Hillary and the fame stakes
Coverage of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency has received positive coverage in New Zealand, with TV3 believing the winner could be decided based on fame. That puts the junior senator from New York ahead, especially as it considers the Clinton name to be an asset.
In fame stakes, the Republicans have fewer people. I posted earlier today that I could not think of anyone. The favoured front-runners that my Republican friends talk about include, if I can be so crude, old white guys. In fact, they hold a belief that the Grand Old Party should focus on ’12. That makes life very easy for the Democrats, like when Bob Dole suggested Bob Dole. The 42nd president found that race a walkover 11 years ago.
I suppose there is the Secretary of State, Dr Condoleezza Rice, who may or may not run. There is her predecessor, Gen Colin Powell, who will only be slightly older than Ronald Reagan at the beginning of his term. Both have a high proﬁle outside the US, and even though non-Americans won’t be voting, there are always signs that we are more interconnected than borders suggest.
Other names that we foreigners know include John Ellis Bush—Governor Jeb. And his son, George Bush, is too young to run, and he knows all too well about “Bush fatigue”.
Of course, we foreigners know one Republican who outguns them all, but Art. II, Section 1 of the US Constitution prevents him from running, because he wasn’t born Stateside.
That man is the Presidentator, the Hon Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I don’t forecast a constitutional amendment making it through the house, sorry. I think, deep down, most Democrats are planning on a Hillary victory, and such an amendment would go against those hopes.
On personal-brand stakes, however, Gov Schwarzenegger is up there because of consistent application, whereas the Senator has come to a position that makes her favourable to the electorate. She may or may not believe it: history will be the judge, though I am sure Democrats and Republicans already hold an opinion. Posted by Jack Yan, 05:18
In regards to the Governator, I think he's managed to turn off a lot of the Republican base. At times, he's appeared to be a RINO (Republican In Name Only). I know I wouldn't vote for him.
In regards to Clinton, in my opinion, she is still the Democratic candidate most likely to get the Democratic nomination. People have been raving about Senator Obama but Clinton can run circles around him. I have no doubt that Clinton will run a phenomenal campaign. She is incredibly smart in that area. The Clinton name is a plus and minus. Liberals love her, Conservatives hate her. People in general seem to have a very clear opinion of her one way or the other. I personally detest her.
In regards to the 2008 Presidential election, I think the Democratic Party has its best shot in years of getting the White House. There isn't any particular shining Republican candidate and I wonder if the Republican party learned the proper lessons from the 2006 election. I have doubts that they did. They seem to be going back to the things that cost them control of Congress. We'll see what happens.
My view of Gov Schwarzenegger is that he is consistent: like him or hate him, you know where he stands. At least to the outside world. Maybe Californians who have to put up with his policies will tell me differently.Post a Comment
That is also, I believe, a good thing about your President: you know where he stands, even if you don’t agree with him. It’s also largely why I like our Prime Minister as a person, even if I do not agree with her policies.
But I worry about Sen. Clinton, just as I worried about Sen. Kerry. I do not know where either of them stand. I actually do not know what Sen. Obama stands for, either, but he has not shown much innovation in seeking the nomination.
I agree most people have an opinion about Sen. Clinton. I do feel your next presidential election will be about the undecided voter again, and it is they who need to know what she stands for. A president who panders will not get things done versus one who has a clear idea and is not afraid to express it.
I agree that the Republicans do not seem to have learned many lessons from ’06. This sort of malaise tends to settle in after a long time in power. Maybe someone from the GOP will rise from obscurity and impress the voting public with some clear, down-home horse sense. However, given who the favourites are, it does not seem anywhere nearly as dynamic-looking as the Democratic candidates—and sadly, image plays as strong a part as solid, dependable expression of policy.
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