How Hillary Can Have the Last Laugh

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If Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency, it’s going to be a case of Barack Who?

Hillary Clinton joined Twitter yesterday in a moment of social media fabulosity that had me thinking @CoryBooker should watch his back.

First, there was the unadulterated awesomeness of her Twitter bio.

“Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…”

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. The humour “hair icon, pantsuit aficionado” – the CV “lawyer, women & kids advocate, US Senator, SecState” the humanizing… “Wife, mom” – special props for putting “wife” before “mom” – the history… “lawyer, FLOAR, FLOTUS…” FLOAR is such a nice touch… First Lady of Arkansas… reminding us she’s been in the game a long time, some props to Bill’s home state, deprived and unglamorous. It’s the global victrix’s “Jenny from the Block” moment. “Dog owner” – well, if you hate Hillary you just hate puppies. And the glorious ending, “…TBD…” To be determined.

You know what this is? This is Daily Show, Stephen Colbert politics. And I’m not really even using that as a metaphor. So many Americans get their only politicial fix from those shows that she is heading like an exocet missile for the demographic that matters.

And now let’s move on to the avi. And her first tweet. Which was:

Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe – I’ll take it from here… #tweetsfromhillary

This is a reference to the Texts from Hillary tumblr, the funniest political meme in years. She used their main photo as her Twitter avatar. She checks them for inspiration. She @s them. One of the creators responded with the perfect Onion-esque “Area Tweeter Doesn’t Know What To Do With Himself.”

Why does any of this matter? Well, she’s definitely running. I said as much in my Sun on Sunday column months ago after meeting fundraisers who had been at her house discussing the PAC. Secondly, it shows how she is running. She has used her time away from politics to become a kind of legend. Obama graciously gave her clout, but she kept her distance; when Susan Rice was messing up over Benghazi Clinton just stayed quiet.

I know about the Benghazi scandal; it will be old news in 2016. Old, old news. Attempts to revive it by the GOP will have voters rolling their eyes. Unfair? Sure. But there’s no crying in baseball.

Clinton is using humour and feminism “women & kids advocate, glass ceiling cracker” to show the authentic her; to take away any age-related beefs, because her humour makes her seem the most on-it, hippest candidate around; and to pitch to women, who defeated Mitt Romney en bloc.

She’s going for youth. Traditionally a worthless vote. Not last election. Not this election. And she’s going for women. “Glass ceiling cracker, pantsuit aficionado, TBD.”

I’m dead serious about the Daily Show pitching. When my stepdaughter arrived at a university in the key swing state of Ohio last autumn, they were registering the students to vote the same day they arrived. Youth turned out for Obama last election. First election it has ever really shown up. And that is a sea-change in the electoral mathematics.

I think she will run and I think she will win. And it would be very very hard not to vote for her. Even though I support Governor Christie, and he is the best the GOP has got, running against a woman, and one as popular and competent as Hillary, is a tough, tough battle.

If Clinton wins, she will be the most successful woman in history. Barack Obama slaughtered her in a primary that she was supposed to win at a canter, but none of that will matter if Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman President. His achievement would then remain historical, and vital, but it would be dwarfed by that of a woman becoming the most powerful person alive for the first time in history. Obama’s second term is being horribly tarnished right now, with the IRS, AP, PRISM, and Benghazi scandals, with Eric Holder, and the costs of Obamacare kicking in. When Bill Clinton took the stage for Obama at the DNC during the Presidential campaign he was greeted with more enthusiasm than Obama himself. And rightly so; as good as Obama is, Clinton is galactic distances better.

Hillary lost the primary, the Presidency, and got the consolation prize of State. But if she wins in 2016, she will have the last laugh. It will be her face, and not Obama’s, that defines the modern era, progress, and liberation. And she has the chance to do it right, and to achieve great and centrist things for America, and for women’s rights across the globe. And on the latter point, I believe she’s enough of a feminist to actually do that; to hold the Saudis and others much more accountable.

And even though Michelle Obama kicks major league ass, Bill Clinton will be a much, much cooler First Gentleman.

You go girl.

photo by SSkennel

51 thoughts on “How Hillary Can Have the Last Laugh”

  1. Hillary Clinton must fully explain or stand trial for her part in the Benghazi cover-up and destabilising the Middle East.

    1. She already did. But you must be just as eager for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, and Colin Powell to fully explain or stand trial for lying about WMD in Iraq, refusing to take action on the “Bin Laden determined to strike,” memo and their part in “destabilizing the Middle East” by attacking a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and no relationship with Al Quaeda.

