Opinion

Annoying Politicians, Take 999,999

jedediahVia Jedediah Bila at Breitbart News

Politicians can be very annoying. Hillary Clinton is no exception.

The Boston Globe reports the latest from Clinton at a conference in Boston:

Clinton, widely discussed as a presidential front-runner in 2016, repeatedly decried what she portrayed as ideological extremism in Washington, invoking the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and her husband, Bill Clinton, as eras of bipartisan accommodation.

“American voters should make it very clear that we will not vote for someone who says proudly he or she will go to Washington and never compromise,” Clinton said.

Pre-election talking points are such a yawn fest, aren’t they? Sure, Hillary, you’re all about compromise. Sure, you hate extremism. Sure, a Hillary administration would prioritize bringing the Left and Right together.

Why do they think everyone’s dumb?

And there’s more:

But Clinton also repeatedly jabbed at populist themes that another frequently mentioned potential presidential candidate, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, often voices in her own speeches. Warren has repeatedly said that she is not running for president.

“We have the feeling growing in our country that the deck is stacked against the middle class, and those fighting to get into the middle class,” Clinton said, adding that the country is hobbled by “rising inequality, growth that hasn’t really picked up yet, and the feeling that many Americans now have that somehow the system seems rigged against them.”

If Warren were to run, it would create a big mess for Hillary, regardless of how many primary votes Warren would snatch. Warren is the ideological ally of the far left. In fact, my far-left friends have been excited about a potential Warren run for well over a year. Guess which politician they all despise? Yeah, that would be Hillary.

A Warren run would highlight Hillary’s Wall Street ties, her out-of-touch D.C. delivery, and her lack of populist appeal. Barack Obama already did that once, remember?

If Hillary runs, she’ll have to figure out how to convince the hard Left, pro-Occupy Wall Street, pro-redistribution of wealth crowd that she’s on their side while simultaneously convincing centrists throughout the country that she’s a great compromiser who can get things done. A Warren run would only make that harder.

P.S.–Republicans with populist appeal who can talk opportunity while connecting with voters on a policy and delivery basis, now’s your time to shine.

Jedediah Bila is co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News at 12pm ET. She is an author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.

 

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Ivan Berry
7 years ago

To Jed, a very good article. To PaulE I agree that it’s the person and their issues and not the party, esp. not the establishment party that should concern us.
As to Rik, what if Dr. Ben were Ben, Esquire with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence? How would you feel about what he says then?
I agree with you in that the good doctor seems honorable and he must be smart to accomplish what he has in life. I would hope that he were able to withstand all the slings and arrows that not only the media and the democrats would send his way, but also those from the Republicans who do not want to give up their ill-gotten power. That of course remains to be seen in any eventuality.
So far as T. Cruz, I would be more likely to risk my vote on him than most of the other contenders that are being banded about at this stage, If he could win against the democratic contender is another story, Too many Republicans would be influenced by what the party leadership slung during the primaries.
As to winning, Dr. Ben could pull enough of the black vote (maybe up to 30 to 40%) that given parameters from the last Presidential election he might could pull it off. Ted Cruz? Not so sure.
In any event, the Republican leadership would tred lightly in the case of Ben Carson. They wouldn’t want to be perceived as racist, you know.

Rik
7 years ago

I agree wholeheartedly with PaulE! … That’s why I don’t trust Senator Ted Cruz entirely. Sure, he says all the right things when there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that he can do anything, just a bunch of right sounding words. In my eyes, he’s just another attorney politician, talks a tough stance against illegals and amnesty, but we’ve heard empty words and promises from others before. I think Ted Cruz, if he got the nomination would become just another milk-toast moderate, thinking he’ll look more attractive to other independent moderates and Hispanic democrats. If Ted Cruz gets the nomination, he’ll do exactly what the party leadership dictates and Hillary or worse, Elizabeth Warren, gets elected!

If Dr. Ben Carson wins the nomination, it’ll be because he truly is a man of the people! He won’t be owned by the big business wing of the republican party, nor will he be indebted to the big money lobbiests. I believe and trust this man who not only says he’s a Christian, he prays and lives it! He is very articulate and has common sense conservative values. He won’t be intimidated by sneaky debate moderators, he’ll not only hold his own, I believe he’ll win every debate! This is a man who will be attractive to all voters because he is a self-made man. He wasn’t born with a golden spoon in his mouth. He achieved the American dream, from rags to riches! He’s one of us! I believe his integrity will win him the trust and the votes of the average American citizen! And after he wins the presidency, he can be humble, yet tough enough to lead America back to respectability and prosperity!

I say, he is a man of the people … Because of who he really is, he is feared by republican leadership and any candidate the democrats can put up, especially Hillary! Run Ben Run!!!

PaulE
7 years ago

If only the Republican leadership were capable of learning from past mistakes. Then they wouldn’t keep trying to ram a series of progressive moderates down our throats as “the only viable candidate that can win against the Democrats”. All these progressive moderates claim they believe in conservative principles during the primaries, but when it comes to the real race, they fail to distinguish themselves from whomever the Democrats choose to run. Simply because their progressive moderate views, which they fall back on once the primaries are over, are largely indistinguishable from the Democrat. As long as the Republican leadership thinks the road to winning is by becoming “Democrat-lite”, we face an uphill battle to get this country back on a positive track.

I care less about which party is in power, than I care that the right conservative principles and policies are being implemented to get this country moving in the right direction again. In short, I care more about saving this nation than whether the Republican leadership is happy.

Too many in the Republican leadership think all we care about is whether there is an (R) or a (D) after the person’s name. That policies and principles really don’t matter that much at the end of the day. That is where they are completely WRONG and out of touch with the American people. I believe people want someone who stands for the right principles and will institute policies that match those principles.

The fact that the only party choice, where that has any potential of being done at this point, is the Republican party is of secondary in importance to us. The party’s value is simply as a means to an end. Our primary expectation is that the Republican party must fully support conservative principles and policies. Otherwise, the only difference between the two parties is the rate by which the country continues to decay towards becoming another failed socialist democracy.

BTW,

Another excellent article Jedediah.

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