Do Democrats Have Voter Remorse

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  1. American View profile image60
    American Viewposted 11 years ago

    I was in another forum where Habee made an interesting post about it is time for a woman to be President. I agree that it would be cool for a woman to be President, but it got me to wondering.

    Do you think the Democrats regret picking Obama instead of Hillary back in 2008? I think Hillary would have done a better job, not that it would have been easier, I just think she would have been better

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      PrettyPantherposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I am curious.  What do you think that Hillary would have done differently from Obama that would constitute doing a better job?

      1. American View profile image60
        American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this


        Good question. My answer is only speculation because there is no way we will ever know.

        But I think Hillary has stronger convictions the President Obama. I believe she is a much stronger leader than Obama. I did not think she was a good choice for Secretary of State. I believed that she was not strong enough on foreign policy, Bill wasn't. And while she may have stumbled a few times in the beginning, that was just the learning curve for being on a new job. Everybody gets that. But she learned from it, she expanded and got stronger. As she represents our country she is quite stern in getting her point across, she doesn't take the it's my way or the highway attitude as she talks with foreign dignitaries on some very touchy issues. She's been tested with everything that is going on the Middle East. All the civil wars in the Middle East, the war on terror from our country, and several other international crisis that has popped up on her watch. Not one time did she kicked the can down the road on anything. She has met with world leaders and dealt with issue at hand.

        If Obama thinks that Republicans in Congress are obstructing, it is a walk in the park compared to the obstructing Hillary deals with everyday with world leaders.

        I also believe she would work across the aisles much better than President Obama does. She got to watch firsthand during her husband's administration the work that was accomplished with both sides were willing to work together. They were very strong differences then as there are now, but issues were addressed as they came up. Welfare reform at the time the very difficult piece of legislation, but Republicans and Democrats despite their differences came up with an excellent plan that lowered the welfare ranks, put people back to work, basically lowering the dependence on federal government.

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          PrettyPantherposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          So, in a nutshell, you think she would be tougher, but also would work better across the aisle.  You didn't mention anything about how her policies would differ from Obama's.

          When they were running in the primaries, their stated policies were quite similar, so I have a hard time imagining that the current crop of Republican legislators would have behaved any differently with Hillary Clinton than they have with Obama.  I mean, they claim it is all about policy and not obstructionism, right? 

          Besides, have you forgotten the constant barrage of criticism Hillary Clinton used to receive from the right?  The only reason the right is suddenly enamored of her is because she is Not Obama.

          I have no remorse.  I would have been okay with Clinton as president, but I still think Obama was the better choice.

          1. Uninvited Writer profile image78
            Uninvited Writerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

            I agree. I remember thinking in 2008 that I hoped it wouldn't be Hilary because they wouldn't let her get any work done and would be attacking Bill. No doubt they would have reopened the Whitewater investigation. Things would be exactly the same as they are now in my opinion.

          2. American View profile image60
            American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this


            I do not think one could nail it to just she would be tougher or she would work better across the aisle, there is much more to her character than that.

            It's true Republicans would've given her a hard time but let's face it matter who the Democratic nominee was they were going to get a hard time, just like the Democrats gave Bush a hard time and were relentless. That's a part of politics and if you're feathers cannot take getting ruffled, then politics is the wrong job for them.

            The main difference is that I believe Hillary learns from her mistakes. Like I said in the earlier comment, she made mistakes when she first with Secretary of State, but she learned from them. On several foreign policy issues when she saw a change was needed she would come up with other ideas, which of course led to several instances where she Obama had differences of opinions on foreign policy including the bin Laden raid which she was instantly in favor of but Obama was not.

            During the 2008 campaign, they did have many issues in common but they also had a number of issues where they were different. One major difference between the two of them was on the green energy policies. Hillary a much more cautious tone on green energy were Obama was willing to gamble farm, and we know how that's turning out. So the first policy difference is I don't believe Hillary would've lost anywhere near the amount of money that Obama did on all those failed investments.

            Next major difference would have been last year when the raising the debt ceiling argument was occurring. For the most part Hillary is pretty silent on the debt ceiling issue because her belief was to not raise it and opposition goes back to when her husband was president. Another part of what occurred last year was if the super committee could not come up with certain cuts, then there was large automatic cuts to the defense budget. That never would've occurred under Hillary, her belief is a strong military, that does not mean she is for war because she is not, but she understands why there needs to be a strong military. Several times while as Senator from New York she has quoted a well regarded man.

