3 Reasons Hillary Clinton Won’t Be the Next President of the United States

hillaryclinton-handonchinThe leadership of the Democratic Party clearly believes Hillary Clinton is positioned to be the next President of the United States. They think she has inherited the mantle of Barack Obama’s victories in 2008 and 2012. Just as Obama captured the imagination of many as the first black president, Democratic power brokers hope Clinton will soar to victory because she is a woman.

But Hillary Clinton is not a bullet-proof candidate. Her people skills are even less competent than Obama’s, and she comes with decades of political baggage. Writing in an essay in Breitbart News, Ben Shapiro offers three reasons Hillary is unlikely to follow Obama into the Oval Office:

1. She Does Not Have The Same Racial Appeal. There is a hierarchy of victimhood in the leftist thought system. Blacks sit at the top; gays and lesbians sit just below blacks; Latinos and Native Americans sit below both groups; women come next; then, finally, come Jews and Asians, who are mainly an afterthought in the rankings. Barack Obama ran on the promise that as a half-black man, his election would unify the country, moving us all beyond the racial polarization of the past…

…Nobody truly believes a woman cannot be elected in America. Three out of our last four secretaries of state were women. We have multiple powerful female senators. She’s not a victim.

2. She’s Not a Compelling Female. Hillary is female. If you haven’t heard, she will tell you herself, 1,000 different times. But the point is that her points of commonality with female voters are not particularly compelling. She grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth, married the future governor of Arkansas, rode his coattails to a prestigious law firm job, First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. She does not resonate as a mother or as a grandmother, despite the best efforts of the media to portray her as a younger Betty White.

3. She’s Old. Voters under 30 represented 19 percent of those who voted in 2012. That’s bad news for Hillary, given that she must rely on contributions from women and youth to make up the deficit she will face in the black vote turnout. The worse news is that Hillary is old. It’s easy for pollsters to predict that she will capture the hearts of youth voters… [but] Hillary represents the past. That was a contrast beautifully drawn by Rubio in his announcement speech:

“Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday. But yesterday is over, and we are never going back.”

Barack Obama won the presidency on simple identity politics. Hillary has many similarities to Obama. She has the liberal media on her side. She probably won’t get asked the hard questions. The press won’t hold her accountable for her ethical shortcomings.

Clinton is an elitist, and a pseudo-intellectual. Like Obama, she has an Ivy League education. But unlike Obama, Hillary won’t just slide into office based on race, or even gender. Hillary has to convince the American people to like her, and she just isn’t that likable.

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