To listen to the babbling heads, you'd think the Goldwater girl-turned-Alinsky-disciple could start preparing her acceptance speech (maybe Eleanor Roosevelt will help her write it). "Ooh, she'll raise so much money." "Ooh, women want a woman president." In the immortal words of General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"
Win the White House? Hillary couldn't win a popularity contest if she was the only contestant.
Here are the Top Ten Reasons Hillary Rodham Clinton is more likely to become a Victoria's Secret lingerie model than the next president:
5. The Ideology Factor Hillary has been reliably (as times outrageously) left since the Sixties. She was the radical rudder of the Clinton administration. Granted, she's not as rabid as Elizabeth Warren, but who is? "Don't let anyone tell you that, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs," said she speaking at a political rally in Boston last year. She tried to nationalize health insurance 16 years before Obama. After eight years of ideology run amuck, are we ready for four more?
6. The Meanness/Anger Factor On the stump, Hillary projects two emotions anger and euphoria. She alternates between the vacant smile of a Stepford Wife and shouting. She's a frustrated, middle-aged feminist who's perpetually incensed. This persona is why so many young women reject the feminist label, even when agreeing with the movement on some issues. Again, she's famous for outbursts, airborne objects and cold disdain. In the White House, when a Secret Service agent refused to act as a bellboy, she screamed "Stay the (expletive deleted) away from me!" In a candidate for the nation's highest office, righteous indignation is one thing, rage and nastiness something else.
10. The Hideousness Factor Lyndon Baines Johnson was the last profoundly ugly candidate to be elected president, and he was a legacy of the martyred JFK. Voters don't want a leader who looks frazzled or frumpy. We're told that Lincoln was too homely to be elected president in an age of television and paparazzi. But Lincoln's homely face had a dignity, a gravitas. If nothing else, we want a face that reassures us, not one that scares us, a la Night of the Living Alinskyites.
Conservatives might as well get in their licks in now. After Iowa, we won't have Hillary to kick around any more.