Hillary Fans are Forgetting One Problem – She’ll Have to Run on the Obama Record
The media has been acting as though Hillary Clinton is some fresh face on the political scene, riding in to rescue our nation from its long list of foolish blunders in recent years.
The media doesn’t seem to understand – or care – that Clinton, if nominated, will face the same problems that John McCain faced in 2008: Having to run on the record of an extremely unpopular president.
In fact, McCain may have been slightly better off, because he was not a member of the Bush administration. Secretary Clinton cannot make such a claim about the Obama administration.
She was part of the mess, and many voters will hold her responsible, even for the mistakes and misdeeds that were not her fault.
That’s the way it works in partisan politics. Just ask Sen. McCain, who wanted to be president just as much as Hillary does.
Clinton, Obama and the Democrats can hardly point to a record of major accomplishment over the past six years, and the next two years don’t look very promising, either.
For starters, Clinton won’t be able to campaign on an agenda that tells voters, “If you liked the past eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, you’re going to love the next eight years of a Clinton administration.
Polls show that Americans are pretty sour on the last, nearly half dozen years under Obama and the Democrats on a wide range of issues. And they are especially critical of one of Clinton’s major failures as secretary of State: the Benghazi cover-up.
This week’s Washington Post-ABC News poll, among other surveys, gives Obama failing grades on just about all of the major issues that voters say are among their biggest concerns.
Only 43 percent of Americans approve of the Obama administration’s handling of the economy, with more than 50 percent saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing on an issue that tops the list of public concerns that affect most Americans.
It gets worse. Just 41 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy issues; 38 percent on immigration reform; 39 percent on Obamacare.