What if it is Jeb vs. Hillary in 2016?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have earned their frontrunner statuses by racking up endorsements, raising tons of cash and by keeping ahead of their opponents so far in the polls.

Today’s Question: What would a Jeb vs. Hillary race mean to you?

  • Sue de Nim

    I still think we should have been re-electing Hillary in 2012. Heck, we should have bee re-electing her, not Bill, in 1996. Electing men whose wives are actually better suited to be president (but for historic prejudices against women in leadership) has a long history in this country, going all the way back to John and Abigail Adams. After Hillary, maybe we’ll get to vote for Michelle Obama.

    • Gary F

      What were Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments as Secretary of State?

      • Scott

        Benghazi?

    • David P.

      I think Hilary Clinton would get at least 300 electoral votes. I think the country will continue on the road to recovery. I think the GOP will once again try to reinvent itself for 2020, but not be capable of substantive change towards the mainstream.

  • bob hicks

    It’ll mean that no matter who wins, the going price for getting elected will be established at $1 billion. Dynasties suck, but give me a Clinton dynasty over a Bush one any day.

  • Pearly

    i just threw up a little in my mouth

    • kevins

      Are you ill?

      • Gary F

        I projectile vomited on my computer screen.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    I think it will be a horse race. Both are great candidates. Many right-wingers don’t like Jeb, but will back him if it gets the nomination. Hillary is very qualified, but has to build up the likability factor. She has to be careful to shoot not herself in the foot like Al Gore did.

    • MiMg

      How did Al Gore shoot himself in the foot? The only mistake Al made was distancing himself too much from Bill (which is the SAME mistake ALL Dems made w/Obama in 10 & 14

      • Gordon near Two Harbors

        I really liked (and like) Al Gore, and voted for him. He would have made a great President, and many American service men and women would still be alive, had he been in office. That said, when campaigning, he seemed a bit arrogant and aloof to many people, and the folks advising him during his campaign did not do their job well.

  • PaulJ

    Party dynasty either way, so I suppose it’s what oppressed minority you’re rooting for; Hispanics, Catholics, or women.
    And I know which makes for a happy life (fyi- ” a happy wife”).

  • lindblomeagles

    I respect Hillary Clinton because on paper she is the most qualified Presidential Candidate the United States has had. I simply cannot think of anyone who has served the country as First Lady, US Senator, and Secretary of State. She should be easily favored to win it all, but way too many American voters place sex appeal, especially for women, ahead of substance. I think voters, especially me, in general are leery of Jeb Bush because his family’s Presidential legacies ended so poorly. Both Georges initiated two unpopular wars, two crushing recessions, and a host of domestic and international gaffes (two of them was the way they handled the Exxon Valdez spill and Hurricane Katrina) that make me and voters wonder if Jeb really has learned how to become a terrific President. With the exception of Bill’s affair with Lewinski, people still look at Bill as one of the nation’s better Presidents, so its conceivable that Hillary could be just as good, and possibly better, than Bill. But, we can’t say that about Jeb.

  • Jim G

    What if? What if today I don’t care? What if we just try to live in the present and don’t worry about events that are out of any one person’s control? Today on this beautiful morning, I am alive and I’m not going to ruin it by worrying about presidential politics. Instead, I am going to feed my soul by going on a bike ride. Have a great day.

    • MiMg

      why come in here to debate politics then?

  • whitedoggie44

    It would be great if the looney left and radical right did not corrupt potential pragmatic views of these two candidate but with the marxist bernie sanders and the religious right, I am expecting the worst. A free market capitalist system has proven to be better than any alternative, ever in history. There has never been a system that pulled more people out of global poverty, ever. In the UK, in the 1960’s and 70’s they attempted true socialism but had to be saved by the IMF until Maggie Thatcher saved the country. Tinker around the edges but be careful of unintended consequences.