            "We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed." ...... JFK

            Further, I believe she would've presented sensible budgets that would have been passed, and even if she received a lot of resistance to her proposals, I would bet anything that Democrats would have backed her and voted for it. Remember the last two budgets that Obama put forward not one Democrat voted for, not one.

            And last your question about having a hard time matching that the Republican legislators would have behaved any differently, I can't argue much with that because it's probably true. But I would say this, with my beliefs that she would've reached out looking for solutions leading and giving ideas of her own, I think she would've gotten more respect from the Republicans than this president has gotten. Remember the old saying, you have to give respect to get it. This President just no respect to anyone, just ask those fellow Democrats who disagreed with Obama.

            Do I think that if Hillary was president we would be in Rosey Land today? No, there's no doubt that things would not be perfect, and of course is no real way of knowing that she would have made the moves that would make the economy better than it is today. But I truly think she would've made a better effort, I believe when she realized certain moves were not working, she would have adapted, not to say she would have done what the Republicans want her to do, but I do believe she would change course and try something else. To me that is the biggest problem with this President, his inability to recognize or if he does recognize his inability to admit something didn't work quite the way he wanted. The closest he came was his comment "I guess the shovel ready jobs were not so shovel ready". But I ask you, what has he done to change that? He keeps coming back with the same failed program or failed policy and blame everybody else why did not work.

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              PrettyPantherposted 11 years agoin reply to this

              Eh, most of what you say is pure speculation, and I take issue with some of it, especially your characterization of Obama as not reaching out for solutions.  The Affordable Health Care Act, for example, is almost identical to Republican proposals offered up in previous years, even though Obama himself would have preferred something along the lines of Medicare for all.

              Anyway, if we are still here on Hubpages in 2016, we will find out how well Hillary Clinton is received by conservatives as well as whether or not she is perceived to be any better at working with Republicans.  wink

              1. American View profile image60
                American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this


                First thing I said was "My answer is only speculation because there is no way we will ever know." You then asked "You didn't mention anything about how her policies would differ from Obama's." I did so and then you say "Eh, most of what you say is pure speculation, and I take issue with some of it" Not sure where you are going with that.

                Hillary will not run in 2016, she has missed her window. She will be 69 or 70 then.

                Obama reached out for solutions on Obama? Really, a legislation purely 100% all made by Democrats without any input from Republicans becasue they would not allow it. Then Pelosi says "if you want to know whats in it you have to vote for it. Today there are lees people insured then ever, one of the provisions has many on the Medicare program that should not be there and they are draining the system from the elderly. Insurance policy rates are increasing at a faster pace than before Obamacare due to the mandates, taxes and regulations levied on the providers. I know you have heard of the warning in the news about the huge increase coming in January to cover what is about to happen in Obamacare on 1-2013.

                I would love to see those Republican proposals that were offered up that were identical to Obamacare.

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                  PrettyPantherposted 11 years agoin reply to this

                  I do not have a lot of time, but probably the most well-know conservative idea to be included in the Affordable Care Act is the individual mandate to buy health insurance, which we all know is now demonized by Republicans.

                  "The tale begins in the late 1980s, when conservative economists such as Mark Pauly, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of business, were searching for ways to counter liberal calls for government-sponsored universal health coverage.

                  “We wanted to find an alternative that was more consistent with market-oriented economic ideas and would involve less government intervention,” Pauly said.

                  His solution: a system of tax credits to ensure that all Americans could purchase at least bare-bones “catastrophic” coverage.

                  Pauly then proposed a mandate requiring everyone to obtain this minimum coverage, thus guarding against free-riders: people who refuse to buy insurance and then, in a crisis, receive care whose costs are absorbed by hospitals, the government and other consumers.

                  Heath policy analysts at the conservative Heritage Foundation, led by Stuart Butler, picked up the idea and began developing it for lawmakers in Congress.

                  By 1993, when President Bill Clinton was readying his major health-care overhaul bill, the Heritage approach — subsidizing and facilitating the purchase of private health plans, while using the individual mandate to maximize participation — had gelled as the natural Republican alternative.

                  Then-Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.) formally proposed it in a bill that attracted 20 Republican co-sponsors; the bill foundered once Clinton’s effort unraveled. But the idea of the mandate gained currency in the ensuing years as Democrats chastened by the failure of the Clinton plan began considering new solutions more likely to attract bipartisan support."

