Claire McCaskill is “Ready for Hillary!”
The senior U.S. Senator from Missouri has very enthusiastically announced her support for a Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential candidacy — if she chooses to run — complete with official graphics on the Ready for Hillary Facebook page. At first blush, this seems only natural — one Democratic woman supporting another in an attempt to elect our first woman president of the United States.
Except there’s one little glitch — McCaskill isn’t exactly on Hillary’s BFF list.
Of course, politics is always the premier place for strange bedfellows, and one day’s opponent can be another day’s ally, but certain things will always remain personal:
In 2006, McCaskill said of President Bill Clinton, a decade after the Monica Lewinsky scandal:
“I think he’s been a great leader but I don’t want my daughter near him.”
But even worse if you’re seeking a spot in Hillary’s inner circle is that McCaskill was one of Barack Obama’s lead surrogates in the fight against Hillary in 2008:
“This is not an easy decision for me. I have deep respect for Hillary Clinton. She’s a smart woman and a strong leader, but at this moment in history it is very important that we look forward with optimism and hope that we’ve not been able to gin up in this country for a while.”
So if you were Hillary, could you forgive and forget those slams to gain help in a state that grows increasingly red every election cycle? By jumping on the “Ready for Hillary” bandwagon now — as the first Democrat in Congress to do so — this is clearly McCaskill’s way of apologizing to Hillary.
But does former Madam Secretary need McCaskill? Clinton is a pragmatist. And if she thinks McCaskill can help her win the White House in 2016, if she runs, there’s no doubt she will do that. But Hillary has a loooong memory. If I were McCaskill, I wouldn’t be holding my breath about her support meaning there will be a positive balance in the Clinton favor bank.
Joanne Bamberger is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Broad Side. She was formerly known around these internet parts as PunditMom, but now she is trying to be herself. She is the author of Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America (an Amazon.com bestseller and now available in E-book form!). She was recently awarded the Campaigns & Elections Magazine/CampaignTech 2013 Advocacy Innovator Award for her research and writing on the power and influence of women online. She makes no secret of the fact that she hopes Hillary Clinton will be the next POTUS.
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