Hillary Clinton Is Building Her Democratic Army As The GOP’s Worst Nightmare Comes True

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton hasn’t even announced her 2016 run yet but she is already staffed up with huge Democratic talent, some of which is coming to her straight from the Obama White House. Planning to delay campaigning until late summer, the former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady has already amassed a Dream Team, pulling from Obama’s team to round out her already solid support.

Anne Gearan and Dan Balz at the Washington Post reported that even though she hasn’t even announced yet, Clinton’s campaign is looking like an incumbent’s reelection campaign:

At this point, without so much as an announcement, she has settled on — at the least — a campaign chairman, a campaign manager, a chief strategist and lead pollster, another pollster, a lead media adviser, a communication director, a deputy communications director, a focus group director and a communications strategist.

Her effort at this stage looks a lot like an incumbent’s reelection campaign: She will be running largely in support of a sitting president and his agenda, and is busy hiring many of President Obama’s former aides.

Jim Messina, who helped engineer Clinton’s downfall in 2008 as a senior aide to Obama’s campaign, now runs a super PAC devoted to supporting her in 2016. “It’s her turn and her time,” he said on MSNBC this week. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure she’s the president of the United States.”

While pundits and strategists focus on fears that Clinton could lose her edge by delaying hitting the trail and worry over appearances of inheriting a mantle from President Obama, there is another side to this coin.

What we have here is a strong would-be candidate, who consistently polls as a favorite politician, who is well known to the American people, whose last name is associated with economic boom times, and who is also carrying her own unique mantle of potentially being the first female President.

That’s a pretty heady mix of positives with a dose of freshness, and it’s coming on the wave of a Republican war on women that is only getting more obvious as even their own female representatives balk at their attempts to deny women liberty.

Now, add to that the savvy skill set of the seasoned-under-fire Obama team – from strategy, messaging and digital talent to polling talent.

Clinton is filling in the gaps where her 2008 campaign was stressed. She is utilizing the very talent that brought her down.

It’s brilliant.

It’s also further evidence of the imagined deal back when President Obama asked her to be his Secretary of State, a job which undeniably beefs up foreign policy cred – a continued weakness on the Republican side.

The biggest challenge for Clinton is going to be not falling into the trap of Democrats of 2014; that is, not alienating the Obama supporters in necessary efforts to distinguish herself from the President. To this end, I hope she doesn’t go with the “more confident” foreign policy line tossed out in the Washington Post article. “Bolder” might work. But “more confident” feeds right into the Republican criticism that gets up the backs of Obama Democrats. (See Wendy Davis for how to do this the right way.)

Because of the heir apparent appearance of much of her would be candidacy, Clinton will be attacked for being like royalty, for being lazy, for not earning it, and other Rovian digs that attack her strengths. But these attacks will be hard to make stick, given her long career full of earnest hard work for causes she has steadily believed in. Also, the first female president didn’t earn it? LOL. Say it again, Republicans, because that’s almost as much of a winner as the latest GOP mantra that rape is an opportunity.

The thing is, Hillary Clinton didn’t sit back and lick her wounds after 2008. She swallowed her pride and took a tough job working for her opponent after a bitter campaign. And now she is demonstrating again that she is hungry and sharp by hiring the exact people she needs to run the best campaign she can. This means she accurately assessed her last campaign, instead of deluding herself with Romney-esque feelings of entitlement.

Who does that?

A winner, that’s who.

No, that’s not a prediction; it’s just a fact that people who are willing to honestly assess their own weaknesses and work hard to overcome them are more apt to be successful than those whose egos are too weak to handle criticism and self reflection.

It’s also true that people whose egos can not only handle losing but turn it into an opportunity make stronger, better leaders. This is the kind of person who should scare opponents. It’s not the heir-apparentness — it’s her steel spine, loyalty, gritty determination and steady vision for the under privileged that make Clinton so dangerous to Republicans.

28 Replies to “Hillary Clinton Is Building Her Democratic Army As The GOP’s Worst Nightmare Comes True”

  1. …it’s her steel spine, loyalty, gritty determination and steady vision for the under privileged that make Clinton so dangerous to Republicans

    …and will make her so totally awesome and game-changing
    as Madam President!

  2. Hillary needs to win by a blow out, I don’t trust the repubs when it comes to underhanded stealing the vote tactics.

  3. Your distrust is warranted, C. .
    Florida, Y2K was merely The Opening Act. The GOP has, since, contrived an arsenal of sleazy tactics to dissuade opposition voters and, where their votes are cast, the opposition ballots.

