Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the realistic chance of winning the 2016 presidential election by a landslide, and go on to govern like a liberal Ronald Reagan, said Brent Budowsky, a Huffington Post columnist.
"It is very possible that Hillary Clinton will be elected president by a substantial margin, return the Senate to Democratic control, name Supreme Court justices who will create a liberal court for a generation and help elect enough Democrats to the House to have a working majority in Congress for history-making progressive achievements, beginning with her first 100 days in the White House," he wrote in a column in the Huffington Post
titled "Is Hillary Clinton a Liberal Reagan?"
Budowsky cited recent polling showing that Clinton leads Republican opponents by margins greater than 10 percentage points, while some surveys suggest she even has the chance of carrying strong red states such as South Carolina.
"It is hazardous to draw conclusions from polling this early in the campaign. But it tells a true and powerful story that Clinton currently has a dominant lead over all Republicans. She has a realistic chance of winning a landslide — which no Republican can currently claim — that would give liberals and Democrats a mandate to bring progressive leadership back to power in Washington," he wrote.
He said that Clinton has an advantage over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush because Americans will continue to closely associate each of them with the the former presidencies of their relatives; Clinton will remind voters of the prosperity of Bill Clinton's presidency, while Bush will remind voters of his brother's tenure which included a financial crash and the Iraq war.
"Hillary Clinton will proudly build on the legacy of Clinton 42. Jeb Bush will daintily run away from the legacy of Bush 43. With Bushes and Clintons so widely known, polling that shows a substantial Clinton lead is informative," Budowsky wrote.
Budowsky noted that even though Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is receiving a boost in GOP circles, his recent visit to London where he refused to discuss evolution or foreign policy demonstrated that he is not ready to take the national stage.
"Can voters imagine Walker protecting America from terrorists or defending Western security from the aggression of Vladimir Putin? Advantage, decisively, to Clinton."
He added that Clinton has the potential to forge a legacy beyond being the first female president — she would also potentially be a "liberal Ronald Reagan: a conviction politician who stands for progressivism, a competent chief executive who believes in governing and a skilled negotiator with opponents at home and leaders abroad," he said.
"Clinton in 2016 could have the same effect as Reagan in 1980 and 1984: recruiting Democratic candidates, inspiring Democratic supporters and winning an electoral landslide."
Budowsky said Reagan would be embarrassed by Republicans today and the way they conduct themselves both with their Democratic opponents and in the manner in which they govern.
By contrast, he said, Reagan knew how to govern effectively, working with his political opponents, without compromising his convictions.
"Clinton can seize this mantle and bring to politics a serious conversation with voters, mobilizing supporters through an unprecedented use of social media and addressing the nation on television.
"She would approach a Congress with more Democrats from a position of good faith and strength to enact programs of pay equity for women, higher wages for all, more jobs for Americans, voting rights for citizens and Supreme Court nominees to bring equal justice under law back to the center of American life," he said.
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