Could Hillary Win?
Like the Christmas shopping season, the presidential election cycle keeps starting earlier and earlier.
Several stories today speculated that Hillary Clinton started her push for the Democratic nomination in 2008 over the weekend. Even though I'd rather wait three and a half years to start questioning Hillary's chances in a presidential race, I will take an early potshot at her.
My main reason to doubt her electability is based on the old saying, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Well, the Clinton's managed to shame America twice, including myself, and got to spend eight years in the White House even though he was a lying, adulterer.
However, the tricks Bill pulled off to bot get elected and remain in office will not work for his wife. His disarming charm and impish smile deflected not only the mud tossed at him, but also the sticky stuff he piled on himself.
Hillary lacks any charm. She comes across as a technocrat in the Al Gore mold. She brings lots of facts, figures and opinions, but zero personality. If George W. Bush's election showed the Democrats anything, it's that Americans want a a real person as president. A person with obvious failings, something Bill had in spades, and the ability to talk like an average person.
Gore, John Kerry and Hillary have none of these traits and they are incapable of faking it.