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« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2015, 04:12:41 am »

Oh she might be inevitable for the nomination, nobody said otherwise

Plenty of people have said that and continue to do so.
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« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2015, 09:26:05 am »

The idea that the 2012 primaries harmed Romney's prospects in the general election deserves more scrutiny.
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« Reply #27 on: February 26, 2015, 10:47:03 am »

The idea that the 2012 primaries harmed Romney's prospects in the general election deserves more scrutiny.

What scrutiny?

Rather than letting Romney define himself and what the Republican Party stood for going into 2012. It put on primetime television from 2011 to mid-2012 a circus of far right jokes to define the Republicans for the American people.  Obama could just tie Romney to being the leader of the party that would put Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, etc. in power.

It also created an incredibly conservative delegate turnout at the GOP National Convention which led to Romney's acceptance speech looking a Nazi rally rather than something to be proud of.
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« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2015, 11:24:40 am »

The idea that the 2012 primaries harmed Romney's prospects in the general election deserves more scrutiny.

What scrutiny?

Rather than letting Romney define himself and what the Republican Party stood for going into 2012. It put on primetime television from 2011 to mid-2012 a circus of far right jokes to define the Republicans for the American people.  Obama could just tie Romney to being the leader of the party that would put Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, etc. in power.

It also created an incredibly conservative delegate turnout at the GOP National Convention which led to Romney's acceptance speech looking a Nazi rally rather than something to be proud of.

It's worth distinguishing between effects from business plan candidates like Gingrich and effects from competition itself. Party leaders clearly believe that the former wasn't helpful to the party at large - hence their concern about excessive debating - but my skepticism holds in either case.

More to the point, is there any reason to expect that "letting Romney define himself and the Republican Party" would have been anything other than a disaster? It would have been a case of giving a condemned man enough rope to hang himself.
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« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2015, 12:02:13 pm »

I think the first Presidential debate showed that if Romney had the chance to define himself and not let base of the GOP dictate the first 2/3rds of his campaign from 2011 to the convention, he would've done a lot better and possibly would have won.
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« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2015, 01:19:21 pm »
« Edited: February 27, 2015, 01:30:39 pm by Mister Mets »

I'd have figured anyone writing a piece on this would spend more time demonstrating how Clinton's likely easy primary win can help in a General Election. There's a case to be made for that, but the piece ignores it.

I think it's more addressed to the ridiculous media concern trolling that continually oscillates between "hilery not inevitable!!!1!1!!" and "hilery is inevitable but it sux 4 her". They could at least make up their mind.

Quite frankly, I find the whole concept of "needing" a primary to be patently ridiculous. And the only time people try to apply it is to Hillary Clinton. Why wasn't the media talking about how Obama should get a Democrat to run against him in 2012 to "make him a better candidate"? What about a Republican against Bush in 2004? Primaries against incumbent Senators, governors, or Representatives are universally treated as a bad thing for the candidates in question. And for good reason. Not only will the person have to use resources fending off the primary challenge, they could also, you know, lose. Which wouldn't be a possibility against no opposition or token opposition.

You can make the argument that it's a different situation for a non incumbent, but that still doesn't work. For one thing, there's the fact that she's essentially the de facto incumbent anyway. She's certainly polling like one. Secondly, people see clearing the field as a positive even for nonincumbent candidates. If you need examples, just look at 2014. You didn't see the media concern trolling about how Tom Cotton and Cory Gardner's uncontested nominations left them "unprepared" for the general, instead you heard about how it was their strength as candidates that allowed them to clear the field. A challenge to Gardner from Tancredo or Buck would've been universally seen as a bad thing. Well guess what? The same thing applies to Hillary.
It is a bit different.

The expectation is that an incumbent will not be challenged in a primary, so a serious challenge would suggest that the incumbent is weak somehow (even though it's not clear the extent to which the primary makes the incumbent weaker, or weakness makes primary challengers likelier.) Incumbents have a high profile due to their positions, which they're able to utilize for free media.

Candidates in active primaries will get a lot of media attention, thanks to debates, campaign events, interviews, etc. If Hillary's keeping a lower profile, there won't be as many challenges to the Republican arguments, and there won't be as much coverage of the Democratic arguments.


