FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
While her party was being tarred and feathered at the polls Tuesday, secretary of state and former first lady, senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was 9,000 miles away on the other side of the world. How convenient.
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She attended a women's empowerment conference in Papua, New Guinea this week. Clinton knows a thing or two about empowerment.
Meanwhile, back in the states, her husband, the former president, was campaigning like a madman. He made more than 100 appearances around the country on behalf of Democrats leading into the midterm election.
Why? Surely he could read the polls as well as anyone. Democrats got the beating everybody knew they would get. So why was the former president racing around in a losing cause?
Was it payback for the IOUs collected when Hillary was running two years ago? Or was it, perhaps, creating some new IOUs of his own on behalf of his wife?
It's an intriguing question. And there's certainly some appetite within the Democratic party for a primary challenger for the president, with some polls suggesting as many as half of Democrats want that to happen.
Unless the economy turns around and there are jobs to be had, Obama could be had in 2012. And what a rematch it would be. Think Ali-Frazier. Toe to toe for 15 rounds until both are too tired to stand.
Hey, we can dream can't we? And if you want to get real silly, what if the Republicans nominated Sarah Palin?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I think Obama's heart is in the right place, and he talks a good game, but he's been naive and weak, and the Republicans have preyed upon that. Hillary would be a stronger president who would be better able to stand up to Republican bullying.
Michael in Texas writes:
Yes, Hillary should run so we can have a Republican president again.
Hillary in Texas writes:
Hillary Clinton vs. Sarah Palin? Really, Jack? In your heart, you know who would win that. I don't care how badly tarnished the Democrats are right now. Maybe the Clintons are preparing to run against Obama. You guys would love the TV ratings for that and after all that is all the media really cares about.
I think the only way to keep the presidency from falling into the Republicans' lap is if Hillary runs. Obama doesn't stand a chance unless he starts performing miracles for the next two years, and I really don't see that happening.
Jeff in Minnesota writes:
If she feels she can do a better job, why shouldn't she challenge him? It happens all the time in private industry. It's not illegal. So why not?
I love Hillary Clinton and think she is an amazing leader. I supported her throughout the nomination and I still would rather have had her be our current commander-in-chief. That being said, the only way that Hillary should run for president in 2012 is if Obama steps down and decides not to run for re-election.
Toni in South Carolina writes:
I hope she will! We didn't want her in 2008 but we sure need her now! Boy, are we paying now. We need someone with a backbone in office. Please, Hillary, run!
Lene in Illinois writes:
Jack, Are you trying to give me nightmares?