Folks, we are getting choked here.
We can’t seem to pick up a newspaper, a magazine or tune to any news channel without having to hear about Hillary Clinton’s new book, “Hard Choices” and whether she will run for President in 2016. It is almost as if her daily itinerary and every breath she takes is one of our own, and one which we are involuntarily having to ponder over on a daily basis.
The “Maybe I will run – maybe I won’t run,” candidate for the presidency, in 2016, is on every news publication, network and cable TV show, and every bookstore window in the entire country simply to generate more book sales and riddle us into eternity.
It is almost like Hillary Clinton is playing a game with us of which we have all become unwilling, participants.
“Oh my god, did you hear what Hillary Clinton said yesterday? ” One morning talk show host said to another recently on a live broadcast.
Statements and news articles like that one are being seen and heard on many of the news reports and talk shows each and every morning.
“She said she may run for president in 2016, but she hasn’t decided yet!” The other one whispered back to her comically.
Oh, really? Is she still stumped on that one?
Hillary Clinton is quickly becoming known as the “Great Procrastinator.” Whether or not that is something we need to worry about remains to be seen. Hillary is either the most clever politician in America or is a master manipulator.
Hillary Clinton is great at baiting the hook, but when the fish come biting she quickly pulls back on the bait.
Do we really want our next president to be someone who is indecisive or delights in keeping all us guessing on an issue that could affect an entire country? A character trait like that sounds like something that could cause another deadly, debacle like Benghazi.
Suppose she runs, and once she becomes president there is an immediate crisis? Will she leave the entire world or country hanging while she mulls over a crucial decision like President Obama is known for doing?
Usually, reaching a decision is a lot more productive than coming to no decision or procrastinating over one for months. Sooner or later, you have to give an answer, pick a side, take a stand or show the world what your true intentions really are.
You can sit on the fence for only so long hoping that all the conditions will become favorable and the timing is just right.
Is Hillary showing a lack of confidence here? Is she using her new book sales, or lack of them as a gauge to rate what her current popularity is and her chances for victory? Is she waiting to see what happens in the midterm elections?
If that is the case, than Hillary’s chances of winning the presidency in 2016 is in serious trouble. If voters do not want to be bothered buying and reading her book, why would they want to vote for her to be America’s next president?
Shouldn’t voters across the country be even the slightest interested in what Hillary Clinton has to say?
People will wait for only so long to get an answer to a question before they don’t care what the answer is once it does come.
People are strange that way, and especially when they walk into the voting booth. You never know which way they are going to sway at the last moment.
Certainly, Hillary Clinton has all the qualifications a candidate needs to run the country and be the leader of the free world. Being a former senator, a secretary of state and the First Lady of the nation is more than enough, and a lot more experience than our current president ever had.
So why the hesitation? Why the refusal to give us an answer? Why let such a hard choice keep mounting on her shoulders until its cross to bear is too heavy for her?
Of course, most candidates never announce their candidacy for the presidency to around a year and a half before the election. That would be mean most of the candidates for the 2016 election will not make their official announcement until June 1, 2015, or a short time before or after that date.
But why should Hillary wait until then? Surely, she knows that she is the Democratic party’s favorite pick and the one candidate who has the best shot at being America’s first, female president.
So, why doesn’t she use that to her advantage and get way out in front of the race while the getting is good? Why leave Vice President Joe Biden in the wings delusional about his 500-1 odds of becoming the next president?
Is she worried? Is she afraid that things are going to get worse and put her in the precarious position of taking over a country that is so deeply wrenched in partisan politics, foreign and economic crisis that there is no easy way out?
Only Hillary Clinton truly knows the answer to that question. And she obviously has no intention of telling any of us.
For Hillary Clinton, it’s just another one of those “Hard Choices” that she has to make in her very normal and daily life.
Poor Hillary. I hope her decision – whatever it is, doesn’t cause her and Bill Clinton to go dead broke!
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.