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Politico: GOP Challenge Is Framing Fresh Case Against Hillary

By    |   Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:21 AM

As a likely presidential candidate in 2016, Hillary Clinton needs to come up with a clear reason why she should be president. The flip side is that Republicans need to settle on a good reason why she shouldn't, according to Politico.

Democratic strategist David Plouffe, whose work for candidate Barack Obama helped defeat Clinton in 2008, has advised her to "define a rationale for her candidacy" and decide on a single core message.

Plouffe urged her to organize her campaign apparatus and set aside the fiction that she is undecided about making a run. "Why not?" he asked, according to Politico. "They are already going after you."

While Clinton is unlikely to face serious opposition in capturing the Democratic nomination, her candidacy could unite otherwise fragmented tea party and establishment Republicans.

"Yet a funny thing happened on the way to the vast right-wing conspiracy: The question of how to actually defeat her is proving to be a surprisingly difficult one to answer," according to Politico.

There is so much known about Clinton, so many negatives already in the public domain, that coming up with a "coherent line of attack that will exploit Clinton's vulnerabilities" won't be easy.

She might by now be inoculated — politically — against known negatives such as her age (going on 69), her performance as Obama's secretary of state (Benghazi), her early championing of national health care, and the Arkansas scandals that formerly haunted her, Politico says.

"Everyone feels like they know her, so we have to give them information they hadn't heard about to break through," Tim Miller of America Rising told Politico.

"For younger voters, some of that 'new information' could be '90s scandals and other aspects of [Bill and Hillary's] record they didn't know about," Miller said, "making that material relevant, if not central, to the case against her."

Democratic strategists have warned her against being "rattled and taken off her game," a tactic Obama used to defeat her. His remark that Democrats couldn't live in fear of losing elections unnerved her by going after her strengths, according to Politico.

Meanwhile, Clinton appears to have started taking Plouffe's advice by using her recent campaign appearances to fine-tune her message which, for now, is "a mix of the new Democratic populism, feminism, and old-fashioned Republican-bashing," according to Politico.

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As a likely presidential candidate in 2016, Hillary Clinton needs to come up with a clear reason why she should be president. The flip side is that Republicans need to settle on a good reason why she shouldn't, Politico says.
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