  2. As someone who voted for her for Senator, voted for her in the NY Presidential Primary, and donated to her campaign, I wish I could agree. Recently, a friend and I talked about what it would feel like if she was elected and we both teared up because it would be so incredible, and also, because it seems so impossible, still a faraway dream. (Trust me, I’m a dreamer with good intuition. I said about Obama after he spoke at the DNC 2004, “I think he will run, and I think he will win.” Everyone thought I was a ridiculous idealist but I knew I was right.”)

    I don’t think she will run and I don’t think she would win if she ran. It’s easy to believe that when you live in New York but in many parts of the country she is disliked by as many women and men. Read and watch what the media (on both sides) wrote and said about her in 2008. Hillary is most popular when she’s been defeated. (As SoS, she was still beholden to Obama.) I think the fact that she put the Clinton Foundation as the website (not necessary to put a website at all) is the sign everyone is ignoring. Outside of politics, she may finally be free to do the work that is close to her heart, advocating for women and children.

    If I’m wrong, I’m more than happy to buy you several glasses of champagne to match the ones I’ll be downing in celebration!

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Crying over a potential candidate? I am amazed that anyone would cry over any candidate. Reagan was a Beloved President, however, sometimes I believe he expanded the Soap Operas which were only created to capture viewers to advertise a product. Can you imagine that shows are only created to sell products and Human Beings around the World actually buy-in to the strategy? Shame on us for allowing this to happen. Maybe we will all come to our senses and stop paying for Cable, Internet and get a real life that includes great relationships with people we love and we can have fun before we die.

      1. You missed the point of my post- especially when you brought up Reagan who may have been beloved by some but not me. I didn’t vote for him either time.

        Some of us manage have to a real life with real relationships with people we love AND use the Internet – they aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, when I’ve lived overseas having Skype allowed my elderly mother and my family (you know, people I love and have relationships with) to stay more connected with me than if we just wrote letters or phoned. I don’t watch much TV but what I do watch I pay for and it’s exponentially better than anything on network TV.

  3. Well, I wouldn’t be so pessimistic; she is universally considered the front-runner and she was named the most admired woman in the US last year – she’s won this title 17 of the last 25 years.

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121231/hillary-clinton-most-admired-woman-us-17th-time

    If she decides not to run, it’ll be because of Benghazi, because prior to the hearings I know for certain she was organizing.

    As a Republican I hope she doesn’t, as she’ll be so hard to beat. As a woman, I want to see a woman President. As a Republican woman, well – I still really admire her. She’s a centrist in a way Obama isn’t.

    1. Hey, I’m a classic liberal, and there are many Republican/conservative women I admire as well. And even though I disagree with Sarah Palin on many, many things, I was still disgusted with the vicious avalanche of unhinged misogynist hatred that continues to be directed toward her. And yes, it is misogyny, and not simply disagreement with her politics that causes this country to relish the psychosis that she faced. We would never in a million years tolerate a right-wing, socially conservative black politician being called a n*gger, but calling Palin a c*nt was okay because she’s against gay marriage? In what parallel universe is this the case? As a country, we have no idea how to simply disagree civilly with a woman without rape threats, sexist jokes about her makeup and shoes, and liberal *snort* use of the words slut, whore, and c*nt.

      There have been many, many studies of world governments done that all observe that when a government gets over 30% female representation, the domestic situation for women improves dramatically … and that the ideology or party of the women in question doesn’t change that. 30% conservative or liberal women, it doesn’t matter — it’s just plain good for women to have more women in power. That spate of women Republican state governors in 2010 was emphatically not the disaster for women that the Democratic party painted it to be.

      If only mainstream Democratic feminism realized this instead of wasting its time going, “I want equality, as long as that b*tch doesn’t get any!” Personally, as a liberal, I would love to see what a Republican party headed by women looks like. I’m frankly curious. We’ve never seen it. (Any more than we’ve seen a Democratic party like that.)

      Sorry for the rant. This still cuts really close, five years later. :-(

  4. She was universally considered the front-runner in 2008, too. Yes, she wins that title but still lost campaign to a man who had never had a full-time job until he was a US Senator. (And I voted for him twice. Would say more about him and the 2008 campaign but want to keep to topic.)

    I don’t agree her decision will be based on Benghazi but on other things. Great, that you still admire her – very commendable! Hillary is much more conservative than I am so I understand your view as a Republican but no one else like her. (Although give Gilibrand a look -bright future, a centrist, well-spoken, speaks Mandarin, very engaging, down-to-earth, bipartisan approach, a few great speeches.)

