Hillary Clinton has almost been anointed by the media as the next president, and she certainly looks that way in the polls right now. I suspect that the Democratic nomination is hers if she wants it, which she surely will. But I think Mrs. Clinton will not wear well when the general public is exposed to her over and over again in a presidential campaign. She lacks, I believe, the likeable factor. And as her book tour is showing, she is gaffe-prone and tone-deaf. Also, her big area of experience–running American foreign policy, as Secretary of State–is the most obvious disaster-area of the Obama administration.
Tom Bevan doesn’t even think she will run, giving 5 reasons why she won’t, after the jump. His points show specific weaknesses in her as a candidate. What do you think?
From Tom Bevan, 5 Reasons Hillary Won’t Run | RealClearPolitics.
1) She’s just not that good at campaigning. If the last two gaffe-prone weeks have reminded us of anything about Hillary, it’s that she’s a mediocre politician at best. Her shortcomings are significant: she can be stiff and wooden in public; she lacks the aura of a natural politician; she’s not a great public speaker, and she can come across as politically flat-footed and tone deaf — as she did with her “dead broke” response to a rather benign question about relating to the financial challenges of the average voter. People still seem to believe that the Clinton name is synonymous with political skill, but that assumption is only half-true: If Hillary possessed even half of Bill’s political talent and acumen, she wouldn’t have lost to Barack Obama in 2008.