Thursday, August 18, 2011

Alternate-Universe President Hillary Clinton

Imagining that had Clinton clinched it in '08... as some hold out hope that she will run again... The largest Facebook group encouraging a second Clinton candidacy — “Hillary Clinton for 2012!!!” — currently has 1,400+ members.

Much has been written, said and speculated about "what if" Barack Obama hadn't thrown his hat in the ring back in '08. What if Hillary Clinton had instead run and won? Would she be facing the same problems Obama is?

Having no experience with altered timelines to draw upon (other than episodes of Star Trek and Stargate), I suggest that anyone who pretends to have an inkling of what the current state of affairs might be is... unstable. Based upon theories presented in the scripts of those TV series cited, one change would bring about hundreds thousands millions of changes and micro-changes.

What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done? Some believe she would have held the country's purse strings tighter, and not given away so many "loans" and bailouts. And perhaps she wouldn't have been so passionate about the health care issue. Gore Vidal said Clinton would have made a better president. “Hillary knows more about the world and what to do with the generals. History has proven when the girls get involved, they’re good at it. Elizabeth I knew Raleigh would be a good man to give a ship to.”The Republicans will win the next election, Vidal believes; though for him there is little difference between the parties.

Rebecca Traister (as published in The New York Times ) probably gets as close to the edge of truth as anyone could:
It’s just that her similarities to Obama never seemed to register with those who saw in our current president a progressivism that he himself wasn’t advertising, and saw in her a drive and ferocity that — far from being the salvation some are now imagining — made her a harpy, a monster and a bitch. Her storied toughness was then read as craven ambition that was going to tear her party apart. Her knowledge of how Congress works was seen as part of her dynastic and corrupt Beltway privilege. And her engagement with working-class voters, well, that was just pandering to her supposedly racist base.If Clinton had been elected president, those characterizations would have become only uglier, especially as her tenure was compared with an unrealized and thus unblemished Obama administration.
Oddly enough, the role of Secretary of State seems to fit Hillary like the proverbial glove. It's a hard job but she seems perfectly suited for it.

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