Obama is a tool. He stands for nothing. He carries powder for John Boehner, Wall Street, the banks, and now he’s dismantling the EPA so the country can have shitty air like our friends in China.

    Yeah, four more years for this clown and the USA will cease to exist.

  11. problem is that Obama is such a failure and such a loser in the eyes of not only the left and progressives but even the independents he and his douchebag handlers have been trying to court for 3 years – americans may be idiots for the most part – but they actually do like or respect people who take a stand or have some semblance of guts – neither of which this president has –

    that he is probably toxic to any democrat that would, could or should take his place.

  12. Joe in Colorado says:

    Even Cheney is praising Hillary over Obama. I’ve forwarded an article to you, Christopher. It is so interesting the level of respect Hillary engenders. Obama, by contrast, is seen as a lazy buffoon.

  13. feminazi says:

    I hope Hillary challenges Obama. She would be a far superior president than he. But, I’m not sure she will do it. I once read she said she was tired and wanted to stay home and one day, enjoy being a grandparent. Who can blame her?

  14. PUMA Lisa 1972 says:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a splendid president. She’s infinitely qualified.

  15. 二隻蓮花鳥 says:

    Obama 总统是非常微弱的領導。 希拉里・克林頓是更加坚强和更加聰明的

  16. Hillary, for the sake of USA…PLEASE run for President in 2012…the Republicans have no one and Obama is a true faliure…I will work my buns off for your election. P.S. have Bill as your running mate!!!!

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