Roger Simon: GOP thinks Hillary is out of touch - with Democrats
Think about it. Got an answer yet?
I know your answer: What normal person is thinking about such things in May 2014?
The game is afoot. And it will not stop.
The Republican field is in turmoil for at least two reasons. The first is that once again, there is no "next guy in line," i.e., a candidate who has paid his dues and "deserves" the nomination.
And the Democrats are in love with Hillary Clinton. Face it; if she runs for the nomination, she wins the nomination. If Joe Biden runs against her, that would be a complication. He would make a terrific happy warrior on the road, a perfect contrast to Clinton's somewhat glum public persona. (I am assured she lights up like a 1,000-watt LED in private, but candidates don't run in private.)
Also in a state of turmoil, that's where. There are all sorts of names: Martin O'Malley of Maryland, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Andrew Cuomo of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Mark Warner of Virginia, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. The list goes on. (Rahm Emanuel, show us the Chicago way!)
"But Hillary's biggest problem is that she is out of step with the ideological energy of her party. She is pro-death penalty. She encouraged her husband to sign the Defense of Marriage Act. She encouraged him to 'end welfare as we know it.' She supported the Iraq War. And she never came out for gay marriage when she was secretary of state." (Clinton endorsed gay marriage in March 2013.)
The operative went on about what a Clinton campaign would face.
"The economy is on pretty shaky ground," he said. "And her relationship with the press, I don't think this will change. She is not going to reinvent herself."
And though that is worthy of Yoda - or a fortune cookie - it is probably true.
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