Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) may have dominated headlines over the past week, but it’s a series of delightful tales about soon-to-be candidate Hillary Clinton that are sure to keep the 2016 election in the news in the coming weeks.
In a new book by Kate Andersen Brower, titled "The Residence: Inside the World of the White House," the author offers numerous previously unknown stories about America’s first families–from the Kennedys to the Obamas.
Brower’s book provides an array of interesting insights, but the stories that will fascinate conservatives the most are, unsurprisingly, about the Clintons.
[sharequote align="center"]Hillary, like she always has, presents herself in a manner that is about as cuddly as a cactus.[/sharequote]
Perhaps the most outrageous tale allegedly occurred in the midst of the Monica Lewinski scandal. One source from inside the White House reveals in the book that in a fit of extreme frustration with President Bill Clinton’s ridiculous antics, Hillary battered him over the head so hard that Bill needed stitches and the presidential bed was left covered in blood.
You can’t make this stuff up.
While the former senator and secretary of state is used to being in the spotlight, it’s stories like these that will surely provide some bumps in the road toward becoming America’s first female president.
Most of the early polling, which means little at this stage of the game, shows Clinton has a commanding lead over the top Republican challengers expected to be in the 2016 race.
Fox News’ most recent poll shows only former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a fighting chance against Clinton, with the two in a statistical tie.
But Clinton’s early 2016 success has a lot more to do with her pals in the mainstream media bailing her out of numerous scandals, including her most recent debacle: explaining how nearly 30,000 e-mails, some of which were related to the Benghazi investigation, magically disappeared.
Once Mrs. Clinton is forced to answer what is sure to be a constant barrage of questions about Benghazi, her various other failures at the Department of State, and her connection to the now unpopular Obamacare program (don’t forget that HillaryCare came first), her popularity is sure to take a dip.
It’s not like Hillary beating Bill over the head with a book is going to significantly damage her chances of winning in 2016, but against the right opponent, stories like these could play a significant role in highlighting Clinton’s greatest flaw: her personality.
Despite all of the “I’m ready for Hillary” bumper stickers, Democrats elected to go with a relatively unknown one-term senator from Illinois over what was originally thought to be an obvious choice in Hillary Clinton in 2008. This isn’t because then-candidate Obama’s policies were significantly different from Clinton’s. In fact, they were virtually identical. The only reason Clinton lost and Obama won was because Obama had a much more likable persona.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses with her new book, 'Hard Choices' during a book signing at a Barnes & Noble on June 10, 2014 in New York City. Clinton has published the book in what many believe is the beginning of another bid for the presidency. (Credit Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Hillary, like she always has, presents herself in a manner that is about as cuddly as a cactus. And in case you didn’t know, more likable candidates beat their opponents far more often than they lose in important national campaigns.
It is for this reason that it is vital conservative Republicans pick a likable candidate to represent the GOP in the 2016 race. While candidates like Cruz and Paul excite the conservative wing of the party, they also turn off a lot of right-center and moderate voters who may otherwise choose a compassionate conservative over Clinton.
Sure, watching Clinton squirm against Cruz in a presidential debate is practically a fantasy for many pro-liberty Americans, but in the long run, conservatives would be much better off with a candidate who presents himself or herself in a way that is diametrically opposed to Clinton.
Whether we like it or not, personality—not policy—is often the determining factor in a close race, and this race is not one conservatives, or the nation, can afford to lose.
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