Should Hillary Clinton Be Nominated Again? 4 Risks and 3 Reasons
Hillary Clinton is Not Done Yet!
Yes, you heard correctly. Hillary Clinton is back in the headlines again according to a report by Politico. It suggests that she will run for President again. Those of you that are in the progressive wing of the party are going to shake your heads and mutter to yourselves “oh GOD anyone but her.” This article will attempt to point out why such a move to nominate her again will be a risky decision. But doing so may be one of the most responsible decisions even if it will be risky. I will also attempt to analyze what Politico reports and offer my reasons for why it is worth the risk given what the United States has already been through after such a short time with this unqualified, Twitter ranting man. In other words, there are both risks and benefits to nominating Hillary Clinton again. If I were her, I wouldn't want to live the rest of my life knowing I lost a major national election to Donald Trump. Note: as recently as one month ago, she announced on CBS in an interview with Jane Pauley that she is done as a candidate. But nonetheless, here is my take on why giving her another chance to prove herself would have been an asset as well as a liability:
The United States Would be a Stronger Nation Under Hillary Clinton
Why is it a Risk for the Democrats if Hillary Clinton was at the top of the Presidential Ticket?
At the time that this article was written, I was enthusiastic and convinced that Hillary Clinton was the right and most qualified candidate for the presidency that the Democrats could have nominated but as of 2018, I sometimes have second thoughts.
1. Her Age
This one is obvious. By 2020, Hillary Clinton will be 73 years old, even older than President Trump when he took office. She would once again break the record for the oldest person ever elected to the US Presidency. During the campaign season when she famously collapsed on her way to the limousine, people may start to question her health once again and really wonder whether she has the stamina and the strength to endure the rigors and the responsibilities of the most distinguished office in the US Government. Then again, Bernie Sanders who is now 74 attracted a massive following and won 22 states in the primary season. So age does not always matter but in the case of Hillary Clinton, it may be a liability.
A sample photo of a ballot box that stores completed ballots
2. Voter Turnout
This next reason is another risk of nominating Hillary Clinton again for President. There was talk during the election campaign that experts were seeing a lower voter turnout compared to 2012. Many people did not really warm up to Hillary Clinton enough to consider voting for her. Then again, I believe it is not the candidate’s job to inspire people to come out and vote. People should get active and inspire themselves to come out and vote if they want to see real change. The people with the biggest influence in the US political system such as the Wall Street and Goldman Sachs people want you to think that your vote does not matter. Your vote does matter. Does anyone remember how close the 2000 Presidential Election was? I certainly do because Al Gore only lost by 537 votes. Think about that for a minute. That’s such a small margin that if a mere 537 more people voted for Al Gore, he would have been the president and we may not have seen the coming of the 2nd Iraq War or the deregulating of the banks that led to the 2008 financial crisis. On a related point, people in the Rust Belt States like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may be reluctant to vote for her again even if Trump’s approval rating is in the 25 percent range by 2020. It is a question of turnout. I know many of you were inspired when Barack Obama, a young senator from Illinois burst onto the national scene. But we have to be able to win even when the candidate is not Barack Obama. I warned the entire world back in September of 2016 about the reasons to not vote for Donald Trump and will do so again. If the first early months of the Trump Administration are any indication, the Trump Presidency is chaotic. The Secretary of Education Betsy Devos was barred from even entering a public school in the Washington DC area when parents and teachers blocked the entrance and would not even let her in. Donald Trump went on Twitter to complain about Nordstrom dropping his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line. As Humphrey Bogart famously said in the 1954 romantic comedy Sabrina “Of all the idiotic things.” Clearly, Trump whining on Twitter about his daughter’s clothing line is asinine and foolish! So the moral of the story is that if you want real change, go out and vote for it but vote for the right kinds of people. I know many people will disagree with me on this but Clinton is one of those right choices. That is if we don’t nominate someone like Sherrod Brown of Ohio or Bernie Sanders. Tulsi Gabbard’s name is mentioned as a possible 2020 nominee for the Democrats. I’m not saying that Hillary Clinton is one of those right people to lead the US just because I’m a Democrat. Clearly, she was the most qualified candidate of either major party in the last election. With her flaws, she would still be better than having 8 years of Donald “incompetent” Trump or his Vice President Mike Pence though I can’t imagine Pence being any worse of a leader. The US deserves someone presidential, not a reality show man. Even Tim Kaine whom Kyle Kulinski of the show Secular Talk calls the most boring person would be better than Trump. I have wanted to think that maybe Bernie Sanders would have been a better nominee for the Democrats against Trump but I’m not sure, considering that he did not do as well among minority voters in the primaries compared to Hillary Clinton.
3. Voter Suppression Issues
During the last election, I heard of possible attempts to suppress the vote in states such as North Carolina. The GOP has historically done what it can to prevent African Americans from voting. If Clinton is once again the nominee for the Democrats, Republicans will do whatever they can to suppress the vote because they really don’t like her. This is a party that describes itself as fiscally responsible yet it was during the presidency of Ronald Reagan that the US national debt went through the roof! This (the GOP) is a party that has shown that it is very racist.
