Written by Julia Porterfield, Garrett Humbertson, and Seth Connell.
It was nearly prophesied in 2008 that Hillary Clinton was destined to become the President succeeding Bush 43. Yet this did not come to pass. An unknown community organizer from Chicago by the name of Barack Obama surged in the polls, and knocked her out of the race. Thus her chances at the White House were thwarted for another 4 years. After President Obama won re-election in 2012, all eyes headed straight to 2016 like it was the very next day. “Who will run? Mitt Romney? Rand Paul? Andrew Cuomo? Hillary Clinton?”
For the past two years, speculation has been that Hillary Clinton will yet again run for President of the United States. However, events in recent months have started to again thwart the potential ambitions of Mrs. Clinton. The collective opinion of Red Millennial’s Editors is that Hillary Rodham Clinton will not win an election bid for the White House in 2016 if she decides to run.
There are three main reasons why the Editors believe that Mrs. Clinton will not win the White House if she decides to run. First, she made light of a rape case as a lawyer. Second, her recent interviews and public appearances have shown that she is completely out of touch with every day Americans. And third, that she has no accomplishments to place on her resume for a White House bid.
1. The Hillary Tapes
Mid-June, the Washington Free Beacon released an expose called “The Hillary Tapes” discussing a never-before-heard audio clip from a much young Hillary Clinton speaking candidly about one of her first cases as a lawyer in which she defended a known rapist. The article by Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman eviscerates Ms. Clinton for mercilessly mocking the case and laughing about attacking an innocent 12-year-old little girl.
From early on in her political career, Hillary has described herself as a women and children’s rights activist. One of the main goals of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is to, “…empower women and girls by expanding access to education, increasing economic opportunity, and providing critical health care to young mothers and their newborns. Our goal is to lift millions of women out of poverty—and with them, their families and entire communities.”
Far be it from me to judge Ms. Clinton’s intentions, but it’s pretty clear that attacking the people you claim to defend is slightly hypocritical. However, we must remember that this is the same women who profusely claimed to be “dead broke” [see below] after she left the White House while she and Bill were raking in a minuscule $200,000 per speaking engagement.
If this audio was not from Ms. Clinton, but from a Republican like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Chris Christie, the mainstream media would be all over it, and that person’s political career would be dead. No questions asked. Yet because the revelation is from former First Lady and Democrat goddess Hillary Clinton, the story has been buried for more than 30 years.
2. “We were dead broke”
The ‘Hillary Tapes’ demonstrates what many have suspected for quite some time—unlike most warm-blooded Americans, Hillary Clinton has ice water running through her veins.
Nevertheless, the Clinton machine is still hard at work behind the scenes, desperately trying to craft a narrative that Hillary is the inevitable Democrat nominee for President with the grassroots “Ready 4 Hillary” organizations.
However, even her political skill has been called in to question with her controversial comments during her book tour, reinforcing the long-held notion that she simply can’t relate to the common guy or gal.
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Mrs. Clinton said in a television interview. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
Those are the words of a political figure desperate to appear “relatable.”
The average voter wants to be able to relate to the candidate he or she is going to support. The “relatability” question dogged Mitt Romney both for his perceived aloofness and his enormous wealth. The same is true for Hillary, except Romney never claimed to be “dead broke” after, for example, his term as Massachusetts Governor (during which he donated his entire salary to charity).
Unfortunately for Hillary, public record shows her comments to be questionable at best. The Clintons lived rent-free in the White House for eight years while Bill received a yearly six-digit salary, (including $400,000 in 2000). Bill also received a $14 million advance for his book “My Life,” and they received a $1.3 million loan from a friend to help pay for a $5.9 million house in Chappaqua, NY.
By 2003, Hillary had received an $8 million advance for her own memoir, and Bill had netted another $15 million on royalties from his book. Bill himself has made over $106 million off of speaking fees since leaving the White House, flying around the world in his own private jet. Although Hillary’s total income is unknown, we do know that she charges about $225,000 per speech.
Excuse us if we’re not feeling her pain.
Hillary has also been on the record as saying they had to “keep working hard” after the Clinton presidency, reiterating “we struggled.” Sorry, Hillary, but most Americans aren’t going to see speeches and international travel as a struggle or hard work, especially coming from a woman who hasn’t driven a car in decades.
Clearly, the biggest obstacle Hillary Clinton would face in a presidential race is Hillary Clinton. Her name is synonymous with politics. Everything she does is thought to support her ambition and every word she speaks is regarded as calculated. She and her husband are worth at least $100 million, and they have been in politics since before we Millennials were born. On top of that, her approval numbers are not great, especially after a lackluster tenure as Secretary of State.
3. Give me one thing
So Hillary Clinton is out of touch and she makes light of rape cases. But surely everything she did in office makes up for that right? All of those accomplishments, whatever they are. Like, uh…
Well, what has she done? I don’t know, you tell me. If you can’t say what she accomplished in all of her years, we’ll tell you.
Hillary Clinton was simply the First Lady of Arkansas, the White House, a Senator, and Secretary of State; but she did nothing notable in all her years in those positions; most notably as Secretary of State.
Maybe she traveled a lot, the most out of all Secretaries of State in U.S. history, but what does that mean in the grand scheme of things? Nothing.
Charles Krauthammer stated it perfectly.
It can even be argued that Hillary Clinton took America a few steps back on foreign policy during her tenure. Remember that “reset” with Russia? How is that going so far?
And we can’t forget about the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Ambassador Christopher Stevens asked for more security multiple times due to his concerns over terrorist activity. But Hillary Clinton’s State Department denied it to him. Libya was known to be a dangerous location, and that negligence ended up costing the lives of the first U.S. ambassador since 1979, and three other Americans.
This negligence, and the handling of the attack, hardly qualify Clinton to be President.
Maybe some might say, “She stands for women’s rights!” or “She breaks the glass ceiling!” Well if you intend to break a glass ceiling, you better have something to grab on to when you get up there.
In Hillary Clinton’s case, she appears to have nothing to hold on to. So perhaps her political career will come crashing down, or maybe a left wing helicopter will come and save her.
However, the Editors of Red Millennial do not think this is the case for Mrs. Clinton.
These are just three reasons why the editorial board believes that Hillary Clinton will not win a White House bid. She simply does not the momentum even going into 2015 for a presidential race.
Other national names in the Democratic party, like Elizabeth Warren, are more likely to win a bid than Clinton; though predictions for who will win the White House are nearly impossible to predict due to the ever-shifting nature of politics.
Clinton would do well with her usual crowd. The radical feminists and the baby boomers.
However, we do not believe that she will win a key demographic, which is why she will not win.
If the Democrats hope to retake the White House in 2016, they will need to run a candidate who can energize millennials as well as a GOP potential like Rand Paul.
Millennials were a major factor in the 2012 election, and we will play an even bigger role when 2016 rolls around. And simply put, Millennials are un-enthused with Hillary Clinton.Follow our Editors on Twitter: @JK_Porterfield, @sconnell1776, @G_Humbertson