What Makes Hillary Run?

I know some day Hillary will announce she is running. I checked with the odds in Vegas and the chances are good. As the days go by and we wait with bated breath, however, some members of the Justaminutemen keep seeking to penetrate one of the great mysteries of our times: Why?

Why does Hillary want to be President?

Is she one of those political people once out of the limelight it as if somebody stepped on their air hose? But Hillary is already famous, a rock star, a super personage who always draws a crowd wherever she goes. Competent, smart, attractive, she is an inspiration to women everywhere in the world. What does she still have to prove?

She doesn’t need the money. If anything, winning the presidency will mean a considerable pay cut. She gets so many of the perks of office now, the private jets, the stretch limos, the fawning from sponsors of her talks, without any one checking her expense account and ethics of seeming to be in the pockets of foreign groups paying for the way of life she has become accustomed to.

Excuse the crassness, but what’s in it for her?

Does she miss the thrill and excitement of being attacked in the media for her well-known style of personal governance? The current email scandal may be part of a pathological need for a lack of transparency. Some day we might learn she has a gene for secrecy, a compulsion that makes her not want the world to know whether she had a tuna fish or egg salad sandwich for lunch.

Do we need to have the Republicans doing their BenghaziBenghaziBenghazi again again again? It might go down in political campaign history with “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.”

Does she need to have the Republicans questioning her patriotism, as they have been doing with even less reason to President Obama. You can’t teach an old elephant new tricks.

Why, we Justaminutemen ask again, is she really running? If that indeed is her game plan.

Is it just nostalgia for her olde Washington home? Is she sick and tired of living in Chappaqua, which we can more than understand? Suburban life can be a drag.

Did she hide something back in the attic at the White House? Does she want, for example, to find some lost emails?

Does she owe somebody or some big bank, hedge fund operator, Wall Street player a favor left over from the last Clinton administration that only she can redeem, so help her God?

Is she fulfilling some ancient prophecy, like her mother telling her she could grow up to be president some day?

Is it because she owes her party an obligation? Who else is available, a situation caused by her future candidacy sucking the air out of the political atmosphere, retarding the normal growth of presidential ambition the last four years?

Is it all of the above?

Or none of the above?

We mean really deep down, shorn of campaign rhetoric and the usual partisan animus, is there some philosophical, teleological, or metaphysical reason why she needs to be President?

Now we are not questioning her sense of duty. She has served her country well, done whatever the president asked her to do as Secretary of State, even if they had difference of opinion

She has taken the slings and arrows that go with public office. She has been the good soldier, suffering through the Monica period of American history. Keeping a stiff upper lip and keeping a marriage together, nobody can play the divorce card if she ever decided to run for president.

Without meaning to be a Cassandra, we ask does she really want to let the founding father of the Clinton dynasty near the Oval Office again? As the ancient Greeks might have put it, Bill suffers from a malady known as Achilles penis.

Does she have some miracle nostrum that will lead the country through multiple crisis at home and abroad, something that will save us from Armageddon in the Middle East, something only she can do, especially without the help of Republicans who will be even more dedicated to making sure nothing gets done. They will make the obstructionism of the Obama Years seem like the era of good feeling and mutual cooperation.

Is there a Plan A or a Plan B you will like to tell us about now before the election? Or just Plan C:
Elect me/
And we will see.

In short, is there something she knows and we don’t know about why she really wants to be President?

We realize it would be a shock to the party if after this period of exploring her options and consulting with her most trusted money people, and searching her soul as she slouches her way to Pennsylvania Avenue, she concluded: “Well, dawg gone it, it just ain’t worth all the deprivation and pain and loss of income and reputation. It would be the equivalent of LBJ renouncing office in the 1968 election. But the Republic did not fall.

Whatever her reason or reasons, we hope she will be explaining exactly why she is running when the curtain finally goes up on the already long running first act of “The Hillary Clinton Cometh” drama, if she is indeed running. In politics, as they say, nothing is certain except death and taxes.

Given her well-known penchant for secrecy, we might never get to know. We’ll just have to read the book.

This message is not approved by the Hillary for President in 2016 and 2020 Committee.

Marvin Kitman
For the Justaminutemen
March 18, 2015

Marvin Kitman is the author of “The Making of the Preƒident 1789.” “George Washington’s Expense Account” by Gen. George Washington and Marvin Kitman PFC (Ret.) was the best-selling expense account in publishing history.

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