Republicans Know Hillary Clinton Marks the End of the Line for the GOP

Hillary-Clinton-shadesFollowing politics as closely as I do, it goes without saying that I’ve seen a lot of ridiculous things.  I’ve maintained for quite some time now that the Republican party has caused its own problem.  It bet big on the tea party for the 2012 presidential elections and lost.  But more importantly, what selling out to the tea party did was it gave a voice to the politically crazy.

People who years ago would have never been taken seriously by anyone outside of other crazies such as themselves were suddenly not only given a voice, but political influence within the Republican party.

They unleashed a monster and now not only can they not get rid of it, it’s gaining power.

President Obama’s re-election in 2012 essentially split the GOP into two different factions.  The “establishment” or the Republicans who know that they must appeal to more mainstream ideas if they want to remain nationally relevant, and the “tea party” Republicans who honestly believe that the reason Mitt Romney lost is because he wasn’t conservative enough.

In other words, the Republican party is in a lot of trouble.

Which is why I absolutely cannot wait for the 2016 presidential election.  Because I believe that’s the moment when the Republican party will begin its final march toward national obscurity.

And I believe many Republicans know this.  Which is a big reason why they’re absolutely terrified of Hillary Clinton.

Without breaking down polling numbers too much, it’s more or less a certainty that if Hillary Clinton runs in 2016, she’s going to win – and win big.

It’s why the Republican party (for at least a short time before the bridge scandal) was so big on Chris Christie.  Out of all the potential GOP candidates, he is the only one who polled anywhere close to possibly beating Clinton.

And this is before she’s even decided if she’s going to run.  He benefitted from his campaign for governor and national headlines.  The moment Clinton announces her intention to run for president in 2016, her numbers will skyrocket.

She’s the main reason why Republicans keep Benghazi an issue.  Or at least try to keep it a mainstream issue.  It’s a “scandal” they can use against Hillary Clinton.  There’s just one big problem – their conspiracies have been debunked more times than I can count and the only people who are buying into them are people who wouldn’t vote for Hillary in the first place.

Then again, for Republicans, “truth” doesn’t really matter as long as they “muddy the waters” enough so that some Americans aren’t sure what’s real and what’s Fox News fiction.

They keep demanding answers to questions based off their lies.  Then they’re getting angry because people won’t answer them.  That’s how good propaganda is done.  You create your own “facts,” demand answers for those “facts,” then when people refuse to answer you (because they don’t want to feed into your propaganda) that “proves” they have something to hide.

The Republican party knows that if it stands any chance at beating Hillary in 2016, they basically have to swing for the fences.

Like in poker, they’re going to have to go all-in with the right-wing crazies.

Notice how since Chris Christie has fallen from grace, suddenly Rand Paul has become more vocal?  And do you also notice how his digs at Hillary make absolutely no sense?

This woman was First Lady of the United States for 8 years, a New York Senator for another 8, and Secretary of State for 4 – yet (outside of Benghazi) the big “story” right now is the Monica Lewinsky scandal from the late-90’s.

Which didn’t even involve her! 

If anything doesn’t her loyalty to Bill, staying with him through such troubling times, proudly display her commitment to her family and her vows of marriage?

Of course it doesn’t.  Well, not to Republicans anyway.

See, what they’re trying to do with this is paint Bill Clinton as some kind of sexual predator (being that he would become “First Husband” I guess) in a desperate attempt to somehow imply that his actions reflect poorly on her.  You know, the whole “do we really want someone like that near the White House again?”

Honestly, I’m not even sure where they’re going with it because it makes absolutely no sense.

Paul tried to insinuate that Bill Clinton’s affair shows the hypocrisy within the Democratic party as it relates to women’s rights.  You know, because one man’s affair somehow negates everything Democrats are trying to do to fight for women’s rights.

Paul’s comments also assumed that Monica Lewinsky was somehow too “young” and stupid to have known what she was doing.  That she was just an innocent “girl” (Paul referred to her as a girl, not a grown woman) who was clearly taken advantage of by the superior man.

Paul said:

“I think the media really seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this.  He took advantage of a girl that was twenty years old and an intern his office.  There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior. And it should be something we shouldn’t want to associate with, people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office.”

Nothing quite like trying to defend your record on women’s rights, while referring to an adult female as a “girl” who was too naive to know what she was doing.  She was 22 (not twenty as Paul always claims).  I’ve known women who were mothers at 22, with good careers.  Women at 22 who were in law or medical school.  I’ve known plenty of 22-year-old women who knew exactly what they were doing in life.  It’s disrespectful to degrade Lewinsky, or any other 22-year-old woman, as a “girl” simply because she’s fairly young.

More than two decades in the spotlight as First Lady, then U.S. Senator and finally Secretary of State, and the top two things they have on Hillary Clinton are their fake Benghazi conspiracy and Bill Clinton’s infidelity?  They’re screwed.

And they know it.

Sure, they’ll dig up more between now and then, but these two situations are just a preview of how desperate the Republican party is going to be with their attacks on Hillary Clinton.

Republicans know that if Clinton wins in 2016 (and assuming she serves two terms) that would mean we will have been led by a Democrat in the White House for 16 years.  And that’s something the Republican party just can’t bounce back from.

Not with a country that’s embracing immigration reform, supports same-sex marriage, believes in climate change and is beginning to back the legalization of marijuana – issues that the base of the Republican party strongly opposes.

Republicans bet big on the tea party and lost.  And when Hillary Clinton is elected the next President of the United States – and I firmly believe that she will be – you’re going to see the GOP implode like never before.

Heck, you’re already starting to see that now.  Because when you’re trying to use the Monica Lewinsky scandal from 1998, in 2014, for a potential 2016 presidential campaign – especially when that scandal didn’t even directly involve the candidate you’re trying to attack…

You’ve pretty much already lost.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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