Message to the Republican Party: Be afraid, be very afraid.
Hillary Clinton stands atop of the Democratic 2016 scrum, set to resume where Bill left off. A second Clinton candidacy would likely put the white vote in play and jeopardize the GOP’s dominance in the Old Confederacy. Recent polls put Hillary ahead of possible Republican challengers in vote-rich Texas and in Kentucky, home of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul.
Unlike her husband, Hillary is personally disciplined. Unlike Barack Obama, she has demonstrated an ability to connect with beer-track voters across the country.
And that is where the GOP’s problem begins. In addition to benefiting from Obama’s ascendant coalition of younger voters, minorities and women, Hillary connects with the white working class and would likely improve upon Obama’s showing among this bloc. Instead, of the forced optics of Obama sitting down to a beer with the prof and the cop, voters would likely be treated to moments of a relaxed Hillary knocking back a boiler-maker in Youngstown or Dearborn.
Clinton could make a serious play in the South and build upon existing margins in the Midwest. North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas would be in play. Indeed, Hillary could reclaim the newest bloc of swing voters: America’s wealthy
You know I think we have already accepted that if Hillary decides to run she will undoubtedly have almost the entire Democratic field to herself, but I have to wonder who among thee Republicans would be willing to take her on?
I think we can expect the guys that are in it for a shot at exposure and future book deals like Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich to throw there hats in the ring, but who else would take the plunge?
I would think that even such stalwarts of the party like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie would hesitate to go up against Hillary in 2016, for fear of being destroyed by her incredible political machine and losing whatever credibility they currently enjoy.
And as for the Republican women like Nikki Haley, Michele Bachmann, or Condoleezza Rice, I doubt that ANY of them would be able to help their own with Hillary, though I do admit it would make GREAT television.
What do you think?