April 13, 2015 by Chris Kite
You couldn’t possibly have missed the news yesterday (and for several days before) that Hillary Clinton is running for President.
I have mixed feelings about this. In 2008 I was a full Clinton supporter before Barack Obama started to really show his stuff. But I was always a little uneasy with the fact that our nation was becoming somewhat like a monarchy in that we appeared to be heading toward a Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton cycle. That said, I thought then, and I still think today that she is well qualified to be President. I like many aspects of her politics, but there are some I’m not too excited about.
One of my biggest concerns is whether she will be “liberal” enough. My personal politics are much more in tune with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but the practical side of me says neither one would stand a chance in the general election because they could not capture the “centrist vote.” And by the way, that “centrist” vote has moved well right of where it was just a decade ago.
Ms Clinton is very close to big business and I can see her not pushing back against the “too big to fail” banks. Let’s see what she has to say during her campaign.
Mostly, I think that people need to give her a fair chance. What I mean by that is let’s not assume she will be just like her husband, let’s not punish her for having a Clinton name (and thus, pushing that Bush/Clinton thing) because we don’t want another Clinton in White House, and let’s judge her based on her campaign and not her name.
I’m also excited to see who else enters the Democratic ring, but have a pretty strong suspicion that we’re not going to see to many “major” candidates as it appears that Hillary Clinton is running almost as an incumbent or former VP. Her campaign seems to have that kind of respect. And fear.
Whatever the outcome, I can say with full confidence that the GOP has yet to put up any candidates that I think are even close to Presidential material. Should one of these GOP candidates win, it might just have the ability to make George W Bush look like the second worst President in modern US history!