It’s no secret that Hillary Clinton is going to run for president in 2016. In fact, her not running in 2016 would easily be one of the biggest surprises in modern political history. And if just about every poll conducted for the last 2+ years is to be believed, she’s headed toward a fairly easy victory.
But there’s also a downside to being that big of a front-runner and a female Democrat up against a very desperate Republican party. That is, they’re going to come at her with a vile hatred that even President Obama didn’t endure in 2008 and 2012.
And the fact that her last name is “Clinton” certainly won’t help matters on that end. As we all know, Republicans not only loathe the Clintons – they’re terrified of them. So, it goes without saying that the 2016 presidential campaign will most likely go down as one of the dirtiest and ugliest in our lifetimes.
We’ve already seen signs of that the last two years with the continued Benghazi propaganda, and even some who’ve taken swipes at her age. It’s ironic considering she’ll be slightly younger than conservative icon Ronald Reagan was when he ran for president in 1980, and a few years younger than two former Republican presidential nominees – Bob Dole and Sen. John McCain – who ran in 1996 and 2008 respectively.
Lately, the big “controversy” that’s swirled around the former Secretary of State has been concerning her decision to use her private email instead of an “official” one given to her by the government.
As if the 2 1/2 years of ridiculous Benghazi nonsense wasn’t bad enough, now Republicans are trying to make a big deal out of what domain she used to send emails? Never mind that former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used private emails while he held the same position, because there was a rule passed in 2009 requiring her position to use government sanctioned email addresses, apparently now this is a massive deal.
Because, after all, what was she hiding about Benghazi in all of those private emails?!
Oh, and for the record, even Fox News’ own legal experts came out publicly stating that she didn’t break any laws.
It’s just all so stupid. Republicans are so pathetically desperate to make her seem like some shady, underhanded, terrifying figure that they’re now basically grasping at straws and hoping that anything sticks.
That was pretty much the point Jon Stewart made last night when he brilliantly mocked the ridiculousness surrounding this whole ordeal.
“You think maybe her wrong email address-ghazi will be a big boost to her Democratic primary rival, TBD?” Stewart asked. “Or perhaps this will affect Hillary Clinton’s standing with Republicans in the general election, who pretty much already believe her and her husband to be treasonous, murdering grift-asauruses? Personally, I think her email trouble helps sew up the senior vote. You know, they can relate.”
In other words, anyone who really cares about this nonsense wasn’t going to vote for her anyway.
If this is the best Republicans can come up with – a Benghazi “conspiracy” that even the Republican-led committee investigating it concluded doesn’t exist and the fact she did the same thing Colin Powell did during the Bush administration – that just goes to show how petty and desperate Republicans are to try to take her down.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: