Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hasn’t officially said that she’ll run for president in 2016, but all of the signs are there. The most recent? The traditional “pre-presidential run” book tour, which launched just this month.
Like all things Clinton, however, the idea of her candidacy has the far right incensed. Desperate to ensure that a Hillary 2016 campaign never manifests, they are already attacking her over any issue they can create, each ploy looking a little sadder than the last.
To try to distract her during her book tour, the Republican National Committee has set an intern on her tail, in this case in a giant squirrel costume. The squirrel, of course, is counter protesting her signings (yes, apparently that is a thing) and handing out bumper stickers saying ”Another Clinton in the White House is NUTS!” “You’ll definitely be seeing more from the squirrel,” RNC spokeswoman Kristen Kukowski told ABC News. ”The idea is to have a presence at Hillary’s events to make sure Americans know that while the Democrats have no choice but to anoint her as their nominee, she’s going to have a difficult campaign defending her lack of accomplishments.”
A stalking squirrel is annoying but mostly benign. Rumors can be, as well. After a People Magazine article on Clinton, conservatives — led by Matt Drudge — decided to spread a rumor that the cover photo of the magazine was actually of Clinton using a walker, implying she was too frail and aged to be a presidential nominee. People Magazine ended up releasing additional photos to dispel the rumors and prove that she was, in fact, standing with her hand on a pool-side chair.
Some rumors are small, easily dismissed and fairly harmless. Others, not so much. Although there is no real sign of any sort of major issues between Clinton and current President Barack Obama, that’s not good enough for some who insist they must have a “strained” relationship. Politico bases this alleged schism on the fact that Clinton is claiming in her book that the Obama campaign wanted to demean then vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin with gendered attacks, a claim that those on the administration say isn’t true.
The vast majority of the Politico piece, however, focuses on how the fact that the President and Clinton aren’t showing public friction in itself must mean that they are not getting along. “They’ve been doing this dance since the end of the 2008 Democratic primary, with each looking warily at the other, trying not to overtly step on the other’s toes but occasionally slipping up,” writes Politico. “The start of another presidential cycle presents another awkward and potentially frustrating twist in the relationship.”
Claiming a divide between the two may give Clinton distance, but what it mostly does is make it both impossible for the President to take any action without it being analyzed as a potential move for or against a Clinton candidacy, as well as neutralize him as any sort of benefit to a presidential run.
Non-existent “tension” is just one problem that some in the media are irresponsibly pointing to with no real evidence to back them up. A recent interview with a woman who was raped at the age of 12 almost 40 years ago, and who’s alleged attacker was defended in trial by Clinton back in the 70′s, states that Clinton was well aware of the guilt of her client yet defended him anyway.
“It’s proven fact, with all the tapes [now revealed], she lied like a dog on me. I think she was trying to do whatever she could do to make herself look good at the time…. She wanted it to look good, she didn’t care if those guys did it or not,” she told The Daily Beast. ”Them two guys should have got a lot longer time. I do not think justice was served at all.” Legal experts state that Clinton’s defense was standard and exactly what any attorney would do for a client.
Yet that doesn’t stop the Daily Beast from using the victim of the attack to set a case against Clinton’s fitness for the presidency. “Whether or not Clinton was just doing her duty as a defense lawyer, for the victim, Clinton’s behavior speaks to her character, her ambition, and her suitability to be a role model for women or president of the United States,” Josh Rogan concludes, in an article that some are referring to as a bid for “cheap clicks.”
We have two years to go before we reach a point of nominating a candidate for president from either party, much less start the general election campaign. If these are the attacks Clinton faces before she even runs, just imagine what 2016 will look like.
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