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Newt Gingrich: If Hillary Clinton Runs In 2016, Republicans 'Incapable Of Competing'

9:30 am - 12/10/2012
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regularly brushes off the idea of a 2016 presidential bid. But if she were to run, at least one prominent Republican thinks his party would be completely outmatched.

"The Republican party is incapable of competing at that level," Gingrich said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press."

"First of all, she's very formidable as a person," he said. "She's a very competent person. She's married to the most popular Democrat in the country; they both think [it] would be good for her to be president. It makes it virtually impossible to stop her for the nomination."

In addition to having Bill Clinton's support, Hillary Clinton would also have the backing of President Barack Obama, who will still be a "relatively popular president," Gingrich added. "Trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl."

Most people agree with Gingrich's assessment. A recent Washington Post poll found that 57 percent of people would support Clinton as a 2016 presidential candidate.

By Jennifer Bendery. Posted: 12/09/2012 11:38 am EST | Updated: 12/09/2012 10:54 pm EST

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spicytoys 10th-Dec-2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
I hope she runs.
darth_eldritch 10th-Dec-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
mysid 10th-Dec-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
If Hillary Clinton runs again, I think my dad's head would explode.
kitanabychoice 10th-Dec-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Clinton/Warren 2016, plz! XD
pennylane101 10th-Dec-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
there are a number of people on the dem side that would be great. the GOP on the other hand...
callmetothejedi 10th-Dec-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see her run. :)
ahzheejhei 10th-Dec-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
I thought she was planning on not running after trying in 2008...?
seasontoseason 11th-Dec-2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
she's had like a 30 year plan for white house takeover-- methinks she will run
365reasonswhy 10th-Dec-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
...who will still be a "relatively popular president," Gingrich added.

So now they're finally going to stop pretending that somehow it's a fact he'll go down in history as the worst President ever?
squeeful 10th-Dec-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Ten to one bet they're going to spin it as "he was horrible and destroyed Amurica, but conned the populace into ~loving him via sekret Kenyan Muslim superpowers."
cindyanne1 10th-Dec-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
I would love it if she ran!
missjersey 10th-Dec-2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
She just seems so stressed. She's done so much as the Secretary of State but she's said it every time the issue gets brought up that she's not going to run.
scolaro 10th-Dec-2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
"relatively popular president" my ass.
She should totally run. I'd love to see a landslide win and more republican butthurt.
pennylane101 10th-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
i can see it.
squeeful 10th-Dec-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I fail to see a problem with Republicans being shown as the impotent fucks they are.
defacetheessays 10th-Dec-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
haha exactly
zinnia_rose 10th-Dec-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Welp, clearly the Republicans were incapable of competing with Obama (TWICE, no less), so it's no big surprise that they couldn't compete with Hillary Clinton either...
executivehpfan 11th-Dec-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
I have this image in my head of Boehner and McConnell running around Capitol Hill pulling their hair out and screaming, "HOW THE FUCK DID THE NEGRO MANAGE TO BEAT US TWICE?"
urplesquirrel 10th-Dec-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I think she means it when she says she doesn't plan to run, but I would love her as a president. Competent, intelligent, and takes no shit... She'd get stuff well sorted out.
veidt 10th-Dec-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Other than Hillary, who else seems to be in the running for a Dem nominee in 2016? I'm assuming that right now the two that seem to be likely to run are Biden and Cuomo. Anyone know who else might run?

Edited at 2012-12-10 09:52 pm (UTC)
pennylane101 10th-Dec-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
they should just hand it to her. fuck the primaries tbh
a_phoenixdragon 10th-Dec-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Gods. So...am I waiting for Hilary now?! CAN WE HAZ HILARY NOW?!
sio 10th-Dec-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
i would LOVE to see Hillary as the first Madam President of the US. i would just be in such glee if she ran and especially if she won.
valarltd 10th-Dec-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
She has said she doesn't want to. And the more she says no, the more people pressure her to run.

