Not that I’m complaining, but with the presidential campaign season underway, many are wondering what happened to Hillary Clinton.
Now, you may be thinking — do we have to start discussing the upcoming election? Yes, we all know of several Republicans who appear to be running, but isn’t it just a little early?
Well, it may be, but if you recall, it was eight years ago yesterday, that then Senator Barack Hussein Obama declared.
When a campaign season begins, usually at least one or both parties are jam-packed with candidates, all vying for the top spot, or at the very least trying to gain some name recognition. You see this all the time, and it can be a bit depressing, particularly for us conservatives who look at Republican polls and see that someone like Jeb Bush is leading in the polls.
But one must remember that name recognition isn’t everything, particularly this early. Jeb Bush may be leading in some polls, but that’s not because he is necessarily the favorite. He is a Bush and everyone knows of the Bush family. That’s name recognition. That’s all it is.
For the same reason Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a recognition problem. In her case it may actually be a hindrance depending on how many people link her back to her dirt bag of a husband, or the Rose law firm, the FBI files, the cattle futures bonanza, Hillarycare, the bimbo eruptions, or Benghazi. But what difference do any of those make now – right?
So is that the reason she’s gone underground? She is literally nowhere to be found. Not giving any interviews — not attending any functions — no speeches — no public fundraisers — nothing. It is curious. Or is it?
The longer she waits to officially get into the race, the less likely she is to screw up — say or do something stupid, and if she really thinks she has this thing sewn up on the Democrat side, it’s not a bad strategy. The longer she can remain out of the public eye, the better for her.
Just ask 2004 Democrat Howard Dean how long it took for him to go from Golden boy to goat? It took long enough to deliver one speech — a speech where he screamed like a banshee. That’s how long it took for people to see him as an unhinged wacko.
You may also recall in 2003, Hillary Clinton screeched, “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this [Bush] administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans, and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration,” and the reaction that people had to hearing that. It wasn’t positive.
In late January ABC News strategized why Hillary has gone virtually underground.
They surmised that it could be that she was playing it safe, that she wanted to remain above the fray, as it were, or that she was privately getting all her ducks in a row so that when she announced she would be ready to hit the ground running, that everything would already be in place.
Those are all valid points, but I recall in December 2007, Rush Limbaugh saying: “Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis? And that woman, by the way, is not going to want to look like she’s getting older, because it will impact poll numbers. It will impact perceptions… So there will have to be steps taken to avoid the appearance of aging.”
So could this be what she’s doing? Has she gone underground to have work done (or more work done) to give her a more youthful appearance? To somehow try to avoid the “old hag” look?
Only time will tell, but if she reemerges looking like the plastic Santa Claus from the second Tim Allen Christmas movie, we’ll have our answer.