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Clinton Cruising to a Crash?

August 15th, 2014 - 8:16 am

I try not to pay much-if-any attention to the polls this far out, but the latest on Hillary Clinton holds some interest:

Clinton remains ahead of potential Republican rivals including Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. But recent gaffes by the former secretary of state have helped close the gap.

For example, Clinton leads Christie 47 percent to 41 percent with 12 percent of voters undecided. In April, she led 53-42 with 5 percent undecided, and in February she enjoyed a 58-37 lead against the governor with 6 percent undecided.

She’s seen her cushion against Bush, brother of former President George W. Bush, erode to 48 percent to 41 percent with 10 percent undecided. That’s down from 55-39 with 6 percent undecided in April.

And against Paul, her lead has shrunk to 48 percent to 42 percent with 10 percent undecided from 54-40 and 6 percent undecided in April.

Foreign policy helped kill the GOP in 2006 and ’08, and it looks like it might do the same to the Democrats in 2014 and ’16.

So what does a winning foreign policy look like, politically here and on the ground over there?

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The Dem base consists largely of minorities and guilt-ridden white liberals. None of them are going to get warm and fuzzy by their idol being poor mouthed by an old white lady. It's not 1992, and how many middle/working class white people, Bill Clinton's old base vs the crazy ass liberals, are left?
28 weeks ago
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Proxies are the key. We find them, arm them, and support them. Let them do all the fighting and dying.

Belligerent Russia? Arm and support Ukraine.

ISIS? Arm and support the Kurds.

Murderous Palestinians? Arm and support Israel.

You get the picture. Chose a side, then stick with that choice. Decide, dammit!
28 weeks ago
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Sadly, this is probably one of those times when the only way to get elected is to just plain lie about foreign policy. Tell the voters exactly what they want to hear--that we can stay out of the Middle East, stand by our allies, have a strong and cheap military, respect our citizens' rights, and defend our territory from attack without committing ground forces to battle overseas. All without sounding like an America-hating surrender monkey.

Now that I've written it out, I notice that Rand Paul has the schtick down pretty good.

Hey, it worked for FDR in 1940.
29 weeks ago
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You said FDR and "schtick." Now I'm going to make my Hillary rant again. Actually, I think Hillary is the best schtickist of 2016. I also think she and Bill want to be FDR in every way -- defeating a global existentialist threat and radically advancing socialism in America. Also possibly serving four terms. Definitely positioning Chelsea for for the White House.

Stephen poses an interesting question, which needles to say would get a lot more interesting if we suffer an IS attack before the election. I'd have to go back and check, but I think Hillary is parsing her every word with that contingency in mind. She's probably got her outfit for the post-attack press conference all picked out.
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