Hillary Clinton will not be President of the United States. Hillary Clinton will not even be the Democratic Party nominee. Will I be the first person to say this? I'll check back in a year.
Hillary Clinton vs the republican clown car. That is the grand narrative from a broken and lazy national media a year before the final state presidential primaries will be wrapping up. You cannot stop it. Hillary 2016, I'm with Hillary, Hillary's time, whatever the work shopped slogan may be - IT IS HILLARY'S TURN.
I could have written those exact same words (substitute Hillary 2016 with Hillary 2008) back in 2007. I was working in the political field at the time, and that was all I heard from my Democratic Party friends. Hillary had the experienced staff. Hillary had the money network. Hillary had history. There was no denying her ascendancy.
Problem is that Obama won the primary, and he became the President. Hillary waited, she is ready, and nothing will stop her now. I am telling you that 2016 will end exactly as 2008 (not with Obama, but someone different).
Why am I so sour on Hillary's inevitability. Because the exact same narrative is playing out, and technology has changed the world. I will explain. I have many friends who have gone to work for a "Hillary Clinton Exploratory campaign" over the course of the last year. I myself have been approached a few times to "work" on a possible presidential campaign. The experienced Democratic Party talent has all been gobbled up by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Along with the talent, the money has also been holding for the Clinton campaign. I have a whole trunk full of problems with the talent and money at the states being held out for a national election, and I address those issues here. The tactic that the Hillary campaign seems to be employing this time around is to gather all the resources and starve out any potential challenger. That seems to be the grand strategic plan.
Hillary Clinton, along with most national political figures, have yet to figure out how to capitalize on free social media platforms. The current political, and media, models are all built around catering to the Baby Boomer generation. The Generation Xers and millennials have yet to be considered in a Hillary Clinton campaign, except for lip service on issues that have become politically beneficial(i.e. LBGT rights). The non-boomers want more. We want consideration for student debt issues (Hillary is silent), we want government surveillance to be reigned in (Hillary is silent), we want an end to the endless wars (Hillary has not completely owned up to her support for Bush's wars), we want to be considered. The boomer culture will not relinquish control of the political culture, and Hillary Clinton feeds off of this. She needs to start addressing these issues to create excitement for her presidency.
The boomer only kind of pandering is what caused the non-boomers to flock towards an unproven, and unknown, Barack Obama. The allure of words like "change" and "hope" spoke to the non-boomers. We were ready for anyone who was not part of the insipid boomers who have told us how worthless we were. The Hillary 2016 campaign sure as stuff cannot use words like hope and change, especially after the Obama presidency. How is the Clinton campaign going to reach the non-boomers. Being able to get campaign info through our smart phones was infinitely more valuable than the constant door knockers asking about my feelings on the Democratic Party. I keep hearing more about the canvasing plans for the Hillary 2016 campaign and I cringe. Where is the innovative social media campaigning. Why have they not learned? The boomers are still a large voting block, but the gen Xers and millennials can win you the election.
These systemic issues are not the only thing that can derail Hillary Clinton's inevitability. There is always the stink of the Clinton brand. The Clinton Cash issues, and the history of Bill and Hillary may seem minor to many loyal Democrats, but they always produce smoke. The lazy media will want a horse race, and they will keep these scandals burning. An enterprising Democratic Party candidate can take advantage of these scandals, and media unprofessional-ism, to move up in the public perception.
I have yet to see a candidate who could capitalize on Clinton's shortcomings. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had the ability, then he decided to muck up everything about Ferguson. Martin O'Malley will have the same issues with Baltimore. Bernie Sanders has some excitement, but he has a very small percentage of the party and its money (let's pray he does not become another Ralph Nader). The Hillary Clinton campaign seems inevitable now, but there is a ways to go in this horse race.
RD Kulik is the Creator and Head Editor for Seed Sing. We want your thoughts on the 2016 election. Write for us. RD is looking forward to the day boomer culture does not constantly infect his politics.