As the Republican National Committee threatened a boycott of CNN and NBC on Monday—a boycott that would happen during the run-up to the next presidential election unless both networks cancel their plans to run films about former presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Fox News would also get into the fear Hillary act during a segment on The O’Reilly Factor that aired on Monday night, where host Laura Ingraham filled in for Bill O’Reilly and discussed in detail how to beat Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
First off, Reince Priebus, chair of the RNC actually wrote letters to CNN and NBC expressing his displeasure over the Clinton films calling all of it a “thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election,” which is exactly what Priebus and the RNC are doing by reacting this way towards a potential, presidential candidate for 2016 when it is still 2013.
In both letters Priebus wrote:
“If you have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC's summer meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote of the RNC stating that the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor.”
But suppose Clinton decides not to run in 2016, because there is no guarantee that she will. So why should CNN, NBC or any other network be politically forced to model their programming around something that may or may not happen just to make the Republicans happy? Have they (Republicans) become so paranoid over a possible Clinton/female presidency that they are now making threatening demands based on nothing more than a political hunch?
Will Fox News run any specials on the Republican presidential candidates for 2016, or will any of those candidates find themselves employed by Fox or even given their own show at some point before the election in 2016? Stranger things have happened. Look no further than former presidential candidate and current Fox News employee Mike Huckabee.
Secondly, conservative pundit Laura Ingraham debated with radio host Chris Plante and Fox News contributor Ed Rollins about which candidate could actually beat Clinton.
According to Rollins, the Republican Party’s “30 top-notch governors across the county”—governors like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are great candidates to defeat Clinton.
But the most interesting thing that Rollins said was his prediction that Texas Governor Rick Perry will make a huge return as a presidential candidate in 2016.
“Someone like Rick Perry who did a great job in Texas—wasn’t a great candidate last time, but he will be a better candidate next time.”
Plante was not very high on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie labeling him as a “run-of-the-mill, establishment, big government” guy, but he (Plante) characterized Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., as the “stark contrast” to Clinton and “a very revolutionary voice.”
Ingraham weighed in with her possible candidate, Gov. Scott Walker—calling him an “understated guy, not a big bragger” with an “amazing record,” who could take on an “old, liberal lion.”
So obviously the looming threat of a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential run is keeping a lot of Republicans, conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Libertarians up long into the night.
Evidently, a lot of these individuals are anticipating the political sequel to the Obama presidency this way. Act one is the first black president. Act two is the first, white female president, and act three is another crumbling brick in the symbolic strength of the conservative’s white male-dominated society wall.
So here is what seems to be the Republican/conservative strategy to stop Clinton for now.
There will be no specials aired about Clinton, especially on network television, and the top presidential opponents that she (Clinton) will have to worry about will be Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Christ Christie bringing up the rear.
Now if this hit-or-miss, paranoid, dictating contingency of Gestapo tactics and motely crew candidates doesn’t convince Clinton to run, nothing will.