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Why Hillary? The public awaits her answer

By From page A8 | April 21, 2014

Well, Hillary Clinton has given us a lot to think about, again.

If someone threw a shoe at you, would you (A) duck; (B) catch it to see what size it is and whether it fits; (C) laugh and say it’s either a bat or you’re at Cirque du Soleil. Choosing C, Hillary is being hailed as (1) quick thinking; (2) witty; (3) self-possessed enough to be president.

Absent any other exciting political figures, attention is being lavished on the former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state on the foregone conclusion she’ll run for president in 2016. There’s a Ready for Hillary political action committee in McLean, Va., collecting money to make Hillary run and at least 12 super PACS, including Stop Hillary, raising money against her. Actually, they can use the money however they want.

The “Ready for Hillary” Internet store offers T-shirts, mugs, magic markers, buttons, lapel pins, hoodies, men’s and women’s long-sleeved shirts, hats, onesies for babies, smart phone cases, water bottles, key straps and, of course, bumper stickers. There are champagne glasses, cocktail napkins, medals, car magnets, tote bags and yard signs. Prices range from $4 to $60.

There have been 200 Ready for Hillary events around the country. The PAC says it has raised $5.75 million from 55,000 donors and shipped out 300,000 bumper stickers; 700,000 have signed up to help if Hillary decides to run.

Hillary says she still has to figure out why she’d run. “I am thinking about it, but I am going to continue to think about it for a while,” she says. “The hard questions are not do you want to be president, or can you win. The hard questions are why. Why would you want to do this and what can you offer that could make a difference.”

Aha! What would she want to do as president? And what could she do? She has said nothing yet about what a Hillary Clinton presidency would mean for the country. Being first woman president would be cool but probably isn’t reason enough to elect her.

She ran in 2008 defending the war in Iraq, a war that just about everyone except Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney agrees was a bad mistake. There’s a general consensus that capturing Saddam Hussein was not worth thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars.

She believes in “empowering women,” whatever that means. If it means raising the minimum wage to $10.10, Congress keeps blocking it. If it means ensuring that women no longer make only 77 percent of what men do, lots of luck with Congress. And as long as men control the boardrooms, the percentage of women CEOs will stay minuscule.

She believes in Obamacare, with perhaps a few tweaks. But she would not repeal it.

As secretary of state she racked up sensational air miles, but big breakthroughs such as Middle East peace eluded her. The American deaths at Benghazi occurred on her watch.

She has written a book about her experiences at the State Department, due out this summer. Volume two of her memoirs. By year’s end, she promises to decide whether she’s running for president. (Betting is yes.)

Then it gets tough. She must show her presidency would be different from her husband’s two terms and from President Obama’s two terms. What would she do about Vladimir Putin and North Korea? How would she put millions of unemployed Americans back to work? How would she get Congress to do something meaningful about climate change? How would she ensure Americans are once again the best educated in the world? How would she curtail gun violence?

Suffice it to say, she’s got a lot of explaining to do.

In the meantime, prepare for more “I’m ready for Hillary” bumper stickers and “So Ready for Hillary” yard signs. Donate as much as you wish for or against her. But your donations are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Not until she figures out why she’s running.

Ann McFeatters is an op-ed columnist for McClatchy-Tribune. Readers may send her email at [email protected]

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  • 2realApril 21, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Hate to sound sexist but no to a female president!

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  • DanielApril 21, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Hitlery and her enabled teenage intern molesting hubby already have their people in the IRS, NSA and other branches of government from their days in the office to make sure that they get back in. It's bascially a done deal with Obama to handoff the baton and the corruption continues.

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  • Danny BuntinApril 21, 2014 - 7:52 am

    You do realize that Hitler was a right wing fascist?

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  • Danny BuntinApril 21, 2014 - 7:49 am

    "As secretary of state she racked up sensational air miles, but big breakthroughs such as Middle East peace eluded her. The American deaths at Benghazi occurred on her watch.". You know this is a hard hitting piece, when the Sec State is accused of not settling the conflict in the middle east, while racking up air miles. Maybe next time she can take the train or a boat.

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  • Ray BarkerApril 21, 2014 - 8:20 am

    I didn't know that the National Socialist party was right wing.

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  • Danny BuntinApril 21, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Its a play on words, for the simple minded.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 21, 2014 - 10:36 am

    She looks like a fool and so does her traitoe supporters in the news media---the bought and paid for scum in the government media complex.

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  • The MisterApril 21, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    Hillary heads the very same US State Department that was caught inserting and funding agent provocateurs in the Ukraine and the very same US State Department that conspired with the Anti-Defamation League to distribute anti-Jewish fliers in the Ukraine. This was a false-flag operation by the Hillary's State Department to blame Russia supporters of being anti-Jewish. Hillary's US State Department is doing everything it can to start WW3. If you want nuclear war, then vote for Hillary. (The Zionist ADL, BTW, is a leftist, Jewish supremacist hate group with ties to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) whom the FBI severed its relations with last month because of their radicalized bias and activities. An agent from the SPLC is speaking in Fairfield at the Annual Peace Summit this week.)

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  • Google... Hillary Clinton RothschildApril 21, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Wikipedia...Lynn Forester de Rothschild.....Lynn Forester de Rothschild was a major fund raiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 Presidential bid and has received attention for endorsing John McCain for President. On June 22, 2011, she hosted a fundraiser for Jon Huntsman, Jr.'s presidential campaign.[10] From 1993–1995, she served on President Bill Clinton's National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council. From 1998-2000, Lynn Forester de Rothschild served on the US Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Committee. Lynn Forester de Rothschild is actively involved in policy issues and social issues, including micro-finance and women's rights. the philanthropic sector. In 2006, she was appointed as a member of the UN Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Services. She serves as Chairman of the Board for the American Patrons of the Tate Gallery, FAI ([1]), and the International Advisory Board of Columbia University School of Law. In addition, she serves as a Trustee of the ERANDA Foundation (a Rothschild family foundation), the Outward Bound Trust, the Alfred Herrhausen Society of International Dialogue of Deutsche Bank and the Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (USA), Chatham House (UK), the Institute for Strategic Studies (UK), the International Advisory Council of Asia House (UK), the Foreign Policy Association (USA), and Co-Chair of the Henry Jackson Initiative's report 'Towards a More Inclusive Capitalism'....... AND REMEMBER.... any of the "do-gooder" stuff these people are involved with usually turns out to be a cover for the evil they do. My point Hillary and Obama are controlled by the Illuminati Just like the Bushs.... Danny Buntin please acknowledge that you have seen this communication.

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  • rlw895April 21, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    Why Hillary? Because she's a Democrat, and the Republicans have sold out. But if you're talking about the Democratic primary, that's got to have a different answer. I don't see any emerging Democratic contender. The Democratic leaders in Washington--Reid, Pelosi, Biden, Kerry--all seem highly unlikely. So we have to turn to the pool of Democratic governors. Brown is out due to age. Cuomo is a possibility. Others?

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  • Rich GiddensApril 21, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    You're right---Republicans want our money so they can act like your Rat Democrat Party. I guess that's why I don't want for the 2 major parties anymore.

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  • JagApril 21, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Elizabeth warren will win the nominations of your party

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  • Danny BuntinApril 21, 2014 - 10:34 pm

    @Jag: I can't see that ever happening. She is honest(@work), and looks at the big social blow back of all this trickle down idealism(fraud). No way does she get the money from the groups that hedge their bets.

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