Hillary: ‘It’s not about me’; GOP: ‘Oh yes it is!’

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Surprise surprise surprise. Hillary Clinton is running for president.

And absent some earth-shaking development such as a health crisis, she is almost certain to  become the Democratic Party’s nominee. No non-incumbent of either party has enjoyed such a clear, unencumbered pathway to the nomination in the post-WWII era. She enters the race as the general election favorite as well, but with so many miles to travel between now and November 2016, that doesn’t mean that she’s invulnerable or inevitable.

To the contrary, I can’t think of another person in any field of endeavor, from politics to entertainment to sports, who has lived under more scrutiny than she and her husband over the last quarter-century. That extended time in the national spotlight, including service in the U.S. Senate and as a high-profile secretary of state, has given her a record to defend and a public persona that is pretty much set in concrete.

And she knows it.

Take a look at the video in which she announces her candidacy. It goes to great lengths to send the message that this race isn’t about Hillary Clinton, it’s about the American people. Tellingly, Clinton doesn’t appear in voice, image or name until the video is more than half over. When she finally does appear, she casts herself as just like the other ordinary Americans featured in the production, pursuing her dreams and ambitions. Her’s just happens to be the presidency.

Most of the political messaging in the video is conducted visually. Note the prominence of women in the video. Note the Hispanic businessmen, the gay couples, the black couple, the young people, the retirees, the white small businessman — the absence of anyone in suit and tie. The communication is almost all through subtext. “The deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she says in the only statement that approaches an overt policy pronouncement. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.”

It’s smart positioning, in part because she and her consultants know what is coming and are hoping to leverage it to their advantage. They know that on the Republican side, the battle to come will be all about Hillary. They just won’t be able to help themselves. The 2016 GOP primaries will be decided in large part by who attacks Hillary most effectively and who can incite the base against her, and the process not going to be pretty. (For example, see Rand Paul’s contribution here.)

GOP chair Reince Priebus puts it into context:

“So if you were me and you were chairman of the national party and you had someone on the ticket that would unite your party, would help you raise a lot of money and help you recruit a ton of volunteers, you would want nothing more than Hillary Clinton to be on the other side.”

We’ve been down this road before. During the ’90s, the Republicans freaked out about her husband Bill, accusing him of everything from rape to involvement in the “murder” of aide Vince Foster to cocaine running. Eventually their irrational hatred and frustration at his popularity drove them to impeach President Clinton, even though his job-approval rating at the time was 73 percent, according to Gallup.

They freaked out in glorious fashion once again with the 2008 election of Barack Obama, followed by another in 2012.  The Clintons and Obama are by definition mainstream American politicians — there is no other way to explain their long-term political success.  The Republican insistence on treating them instead as cartoon villains says a lot more about the psychology of their own party than it does about the character of those they attack. And the  Clinton campaign seems eager to use that weakness against them.

The question that the Clinton strategists pose is this:

Will Republicans be able to walk that fine line of rallying the base against the hated Hillary, as Priebus outlines, but somehow do so without stooping to such excess that they turn off the independent and moderate voters, particularly women, who will decide the outcome? With her “It’s not about me, it’s about America” theme, Clinton is gambling that the answer is no, and everything we’ve seen in the past two decades would suggest that she is right.

 

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LaKeisha
LaKeisha

Hillary would trade her soul to the devil to be President...and for that matter, she would trade Chelsea's soul as well as the soul of her newborn grandchild.  Of COURSE it's about that lying scum.
I would give ANYTHING if Elizabeth Warren would run. 

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

So Obama had the birthers and Hillary will have the gang that insists that anyone who dies within 100 miles of her was killed by a Clinton. This is going to be a long slog to the election.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

moar old lady jokes

moar fat jokes

moar ugly women jokes

moar esp moar dismissive women jokes

make that voter demographic go to Zero cons

where do I contribute to your marketing dept? hahahahaha

FloydLiberal
FloydLiberal

The difference is that Hillary has intelligence, poise and she speaks in comprehensible sentences. You know, ones that have nouns and verbs.

TomGaff
TomGaff

@NWGAL She's also married to that notorious skirt-chaser!!

Bulls_3y3
Bulls_3y3

Suspicious Deaths Surrounding The Clintons

This is the list of people who were all found dead that were involved with the Clintons. I don’t think we want to relive four more years of this. Not to mention Ruby Ridge,and Wako.

James McDougal

Mary Mahoney

Vince Foster

Ron Brown

C. Victor Raiser II & Montgomery Raiser

Paul Tulley

Ed Willey

Jerry Parks

James Bunch

James Wilson

Kathy Ferguson

Bill Shelton

Gandy Baugh

Florence Martin

Suzanne Coleman

Paula Grober t.

Danny Casolaro

Paul Wilcher .

Jon Parnell Walker 

Barbara Wise 

Charles Meissner

Stanley Heard

Barry Seal

Johnny Lawhorn Jr.

