Carried by a new high in personal popularity and broad approval of her work as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton closes out her diplomatic career with majority support as a candidate for president in 2016.
Fifty-seven percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’d back a run by Clinton to succeed Barack Obama, vs. 37 percent opposed. That includes a broad gender gap – 66 percent support for Clinton among women, dropping to 49 percent among men.
…support for Clinton in 2016 tops out at eight in 10 Democrats and liberals, vs. 23 and 24 percent of Republicans and strong conservatives, respectively. About two-thirds of moderates and six in 10 independents say they’d support a Clinton candidacy.
It seems that 8 in 10 “Democrats and liberals” have forgotten she’s known in Iran as “Madame AIPAC” for a reason. On every foreign policy issue in the last four years, she has been consistently more hawkish and more inclined to let the Israeli tail wag the American dog than even Obama. The chances of America getting itself into interventionist wars under the neolib Clinton would be as great as they would have been under neocon Romney. On domestic policy, she showed herself in the 2008 primaries to be more inclined to “horse trading” with the plutocratic Right than even Obama. Given a “fiscal cliff”, I believe she’d sell out even more of poor folks’ safety nets. We’d be back to the Clinton era of “triangulation” without Bill’s skill at that, to the detriment of any chances the left has of having a voice. The country would move to the right if she won and further right if she lost.
It would be wonderful to see the first woman president in the US, but seriously – let’s not try to make Hillary Clinton that first. It would be a disaster.