Could Hillary Win 45 States?

The GOP’s Benghazi disease has metastasized into yet another committee in the Republican House of Inquisitions, seeking to waste taxpayer money in yet another failed effort to exploit the death of Americans and prosecute yet another witch hunt against Hillary Clinton.

Clinton has answered. In her most important and profound speech since leaving the State Department, Clinton touted the benefits of ObamaCare and warned about the culture of gun violence that has killed far too many of America’s children. Speaking to the National Council for Behavioral Health, she called for redoubled efforts to redress economic inequality and a return to a society in which Americans care about one another, in an economy with rising tides that lift all boats.

The battle is joined. The GOP addresses its partisan and extreme right-wing base with a venom toward others that mocks the legacies of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Clinton addresses the nation as a whole in tones reminiscent of Pope Francis, calling for a nation where no girls or boys have shorter life expectancies than their moms or dads. She champions an economy where aspirations grow higher while the number of jobless falls lower. She stands for politics where data and facts replace delusion and deceit. She proposes a discourse where mutual respect replaces the negativity and hatred that are trademarks of the modern Republican Party.

While the GOP looks downward and backward in its negative politics of derision, aiming its appeal to an extremist faction, Clinton reaches outward and forward in her positive politics of opportunity, aiming her appeal to the nation at large. If she runs in 2016, she could well carry 45 states and sweep into office many Democrats running for the House, Senate and governorships.

Ignore the vast wasteland of political “reporting” about a potential Clinton candidacy, such as the idiot punditry about Monica Lewinsky and the irrelevant bromides about who is allegedly up or down on Planet Hillary. Consider carefully, instead, what Clinton is saying this week.

Benghazi? We do not have enough fingers on our hand to count the House Republican committees that have investigated Benghazi.

But even after all of these sham public relations operations — sandwiched between long House Republican recesses and vacations — potential 2016 GOP candidates cannot see the color of Clinton’s pantsuit because she is running so far ahead of them.

ObamaCare? Clinton understands that by November 2016 there will be 12 million people, or perhaps 15 million or more, signed up along with children covered under a parent’s policy.

The Republican nightmare is Clinton in 2016 accusing the party that wants to cut Social Security and Medicare of trying to force 12-15 million consumers to give up healthcare plans they purchased, trying to strip people with preexisting conditions of the insurance ObamaCare provided, and telling millions of parents that their kids lose the insurance that ObamaCare gave them.

Medicaid? Let right-wing Republicans tell voters why they hurt their state budgets and poor folks by refusing to accept federal Medicaid money.

War against women? Let Republicans tell voters why Clinton is wrong about pay equity, better child care, paid parental leave and more help for poor women who deserve better than hungry children and premature death.

Brent BudowskyJobs? Minimum wage? Income inequality? The GOP is busy creating jobs for GOP hacks working for partisan committees investigating Benghazi ad nauseam and for GOP flacks writing press releases advocating the repeal ObamaCare health plans consumers want. Meanwhile, Clinton is envisioning an America where parents don’t have to worry about their children being gunned down in school, workers don’t have to worry about being left behind in an economy without jobs, politics is not poisoned by hatred, and our social fabric is not torn apart by economic inequality and social injustice.

This week, Americans heard Republicans talk about Benghazi while Clinton talked about them. Upon such things historic landslides and realignments are born. Republicans, consider yourselves warned.

Brent Budowsky
The Hill


  1. JoeWeinstein says

    The Goppie target is NOT Hillary in 2016 (which is still a ways away) but Congress in 2014.

    And remember, there are two quite different issues which the MSM deliberately confused by the same name ‘Benghazi’: (1) Did the Obama administration adequately provide for Amb . Stevens’ security on the ground in Benghazi?; and (2) in the first days after 9/11/12 did the Obama administration truthfully explain to USA voters and the world what actually happened?

    The answer to (1) depends on your security baseline and can easily be spun any old way. The answer to (2) is a flat NO: for two weeks Obama’s spin doctors blamed a year-old video allegedly creating spontaneous Moslem anger, whereas what actually occurred was a well-pre-planned operation whose existence gave the lie to the Obama re-election campaign’s brag that ‘Al Qaeda is finished’ .

    Candidate Romney didn’t (and likely never will) have the smarts to distinguish the two issues, so in the last debate his attempt to bring up ‘Benghazi’ boomeranged. But MSM, largely in Obama’s camp, made – and largely still make – sure to fuse the two issues into one – or anyhow to use the first to smother the second.

    It will be interesting to see whether the Congressional Goppies now can do what Romney could not do: disentangle (1) and (2), and use (2) for their partisan advantage. Likely no: ‘national security’ is their fetish, so they too likely will harp on (1) and thereby smother (2). After all, Obama is vulnerable on so many issues that they refuse to take up because they actually want to be even more vulnerable than he. For instance, Obama would be vulnerable on the Big-Brother NSA spying issue, but of course for most Goppies spying is great because it’s ‘national security’.

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