From Howard LaFranchi at the Christian Science Monitor:
A Bill and Hill year: why Clintons are Americans’ favorite politicians
Though Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s return to work next week will be brief, given President Obama’s nomination of John Kerry to replace her as secretary of State, it comes amid an aura of national popularity, respect, and even fascination.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in December found that Secretary Clinton and her husband, the former President Clinton, are America’s two most popular politicians. At the same time, a Bloomberg poll found that 70 percent of Americans view Secretary Clinton favorably – an astounding number given the country’s hyperpartisan divide.
What explains the high-flying ratings enjoyed by Bill and Hill, as Washington columnists prefer to call them?
Some pundits speculate that Secretary Clinton’s “relegation” to the relatively noncontroversial global stage of international issues has allowed her to win approving nods from Democrats and Republicans alike.
Others say it’s simply because the Clintons are so ubiquitous, with Secretary Clinton traveling up a storm representing America to the world and Mr. Clinton holding court during this past election cycle – first at the Democratic National Convention, then on the stump – on behalf of Mr. Obama.
But as The Washington Post noted recently as it marveled over the “good year” the Clintons have enjoyed: “[U]biquity usually breeds fatigue from the public, not more excitement.”
So why doesn’t America have Clinton fatigue?
In Secretary Clinton’s case, Americans appear to admire her work ethic and her ability to reinvent herself – and not just to make do with the hand dealt her, but to employ it with a flourish.
You can tell this guy is in the media because there is not one word in there about competence, peace, or prosperity. Not only that but it probably helps that for the past four years the Clintons (for the first time in two decades) have been relatively free from media attacks. I can’t remember the last time that Chris Matthews speculated on the air about the distinguishing characteristics of the presidential penis.
I don’t know if Hillary will ever run for office again. If she does run, I don’t know if I will vote for her. It will all depend on who she is running against. But if she does run again you can count on the knives coming out again as well. We will probably see some preemptive character assassination during the next couple years just in case.
Clinton Derangement Syndrome never dies. It’s just in remission right now.
This should be the Clinton anthem:
The real reason I wish celebrities would stay out of politics: I want to enjoy their movies without having to think about how stupid they are in real life.
Yes CDS will rear its ugly head once again. Amazing to me. Hillary has spent so much of her life doing good- and so many do not even bother to look. It is as if her life started when she married Bill. And this equally from left and right.
Saddens me to think I am coming into the latter part of my life- and still- STILL- the (once) greatest country ever has not had a woman President.
Cheese and Rice! India, Pakistan, some of the South American countries, England- the list goes on and on. But not here in the Land of the Free.
We become more of a joke as the years go on.
Before we can have a woman for our president, we need to cover all of the other “historic firsts”. Hispanic Guy, Asian Guy, Indian Guy, Openly Gay Guy, Guy under 5ft feet tall, Guy over 7 feet tall. . .
That’s funny elliesmom 🙂 I don’t think our First Woman will come from any of the major parties, too much boyz club/frat house shennanigans ….. and tiny pee-pees (ask Cardboard Hillary 😉 )
Would love to see a viable third party start rising now, not 6 months before a Presidential election when those parties are just laughed at for their unsellable whacky platforms. Roseanne Barr anyone?
I would most assuredly vote for Hillary for myriad reasons unless Condi decides to run. Then I would have a very difficult decision to make.
I understand that the taint of working for O makes an HRC candidacy hard for some to stomach.
But you are soooooooo right that the knives will come back out if she runs. It’s already started. and honestly, some of those knives will be abetted by the koolaiders…..
I fear the only way we will ever have a woman president is if both parties run a woman at the top of the ticket. Which ain’t gonna happen. Teh Boyz will make sure of it.
I suspect there will be a large contigency of the Democratic Party that supports Joe Biden in the next election.
Didn’t say I approved or that he’s not a buffoon, or that I’d vote for him. But given his heavy involvement in Congressional negotiation successes, The Boyz may want Biden instead.
You just know Biden’s gonna want it.
And although he is 5 years older than Hillary, no one will suggest that he is too old for the job.
Nor will they suggest/say that Biden supported the Iraq invasion enthusiastically. That criticism is only for HIllary, acc’ding to The Boyz. (snort)
PMM, that is the only way we will get a female president. Both parties will have to nominate a woman at the same time. I would love to see GOP and Dem women demand this for 2016. The Dems may have a winning strategy to target the low-info voters to get their male empty suits elected, but I think women have to wake up and demand to be represented at the presidential level. (LOL with elliesmom on her list of historical firsts before a woman gets to be president.)
