Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer offered a bold prediction Monday when he said potential 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is “easily beatable.”
“I expect her to win the nomination hands down,” Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“It won’t be a coronation, it will be a worship service at the Democratic Convention. But I don’t expect her to win the general election.”
Show host Bill O’Reilly seemed stunned.
Krauthammer cited George Bush’s 1988 election after two successful terms with Ronald Reagan.
“Historically, if you go back to Eisenhower, only once has a party held the White House for two terms and then won it again in the third,” Krauthammer said.
“That was a reward for the most successful presidency in half a century. I would not categorize the Obama presidency as the most successful.”
Krauthammer noted a Bloomberg poll conducted a few days ago that showed 39 percent of Americans polled said they would definitely not vote for Clinton, while only 17 percent said they would definitely vote for her.
Besides, Hillary is an “old candidate” politically speaking, he said, and people “know who she is” – which isn’t an asset, in her case.
“What is it about her that voters, 39 percent don’t like?” O’Reilly asked.
“I think it’s two things, actually. The first is the glaring inauthenticity. When people hear her speak, they go way back to the ‘90s. They hear all the parsing of words, they hear the whole Clinton litany, and they get instantly fatigued; that’s the 39 percent,” Krauthammer explained.
Not every political expert agrees with Krauthammer.
Conservative columnist Myra Adams wrote an article for the National Review Monday titled, “Five reasons why Hillary wins 2016.” In it, Adams agreed that Clinton is a worn-out candidate who has accumulated more political baggage than accomplishments during her long tenure as a career politician.
But even with an abysmal record, Adams believes Clinton can garner enough emotional support from the American electorate to make her potential presidential candidacy a frightening reality.
Krauthammer, however, remains optimistic when it comes to the general election.
“I think it’s close,” he said.
“I would give [Clinton] somewhere under a 50 percent chance. But I think if the Republicans can put up a dynamic candidate, I think she is easily beaten.”
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