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Hillary Isn't Ready

By Friday, 15 May 2015 09:19 AM Current | Bio | Archive

“Ready for Hillary” has been the slogan for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The only problem with the slogan is that the candidate herself is not ready. Scandals plague Hillary, and she meets pressing issues with general disinterest. It looks like she just doesn’t want this.

It started with the email scandal. Hillary used a private email address on a private server housed at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., while serving as secretary of state.

The legality of this move can be debated, but the idea this would be done without the consent of the White House for her own privacy is a story that smells terrible. It harkens back to the scandals of the 1990s that the Clintons play by their own rules, and everyone else has to play by the universally accepted norms.

Her response when questioned was, “It was for convenience . . . the server will remain private.” This highlights a level of secrecy that should not be allowed considering those emails belong to the tax payers. The questions will persist, and she will have to answer them — if she ever answers questions.

The next scandal was unearthed by the author Peter Schweitzer in his new book, “Clinton Cash.” The book outlined peculiar timing of events that lead to some questionable foreign policy decisions as quid pro quo for donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Also, questions were raised by the huge checks cashed by former President Bill Clinton for speeches he gave. Is it a smoking gun that will sink a campaign? Not yet, but it will be investigated further, and it shows questionable judgment in how she handles her personal and private business. The response from Hillary? Mum is the word.

Age is an uncomfortable issue to talk about. No one wants to seem insensitive or look like an ageist. The facts are that she will be 69 years old on Election Day 2016, she has a history of blood clot issues, and she just became a grandmother for the first time.

This is clearly not disqualifying her. Reagan was a few months older than a possible President Clinton would be when he took office in January of 1981, but most people are slowing down at nearly 70 years old. Most people are not taking on the most difficult job of their lives that requires an abundance of energy and drive in their eighth decade alive.

Age alone will not sink a campaign, but Hillary feels like a tired public figure running for president. Maybe it’s outside forces that are pressuring this along at this point: fervent supporters from 2008, the pressure from the feminist base to be the first woman president, and possibly her husband who longs to return to Washington, triumphant again as a player on the political scene. It all seems forced.

Finally, her actions on the campaign trail speak louder than words. Someone seeking the White House should be looking for every microphone available, but Hillary has been allergic to the media and questions since she announced. She had the email press conference before she announced, and I think that rattled her a bit.

With the release of the "Clinton Cash" book, and the revelation that she was an author of the current Trans Pacific Partnership, which is very unpopular amongst the Democratic base, it’s a shrewd political move to avoid hot waters.

With a campaign going on, these questions will be brought up again and again from reporters and will be used by republicans for ad blitzes from now until November 2016.

She has answered a total of eight questions from the press since her campaign started on April 12 (that’s 33 days at the time of this writing). Her initial campaign video has fallen flat as a re-tread of ’90s messaging. It carefully avoided anything to do with her time as secretary of state.

Even a small thing like the campaign stop for lunch at Chipotle has shown a candidate who doesn’t really want to be doing this. You don’t avoid the working people you are trying to court in an election campaign by dressing in disguise. Your campaign message is about having a conversation with everyday Americans. The least you could do is actually have one.

All of this has led to a campaign that is barely treading water, even though there is no real competition in view. It’s possible that her time was 2008, but that coincided with an Obama wave over the Democratic Party. Maybe her time was in 2004, where she could have unseated Bush 43. It feels like the country has moved on from a Clinton presidency, and it looks like Hillary has moved on from it as well.

Kevin Broderick serves as a consultant for a fortune 500 Insurer in the Employee Benefits marketplace for large employers. He received a finance degree from Providence College. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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