In the midst of being urged from a variety of directions to take a position on the Trans Pacific Partnership, police violence against black citizens and other controversial issues, Hillary Clinton has announced definitively that she will be taking a strong position against taking positions.
“For too long, candidates running for President have been harassed by the media to explain their positions on the most important matters of the day at great risk to their campaigns,” Hillary explained. “Someone has to have he courage to take a stand not to take a stand!”
Surprisingly, Secretary Clinton’s position on not taking positions appears to have bipartisan support. Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush expressed a similar position on non-positions.
“Presidents have to be deciders. They have to make the tough decisions even when they’re not popular…but…still have to stay popular to win the election,” Bush explained with a tone of uncertainty. “It’s what my brother George W, would call a “chicken in an egg” dilemma. So in the name of honoring the will of the American people to support candidates who don’t say things that could be controversial, I am strongly adopting a position of not taking positions on difficult issues.”
Most of Bush’s fellow Republican candidates are following his lead and staking out a “no positions” position. Senator Rand Paul stated, “I want voters to know where I will always not stand. A candidate is defined by the positions he or she takes which is a real problem. I’ve solved that problem just as I can solve all the rest of America’s problems. There is nothing we can’t accomplish together if we just unite behind not having opinions.”
Due to the growing adoption of this position by Republican candidates, debate organizers are re-thinking the structure they will use.
“Our real concern is that our debates may run less than five minutes with all the candidates refusing to offer opinions,” GOP Chairman Reince Priebus confessed. “We’re thinking of replacing the moderators with circus sideshow acts to keep viewers watching…but we’re worried that some of them might look more viable and beat out our candidates to win the GOP nomination. It’s a toughie!”
She isn’t running for you or me or this country, she’s running to enter the history books as the first female POTUS, whose husband was POTUS, it’s just that simple. Shes running to create for herself some misguided legacy and she’ll do whatever it takes to get there…believe it! Right now, she’s spending time attempting to seduce the latino voters but before long, she’ll be at your back door. Inevitably, she’ll hit the black churches and already her teams are soliciting funds from me via emails….yeah..about that!!! If this is my only democratic choice, I won’t vote at all!
VB, I understand how you feel. However not voting is the worst thing you can do. Bernie Sanders has an excellent agenda. If he can get elected he may be able to get some of his agenda done. I believe in Bernie. I have had the pleasure of voting for him as Rep. and Senator every time he has run. I hope I can convince people that he is the best choice we have.
Please don’t be ambivilant. Vote when the time comes.
Yesterday Gov. Shumlin of Vermont said he supports Hillary. Guess who will not be supporting him again? Me. I hope there is a primary for Governor next time.
I prefer Bernie Sanders, obviously.
Well, in the running for ‘Miss President 2016’, Miss Arkansas showed her talent is to have no talent, but is surely ready to declare that she is certainly almost definitely for World Peace!
Great article, AdLib.
Well I’ll say one thing for her, at least she has been consistent about sitting on the fence on important issues before the wind blows her off to the winning side.
You expect it from the Repubs because they don’t know their arse from their elbow, and if they do give an opinion, you will need someone fluent in BSlish to translate it.
I remember how long it took her to take sides on marriage equality after the President gave his support. Not very encouraging to have someone who is only outspoken on something that affects millions of daily lives when the only reason to support it is the future damage it could cause your political career if you voted against it. Fickle and untrustworthy just doesn’t cover it. The image she portrays is of someone who really doesn’t hold an opinion on major issues, but that she can be bought at a price to render any opinion that will benefit her and her “friends”.
Her “we were broke” after leaving the WH didn’t exactly win her any voter confidence when trying to appeal to the middle class and the people who are living from hand to mouth on a daily basis.
Surfing along on the Clinton name is just not going to cut it.
Headlines like this won’t inspire much confidence in her ability to serve those who are suffering either.
Clintons have made more than $25 million for speaking since January 2014
It didn’t take her long to vote for the war in Iraq though, did it?
Very good observations, Kalima, but IMO, she doesn’t need to say much this far out. Just look at the opposition constantly fronting the media, only to shoot themselves in the feet. When she’s ready, she’ll speak. In the meantime, I reckon that she’s fact-finding from real people to flesh out her campaign with policies that will resonate with the only people who matter, the voters. So the full-of-its-own-importance media will just have to keep talking about nothing for a while yet. It’s like episodes of Seinfeld, isn’t it?
If I were someone who might be considering voting for HC, I would certainly like to hear her opinion on current issues, and outstanding issues that have not been solved yet because of GOP opposition. I don’t think it’s just the media who want an answer, and her high and mighty attitude because she is the wife of a former president or the former SoS is quite frankly off putting. To gain respect you have to earn it, and quite honestly, what memorable thing for the sake of the country has she done?
What is she offering that differs from any other candidate that might join the race?
She needs to take a stand on issues now and not just try to distance herself from the President and the Democratic Party. One and a half years will pass quicker than we think, and if she can’t prove that the country will be better off in her hands or that she can make demanding decisions when called for, she might not see the WH again.
Who is Hillary Clinton, and what can she do to improve American lives? I have no idea who she is, do you? Maybe we should pay her for her opinions, the Clintons seem to enjoy that the most.
Well off I go, have to start on my MB updates for the morning without dozing. Yesterday our humidity was so high that I had steam coming out of the top of my head and almost launched myself on a journey to Mars.
See you soon and take care.
Hey Kalima. I do not agree at all. I don’t see Hillary’s behavior as being haughty or having a “high and mighty,” quality about it.
I see a woman who has had her hand on the pulse of the globe for quite some time now, at least much more that the average American, or any of the GOP candidates.
The memorable things she has done for America and parts of the world at large are 1, being the American first lady for 4 years, 2, serving in the US Senate and 3, serving as the Secretary of State for the United States. These achievements are not only “memorable,” but they are a part of American history.
That’s ok, KT, just my opinion, and I’ve always felt this superiority part of her character, even when she was in the WH. It wouldn’t have surprised me to catch her rolling her eyes to dismiss people. I don’t know her personally but then again, neither do you. It’s the impression I get when I see her speak for any length of time especially during the primaries of 2007/08.
By definition, Bush, Cheney and all those who supported the war in Iraq are also a part of American history, but that doesn’t mean I have to respect them or even like them, nor thank them for their service.
That’s correct Kalima. This is your opinion, and that’s fine. You have every right to hold such an opinion.
I simply don’t share that opinion.
Understood and appreciated, KT.
Will Edit and Schedule your post for Saturday soon, and thanks.
Good point PPO, and I agree. It’s still a little too soon. I do think think politicians should be much more forthcoming, but alas, this is politics in America.
At least Hillary won’t have to write her core values on the palm of her hand, to remind her of what she stood for, like Palin did.
I think that people who have followed her career over the last 10 years or so, have a good idea about what it is that she is concerned about.
Good point, Ad.
Bernie lets us know where he stands on any and all issues. Guess he is the only viable candidate, huh?