Hillary come back
Where is she? She is in a mull.
There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton would have been a firebrand leader. She would probably have seized momentum and would have gotten sound advice and support from her husband. We didn’t get that when we voted for Barack Obama instead. Being in his administration hasn’t been particularly helpful to him or her. One gets the impression that he likes her minding the store and staying out of his way, though she hasn’t helped herself in that role. She hasn’t done anything significant.
Given the lousy state of affairs in her party, it is best she let the dust settle. Then, about February, I would send Bill to see Barack about his willingness to take a break from the Presidency in 2012, maybe just serve a term as VP to see how the Presidency is done; then try again when Hillary fixes things.
“Would we be better off under a President Hillary Clinton?
By Dana Milbank
Sunday, November 7, 2010
As I sat in the East Room last week watching a forlorn President Obama account for his shellacking, I listened with concern as he described the presidency as a "growth process" and suggested that the midterm setback was somehow inevitable. "You know, this is something that I think every president needs to go through," he said.
It brought to mind Hillary Clinton's 3 a.m. phone-call ad from the 2008 campaign, and her withering criticism of Obama: "When there is a crisis . . . there's no time for speeches or on-the-job training." I wondered whether Democrats would be in the fix they're in if they had chosen a different standard-bearer.
Would unemployment have been lower under a President Hillary? Would the Democrats have lost fewer seats on Tuesday? It's impossible to know. But what can be said with confidence is that Clinton's toolkit is a better match for the current set of national woes than they were for 2008, when her support for the Iraq war dominated the campaign.
Back then, Clinton's populist appeal to low-income white voters, union members and workers of the Rust Belt was not enough to overcome Obama's energized youth vote. But Clinton's working-class whites were the very ones who switched to the Republicans on Tuesday.
Back in '08, Clinton's scars from HillaryCare were seen as a liability, proof that she was a product of the old ways of Washington. But now that Obama has himself succumbed to the partisanship, his talk of a "growth process" in office makes Clinton's experience in the trenches look like more of an asset.”