CAN HILLARY STILL RECOVER?

Every poll taken in this country shows that, if they had the choice, Canadians would support Hillary Clinton for president. But most events in the States suggest Americans probably won’t.

The fact is the wheels are falling off the vaunted Clinton political machine. Some of her top people are bailing out of their positions. Obama has just won eight contests without a response. Bill is being muzzled and the prospects look bleak.

There is no silver lining on this cloud till we get to Texas and Ohio in March. Hillary must win both to stay in the race. Problem is Obama is now cutting into her base of white women and even Hispanics. I would guess Hillary’s chances of winning both those March states are no better than 50-50. And if she loses one of them she is a goner.

Do you think Hillary is heading towards defeat?

Do you agree she would have made a superb president?

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16 Comments »

  1. 1

    She would make a terrible President. If Bill is considered a mediocre President among Presidential historians, it’s not a stretch to assume she would have been worse. People claim she has experience. Hogwash. Just because she was in the kitchen with the Chef doesn’t mean she knows how to cook. I’d put my money on Obama who at least would attempt to fight the establishment.

    It’s irrelevant, in my opinion, who we Canadians would vote for. It’s not our country. Because Canada and the rest of the world would want Hilary does that make Americans “stupid” if they opt for McCain or Obama? Of course not. They know their country better than we Canucks (who barely know our own country anyway) and they should govern it as they see fit.

    John McCain and Obama before Hilary – HANDS DOWN.

    On a side issue, it’s funny how everyone seems to forget about the sleazy Whitewater affair. If we’re so quick to dismiss Bush as a puppet of big business what the heck do you think Hilary is?

  2. 2
    Joanne Says:

    In the sound bites that make their way across the border, all I know is that Osama proposes change. To what? How? I don’t know.

    It also seems to me that Americans are extraordinarily insular. I have heard very little in the campaign that deals with foreign affairs or international relations–both of which seem to be pretty critical to the Americans at this stage of the game.

    Osama has from what I can tell no experience in international relations. Hillary hasn’t much on her own either but she knows how the game is played.

    Hopefully she will survive the challenges and come out ahead.

    And, why can’t the Presidential ticket be Hillary for Pres and Obama for VP? That seems to me like it would solve a whole host of problems.

    Nice to see you back Neil, I was getting worried.

  3. 3
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Good to hear from you. I too was worried. Of course flu when treated lasts two weeks, when untreated lasts a fothnight So all seems fine.
    I, for, one prefer Obama to the old worn out machine behind the Clintons et alii. It is intersting that 21% of Canadians would like to vote south of the border. After all, what the USA does impacts us at a very high degree. However, regardless of the party or candidates involved I am scared stiff of all the money behind those guys.
    Our politicians are limited to a pittance to wage a campaign, the Americans have no stops. They have to be heavily in debt to someone after it’s all over, no? Who will Obama be indebted to? And McCain?

  4. 4
    Barbara Says:

    It IS good to see you back, Neil.

    Once again, you speak too soon. You have to let the American people speak and, as The Commentator so correctly put it,

    It’s irrelevant, in my opinion, who we Canadians would vote for. It’s not our country. Because Canada and the rest of the world would want Hilary does that make Americans “stupid” if they opt for McCain or Obama? Of course not. They know their country better than we Canucks (who barely know our own country anyway) and they should govern it as they see fit.

    LISTEN to what Americans are saying. Hillary is more of the same old divisive politics. Hillary is certainly competent, but has nowhere near the executive talent of Obama — witness the way the campaign has run! Down in the gut, Americans do not want to be divided any longer and Obama appeals to a wider spectrum of citizens — especially when the Republican opponent appears to be McCain.

    I don’t see that Hillary has so much foreign policy experience. A brilliant and inspiriting black man with the middle name Hussein will open more diplomatic possibilities than Hillary ever could. If you want to know what their foreign policy positions are, go their websites. In actual fact, their platforms are not that disparate and the details may not make it through Congress anyway.

    What do you see in Hillary that millions of Americans, currently waist-deep in national politics and the terrible travesty of their ideals created by the Bush presidency, do not?

  5. 5
    Barbara Says:

    Obama gets his money from ordinary folks who contribute through the Internet. Hillary, it seems, had to loan her campaign $five million from her own funds. The person who ran her campaign was, I hear, selected out of loyalty rather can competency. Isn’t that what Bush does?

  6. 6

    “After all, what the USA does impacts us at a very high degree.”

    We American’s can tend to forget that, too busy thinking of ourselves, fighting people “over there” as if “other there” wasn’t a “here” to others like ourselves.