    The thumb’s on the scale.
    It is celebrated by the FOX-fed DittoHeads and ChristoLizards, and is financed by the Koch suckers.

    Only a powerful tidal wave can carry Hillary (and Warren?) into the Oval Office.

  4. Gotp has got nobody that can beat her. Kinda like when they had nobody that could beat Obama. hint to gop: the crazies are ruining your party.just sayin.

  5. Look at the video docker. Do you not realize that the GOTP is frothing at the mouth hoping that Hillary Clinton will run. If you think they dont like Obama just wait until you see the bizarro crap they come up with for Clinton. You will see the video of the “came under sniper fire” lie over and over and over and over and…….yeah over again.
    My personal view is that I regret voting for Bill’s reelection because he ended up screwing over everyone that voted for him for a second term.

    Give me an ABC candidate and I will vote for them.

  6. Absolutely! I’m a Bay Stater and love Elizabeth Warren, but don’t think she’s well-rounded enough to be President. However, she could drive out the progressive base for whom HRC is suspect.

  7. Yes, lets get serial sexual harasser Bill Clinton and his enabler Hillary back in the White House. That would be very entertaining.

  8. I’ll take the ABC (anyone but clinton) candidate, thank you.

    Even a Republicans, arnold? Sure, you can’t be that….uninformed?

  9. Democrats should never go by what the GOP will or will not do against a Democrat. And NO ONE can deny that Hillary knows how to bite back with ferocity and a smile.

    So I’d like to see them try.

    Take into account that she’ll have a very popular president, Barack Obama, at her side. He’ll campaign for her and no one campaigns as successfully as Barack Obama, the man, who, you know, got 51% of the vote in BOTH his elections, something NO Republican has been able to do…eVAH.

    So I wouldn’t dismiss her so easily arnold…even her political enemies aren’t stupid enough to do that.

  10. Not at all warranted, docker. Arnold there is running around with hair on fire without telling you that Hillary will have the Obama Coalition behind her.

    This isn’t 2000. There is no in-fighting between the president and the projected Democratic presidential candidate. This country is in the able hands of a pro-civil rights president who is going to ensure that the typical Republican shenanigans aren’t going to crown the next Republican president.

    The Republicans know it and that’s why they’re so worried and are sent out to “concern troll” progressive sites.

    Ain’t gonna happen.

  11. The CONs will *Hate* no-matter whom Dems put up.
    So Dems should Shoot-for-the-Moon & knock the GOP DEAD with a CLINTON/WARREN move!

    Even Republican Women will want to vote for the First Woman President!

  12. The GOP are always running scared of something, big deal! I knew Clinton would want to hire Obama’s team, who wouldn’t? They got the job done-twice

  13. Although I would vote for her if she was the nominee she is not my first choice. We don’t need another wall street democrat in the white house that is one of the reasons we are in this mess in the first place. Her first 4 years she would do they little to help democrats so she can get reelected and the 2nd 4 she would do what Obama is doing and that is worrying about her legacy.

  14. I was reading an article this morning about a new poll showing popularity of women in one list and men in another and Hillary was #1 on the women’s list AND 3rd most popular among Republicans. That’s something.

  15. There are two ways Hillary can’t win, 1. If she doesn’t run, 2. If she doesn’t run……Say hello to your NEXT PRESIDENT GOP…..

  16. I love Elizabeth Warren, but she needs to stay in the Senate in 2016. HRC is going to need a strong ally there, and, more importantly, needs to keep HRC honest.

    I’m among those who think Clinton is too corporate – I’ll vote for her, of course – but having a progressive as popular as Warren who could challenge her in 2020 if she turns out to be Republican-lite will be enormously helpful.

  17. Does anyone think it a possibility we could see a CLINTON/WARREN Ticket?

    Just Imagine that!

    I’d want that just to see Rush Limpballs’ reaction . . .


  18. “Yes, lets get serial sexual harasser Bill Clinton and his enabler Hillary back in the White House. That would be very entertaining.”

    Bill Clinton left office with

    – the highest approval ratings of any US President
    – a record budget surplus
    – gas at less than $2/gal
    – no wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
    – and those responsible for the 1993 WTC attack in prison

    You’re right, Di — THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!!


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