posted on July 07, 2013 10:00
“She’s been around since the ’70s,” one Republican operative said. Another: It would be “a rerun of ‘The Golden Girls’.”
Democrats could reply that Ronald Reagan was 69 and popular with young voters when he was elected President. Or maybe not, given rumors that his faculties diminished during his second term.
Playing the age card in politics is unpredictable. When questions were raised about Reagan’s age in 1984, he used them to demolish Walter Mondale in a debate – settling the issue and the election.
But a smart, subtle independent campaign worked against Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2008. The ads never said: “She’s too old.” They noted instead that she had been in Washington a loooooooong time. Of course, anybody married to Bob Dole had to be old.
Do young voters want a young candidate? Could Paul Ryan or Rand Paul appeal to voters who don’t like Republican positions on women’s rights, immigration, college loans, gay marriage, voter ID, education cuts, etc., etc.?
Age itself probably won’t be the issue. The question is whether Clinton looks like a blast from the past or a fresh voice for the future.
She has enormous potential as a candidate. She could expand the Obama coalition – and the electoral map. She could do even better than he did with a key swing vote: suburban women.
But she ran a terrible campaign in 2008. It was arrogant, unfocused and riven with internal conflict. She’ll have to do better this time.
That will determine whether her age – and experience – work for her, or against her.
Sunday, July 07, 2013 10:50 AM
I'm wondering if Ms. Hillary will actually run for president. I mean, I know she's got a huge ego and being president would feed that in a big way but what's actually in it for her? She's been a First Lady, a U.S. Senator and a Secretary of State. Plenty of ego-stuff in all of that for sure. She's got a big following including many republican notables. She has a lot already to make her feel very good about herself.
If she does run, the "age card" will certainly be played. But, it will be totally overshadowed by her beliefs on continuing every kind of entitlement imaginable keeping that huge democratic voting base in tack. And, as you've said, Gary....she'll get a large part of the "woman vote" but not because of her stance on abortion (which liberals have renamed "women's health issues") but because just like so many blacks wanted to see a black president, a huge number of women (even republican and/or "fence-sitters") will vote for her to make it an historic event having the first woman POTUS. And, she'll be able to continue to keep the backing of the mainstream media just like Obama has been able to secure. The majority of the MSM is scared to death to publish or say much negative about Obama & Co. for fear of a backlash that brands any show/network/journalist as being racist. Hillary will be able to hold the threat of "against women" over the media's head and it will be just as powerful.
So, to recap....a lot of women in America vote and I think Hillary will get the lion's share of them if she runs and is the democratic nominee. A huge portion of entitlement receivers vote and here again, if Hillary runs, she'll make sure they ALL know that her republican opponent wants to take away their "benefits" and she will promise to make sure they stay in place.
There IS a positive side to it if she does run and does become the first woman Prez. She'll be immensely better than the person we have in there currently.
Sunday, July 07, 2013 7:53 PM
Gary, you laid out a good resume. Now get it to the team that picks who will guide the campaign. You could have one last run at getting your guy, well gal into office. Should I put in a word? Well not sure how much good that would do. You are on your own, and the above post sums up one idea about the Hiller gal. No need to worry about Bengazi, the media will kill anyone who brings it up. They have her back. It must be wonderful knowing that the media will kill any negative attacks, and all you have to do is pick the right theme. Shame you and Hunt never had that vicious media to go after his opponents. Don't get me wrong, there were those who wanted to kill Jessie, just not with the power of National networks, and big time papers, N.Y. Times. Now that the curtain has been pulled back and we see the wizzard, conservatives have a harder time than what Jessie had back when Hunt wanted his head. In those days the media had to maintain that false front that they were not bias, but objective. It will never go back to those days, and now the Carters of the world have to be superman to get their guy into office. Gary, you were just born a generation too early. I know that feeling, Selma Hayak just sees me as an old man.