Hillary Clinton began her 2008 presidential campaign with stratospheric ratings,
only to see those ratings erode, and eventually lost the Democratic nomination
Hillary Clinton began her 2016 presidential campaign also with high ratings,
aided by most of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls having withheld
their candidacies. But again, Hillary Clinton's ratings are deflating, due in
part to the unexpectedly strong
candidacy of her Democratic rival, Bernie
On paper, Hillary Clinton should be a stronger presidential candidate in 2016 than she was in 2008, when she ran as the U.S. Senator
from New York. Now, Hillary Clinton is running as the former U.S.
Secretary of State with foreign policy credentials to round out her resume (see Hillary Clinton profile).
On social issues, 2016 is also a friendlier campaigning ground for Hillary
Clinton than 2008 was. Universal healthcare and
homosexual marriage are now laws of
the land, and Hillary Clinton still has her army of feminist supporters.
Hillary Clinton is older today and will be 69 years old if she were to become
president, so questions about her age do linger. But Ronald Reagan was
also 69 years old when he became president a generation ago when life expectancy
was lower than it is today.
The main reason for her declining ratings is her incompetence and lack of
integrity. She focused her years as the U.S. Secretary of State not on serving
America's interests abroad but on positioning herself for another presidential
run in 2016.
For example, to hide her political strategizing while on the job, she secretly set up and used a private,
server through which she sent and received top secret emails,
compromising our national security to protect her political ambitions.
And to maintain the image that her foreign policy initiative was succeeding in
the Middle East, she sent our ambassador to Libya into a danger zone without
adequate protection. When they were attacked by Islamic militants, she refused
to send military assistance. When they were killed, she lied to
their families, claiming that a spontaneous mob angered by an anti-Islamic
YouTube video had killed them, while informing her confidantes that they had
been killed in a planned attack by Islamic militants.