After one of the coldest weeks in history for the first week of March, a chill has hit Team Hillary. Conservatives are mining for the anti-Jeb Bush candidate to wrestle the Republican nomination away from Team Bush. The inevitability of another President Clinton or President Bush is in grave doubt – and for very different reasons.
Hillary campaign hit by blizzard of allegations
Hillary Clinton is in big trouble and she has likely disqualified herself from the presidency. She is guilty of rank hypocrisy and appears to have violated the law. Back in 2007, during Clinton’s last failed attempt to recapture the White House for the Clinton family, she spoke at a conference titled Take Back America sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future. At the conference, Clinton attacked the President George W. Bush administration for violating “everything our Founders were afraid of.”
She bellowed to the adoring liberal crowd “our Constitution is being shredded. We know about the secret wiretaps, we know about the secret military tribunals, the secret White House e-mail accounts.” On all scores, Hillary Clinton has been complicit in these same offenses against the Constitution when imposed by Democrats. Clinton was nowhere to be found when members of both parties complained about the NSA wiretapping scandal conducted by President Obama.
Clinton has yet to denounce President Obama for maintaining a kill list of American citizens without providing them any due process. She not only did not denounce Obama Administration officials from maintaining secret e-mail accounts — she set one up herself. This is a classic case of partisan doublespeak. Hillary Clinton is not to be trusted. This scandal may be the end of her political career because if you look closely at the allegations, it is clear that Hillary Clinton took actions to conceal official communications from the federal government department that she ran — the State Department and the American people.
The New York Times reported that “as State Department lawyers sifted last summer through a new batch of documents related to the Benghazi attacks, they repeatedly saw something that caught their attention: e-mails sent to and from a personal account for Hillary Clinton.” In response, Clinton had her lawyers send over boxes full of e-mails and “roughly 900 pages pertaining to the Benghazi attacks” were produced. The big question is what was not produced. We know that the most important documents and e-mails will never be produced. This is a scandal of epic proportions. Maybe it is time for former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Sen. Elizabeth Warred (D-MA) and Vice President Joe Biden to fire up a campaign apparatus, because this scandal could be the end of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions.
When talking about the political dynasty of the Clinton’s, only Jeb Bush and his family have a superior divine right to occupy the White House. And Jeb Bush has been acting like it. Many conservatives have concerns about Bush’s position on issues ranging from federally run education to immigration, yet conservatives will be less forgiving of his record as Governor of Florida. According to Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute, “like George W. Bush, Jeb was good on taxes, but apparently not so good on spending. Jeb Bush was in office from 1999 to 2007. Florida general fund spending increased from $18.0 billion to $28.2 billion during those eight years, or 57 percent. Total state spending increased from $45.6 billion to $66.1 billion, or 45 percent.”
And with Jeb Bush getting the old Bush foreign policy team together, we can expect a Jeb Bush Administration to be good on tax policy, yet pushing expensive nation building, more No Child Left Behind/Common Core nonsense and an expansive view of the responsibility of the federal government to pay for everything. Sounds familiar and if Republicans want to have a third term of President George W. Bush and his Wall Street bail outs, expansion of Medicare programs, creation of a new federal department and more federal government interference in local education decisions, then many liberty loving voters may stay home this next election.
Anti-Jeb Bush Candidate
Candidates are emerging to stop a Jeb Bush coronation. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has had a few good weeks including a very well received speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The latest McClatcy/Marist poll has Walker as the leader of the anti-Jeb pack. Real Clear Politics has Walker beating Bush. Fox News has Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as the leader of the Senate presidential candidates edging out Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Nobody really believes that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is anything but a messaging candidate so he can pontificate about how he would execute a more aggressive war on terror.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is doing very well in national polls and is sneaking up on Walker in Iowa polls. And Dr. Ben Carson is proving to be a non-conventional candidate who attracts those who are sick and tired of career politicians occupying the White House. Although it is early, the divine right of Clinton and Bush may be snowed out by a number of emerging and exciting candidates. The e-mail scandal hitting Hillary like a blizzard of controversy may freeze her out of politics and knock her out early.