The concern is that progressives might get complacent if she's coronated before the primaries even begin. 2014 taught us how important turnout is, and we can't just assume turnout will naturally be higher in 2016. Clinton needs to start campaigning long before the GE, and give progressives a reason to turn out and vote. Point to her favorability rating all you like, that doesn't mean people will actually show up to the polls.
It's honestly not clear. She currently leads in polls, partly a result of her less partisan image. There will likely be a decline during the General Election, so there's an argument for keeping the election period as short as possible. But maybe she'll be better able to weather the decline better if she's in the race longer.

In the event that a progressive candidate lost with a signifcant chunk of the vote (say 30 percent), she'll also have to deal with some potentially pissed off base voters.

It could also be easier for her to stick with arguments against Republicans for as much of the campaign as possible, whereas Republicans will have to switch from appealing to primary voters to the General Election campaign.

I think there are pros and cons to a competitive primary, and I honestly don't know which would be better. There are all sorts of odd factors. For example, there's the impact of states where independents can vote in primaries is unknown. Maybe centrists who don't have the option of making a difference in a Democratic primary will pick more exciting/ moderate Republicans.
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« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2015, 04:12:07 pm »
« Edited: February 26, 2015, 04:14:46 pm by heatmaster »

Those are good points about the pros and cons of a robust primary contest. Remember 2008; the longer that Hillary fought the good fight, it made her a better and seasoned candidate; the campaign for her was a good learning tool; however as the 2016 contest looms; Hillary might not have too look to appeal to primary voters; therefore she has developed an effective issue base; there won't be that hunger "the eye of the tiger". There's no narrative for her campaign,  besides a cool resume, the Clinton name ....that's a double edged sword, her husband and the argument that "it's my turn" are not compelling motivators. How is she going to define herself? "I'm not Obama" That's like John F. Kennedy, saying "ask not what your country should kinda do for you, ask what you should like do for your country, because it would be kind of cool and stuff...If you dig what I am telling you for sure" Not a resonant call to arms is it?. Hillary,  if I was her political campaign adviser; I have her sit down & ask her what she wants, what she truly believes and skip the theme, elect me because I'm Hillary and I'm a woman and I have the brand name.
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« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2015, 04:15:49 pm »

if I was her political campaign adviser; I have her sit down & ask her what she wants, what she truly believes and skip the theme, elect me because I'm Hillary and I'm a woman and I have the brand name.

But that's good enough to elect such a unremarkable person as Hillary.
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« Reply #33 on: February 27, 2015, 02:46:24 am »

Which is a pity....The media are the fault; they certainly don't want to Diss the Clinton's by calling her out on things that no other candidate wouldn't get away with. I mean how ridiculous is this? Jeb Bush is condemned for being the brother and son of presidents and Hillary Clinton is basically given a free pass on almost everything. Me thinks those Clinton's are running scared at the idea of having to face Bush; they or the Democrats won't admit it...they wouldn't, would they?....that doesn't mean they wouldn't and I have doubts about the protestations of "independent's" or other "Republicans" on the site.  Think the danger is that poor old Hillary has high expectations that the Republicans are going to be dead easy to beat, would love to be proverbial "fly on the wall" at Clinton  campaign GHQ  come October 2016 when she realizes she doesn't have the election nailed...shame!
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« Reply #34 on: February 27, 2015, 10:23:46 am »

Oh she might be inevitable for the nomination, nobody said otherwise

Plenty of people have said that and continue to do so.

I seem to remember a lot of people suggesting she was "inevitable" just a few years ago, too...
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« Reply #35 on: February 27, 2015, 02:10:43 pm »

My point exactly oakvale...it's amazing how most folks have short memory spans when it suits them...The reason why Obama won, because he was hungrier and the Clinton campaign didn't take Obama seriously until it was too late. Doubt they have learned much in the intervening period. I might be wrong, hope I'm not.
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« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2015, 01:00:04 am »

My point exactly oakvale...it's amazing how most folks have short memory spans when it suits them...The reason why Obama won, because he was hungrier and the Clinton campaign didn't take Obama seriously until it was too late. Doubt they have learned much in the intervening period. I might be wrong, hope I'm not.
Keep in mind Hillary still came close in '08.

