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Conservatives: Hillary is the Democrat We Want to Run Against

Hillary Clinton formal portrait

The establishment media and the Left (but I repeat myself) have already anointed Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States; in fact one NPR analyst said she was probably unstoppable and that it was very, very unlikely anyone could beat her.

Conservatives should embrace this narrative of Hillary Clinton’s inevitability as the Democrat nominee because, far from being their strongest candidate, Secretary Clinton represents everything that a substantial majority of Americans dislike and fear about what has happened to this country during the Obama years.

And Mrs. Clinton’s announcement message, strangely similar to Jeb Bush’s in its emphasis on economics and those “left behind” in the Obama economy, did nothing to address or separate her from what is probably the greatest discontent of today’s electorate – the stifling omnipresence of Obama-style Big Government.

According to a poll by the Gallup organization conducted March 5-8, 2015, Americans continue to name the government (18%) as the most important U.S. problem, a distinction it has had for the past four months. Americans' mentions of the economy as the top problem (11%) dropped, leaving it tied with jobs (10%) for second place. And two-thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.

Perhaps this is why Mrs. Clinton cast her announcement as an opportunity to “reintroduce herself to voters” and began to lay out the central theme of her candidacy: improving the economic fortunes of the middle class, with an emphasis on increasing wages and reducing income inequality.

This left-wing populism may appeal to the Occupy Wall Street crowd, but I doubt Mrs. Clinton can escape her participation in the Obama administration and the decisions that caused two-thirds of Americans to be dissatisfied with the direction of the country.

Nor can she escape her long association with the worldview, ideas and the policies that led Obama and the Democrats to pass Obamacare and its job-killing mandates, back the immigration policies that have destroyed the quality of life for millions of Americans, and the environmental policies that have frozen business investment and job prospects in coal-belt America.

And then there’s her long association with the bizarre menagerie of far-left interest groups; abortion advocates, racial preference lobbies and lifestyle choice organizations pushing same-sex marriage, open borders and special rights for every group that can somehow distinguish themselves from mainstream American culture and social mores.

Those interests, especially far-left feminists, homosexual rights advocates and restrictionist environmental advocates, are Hillary Clinton’s base because they all thrive on and require Big Government mandates to force their agenda on a country that still, by substantial margins, embraces free markets and traditional values – and she wasn’t bashful in appealing to them in her announcement.

These groups have all prospered under Obama, and Hillary Clinton’s made an implied promise to them of the third term of Obama to come to closure on issues such as amnesty for illegal aliens, single-payer healthcare and government allocation of banking, investment and credit.

But those interests are all at odds with the two-thirds of Americans who are dissatisfied with the direction of the country.

Hillary Clinton may indeed be the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee, but she is hardly the inevitable President – if Republicans will reject the professional political class’ calls to nominate a Republican, such as Jeb Bush, who is virtually indistinguishable from her on a so many key issues.

Establishment Republicans are all running around asking each other “How are we going to beat Hillary?”

The question limited government constitutional conservatives and other liberty loving voters should be asking is not “How are we going to beat Hillary?”

It is “How are we going to nominate a candidate who shares our values to oppose her?”

Because let’s face it, if Republicans nominate another Mitt Romney type establishment Republican, like Jeb Bush or Chris Christie, they are going to lose just like Romney lost.

When Republicans nominate a candidate who campaigned on the conservative principles that hold together the conservative coalition, social conservatives, economic conservatives, national security conservatives, they won three landslide presidential elections: 1980, 1984, and 1988.

And when they added the limited government constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party movement they won two landslide midterm congressional elections in 2010 and 2014.

But, when they set those principles aside as they did in 1992, 1996, 2008, and 2012—they lost—big time.

Hillary Clinton is the candidate of Big Government and far-left social change. And Clinton strikes fear in the hearts of establishment Republicans, because deep down inside many of them have no problem with, or even share, her agenda, and they are incapable of campaigning against her on conservative principles.

The result is establishment Republicans have already begun to frame a content-free campaign focused on her scandals – which do hurt her credibility – but which won’t provide an alternative to her far-left agenda for voters.

Conservatives, on the other hand, should welcome the Clinton candidacy.

Hillary Clinton is the perfect foil for a campaign run on reclaiming limited constitutional government, traditional values and peace through strength. Two-thirds of Americans are already dissatisfied with the direction of the country, what they need, and are looking for, is a candidate who will provide a clear conservative alternative to the third term of Obama that Hillary Clinton offered on Sunday.

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