Hillary Clinton is the Republicans’ Dream Candidate for 2016
When Hillary Clinton – who neither holds nor has stated her intention to seek public office – called the President’s Syrian plan a “failure,” her supporters’ response was mixed. Some justified it by citing the political realities, President Obama is unpopular at the moment, and criticism now could set up a better position for her later if she runs for President in 2016. Others echoed the pro-Hillary sentiments of the 2008 primary campaign, while the rest expressed their reluctance about Clinton as an eventual candidate.
Frankly, if she is planning to run for President – and all signs seemingly point to “Yes” – it boggles the mind why Hillary Clinton is “campaigning” at all. However, if you ask RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, he can’t wait for her to run.
In an interview – inexplicably set in a moving car – Priebus tells Real Clear Politics that he would “prefer” a Clinton candidacy because of her “uncanny ability to make mistakes politically and she completely unifies the Republican Party.” He says that his political activists are ready to highlight her negatives as a candidate.
Of course, the terrorist attack on Benghazi is a rallying point for conservatives, but Priebus is also willing to go back further dredging up scandals from the Bill Clinton years, such as his infidelity and the Whitewater scandal.
Response from prominent Democrats has been less excited. David Axelrod, former advisor to the President and instrumental in both of his campaigns, tweeted a response to Clinton. “Just to clarify: ‘Don’t do stupid stuff” means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.” MoveOn.org released a statement saying that Clinton “should think long and hard before embracing the same policies advocated by right-wing war hawks” and said their candidate will be the one who “oppose[s] military escalation that could put us back on a path to endless war.”
President Obama was criticized by Republicans during a meeting about his Syrian policy, echoing Clinton’s comments. According to The Daily Beast, President Obama said that suggestions “that he should have armed Syrian rebels” was “horseshit.”