Hillary Clinton with Barack Obama

Some pundits think voters are fools.

As I was looking at today’s news stories about Hillary, this article from CNN popped into view. Give Glenn Beck credit for knowing how to generate publicity for himself. If you didn’t read or hear this, he is predicting that Hillary will be the next president. His spin on Hillary’s electability is that she harkens back to the “glory” days of the Clinton Administration. Well, of course.

Where the story gets funky is the idea from some “friends of Hillary” and media pundits that voters will consider her “Barack Three” if she runs and will therefore reject her.

They must think voters are stupid. I don’t.

Most voters know that there are distinct differences between Hillary and Barack. Especially now, when foreign policy is such an important issue, they know that Hillary sees the world in quite different terms from the President.

She (or her staff) can also easily make the case that her primary battle with Barack Obama was based on strongly-felt differences in policy and style of governing. So if the GOP wants to make the case that Hillary would be giving Obama a third term, Hillary just has to roll out the media coverage of her attacking him back in 2008.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton during 2008 campaign.

Chelsea Clinton says goodbye to NBC and $600K salary.

Chelsea Clinton has announced that she will no longer being “playing” journalist on NBC News.

According to the NY Daily News, she is leaving to focus on her work for the Clinton Foundation and her role as mother for her first child. Presumably, she will also be focused on her mother’s campaign for president.

Many in the news business were surprised to learn that NBC News was paying Chelsea $600K annually. In fact, that information has been out in the public for months.

In her role as NBC correspondent, she only filed a handful of stories for the network. By and large, her work was unimpressive, if not boring. Chelsea, unfortunately, reads news in a sleepy monotone. It’s best that she move on to other career opportunities.

Gun owners might prefer Palin over Hillary!

Gun owners against Hillary Clinton? That’s a surprise?

On the web site/forum “Guns Tips and Talk,” several commenters had less than flattering things to say about the former secretary of state. In all candor, the quote they picked about Hillary’s explanation of her accomplishments at State is not the most elegant or persuasive.

If gun owners as a group oppose Hillary, that will surprise no one. But if there is another message in the quote from Hillary is that she needs to do a better job of articulating her accomplishments and strategy. Give her time and I’m sure she will find a more articulate way to describe her accomplishments.

Relative to guns as an issue, Hillary is something of a moderate. Here’s what she said about guns and gun control back in 2008:

I respect the Second Amendment. I respect the rights of lawful gun owners to own guns, to use their guns, but I also believe that most lawful gun owners whom I have spoken with for many years across our country also want to be sure that we keep those guns out of the wrong hands. And as president, I will work to try to bridge this divide, which I think has been polarizing and, frankly, doesn’t reflect the common sense of the American people. We will strike the right balance to protect the constitutional right but to give people the feeling & the reality that they will be protected from guns in the wrong hands.

If you believe as a large segment of gun owners do that there should be no restriction whatever, then her position is problematic. On the other hand, most Americans would agree with her comments above.

The other point worth mentioning is that the deluge of criticism about Hillary’s foreign policy experience and decision-making is just starting. Expect to read a lot more of it. Nothing could be more of a target than a former Secretary of State. I’m having a hard time coming up with the name of someone who held that position and retired unscathed by history or critiqued by those with different political philosophies.