    Good to have you back, Neil. I think there’s been a Bush or a Clinton on the ticket since 1979. Time for something better, I think.

  7. 7
    chris Says:

    how can you judge someone based on his or her own campaign? for heaven’s sake! it’s a campaign NOT a government. a campaign is in no way a clear representative of a government. at best, a campaign brings out the charm out of politicians. obama has been good in making speeches because he is mimicking martin luther king’s style. he promises change and change, but is vague at most times. people eat his shit up because their emotions are already exploited. this is how all of the corrupt politicians appealed to the naive citizens in THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES. it’s sad to see the americans leaning towards this because of desperation. whether we like it or not, this country is going down the drains.

    i can’t believe anybody would say that bill clinton was mediocre. hello? he brought the country from a recession to economic growth. he renewed ties with foreign countries. he generated more than 20 million jobs for the americans. he alleviated and helped african-americans!

    i’m disgusted by people’s comments.

    who cares about their personal affairs! they can run the country! AND THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT!!!

  8. 8
    Joe Agnost Says:

    “i can’t believe anybody would say that bill clinton was mediocre. hello? he brought the country from a recession to economic growth. he renewed ties with foreign countries. he generated more than 20 million jobs for the americans. he alleviated and helped african-americans!”

    Bill was just lucky enough to be president when the high-tech sector took off. He had almost nothing to do with the economic growth his country saw during his terms.
    He was very lucky…

    “i’m disgusted by people’s comments.

    who cares about their personal affairs!”

    I care a great deal about personal matters such as campaign finance! As was mentioned above – who is hillary going “owe” if she makes it into office?? The same goes with all of them… I’m disgusted at the amount of money it takes to run a campaign down there, utterly disgusted.

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  10. 10
    John Says:

    Great to see you back, Neil. Hope you’re feeling a 110%.

    Must admit you’ve touched a bit of a nerve here. I find it quite amusing when people continue to dismiss Barack Obama for his lack of experience or apparent lack of substance and political savvy.

    When Obama entered this campaign he faced a huge, one would say almost insurmountable, challenge in terms of facing a well oiled, well financed, well connected, well known political juggernaut. Yet here we are well into the process and not only is Obama still standing, but doing quite well thank you.

    So really who has demonstrated the greater understanding of the current political climate and demonstrated an ability to work effectively within it here? Barack Obama or the Clintons?

    The Clintons with all their vaunted political wisdom and experience have managed to go from being unbeatable to being on the brink of defeat. In terms of effectiveness, there must be some sort of political wisdom that says if you can no longer run a campaign, you probably can no longer run a country.

    I also get tired of those who say Obama is vague on change. That he’s all talk. That he won’t deliver on his promises. Gimme a break. When Obama talks about change. He is referring as much to the “how” as to the “what”. He talks about a new way of doing business, of re-connecting people and politics. He has managed a campaign that has effectively moved itself from needing convention halls to now needing hockey arenas and football stadiums. A picture is worth a thousand words!

  11. 11
    Barbara Says:

    Frankly, Obama has run for political office the hard way a number of times. Hillary was given New York State, a solidly blue state on a federal level — like Bobby Kennedy in his day. She has always run on Bill’s coattails. It is unfortunate because she has the smarts to run on her own.

    Well said, John.

    And Neil, when are you taking down the Christmas decorations?

  12. 12

    I like them. They are permanent.

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  14. 14
    John Says:

    “And, why can’t the Presidential ticket be Hillary for Pres and Obama for VP? That seems to me like it would solve a whole host of problems.”

    For Hilary anyways……….

  15. 15

    Dunno if anyone noticed but Hilary fired her campaign manager. She brought in a previous one from the Bill years. How’s that for “change”? Are they running out of ideas? If she is stalled now what about when in power?

  16. 16
    daphne Kenward Says:

    If experience is what it take to sort out the American bad foreign policies why did’nt G W Bush sort it out and for that matter his predecessors. It seems that even the American public do not understand English, Change, Change from one set of old policy that has only helped the rich and most privelledged in America to spred the wealth more evenly, giving hope, to the people of America Mr Average. America is a devided Nation, Rich & Poor, Black and White, Educated & Uneducated. Those with homes and those who is homeless. The foreign Policy is against those with Oil & those with none. America is Bankrupt Hillary can’t save the day, the reason is she is from the old school like line my own pocket brigade. If the Americans was so stupid to Vote for Bush once , and mad enough to vote for him twice they deserve to lose their homes and have no health care, and no Jobs.


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