No matter what you think of the former First Lady/New York Senator/Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had a very good week, indeed. Some of her good fortune was her own doing, and some was thanks to others. But today, more than ever, it appears as if she safely has the Democratic Presidential nomination locked up.
While Clinton was beating Vice President Joe Biden in what The New York Times dubbed “the invisible primary”, Biden would have certainly presented a challenge to Clinton. That’s because the Veep’s chief strength would have exposed one of her perceived weaknesses: an ability to genuinely connect with the electorate; especially those struggling Americans who have been left behind by the U.S. Economy’s recovery. While not mentioning Clinton by name, Biden did offer this piece of advice (or warning?) during his Rose Garden press conference: “Democrats should not only defend this record and protect this record, they should run on the record,” he said.
So now Clinton is the only mainstream candidate the Democrats have left, with Bernie Sanders playing the 2015 version of the “uber-liberal candidate from Vermont with no realistic shot at the nomination.” And while we should expect questions and dust-ups over big money ties to The Clinton Foundation, her State Department emails, and her husband’s influence in a potential Hill-Bill move back into the White House…this primary is shaping up to be a far cry from the historic show-down of 2008.
Typically, it’s the Republican Party which gives the nomination to the loyal soldier who has run and lost before: George Bush, Sr., Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney to name just a few. But this time it’s the Democrats who are throwing their support behind a party stalwart. Meantime, the Republican field is currently led by two candidates who, not only embrace the role of “outsider”, but have exactly zero political experience combined.
Another reason it’s been a good week for Hillary? How about that 11-hour testimony Thursday before the House Benghazi committee? You know, the one which had already been exposed as formed solely to politically skewer Clinton?
However, Clinton managed the marathon session about as well as she could have, remaining calm and smiling throughout. After a long opening statement in which committee chair Trey Gowdy lectured that the investigation is seeking “the truth,” Clinton shot back in her opening saying, “We need leadership at home to match our leadership abroad. Leadership that puts national security ahead of ideology.”
Game, set, match.
Yes, it was a good week for Hillary Clinton.