Although it’s hard just to pronounce this man’s name, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus told host David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” he doubts whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will seek the presidency in 2016.
It’s difficult to find sound reasoning in his volunteered statement. To stir Hillary’s fire a bit more, he added there isn’t one GOP candidate that fears her. "Given the month she just had, I doubt whether or not she will run for president in 2016. I know a lot of people around her want her to run, and I think that they're purposely creating this environment around here which is causing us to talk about her today."
Apparently Priebus has taken on the role of “drive-by antagonist.” It could have been his political strategy of taking the heat off strategist Karl Rove who stumbled through accusations of Clinton’s mental health earlier in the week.
Rove’s comments made great fodder for Hillary’s husband, former president Bill Clinton. He shrugged off Rove’s comments saying Hillary was in "better shape" than him. He was quick to acknowledge though that a candidate’s health is fair game.
The Rove remarks were the least of Hillary’s worries this week. She has been under rising criticism for her handling of the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Now that charge has extended to the present day Boko Haram terrorist organization which kidnapped nearly 300 Nigerian teenaged girls from their school and threatening to sell them.
Under Secretary of State Clinton, she refused to designate Boko Haram, affiliated with al-Qaida, as a terror organization. Since she left the State Department, the group has been given that designation.
It doesn’t stop there. Clinton's age is now an issue. She will turn 69 years old two weeks before the 2016 election. Ronald Reagan was only eight months older than that when he ran for office in 1980.
Priebus said the former first lady's history will be an issue should she decide to run. "I think Hillary is a known product. Actually, I think it's sometimes worse running against a blank slate. Hillary has decades of history for us to explore."
Gregory again brought up Ms. Clinton’s health to which Priebus said, "I'm not a doctor, what I do know is the issue will come up as it does for any person running for president. What I think is going to make her rethink whether she should actually run for president? She's coming out with a book called "Hard Choices" or something like that. She's made a series of bad choices."
It’s safe to say the Republican National Chairman will not be invited to the Clinton Christmas party.
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