It's possible that things will happen in 2016 that seem obvious in hindsight, but Obama had advantages no one potentially running for the Democratic nomination in 2008 has. There was a hunger for the first black President, and African Americans formed a majority of voters in several Democratic primary states. He was a Senator from the big state next to Iowa, with a high profile but a record thin enough to be a blank slate for voters. He was younger with an activist/ academic background that could excite the base.

He did run a better campaign, but he was basically built to win a presidential primary.
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« Reply #37 on: February 28, 2015, 01:37:25 am »

Oh she might be inevitable for the nomination, nobody said otherwise

Plenty of people have said that and continue to do so.

I seem to remember a lot of people suggesting she was "inevitable" just a few years ago, too...

Not really. That was a retrospective narrative based off very little at the actual time.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/07/01/remember-when-nobody-gave-obama-a-chance-to-beat-clinton-never-happened/

As for the differences, it's really not hard to see:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/upshot/hillary-clinton-and-inevitability-this-time-is-different.html?abt=0002&abg=0&_r=1
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« Reply #38 on: February 28, 2015, 07:01:43 am »

It's very hard to imagine how Hillary Clinton doesn't get the nod...unless a health issue arises, the foreign money situation leads to a revelation that has ethics ramifications or legal ones as a result of her role as Secretary of State; the fact is, that Hillary hasn't come as far as she has without crossing someone along the way, if she has an enemy who is waiting "in the long grass" then all bets are off...no contender could weather a storm and run a campaign these days...not in the 24/7 news paradigm of today.  It is eight years later, Obama is still president, his record and the fact that he is grudgingly supporting her, is a double edged sword. Hopefully for Hillary, Bill has been a good boy & hasn't done something that overshadows her campaign or does damage to her. Getting through the primary process is one thing....even if it's a coronation - a general election campaign is another thing. It don't see a Bush, Walker or Christie been too pliant to the narrative that Hillary is the winner & everyone should roll up there tents and go home. If the 2008 campaign -primary,  was tough for her and she lost!- then the 2016 campaign - the general - is going to make the 2008 campaign look like a pleasant pic by comparison,  in other words, a real doozy. I have my doubts about the circumstances of why and how the foreign money controversy came out, I think the Clinton's put it out there, as they identified it as a real problem - the old campaign play book from Bill's campaign has been dusted off - if there are problematic issue that could cause a problem - disclose it early on, lance the boil before it erupts and causes a mess - better to have the controversy now than in the summer or fall of 2016. Very slick. But I'm convinced there is an issue out there, that doesn't dovetail with Hillary's strategy and will trip her up at the crucial moment, when she least needs or expects it. A debate, a revelation which is hidden away and which her opponent leaks through a third party to the media - without getting his own hands dirty...but still benefits from the negative fall-out. Watch this space.
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« Reply #39 on: February 28, 2015, 08:27:38 am »

But I'm convinced there is an issue out there, that doesn't dovetail with Hillary's strategy and will trip her up at the crucial moment, when she least needs or expects it. A debate, a revelation which is hidden away and which her opponent leaks through a third party to the media - without getting his own hands dirty...but still benefits from the negative fall-out. Watch this space.
Hopefully that will happen. What I know is that the Clintons will do ANYTHING to win this election. It won't be easy to beat them.


Well, I never agreed on the "inevitability" nonsense, but no sane person is going to claim she is not strongly favored now.
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« Reply #40 on: February 28, 2015, 10:53:22 am »

Oh she might be inevitable for the nomination, nobody said otherwise

Plenty of people have said that and continue to do so.

I seem to remember a lot of people suggesting she was "inevitable" just a few years ago, too...

Not this again- and from you, of all people. We've exhaustively proven that we're not dealing with the same thing here as in 08.
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« Reply #41 on: February 28, 2015, 11:15:54 am »
« Edited: February 28, 2015, 11:19:04 am by Monarch »

https://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=55743.0

Who do you THINK will win the Democratic nomination?
April 2007
Hillary Clinton [48.1]         -15 (27.8%)
Barack Obama [32.0]         -19 (35.2%)
Al Gore [9.0]         -2 (3.7%)
John Edwards [8.0]         -10 (18.5%)
Bill Richardson [3.3]         -7 (13%)
Other         -1 (1.9%)

SO INEVITABLE
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