Stanley Huggins

Hershell Friday

Kevin Ives & Don Henry 

THE FOLLOWING SIX PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES / HENRY CASE:

Keith Coney

Keith McMaskle

Gregory Collins

Jeff Rhodes

James Milan

Jordan Kettleson

Richard Winters 

THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE DEAD:

Major William S. Barkley Jr.
Captain Scott J. Reynolds
Sgt. Brian Hanley
Sgt. Tim Sabel
Major General William Robertson
Col. William Densberger
Col. Robert Kelly
Spec. Gary Rhodes
Steve Willis
Robert Williams
Conway LeBleu
Todd McKeehan

Let's not forget; Ambassador Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Dohert


gotalife
gotalife

She is talking to regular Americans and that is a good thing.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Note the prominence of women in the video. Note the Hispanic businessmen, the gay couples, the black couple, the young people, the retirees, the white small businessman

You mean the "props"? It's what democrats do.

Eventually their irrational hatred and frustration at his popularity drove them to impeach President Clinton

I voted for Bill. Is jay saying Republicans FORCED him to lie?

I won't despair if Hillary's elected. HECK! She's more in line with the GOP than she is the progressives.

That's a GOOD THING!

schnirt

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@gotalife @FIGMO2 

LoL!!!

A moderate fighter!!!

Hey everybody want to make a list of the great moderates in history?  There's a joke for Airplane! 3 there somewhere. 

gotalife
gotalife

Psst,, Merkal and other women leaders are not elected on looks or laughs.


Women are taking over the world.



Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@gotalife 

Hillary isn't a tenth the man that Merkel is. 

When the phone rings at 3am hillary can't be found:  WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE!???

gotalife
gotalife

She is not beautiful and has a funny laugh is all you got cons?


Come on, step up your game.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@gotalife

She is not beautiful and has a funny laugh is all you got cons

Not all, but I'd say that's about 60% of it.

(setting aside the crazy notion that she's somehow less physically attractive than any given male political counterpart her age, and that there is any way that she could laugh that'd meet with right wing approval...)

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

Everything Hillary says is in CAPS: in other words, she is always SHOUTING

I hope she doesn't laugh much either. While her voice isn't as bad as Palin's, that is one god awful cackle.

honested
honested

@Jimmyliscious 

The main difference with the tundra tart is that President Clinton speaks in complete, intelligent sentences.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@honested @Jimmyliscious 

The main difference with the tundra tart is that President Clinton speaks in complete, intelligent sentences. 

I couldn't tell ya, I always hit the mute as soon as her yap started moving. Plus she's a lot more attractive without the nails on the blackboard voice.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@honested 

I'd say a bigger difference is that Snowbilly Snooki cut and ran half-way through her elected term.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Jay didn't even post a decent pic of hillster. 

Why, I wonder? 

Aren't there any that don't make her look like an old ghost? 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@gotalife @Yes_Jesus_Can 

If she wins one term she's as old as Bob Dole when he ran. 

I think it was Time Magazine that ran a high def pic of him on the front page, asking Is Bob Dole too old? 

Time has gone bye-bye, but old democrat goats still get a pass in the leftist press. 

The Doom
The Doom

@gotalife


Open season on black men? Puh-leeze. 


Here is a story of a gang rape that took place in broad daylight at Panama City Beach. And if you've seen pics of spring break at PCB you'll notice that about 99% of the people on the beach are white. The victim is most likely white. Yet hundreds of white people stood by as several young black men gang raped an unconscious victim. 


If  it were truly "open season" on black men then the crowd of whites would have torn them to pieces. Lord knows that if several white young men were gang raping a black women in front of hundreds of black people that they would have been killed. 


So put your nonsensical crap aside. The real story is the tremendous amount of white guilt in this country and the fear whites have of being called racist- so strong is it that hundreds of em stood by as someone was gang raped by several black thugs. 


http://www.al.com/news/beaches/index.ssf/2015/04/sheriff_hundreds_watched_gang.html



Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@gotalife 

Hank Johnson fits in perfectly with the dems on this bookman-bot-blog. 

He knows about as much, but the bots here are still more articulate than he is. 

Besides Guam tipping over is about as ludicrous as a 20-foot sea level rise in the next 100 years. 

gotalife
gotalife

Things are looking good.


cnn is all about isis today so they might call out the gop house.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@gotalife 

It took him 5 years to do something his bureaucracy will screw up before he leaves office. 

gotalife
gotalife

Look at the fake christian melting down.


Good times like this for ten more years!

josef
josef

Back at y'all later...errands to run...

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Everything Hillary says is in CAPS: in other words, she is always SHOUTING, so.

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME:  Translation.  THIS IS ABOUT MY HAVING TO PUT UP WITH YOU, YOU PATHETIC, STUPID, RUBES, DOLTS AND SUCKERS FOR EIGHT YEARS OF BUSH, EIGHT YEARS OF UGH! AND IT'S MY TURN!!!!!!!! 

CONFORM OR YOU WILL BE ELIMINATED. 

honested
honested

@Kamchak 

Nobody in history provides a better demonstration of the need for higher qualifications to run for Congress.