Americans love nightmares. Hollywood proves it every year as they crank out countless horror movies every year. If it were not for horror novels, Steven King would just be a crank liberal barista at some coffee shop in Maine.
Conservatives have had a long nightmare. Her name is Hillary Clinton.
Hillary cemented her place as one of the greatest conservative terrors during the debacle that was called “Hillarycare.” Conservatives drew a distinction between Hillary and Bill Clinton. Bill at least made the show of trying to be a “moderate” Democrat. Hillary never hid what she was.
Hillarycare was nothing more than a Soviet style, centrally planned, single payer socialist healthcare nightmare. Hillary was so ideologically pure that she would not buy off big business. That was a mistake Barack Obama did not make.
At first, conservatives thought that the Clintons would push Al Gore out of the way and have Hillary run for president in 2000. That nightmare quickly died when she ran for the New York senate seat belonging to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who in theory was voluntarily retiring.
The next conservative nightmare was that Hillary would take on George W. Bush in 2004. She would vanquish him then impose the Hillarycare plan she was unable to impose in the 90’s.
But then Hillary passed on 2004.
Now conservatives are going into nightmare mode again. Hillary 2016.
Forget about it. It isn’t happening.
Rush Limbaugh was vilified a few years ago when he pointed out Hillary’s age and said older women do not fare as well in politics as older men. Ignoring the fact that Rush was right, in 2016, Hillary Clinton will be 68. By contrast, Margaret Thatcher was 54 when she became prime minister in the U.K. and 65 when she left office.
The real number is not 68. It is 24. In 2016, it will have been 24 years since Bill Clinton was first elected. It will be 16 years since he left office. Most voters under 35, a huge constituency for the Democrats, have at best a vague recollection of the Clinton years.
Hillary’s book tour, which was essentially a dry run for her campaign, was a disaster. There is no other way to spin that. And if it were not for big institutional left wing buyers, her book would have never made it to the best sellers list.
A new generation has come up since the Clintons and most of them feel that Hillary’s time has past. She had her shot in 2008 and lost.