Liberals are still clamoring for Hillary Clinton in 2012.
The group Run Hillary 2012 has released a robocall in North Carolina and New York asking voters to recruit Hillary Clinton for a 2012 presidential run.
“America would be better off today if Hillary Clinton was our president,” insists the organization, which describes itself as “a project of the 99%.”
“The Wall Street robber barons would be jailed, young people could afford college and find jobs and six million homeowners wouldn’t face foreclosure. We need to change our course. Please sign our petition to draft Hillary Clinton for president,” says the female caller. (You can listen via The Huffington Post.)
It’s not only Run Hillary 2012 that’s looking for the Secretary of State to move over to the White House
executive branch: Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen over at Politico write yesterday that voters in New Hampshire should draft the former first lady and senator.
“We advocate this Draft Hillary movement not because of the desire to make political mischief — but to put the country on the right course,” they write at Politico. The current president has “been unable to build consensus” and “will be unable to govern effectively even if reelected.” They argue the American people, particularly New Hampshire residents, need to have a political uprising like the ones in the Middle East — have they not heard about Occupy Wall Street? — and help mobilize the Democratic machine toward a Clinton candidacy.
The Secretary is tougher than Obama, they claim, and popular among frustrated liberals and the ever-important white, working-class voters: “Certainly, the recent barrage of articles by former Obama allies saying that the White House has lost white, working-class voters — a key part of the Democratic coalition — is cause enough for Clinton, who has been that voting bloc’s champion in the past, to be the Democratic standard-bearer.”
Laura Washington at the Chicago Sun-Times, meanwhile, thinks Clinton should replace Joe Biden as the vice presidential candidate because she can help Obama beat potential GOP nominee Newt Gingrich.
“A Gingrich nomination would energize liberal and women voters, who despise and fear him,” she writes. “Clinton would be a stone-cold reminder of the bad old 1990s, when she and her husband battled Gingrich tooth and nail. No one is better prepared to remind voters just who Newt Gingrich really is: The man who incessantly attacked the Bill Clinton presidency.”
Shoot, even Dick Cheney thinks Clinton should run.
The robocalls and other Clinton 2012 petitions are no surprise: Democrats have been asking Hillary Clinton to run ever since the 2008 election, when she and Obama’s rivalry very nearly split their party in two. (In fact, Mitt Romney has been using that battle to win over independent voters and disgruntled Democrats.)
While this incessant, enduring demand for Clinton 2012 illustrates ongoing frustration among Obama’s peers, and should send a signal to the White House, her running against Obama is a terrible idea. Clinton running against Obama would be an extremely risky move: she runs the risk of alienating his core supporters and handing the Republican nominee a big win.
Besides, why would Clinton want to return to the White House? If she leaves the State Department after the election, as she plans, she will still have enormous power and influence the world over, and finally make money using it. Plus, turning on Obama would tarnish her family’s legacy, just as it would have had the their infighting cost him the election four years ago.