The most important quality about the Clintons is that they are likable despite all the slings, arrows and dress stains over the past years. I just can’t help but like them.
I’ve been seeing rumors about a Hillary movie, I think it was WaPo who put on FB, Who would you cast as Hillary ? I think Meryl Streep would be perfect, especially if Streep’s daughter played young Hillary 😀
The bias in that article is astounding.They try to mention the high approval ratings without ever saying anything nice about the Clintons. It must just be because Hillary traveled a lot and Bill worked on the Obama campaign.
I laughed when they tried to say the “non controversial world stage.” Yeah, that’s right, it’s just peaceful global politics with no controversy, kind of like hosting tea parties in the white house. Foreign policy is just such a simple issue, with everybody holding hands and singing kumbaya.
And so it begins, Obama’s Third Term ?
Bill vs. Barry would be great.
Oh yeah, forgot Bill would be qualified also ! Go get ‘im Bubba!
It’ll never pass. Big time revolution if they even try.
I’d love to see term limits for these cockroaches.
I’m thinking ONE 6 year term for President. It would eliminate full time campaigning during the first ….cough….Obama…..cough……term.
I’ve been seeing a lot of talk of Obama being able to sidestep congress on the debt ceiling. Another move towards full dictatorship. And of course, as you’d expect these days, Dems are cheering and wanting it.
I read Nancy and Harry are encouraging him to sidestep the evil GOP whenever possible “to get things done”.
Really, you think the Dems want a dictatorship? They sure accused GWB of being one and as I recall, they hated him. What flakes.
Well, it is the Obama Times 😉 Good article and loved the comments, especially this one:
I also remember shortly after Obama’s first election when he put up that stupid Office of the President-Elect, then started his “tradiditional” family Christmas vacations to Hawaii on our dime (only took the family once before in 2006), the conservative blogs started waxing nostalgic for both Clintons and BO hadn’t even been inaugurated yet.
Bill and Hillary are good decent folks and Jezebel is right, where was the concern trolling for the Menz Club of Health Issues ?
democratic rep reintroduces bill to repeal presidential term limit.
why is this NOT a surprise???
let backtrack determine debt limit not congress per reid , princess nancy and another dem.
now have him president for life
when did the democratic party stop believing in the American way of life and want us to be a third world country??
they make me ashamed that I was ever a democrat and very glad I left the party in 2008.
if the democrats have their way we will have backtrack for his whole life then probably have the title passed to meeecschle or one of the daughters
They’ll never get a constitutional amendment thru.
at one time I would have agreed with you without a second thought. Today i am not so sure. I have watched the democratic party turn into something that I do not recognize and would not have believed.
Here’s some history on a previous attempt…..from Herman Cain’s website :
Some Dems feel that pesky Constitution just keeps getting in the way of having everything they want 🙂
i would like to see someone punch this fat pig in the mouth every day. see how fast he would yell for protection.
can’t we send him to Cuba?? he is big enough to be used as an island
the Newtown shooting are just an excuse. this has been planned for a long time.
this should be interesting
Duflo sounds more qualified to lead a Twinkles Up group at OWS. She believes in Economic Justice, yet hasn’t really accomplished anything other than writing about her beliefs ?
She’s an economist. Name one economist who ever accomplished anything other than getting awards.
Economics is about as scholarly and scientific as astrology.
I’m surprised that Obama didn’t major in Economics. He was meant for that non-performing pseudo-science.
Obama doesn’t like arithmetic. Or budgets. He likes things like lowering the oceans and sh*t like that.
Astrology is more accurate
AFFKM? No AMERICANS needing that job?
According to Politico, Hillary seems to have the 2016 nom wrapped up if she wants it, otherwise, the Dem field has a thin roster.
Was surprised to see them acknowledge all the talent in the GOP field as of now. Mostly governors too.
According to my bookie, Minnesota was a lock to beat the Packers.
Biden’s not stepping aside easily. Politico’s crazy if they think he is.
Pfft, it’s going to be crazy Joe. At least I hope so. I want the best of the crazies next time around. Now we just have to decide the craziest Repub to run against him.
Rand Paul and Michele Bachmann
baking a file in a cake is just so yesterday
Finally, DOJ gets slapped with a Federal fine for screwing with South Carolina’s Voter ID law. You may not be reading about this in the msm.
I get my news on the internet. :lol;
Romney was so squeaky clean — not even a hint of scandal — that it took a complete and total unification of all the vileness the vile progs collectively possess in laser focus. Now usually there is enough disgusting, irrational hate to go around among the vile progs, but unlike Palin, Romney has a penis, so half their work wasn’t already done for them & they weren’t taking any risks. Give it a year.