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June 21, 2013 - 10:32 am

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Our last edition of Hillary Watch 2016  posed the question: Will Hillary be forced to run for Bill’s third term rather than Obama’s third term?

The answer to that question assumes the following:

Obama’s overall job approval rating will continue downward. 

As of this writing, the Real Clear Politics (RCP) poll average has Obama’s job performance at 45.8% approve and 49.3% disapprove.  However the RCP average of his handling of the economy is more dismal, with 43.3% approving and 52% disapproving.

Pop- up ad that appeared on my computer.

Hillary’s presidential non-campaign gains momentum. 

Just check out the Ready For Hillary PAC web site and you will feel the momentum building for the forthcoming massive social movement to elect the first female president — initially fueled by Hollywood and the mainstream media.  On “Ready for Hillary” you will notice that Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is the first female Senator to publically pledge her support for Hillary in 2016.  McCaskill is then followed by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

As reported in The Hill, Shaheen, who is up for reelection in 2014 said, “We’re talking to her about helping me in my reelection effort, and I know that she’s taking a little break. But I am hopeful that she will and I ‘m also hopeful she’s going to run for president.”

No surprise that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is also quoted on “Ready for Hillary” after looking up to a higher authority saying, “I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States.” (Watch this space for whether the Almighty actually listens to Nancy Pelosi.)

More Hillary less Obama in the 2014 midterm election.

This week the aforementioned  Hill piece had the following headline: Dems start Obama to Clinton transition. The piece reports:

Requests are flooding in for the former Secretary of State to campaign for candidates.

Of course, President Obama remains the most sought-after figure, but his star power could fade in the coming months as the chatter about his successor intensifies.  His approval rating has fallen as his administration has grappled with a variety of controversies ranging from IRS overreach to government snooping.

“The political focus of the Democratic Party will shift to Hillary, and in some ways it has already,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), who, as a staunch Clinton supporter, has an interest in seeing his forecast come true.

He noted that while Obama will be the policy leader of the party, there will be an “inherent transition” politically to the person Democrats see as the next leader.

My three word summary of The Hill piece is the sound of Democrat’s crying, “Hillary help us.”

Ready for Hillary vs. Ready for Reality in 2014.

The “Ready for Hillary” concept sounds way too easy and “way to easy” usually means trouble ahead. (See Hillary vs. Obama 2008.)

So now the conventional wisdom is Hillary has become the de facto leader of the Democrat Party. She has the 2016 Democratic nomination locked up and the 2014 midterms will act as both her 2016 show-prep and IOU collection machin

As Hillary is crisscrossing the nation raising buckets of money for Democrat candidates and collecting piles of IOU’s, the 2014 midterm campaign trail will be fraught with deadly IED’s that she must avoid. These IED’s will have Obama’s name all over them. For even though Obama will not personally be on the ballot in 2014 his policies and legacy will be front and center.

Hillary, by request of the candidates, will be actively campaigning to give Obama what he so desperately wants: to win back Democrat control of the House and keep Democrat control of the Senate. But come 2014, Obama could be politically toxic, and ObamaCare, having kicked in full throttle, could potentially be extremely unpopular once people experience the negative impact of increased costs, declining care and loss of full-time jobs.

But out on the campaign trail, Hillary must give voters good reasons to cast their ballots for that congressman/woman or senator from a red/purple state up for re-election. Usually, in midterm elections, those reasons are to support the President, his policies and his vision for America.

So how will Hillary support Obama while running from Obama?

That will be tricky, especially if his current approval rating continues its downward spiral. Then, after the 2014 election, if many of the candidates Hillary campaigned for were defeated, that could reflect poorly on her and she could be perceived as a weaker presidential candidate.

Just imagine the video of Hillary defending Obama with all those, “Give Obama the Congress he deserves” speeches that will be replayed non-stop in 2016.

However, as we have come to know, Mrs. Clinton is a pro at being disingenuous, so there is no doubt she will find a way to Kabuki dance with Obama while she dances over Obama. For there is no way Hillary Clinton is going to let Obama defeat her again. Therefore, watching how she maneuvers through the 2014 minefield laden campaign trails should be award-winning political theater.

Is the Republican Party headed for a 1964 -style presidential landslide defeat?

Finally, my usual Hillary Watch 2016 question is, “Name the Republican leader who can win 270 electoral votes and defeat Hillary?” That question and answer depresses me  even more lately as my computer is being targeted with Ready for Hillary pop up ads like the one I captured on display above. (I assume this is because the super-computers controlling the universe think Hillary Watch 2016 is a pro-Hillary site.)

But I have stumped the algorithms!  For the mission of  Hillary Watch 2016 is not to support her, but to watch her very closely while waiting for a GOP candidate to emerge. Meanwhile, my greatest fear is that there will be a Republican Party replay of the 1964 presidential election landslide defeat between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater.