Vladimir Putin (dictator of Russia)
4. Vladimir Putin Might Stand in the Way
17 of the US intelligence agencies reasonably concluded that Russia and Vladimir Putin were undermining the US political system by hacking into the voting machines. Hillary Clinton even said this during the 1st Presidential debate and even warned the country that this was happening. Yet the GOP sat back and refused to do anything about it. If history is any indication, I suspect and am afraid that Putin may try to make sure that Hillary Clinton loses another election because he can’t stand her toughness. Especially if Donald survives until 2020 and runs for reelection, Putin would be even more likely to attack the US by means of cyber warfare and system interruptions.
My List of the Best Democratic Presidents Ever
- Barack Obama
- Bill Clinton
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Andrew Jackson
- Harry Truman
Hillary Clinton after her win in the Puerto Rico Primary
3 Reasons Why the US Should Consider Giving Hillary Clinton Another Chance—It Is Certainly Better Than What We Have Now
Here’s my take on some of the reasons why it would be worth it for Hillary Clinton to run again in spite of the risks. I say this as a resident of the United States and not as a partisan expert.
- First of all, we mentioned earlier about her qualifications. She has served as First Lady (1993-2001), Senator from New York, and Secretary of State (2009-2013). She would definitely know how to do the job of President of the United States. She would help the US regain its respect and credibility around the world. Especially after the incident with Australia when Trump hung up on the Australian PM— this is going to hurt the US politically, if it has not done so already. A Hillary Clinton presidency would make the US look great again in the eyes of the world.
- Hillary Clinton is a tough, hard-nosed corporate type who will do what it takes to make sure that threats against the United States are dealt with. The answer to dealing with potential threats is not to write up an executive order where you ban people from 7 majority Muslim nations because you think or assume that an attack is imminent. Mr. Trump says that he did this in order to keep America safe. But none of those seven nations in the now suspended Muslim ban have attacked the US on US soil. This phony executive order is not only unconstitutional but it is biased against people of a religious faith. Hillary Clinton does not have the charisma that Obama does but at least she will be great in the area of foreign policy (for the most part). She won’t spend her time overhyping an imaginary threat but she will know who the real threats to the US are because of coordination between our intelligence agencies and CIA. Whether you love her or hate her, Hillary Clinton is clearly a much better foreign policy expert than Donald Trump ever will be. Again, I’m not saying this because I don’t agree with Trump but the evidence shows otherwise.
- And lastly, it is worth it for her to run for president again because, think of it this way: Michael Jordan retired from the NBA in 1993 after winning a third straight NBA Championship. He returned during the 1994-1995 season and eventually led the Chicago Bulls to three more championships between 1996 and 1998. He retired again but came back again in 2001 for a third try at basketball. Hillary Clinton may attempt a third run at the White House, though it is a big risk for her to take. Clinton has been very successful even with her 2016 election “loss.” I put the word loss in quotes to emphasize that even though she lost the election, she did so under strange circumstances and due to an old, outdated system known as the Electoral College. Even though Mr. Trump during his press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he won a big victory in the Electoral College, he clearly did not. He shows that he has once again let his ego get the best of him. Would I want her to run again? Even though I really admire and respect what she has done for this country, I would not absolutely want her to run again but would happily vote for her again if she was the nominee in 2020. It also goes without saying that Clinton would know what to do in the economic department for sure. There is a quote that suggests that Hillary Clinton is not done with politics yet. During her concession speech after her defeat in the election, she said: “I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will,” she said, adding, “and hopefully sooner than we might think right now,” (Latimer 2017).
Final Thoughts on the Subject
I hope that there will be another female politician as a nominee for either party. This nation has been in existence for over 240 years and if nations such as Argentina or Germany have had female presidents, why can’t the United States get its turn? Hillary Clinton may be far from ideal in the opinions of progressives, but she is one of the ways to save this nation from the disaster that is the Donald Trump Presidency.
I would also like to congratulate Mrs. Clinton for being a proud mother to Chelsea Clinton! We (or at least I) really appreciate Hillary Clinton’s public service!
Note: it is now the end of September 2019 and I find myself wondering whether Hillary Clinton was the wrong candidate to run against Donald Trump. That depends on whom you ask. According to an op-ed piece published on December 20, 2016, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza argued that Clinton lost in 2016 “because she simply wasn’t a good candidate,” (Cillizza 2016). People will debate this until the end of time but in terms of qualifications and experience, Hillary Clinton was the strongest candidate that the Democrats nominated.References
Cillizza, Chris. "The worst candidate of 2016." The Washington Post, December 20, 2016.
Halper, Daniel. The New York Post. October 27, 2016. http://nypost.com/2016/10/27/trump-campaign-organizing-voter-suppression-operations/ (accessed May 14, 2017).
Latimer, Matt. Politico Magazine. February 12, 2017. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/hillary-clinton-is-running-for-president-again-214766 (accessed February 13, 2017).
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