No surprises in Hillary Clinton's announcement that she is running. I think everybody knew from the time she resigned as Secretary of State that she was going to run. No surprise either as to the ones running against her when she gets the Democratic nomination-- and she will get it. There isn't another Obama out there to stop her.
Some Republicans, some perfectly nice people, will never understand why I'd say there is no way in hell that I'd vote for a Republican, not any of them. The positions they take make it impossible. I don't know how other moderates will see this but for the most parts moderates lean left on social issues and right on fiscal ones-- or the reverse. It's what makes them moderate-- being in the middle. There is no Republican running who is not extreme on social issues and unless they really don't matter to you, unless you don't mind endless wars on the cuff, there is no Republican, who could even be considered for the Republican nomination, who is remotely possible for me once it's in the race itself.
Those candidates from the right would make abortion illegal, turning it back to the streets. They would try to get in a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Mostly they don't believe in climate change or that we should do anything about it. On the environment, it's all determined by the $$$s, and we know who has the most of those to put into the mix. Pipelines that leak, no problem. They would privatize education, and do nothing to protect the middle class from the disappearing act that is being thrust on them by the destruction of unions. i could go on but don't need to. There just isn't a choice for someone like me, not when you listen to any of them on the issues.
I don't honestly know what we will get with a Hillary Clinton presidency. She is not my first choice, as I have said; but she is going to be it. Of all the Democrats, and that includes Elizabeth Warren, she has the best chance to be President-- and frankly the most chance that she'd do a good job. For people like me, there won't be a choice for who to vote in '16. That's a done deal. I am not happy about it and can't really understand why we don't have better choices from which to choose. But I am a practical woman, and I don't cry long over spilt milk.
The bigger challenge for our nation right now is how determined the right is to see Obama fail as a way to get the presidency in '16. If he is seen doing well with world and home affairs, then the argument to continue the course is greater. If they can make him fail, end up with another unwanted war, be sure the policies he wants are blocked and the economy here looks bad, it will literally help to stop her. I understand this is partisan politics, but it's also very detrimental for a nation that needs two parties wanting to see the country do well. It's our challenge for the next year and a half-- more than who wins the big prize.
The pressure has to be put on Congress to have real plans they put forth, not just no, no, no but something they see as helpful to the vanishing middle class, the poor, environment, education, and economics. It is unfortunate that so many of those running, like say Ted Cruz, literally seem to have no idea about the real business of governing or even what government does. Strange, especially for someone who is a senator and is supposed to be so intelligent. Those want-to-be presidents though know what their fan base wants. They end up sounding more like the rightie pundits than leaders. So they are out there with those accusations and proposals to end programs that are needed or sometimes where the fed is not that involved. Facts. We need fact based leaders. It isn't what we too often get.