For example, look at the latest Florida voter survey from Quinnipiac as reported by a Politico headline:  Fla poll: Hillary Clinton beats Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio.

Although way too early to matter, this news still gives me the chills because in my paranoid political mind, 1964 looms large. For as every Republican knows the path to the White House runs through Florida.  On the other hand, I expect neither Bush nor Rubio will be the Republican nominee in 2016. But still the question remains, “Is there anyone on the GOP bench who will be “Ready for Hillary?”

Thankfully a Stop Hillary 2016 PAC is now gearing up. But WHO will be the one to  stop her?

All and any attempts to answer that question are welcome.

 

 

 

 

Myra Adams is a media producer, writer, and political observer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign, and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team. Her columns have appeared on PJ Media, The Daily Caller, RedState and The Daily Beast. Myra's web site TheJesusStore.com contributes all profits to Christian charity. Follow Myra on Twitter @MyraKAdams

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Well for the Arkansas Evita to work, Bill like Peron would need to be dead. That said, Hillary's unfave ratings among independents is quite high and the "What difference does it make" is an absolute kill shot ad waiting to happen. The author worries about 1964? Well the use of an ad based on that would make the "Daisey" commercial look like a PSA. No, this article with its constant references to her Hillary Watch site and forthcoming pac strike me as more than a little mercenary. Besides, Biden, not Hillary;will have access to the donor and turn-out lists.
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How is mentioning a "forthcoming PAC" against Hillary mercenary?
I have no connection with it. Hillary Watch 2016 is mentioned in the context that it is an ongoing series that carries questions forward from each installment. How is that mercenary?
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Hillary Beats Rubio, Bush, yes, if that is our nominee, I wouldn't be inclined to support RINO's like Rubio or Bush just to have and R in office, to quote Hillary, "what difference, at this point, does it make?" Cruz, DeMint, R. Paul are possible nominees who would make a difference.
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OFA has chocked the financial purse of the DNC and loyalist O-cultists have been placed in govt key position. Maybe HillBill want to run from O's administration, but O doesn't want to run from them.

Once the Messiah will not be president He and the First Queen will have to give up all the perks and privileges and like any parasite, those two will be very difficult to be removed from the host.

I expect a huge internal strife in the Dem party over Obama taking control on everything and it will be a worthy popcorn moment.
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Hillary, why did you ignore repeated warnings about inadequate security in Benghazi, resulting in four deaths including the first US ambassador to be murdered in 30 years?
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PRESIDENT ALLEN WEST. He will call Her Thighness and the rest of the establishment exactly what they are and the American people will rally behind him. Place Senator Ted Cruz on the ticket and I believe it would win in a landslide. If we throw out another establish candidate (Romney-Bush-McCain-et al) forget it, not a chance. Now is the time for a pit bull...not another poodle.

Remember BENGHAZI!
43 weeks ago
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Allen West did not win his congressional race in Martin/Palm Beach County, FL.
I am very doubtful he could win statewide in FL as a Gov or Senator but I would like to see him do that. (And should try first before running for president!)
He is considered very polarizing by Independent voters and needs to overcome that perception.
43 weeks ago
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Of course, we could also continue to listen to Rove-Grover-Reince/Preinc whatever...and nominate another establishment sissy loser like Mittens, Bob Dole, or that former ambassador nobody ever heard of. (I hate to end a sentence with a preposition) I, along with millions of other Americans, am just sick of the status quo and want an aggressive, competent, sincere LEADER.

Remember BENGHAZI!
43 weeks ago
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I believe the paradigm is changing. I hope that the American people are finally waking up to the absolute corruption and deceit that encompasses not only this administration, but also the democratic party in general. IF, and I know that's a huge IF, the Americans who still care enough about our nation can come together, the personalities of West and Cruz can be a unifying ticket. Do not underestimate the power and potential of both the new media and the social media. Together, those two mediums can restore the power of the American populace. 2016 is still a long way off.

Remember BENGHAZI!
43 weeks ago
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Ted Cruz was born in Canada and, as such, automatically gained Canadian citizenship. (His parents were Americans who just happened to be working in Canada at the time). Doesn't that disqualify him from a run for President/Vice-President?
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It's a damn shame if it does...he may not be ready now, but I deeply respect his convictions and refusal to be corrupted by the McCain-Graham-Corker et al sellouts, er "compromisers"...

Currently, I would like to see the viability of a Jeff Sessions/Scott Walker ticket. I am an Alabamian and very proud of Sen. Sessions - he's a straight shooter and always has been since his days as Alabama's Attorney General. He's a true conservative on the right side of the immigration legislation currently before the House which he's fighting to kill.

Remember BENGHAZI!
43 weeks ago
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I personally liked West but I felt he did way to much sobbing for the camera about how the media treated him. What an awful election cycle for conservatives in Florida, loosing West in one district and gaining Grayson back in another. I would love to see West primary Rubio.
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