If you think that the hits on Hillary are her old “vast right wing conspiracy” nightmares materializing out of the political ether, consider this from Ed Klein’s 2014 book “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas,” found on page 72. Setting the scene, Obama and Bill Clinton are, allegedly, having a conversation (during a golf outing) where Bill is trying to tout Hillary for 2016. Klein describes his source for this as a Clinton family friend who heard about it from Bill Clinton himself. This is the nut of it:
“And so Bill continued to talk about Hillary’s qualifications and the coming campaign in 2016. But Barack didn’t bite. He changed the subject several times. Then, suddenly, Barack said something that took Bill by complete surprise. He said, ‘You know, Michelle would make a great presidential candidate too.’
“Bill was speechless. Was Barack comparing Michelle’s qualifications to Hillary’s? Bill said that if he hadn’t been on a mission to strike a deal with Barack, he might have stormed off the golf course then and there.”
Well, it might have surprised Bill Clinton that Barack would suggest that Michelle could run for president, but it wouldn’t have surprised me. I saw that coming not long after the second term began in 2013, a year before Klein reported it in his book.
My argument has been that if Michelle wants the Democratic nomination no one can stop her, once Hillary is out of the way. I hasten to add that Michelle would probably defeat Hillary head on for the nomination, but that might be too high risk for the Obamas. With Hillary gone, the resistance would be minimal. And from right here it looks like one more scandal hit could take care of that problem.
We are almost there, at the point where push has to meet shove, and the Obamas must finish Hillary if Michelle is to step forward, for the good of the Party and the country. If you’re thinking of all the outrage that would ensue and all the reasons she couldn’t or shouldn’t run, I predict that within the Party (if she makes her move) it will quickly be established that it is a sin, a very serious sin, to criticize her.
Getting the nomination doesn’t mean that Michelle would win the presidency, but the Republicans, no matter how well they have done in Congressional elections, are still the Gilligan’s Island party in national elections.