    All the same, Hilz Twitter feed will be fascinating! She handled that #tweetswithHillary with such humor. Anyway, here’s an example of what I mean when I talk about the media going after her > already questioning her edits it before it was blue-ticked/verified (p.s. I’ve edited my Twitter bio more than once along with the photo and the background.)

    Jim Roberts ‏@nycjim 10 Jun
    Seriously. This speaks volumes.>>> 6 Changes Hillary Clinton Made To Her Twitter Bio – http://bzfd.it/14t4y4s

  5. If Hillary does run for President in 2016, I’d definitely support her (though of course that’s still a long way away and there may be other candidates who I may or may not support). She’s influential, down-to-earth, has had plenty of experience in the political arena, and she’s not afraid to stand up for her beliefs no matter how unpopular.
    By the way, I go to Ohio State and I know what you mean by elections and voter registration. I was already registered to vote, but I still had twenty people asking me to sign up. Heck, I helped with the signing up!
    Where does your daughter go, btw?

  6. Great humorous post, I’m sure Hillary will run in 2016 and as I so sure that she will face some tough opposition but what she will be judge on is her quick, sense of pride in the Clinton Legacy. What I look forward the most is President Bill Clinton along side President Obama going to bat for her in the future presidential election. Hillary will have the last laugh! I enjoyed this post and look forward to more.

  7. Hillary is just about the coolest person ever. She is an inspiration to my generation of women. If she runs in 2016, I’ll definitely vote for her. I’d understand if she didn’t run, though. As secretary of state, she worked unbelievably hard, converting planes into offices and visiting the most countries in history.

  8. I’d like to see it, but I will never, ever shake the memory of watching a shitload of very intelligent women, all of whom called themselves “feminists” (because we all know you can get away with all the backstabbing you want if you say, “And I’m a feminist, too!” when you’re done), fell over themselves whining about “I’m Not Going To Vote For A Woman Because She’s A Woman!” as long as some cute guy was standing nearby and they could raise their voices enough to make sure he overheard. And I’m talking about women in their fricking 40s!

    And of course, the easiest way to make sure that that cute guy knows that you’ll put men first is to … not vote for a woman under any circumstances … because he might think you were voting for her because she’s a woman … so you vote against her for that reason … to prove you’re not voting based on gender.
    o_O

    I would trade ten years off my life to see her inaugurated, but I have completely lost faith that there are ANY women who will risk looking uncute to some guy someplace by actually voting for a wildly overqualified female candidate. Unless of course, the ones who all simpered and minced and did exactly that in 2008 discovered that their dream huzzbin didn’t drop out of the clouds the second they left the voting booth.

    Whoops, do I sound bitter? Why heavens to betsy, I’d better keep a lid on that — it’s so unattractive!

    It is worth noting though, that even after all the evil, vicious horseshit she was subjected, Obama only won by gaming the primaries and not having a floor vote at the Democratic convention, an evil for which I will never, ever, ever forgive that party, as long as I live. Five years later and the whole disgusting evolution still makes me gag. They’d fucking well better nominate her, and she’d better win, or else the Democratic party can go fuck itself for the rest of time AFAIC. Everyone else in this world votes their own special interests — why the fuck should women do any differently? I voted for her because she was probably rthe best qualified candidate for president we’ve ever had, and because if some loser someplace thinks I voted for her “just because she’s a woman,” they can go fuck himself with a chainsaw.

    Anyhow. Sorry for the liberal (snerk) use of profanity in this post, but like I said, even after five years, it’s still like gargling with battery acid to even think about the whole fucked up mess.

  9. “I know about the Benghazi scandal; it will be old news in 2016. Old, old news. Attempts to revive it by the GOP will have voters rolling their eyes.”

    As it happens, I’m rolling my eyes right now …

  10. “I’d like to see it, but I will never, ever shake the memory of watching a shitload of very intelligent women, all of whom called themselves “feminists” (because we all know you can get away with all the backstabbing you want if you say, “And I’m a feminist, too!” when you’re done), fell over themselves whining about “I’m Not Going To Vote For A Woman Because She’s A Woman!” as long as some cute guy was standing nearby and they could raise their voices enough to make sure he overheard. And I’m talking about women in their fricking 40s!

    And of course, the easiest way to make sure that that cute guy knows that you’ll put men first is to … not vote for a woman under any circumstances … because he might think you were voting for her because she’s a woman … so you vote against her for that reason … to prove you’re not voting based on gender.”

    This the most ridiculous comment I’ve ever read.

