Hillary Clinton isn’t “running” for president. She’s hiding from the press and hoping to use an occasional Tweet to effect an appearance of engagemeant with the world she helped hatter through four years at State.
Every would-be GOP nominee ought to be making this point, every day in every speech, and demanding that the press begin to pursue Hillary not just about her ambitions for 2016 but also about the news that flashes across our screen every night –news undeniably connected to the world she helped “craft” for President Obama. Ukraine, Syria and Iraq are the obvious subjects on which she should be pressed, but she ought also to be asked about every current controversy, such as if she agrees that the targeting of a kosher deli was random, or if she supports the emerging “deal” with Iran. She ought to be asked about everything: She wants to be president.
In my interview with RNC Chair Reince Priebus yesterday —audio and transcript here— we talked about Hillary’s desire to waltz unnoticed tot he Democratic nomination, and the fact that she may have a glass jaw or fear a “Mudd moment,” and thus the desire of her team to keep her under wraps. That silence of the sham campaign ought to be causing unease within Democratic ranks, as should the already begun knife-fighting that marks every Clinton campaign. As Priebus pointed out, however, there is no one to push Hillary to work for the nomination and thus show whether she has learned any lessons from 2007-8, or simply gotten older, stiffer, less competent on the stump.
“[T]he problem is on their side of the aisle,” Priebus told me, is that “the party doesn’t have any horsepower. So you’ve got Barack Obama, whose totally disengaged, you have the Vice President who isn’t apparently respected by his own base. And so the entire party is wrapped up in the Hillary Clinton and Ready For Hillary.”