Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy

Hillary Clinton has officially thrown her hat into the ring, announcing that she is running for president.  This is no big surprise.  She has long been assumed to be the inevitable Democratic nominee, as if she is the heir apparent.  Lots of people, many of them nostalgic for the prosperity of the Bill Clinton years, will support her, though even Democrats I’ve talked to are not all that enthusiastic about her.  Some say she is gaffe prone and doesn’t wear well.  And yet, it isn’t clear that any of the Republican contenders can defeat her.

What do you think?  I’d like to hear from both Democrats and Republicans.  Does she have qualities that would make her a good president?  Or the reverse?  Will she win?  Who could defeat her, and how would that be accomplished? [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton and her e-mails

What’s the big deal, one might ask, about Hillary Clinton using a private account for her e-mails when she was Secretary of State?  Maybe it was a technical violation of a very minor law, but lots of us use work e-mail for personal reasons and personal e-mail for work, so what does it matter?

Well, this was not a matter of using a g-mail or Yahoo account.  Mrs. Clinton had her own server with sophisticated secrecy features, protecting her messages from media and legal requests under the transparency laws.  The normally sympathetic Chris Cillizza explains why this is, in fact, a big deal after the jump. [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama

Hillary Clinton played the role of a loyal soldier when she was Secretary of State, but now that she is not working for the administration and now that she is gearing up for a presidential run, she is harshly criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy, promising to be more forceful, proactive, and hawkish.  I wonder how the left wing of the Democratic party will take this. [Read more...]

Is Hillary Clinton inevitable?

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? [Read more...]

Anti-Obama but pro-Hillary

President Obama’s approval ratings are plummeting, and Democrats’ prospects for the House and Senate look bleak.  And yet in presidential polls, Hillary Clinton still beats all Republican candidates by far.  So a substantial demographic does not like President Obama but does like Hillary Clinton.  These are mostly blue collar workers and white Southerners, including many who do not describe themselves as liberal and quite a few evangelicals.  In other words, the old Democratic constituency that had been taken away by Ronald Reagan.  See a sample of E. J. Dionne’s discussion of this phenomenon after the jump. [Read more...]

Back to the social gospel

Hillary Clinton cited her commitment to the “social gospel” in a speech to United Methodists.   That goes back to the 19th century when many Protestants said that instead of emphasizing the gospel of eternal salvation in Heaven through Christ, they should emphasize a gospel of building the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

The social gospel, which inspired all kinds of social reforms and progressive political activism,  became the hallmark of liberal theology.   After World War II, even in liberal theological circles, neo-orthodoxy reacted against the utopianism of the social gospel, though in the 1960s it came back with liberation theology.  Conservative theologies, of course, rejected the social gospel, but today there is arguably a social gospel of the right. [Read more...]


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