COMMENTARY | Hillary Clinton has yet to announce for president, but already her pre campaign preparations are causing concern among Democrats, who fear that her early fund raising efforts are siphoning off money from vulnerable senate candidates.
According to the Washington Examiner, David Axelrod, one of President Obama’s chief consigulares, tweeted, “With the Senate seriously at risk, and the Koch Brothers spending prodigiously, shouldn’t Dem funders be focused on ’14 and not ’16 races?”
Axelrod is not reckoning on the idea that Team Hillary may not care whether the Senate goes Republican or not. Indeed, from her perspective, it might be better if it did.
The Clintons have long memories and are still smarting over how Barack Obama took the nomination away from Ms. Clinton, which they thought was hers by right, in 2008. It would be sweet revenge to have the president faced with an entirely hostile Congress, reversing his agenda, investigating his administration, and generally lowering the partisan tone.
Then Ms. Clinton could begin her campaign, provided she wants to actually run, on the platform of bridging the partisan divide, as the one Democrat who can work with Congressional Republicans, restraining them when necessary. After all, many of Bill Clinton’s greatest accomplishments took place after the 1994 Gingrich revolution. People will remember that the 1990s were an era of relative peace and great prosperity. Ms. Clinton, by triangulating against both the Republicans and Obama, could promise to bring back those good times.
And who would be grinning beside her but that aging rue, former President Bill Clinton, to remind everyone what great times the 1990s were.
The danger, or course, is that Ms. Clinton is not half the politician her husband is. She has a millstone of scandals and missteps going back 20 years, including Benghazi and four dead Americans and “what difference does it make?” Americans might just decide to bridge the partisan divide by electing a Republican president. As she is pushing 70, 2016 is likely the last chance for Hillary Clinton.