Why Clinton Is Wrong for 2016
Don't settle for 'next in line,' says David Frum
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she leaves the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, for last time as America's top diplomat.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Democrats are all swept up in the prospect of Hillary Clinton in 2016, but that idea is actually a terrible one, writes David Frum on CNN. Rather than representing new, fresh ideas, Clinton is simply "next in line." She's 14 years older than President Obama, and as such, she "bring[s] forward not only the ideas of the past, but also the personalities and the quarrels of the past." A Clinton campaign could be beset with questions about the ethical standards of her husband's White House, and of his post-White House career and foreign earnings.

But the biggest problem is that the Democrats wouldn't experience the "party renewal" that is needed after holding the White House for eight years, "a self-appraisal and a debate over its way forward." If she doesn't run, it would open the campaign up to other candidates with vastly different ideas, thus sparking "a real debate that would summon forth hard thinking about how Democrats might govern their country if returned for a third presidential term." Forgoing such a discussion is "not a formula for an effective presidency—or a healthy democracy." Click for Frum's full column.

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lvan
Apr 2, 2013 8:48 AM CDT
Democrats are all swept up in the prospect of Hillary Clinton wait. what?! Is that a joke? She lost to a black man and cried about it! Yeah, let's see that again on national TV with instant replay. She missed her window and after her performance as secretary of state no one in a right mind would vote for her. She isn't stupid, she wont run.
Over the Road Steve
Apr 2, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
I suspect that all the Hillary supporters now are folks who supported her in 2008 and got wumped. They are hoping for a better outcome second time around. Hillary is old news. It's the GOP that nominates the retreads. That's not the Dems style. You have to go back to Stevenson and Humphrey (Hillary does kind of remind you of both) to find a Dem retread. One of the Dems strengths is that every election new, bright, shiny candidates emerge to capture the voter's imagination. Hillary's nomination throws that away. If Hillary is the nominee, and the GOP is smart enough to nominate some young gun, that candidate will be able to portray the Dems as old and stale. The GOP will be the party of hope and change.
Winston_Smith
Apr 2, 2013 2:48 AM CDT
Whether or not her ideas are old, her body certainly is. Even if she were to decide to run, she would not be able to handle the physical stress.