Rape culture as applied to politics, where she's seen as the desirable candidate BECAUSE she said No.
kitanabychoice 11th-Dec-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
Rape culture as applied to politics, where she's seen as the desirable candidate BECAUSE she said No.

o_O I thought we saw her as a desirable candidate because she's pretty awesome and qualified, what with all her experience. I'm sorry, this is a weird statement. I don't think a subset of the populace wishing she would run is akin to rape culture. Rape culture applied to politics would be Hillary not wanting to run, being forced to run, and then being unhappy and being blamed for it because she "didn't protest enough" against running in the first place.
imperialshotgun 10th-Dec-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
Hillary will turn 69 years old in 2016. She'd make a great president but only the GOP run candidates that old.

Biden will turn 74, he won't run either.
agentsculder 10th-Dec-2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people are forgetting how old she is. Do I think she could be a great president at that age? Absolutely. But it is up there in terms of age for POTUS.

My mom figures that if Chelsea has a couple kids, then maybe Hillary will decide she'd rather spend time with them than spend at least four years dealing with all the crap associated with being president.
wrestlingdog 10th-Dec-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Personally I don't think she'll run. That being said, I'd vote for her in a hot second, and it'd be glorious to see her wipe the floor with the Republicans.
awfulbliss 10th-Dec-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
People are vastly overstating her popularity. SOS is for the most part well-insulated from the typical DC politics and scrutiny of the press and others. She would be dragged down like any politician in America if she runs, lowering her high ratings. Republicans will more than likely have a very good ticket in '16, talk of a blowout is just laughable. It's pretty clear she would be the top choice for the party and if I had to bet money on it, I would bet that she'd win the Presidency, but this idea it'd be like '84 or something is misplaced.

Edited at 2012-12-10 10:41 pm (UTC)
sesmo 11th-Dec-2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Who do you think the Republicans will run? Unless the Tea Party crazy winds down in the next four years, and I'm not seeing that, it's going to be someone hyperconservative. I just don't see any up & coming Republican candidates that could make it through the primaries without being nuts.
baked_goldfish 10th-Dec-2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure Gingrich is a) trying to make sure people keep hearing his name, and b) lowering expectations for any prospective GOP candidate and raising expectations for Clinton if she does choose to run.
tabaqui 11th-Dec-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
I would love to see her as candidate/President, but I don't think she'll run. It's past damn time we had a woman president, though.
anolinde 11th-Dec-2012 01:28 am (UTC)
It's embarrassing how many countries have had a female president before us (not to mention all the countries that have way better female representation in their governments).
veracity 11th-Dec-2012 02:04 am (UTC)
I kind of want her to run and I kind of don't.

I want her to run on a purely selfish level of knowing she'd get shit done. But I don't because it seems like she's getting over the whole political power games, since she's just barreling through stuff now. I don't want her to go down as ineffective because Congress will make the biggest deal ever that a female has power, after all they've done and do to strip away rights. That makes me tired just thinking about it.
angry_chick 11th-Dec-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
alryssa 11th-Dec-2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Warren/Grayson: The Dynamic Duo

just think of all the Batfamily-related puns we could make
redstar826 11th-Dec-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
when did Clinton become so popular? I mean, I know she came close in '08, but at that time, it seemed like a lot people still didn't really care for her
awfulbliss 11th-Dec-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
SOS is considered a fairly high-minded, above the fray position. It is easier to build up your popularity in this type of position rather than being an elected official with a paper trail. I would imagine hardly anyone in the country could name a specific accomplishment of hers during her tenure...clearly she has a good record as SOS, but media coverage of the position is basically just photo-ops with foreign dignitaries. Condoleezza Rice's approval rating in '06 was over 60% even while Bush's foreign policy/Presidency in general was unraveling.
hinoema 11th-Dec-2012 04:46 am (UTC)
Not Clinton. Too hawkish, and I still remember her campaign against Obama.
rkt 12th-Dec-2012 06:08 am (UTC)

also, i'm not here for oligarchy.
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