Raise your hand if you are already sick of Hillary Clinton and the 2016 presidential campaign.
Wow, that’s a lot of hands. So that means you will enjoy my latest political idea.
By popular demand, let’s hold the 2016 presidential election at the same time as the 2014 November midterms, so that our nation will not have to endure hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of attack ads. We will also be spared more than two years of headlines about Hillary Clinton’s “brain injury” stemming from a real incident in 2012.
Regarding Hillary’s health, former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove stated, “This will be an issue in the 2016 race whether she likes it or not.”
Do Republicans — all 23.7 percent of the electorate who identify with the party — believe that a respected Republican strategist speculating about the potential ill heath of a celebrated 66-year-old woman will help our party win back the White House?
Who will want to make this an issue — other Republican candidates and the conservative media? Both are wise to avoid such sensitive personal talk, remembering that what goes around comes around.
Rove may have believed that insinuating that Hillary could have suffered a “traumatic brain injury” in December 2012 would help the GOP win in 2016.
Then the media twisted his speculation (surprise!) and he was forced to clarify his comments. The headline at this site and other media outlets reads, “Rove: I ‘never’ said Hillary had brain damage but health could be a 2016 issue.”
A veteran Bush-campaign official, speaking on condition of anonymity, tells National Review Online, “Clearly Rove is planting a seed of doubt about Clinton’s age and health.”
Let’s explore the potentially dangerous 2016 minefield of age and health by asking Hillary’s infamous Benghazi question, “What difference at this point does it make?”
With apologies to James Carville — who famously coined Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign theme, “It’s the economy, stupid” — my answer is, “It’s the symbolism, stupid!”
To non-Republicans, the symbolism would be: Karl Rove, the “brain” behind Bush (whom 44 percent of Americans still blame for today’s stagnant economic conditions) is now picking on Hillary Clinton for an incident that occurred in 2012 and from which she appears fully recovered.