  11. I think Hillary Clinton might be a weak candidate for the same reason the author thinks she’d be strong.

    She has become a well-respected public servant with a sterling resume. (I’m intentionally leaving Benghazi out of it because that’s another can of worms.) Excluding incumbent presidents who are seeking their second presidential victory, people with impressive credentials don’t win presidential elections. (Obama, Bush 43, Clinton, Reagan, and Carter were considered relative lightweights when they entered office. Bush 41 is the exception.) Now, let’s have a look at the candidates who have lost the past several elections: Romney, McCain, Kerry, Gore, Dole, Bush 41, Dukakis, Mondale, Carter, Ford. I see three incumbent presidents, an incumbent veep, a former veep, three deeply respected elder senators, and then Romney and Dukakis. The losers outclass the winners and it’s not even close.

    Based on this trend, Hillary Clinton doesn’t stand a chance.

  12. All I can say is Amen. For Hillary Clinton to become the first woman president of America would not only be momentous for the women of America but also for women the world over.
    She would be the only woman in power who establishes herself as a woman for women.

  13. Part of her defeat in her presidential primary campaign is credited to severe conflict and breakdown in her organization. She’s no doubt learned from that and will take steps to assure it doesn’t happen again.
    In addition, she’d be a much more seasoned candidate now than she was then.
    Do the Republicans have anyone of substance they can rally behind? Or will they continue in their jester nominations?

  14. All that I can say is that she’s got my vote. Who out there is better for the country and the planet? Margo Rubio? Women. before you vote for him talk with the women of his own state Florida.

  15. Totally agree! Hillary is smart, coolheaded, statesmanlike and she’ll kick butt when she needs to. Plus we’ll get Bill back, whom I would have voted for many times if there were not term limits….sigh. Hillary has my vote…hope she runs.

  16. I think Hillary Clinton is great. I am a young aspiring career woman (still at college but with big plans for the future) and she is such a big inspiration to me. I hope she runs and wins in 2016.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  17. The reality is if a monkey were put forth as a presidential candidate then
    the american people black / white / en masse would vote for the monkey.

    To put humor aside in heart Hillary’s already president. / HOW COME ?
    you may ask . The answer being one does not become president one’s
    born president / and Hillary t”was born president / thus a natural choice.

    BARACK was never born to be president BARACK made president via
    the media spin (247 media spin) as hundreds of thousands of $dollars
    backing his election campaign / in removing opposition / the opposition
    being many good decent honest people whom wished in serving their
    country the people / not as BARACK where serve only the agenda of
    his financial backers stripping the people of their few remaining rights.

    With BARACK total disaster / people whom stuck in a hole now under
    BARACK that hole having become an very deep pit of gloom & doom
    reality in experience BARACK’s qualities / apart from used car dealer
    BARACK’S a accomplished liar a ability to deceive which pleased his
    financial backers so much that they made him a “Nobel Prize Winner”.

    Under BARACK nought t’was achieved in bringing / security services
    as military command under control / the reality being the people now
    having no rights / USA SECURITY & MILITARY COMMAND now rule…
    freedom / democracy / justice / the rights of trial / in one having legal
    representation abandoned international as domestic law abandoned.

    American political arena so corrupt / pliticians are being bought sold
    by the highest bidder to serve the agenda of their financial backers
    the people’s vote has become worthless people stripped of all rights
    now under control of the Security Services and of Military Command.

    I will write an further comment soon as how all can get out of such a
    dire situation / thus freedom from the pit that all in having fallen into.

  18. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Crying over a potential candidate? I am amazed that anyone would cry over any candidate. Reagan was a Beloved President, however, sometimes I believe he expanded the Soap Operas which were only created to capture viewers to advertise a product. Can you imagine that shows are only created to sell products and Human Beings around the World actually buy-in to the strategy? Shame on us for allowing this to happen. Maybe we will all come to our senses and stop paying for Cable, Internet and get a real life that includes great relationships with people we love and we can have fun before we die.

  19. Thanks you kindly for the fine article full of information I have needed inside out. I will be sure to pay many visits to all future articles of such good taste. Keep up with the good hard work. And speaking, I have some tiny magic pills that will make you know like a tree. Only two cents minus three for a bottle that will give you much happiness for all to see.

  20. In typical liberal fashion, you marginalize Benghazi as a scandal irritant on Hilary’s road to the presidency. Americans died and politicos have to be held accountable.

  21. You are assuming there will be a 2016 election. Chances are good that America will be under martial law before then. If not, and the American people wake up to the reality that the present Democratic (?) administration has done nothing to help the people, but instead has impoverished the nation and ended the many freedoms our forefathers fought for, the people might actually elect someone who knows economics. Voting for someone with your emotions is what has brought this once proud nation to it’s knees.

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