Hillary Clinton began her 2008 presidential campaign with stratospheric ratings,
and saw those ratings decline and eventually hand the Democratic nomination
and the presidency to
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 as
the ratings of her Democratic rival, Bernie
Sanders, steadily rise.
On paper, Hillary Clinton is a stronger presidential candidate in 2016 than she was in 2008, when she ran as the U.S. Senator
from New York. Now, the former First Lady is running as the former U.S.
Secretary of State and has added foreign policy experience to her resume (see
Hillary Clinton Profile).
On social issues, 2016 is also a friendlier campaigning ground for Hillary
Clinton than 2008. 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 lingering questions about her age do remain. But Ronald Reagan was
also 69 years old when he became president a generation ago when life expectancy
was lower than it is today.
Hillary Clinton's declining ratings is due to the ascendant candidacy of
Bernie Sanders (see Bernie Sanders'
Platform), voter fatigue and
exasperation with the political establishment, and the critical mass of scandals,
misrepresentations, cover ups and lies that are associated with her, including
her top security-breaching private email server, as well as her husband, the
nearly-impeached former president.