    • lindblomeagles

      Let’s be careful about overstating the success of capitalism. From roughly 1800 to World War II, Great Britain did pretty well, becoming the World’s Super Power and maintaining a fairly good economy. The Chinese, at this moment, are not capitalists, but as you are aware, they are growing an economic machine currently; a machine that is taking care of more Chinese today than it has in sometime. Mankind is one of the most adaptably creative entities on this planet. Just when we think he or she are out of great ideas, some man or woman comes along and wows us! I’m not saying don’t be thankful for the blessings America has now. What I am saying is don’t get so haughty that you believe, fervently, that we, as Americans, or any other nation on this planet, are not capable of achieving the same success in some other political system.

      • whitedoggie44

        Given the UK was a major colonial power until WW2, their wealth creation was driven as much by plundering than their slow migration to socialism. As the unions got greedy and the government inept as managing business, they economy was more third world.

        As far as china, they are now 2nd, only to the US in billionaires so perhaps not pure capitalism but certainly a similarity.

        My point is there is simply no comparable system in history that has pulled so many out of poverty so quickly as the free market. Facts don’t lie.

        We may not all have our own G5 jets but the facts prove no economic system comes close to capitalism in improving living standards.

    • MiMg

      there is NO comparison with the SAINTS on the left compared to the DEVILS on the right!

      • whitedoggie44

        spoken like a ture moocher waiting for his obama check

        • MiMg

          grow up racist homophobic sexist elitist bigot

          • whitedoggie44

            your getting bitter, time to move out of nana’s basement and join the work force!

  • Tasha

    I’ll be writing in Bernie Sanders if that happens.

  • John Dilligaf

    That would be:

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  • Cat

    I will vote, but it won’t be for Jeb. I wouldn’t vote for any of the Republicans running, as they all want to control women’s medical decisions, enable pollution, give tax breaks to the wealthy, and support policies that make life harder for the most vulnerable.

  • Scptt

    Read my lips: No new Bushes.
    and
    I did not have electoral relations with that woman.

  • David P.

    A predictable choice, given current election finance law. If you don’t like the outcome, then get to work on changing the process.

  • Ron Fresquez

    The 2016 Republican Presidential Clown car is filling up fast. If you have an “R” next to your name and you can fog a mirror you are considered “Presidential Timber” in the Republican Party. Contrary to the current Republican spin, Jeb Bush is not the “Smarter Brother” My money is on the first female American President……hands down!

  • MNDoc

    Wow! The comments, barring a few, are simply amazing. How can so many voters be so so so uninformed? Lindbloeagles wrote ( a good example of so naive) ” I respect Hillary Clinton because on paper she is the most qualified
    Presidential Candidate the United States has had. I simply cannot think
    of anyone who has served the country as First Lady, US Senator, and
    Secretary of State.”
    See? The facts are clear_ do the research yourself. She fails to mention just ONE accomplishment that benefited us and the world that Hillary has had in those positions. Because? There are none. She was a failure. Libya is a failed state, Benghazi attack_ she was asleep and ignored warnings for months, she kept a personal server and then deleted emails that clearly were_ state dept business, she emailed often to a scoundrel taking his advice on Libya that even Obama refused to accept into his depts. She accepted millions from Saudi and other muslim countries as Sec. of State, she granted Sweden the exception so they could do business with Iran when the world had sanctions, because they donated millions to her Clinton Foundation!!! Pay to Play..the Clinton way is presidential?
    Jeb is just a progressive RHINO in too many ways. We do not need another lifer-politician.or another community organizer who loves the preachings of radical Saul Alinsky.

    Walker or Dr Ben Carson has he best potential. Then with Carson we would truly have the first BLACK American as president. Obama was the first bi-racial and all he has done has made America more divided by race.

    • MiMg

      Such a racist, homophobic, sexist, elitist comment “mndoc”

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      Walker? You mean that uneducated, Bible-banger who hates public employees, labor unions, and FREEDOM for ALL?