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2015-04-17 / Editorial

Hillary’s bid for White House has ‘interesting’ attributes

DAVID F. SHERMAN
Managing Editor

A nyone who was waiting with bated breath for the official announcement that Hillary Clinton will be a candidate for president in 2016 finally had a chance to exhale Sunday afternoon.

She chose digital anonymity to make her historic statement, relying on Twitter rather than a personal appearance.

“I'm running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H”

Clinton’s Twitter page explains that tweets generated by the candidate herself – rather than a campaign staff member – will be denoted by the dash and capital letter H. In a strange coincidence, that is how tweets typed by Michelle Obama are signed to indicate their origin. Tweets from the First Lady are signed “–mo.” Interesting. They must have the same social media coach.

Republicans have been gearing up for an anti Hillary effort for weeks, if not months. Few in the GOP are of the belief that anyone will be able to deny her the nomination at the convention, to be held in Philadelphia. One of the strongest replies came from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

"She’s got a 100 percent name ID," he said Sunday on the CBS broadcast of “Face the Nation.” “But yet she is losing to a number of our candidates in those battleground states that have a third of her name ID. So if you were me and you were chairman of the national party and you had someone on the ticket that would unite your party, would help you raise a lot of money and help you recruit a ton of volunteers, you would want nothing more than Hillary Clinton to be on the other side.”

Clinton’s campaign got under way via a minivan excursion from New York to Iowa featuring small events instead of overcrowded rallies.

She was scheduled to visit a community college in Monticello, Iowa, to meet with students and teachers. She will not hold her first major rally until next month, according to her campaign.

This up-close and personal philosophy sounds much like appearances favored by President Barack Obama. Interesting.

“The biography on Clinton’s Twitter page has been edited, with the word ‘grandma’ replacing ‘lawyer,’" according to the Washington newspaper The Hill. Priebus has a realistic viewpoint of how his party’s strategy should unfold.

“The point is, if we stick to the facts – and that's where we want to be – then we are going to be able to make the case to the American people that she has a product that isn't worth buying and then at the same time we have to make the case for our own party as well,” he said Sunday. “So it is not just about Hillary, it has to be about both things.

“It means not just showing up once every four years, five months before the election. It means talking for two and three years in these communities about things that we have in common.” One thing is certain. Clinton may have made her anticlimactic move too soon.

The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25, 2016, immediately after the Republican event. Potential voters who change channels whenever anything of a political nature appears on television will probably wear out their remotes long before the field is set. And even at that point, there will still be 14 weeks until Election Day. Interesting.

In 1993, the editor of The Brighton-Pittsford Post criticized the administration of Clinton’s husband, Bill, as having lost touch with reality. He extended the criticism to the president’s wife.

“Mrs. Clinton, in a rambling interview with The New York Times, unveiled a philosophy of politics and life, which, full of idealism, was murky, distracted, and finally, sophomoric,” stated The Post.

The Riverdale Press published a letter to the editor the same year in which the author compared her to Evita Peron, first lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. An actress turned politician, she embraced the poor and adored the crowds that made her more popular than her husband.

Interesting.

(David F. Sherman is managing editor of Bee Group Newspapers and a columnist for the Weekly Independent Newspapers of Western New York. Opinions expressed here are those of the author. He can be reached at dsherman@bee news.com.)

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