         … ts-a-guide

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                  1. American View profile image60
                    American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this

                    "Stuart Butler, one of the lead health-policy experts at the Heritage Institute, explains why he changed his mind on the individual mandate:

                    First, health research and advances in economic analysis have convinced people like me that an insurance mandate isn’t needed to achieve stable, near-universal coverage. For example, the new field of behavioral economics taught me that default auto-enrollment in employer insurance plans can lead many people to buy coverage without a requirement.
                    Also, advances in “risk adjustment” tools are improving the stability of voluntary insurance. And Heritage-funded research on federal employees’ coverage — which has no mandate — caused me to conclude we had made a mistake in the 1990s. That’s why we believe that President Obama and others are dead wrong about the need for a mandate.

                    Additionally, the meaning of the individual mandate we are said to have “invented” has changed over time. Today it means the government makes people buy comprehensive benefits for their own good, rather than our original emphasis on protecting society from the heavy medical costs of free riders."

                    Now you can say they changed their mind that it was the wrong way to go because of Obama, but they decided it was wrong long before he became President.  They even had an alternative plan going back to 2006 that it should be the states be the ones to take care of the insurance issue and the federal government should stay out.

    2. Friendlyword profile image60
      Friendlywordposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hillary Clinton will be the first female President.  It just wasn't her turn this time. Who in the world could deny Hillary next time.  She's  more than just the best women for the job; she brings Bill back with her!

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image78
        Uninvited Writerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        She will be 69 in 2016...

  2. Xenonlit profile image60
    Xenonlitposted 11 years ago

    When will Hillary stop having her minions campaigning for her? This is infuriating and tiresome. She will never be elected because it takes a majority of voters, not a majority of Hillary fans to elect a president.

    I am irritated that the sitting president, who did it despite everything the Democrats could do to stop him, is having to deal with a slick politician who does not stand a chance and who should be supportive, not undermining and acting in cynical, selfish political interest. This is what the majority of us did not like about her.

    1. American View profile image60
      American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this


      What an accusation when I am asking a question for civil discussion. Had you read my articles you would find I am not a Hillary fan but give her respect for her job.

  3. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 11 years ago

    There is utterly no difference between Hillary and Obama. They are equally agents of the Empire. I watched the media push the Hilary/Obama election  towards Obama, the better con-person.

  4. livelonger profile image86
    livelongerposted 11 years ago

    The only reason conservatives think Hillary is a better option is that they're in the "throw everything at Obama, including the kitchen sink" mode.

    Had Hillary won the nomination and (somehow) won the Presidency, the very same conservatives would be asking "Do Dems have voter remorse? Obama would have been a much better president than Hillary."

    I have no remorse. Voted for Obama in 2008 and will happily vote for him again in November.

    1. Xenonlit profile image60
      Xenonlitposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That is so true, divide and conquer. We may have to accept that no one, regardless of political party, is free to just go rogue and be the chief executive as we would wish. Any president will have his or her hands tied by one thing or another, including the polls, congress and the supreme court.

      The system of checks and balances is now more check, with no balance.

  5. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 11 years ago

    I don't think so.  Obama looks better in the Mommy jeans than Hillary does.

  6. mikelong profile image61
    mikelongposted 11 years ago

    The challenges faced by Hillary would have been no different from Obama's. In fact, she would have been cut less slack from the nation as a whole.

    Instead, "conservatives" were able to waste political time rabble rousing for their own power grabs through "birtherism", "secret Islam-agent-aphobia", and criticizing every move he's made where an inkling of race might be involved...

    The financial crisis would have been handled the exact same way. I guarantee it.

    Had lame-brain McCain been president he would have done the same thing.

    Also, as I've said many times before, there are many conservative Democrats (and let us not forget how regionalism also shapes political whims as opposed to the "brand name"), there are zero Republicans who are on the other end of the spectrum.

    We can play the "name" game....but it is an exercise in time waste... 

    On a side note, it is interesting to note how Abraham Lincoln, after wholesale Republican party support in his first run for office, was largely abandoned by his supporters along the course of his presidency.

    1. Teddletonmr profile image69
      Teddletonmrposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Sadly the Dems have No Remorse, bitterness towards anyone that dares to speak the truth or voice widely held opinions based in fact rather than unquestioned allegiance absolutely.

  7. habee profile image91
    habeeposted 11 years ago

    I disagree with most of the posters here. I think Hil has more leadership skills than Obama, and we would have gotten Bill for free. And if you don't think there are a significant number of Dems with "buyers' remorse," read some of the left-wing blogs. You'll see plenty of comments like, "Why didn't we pick Hillary?"

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      PrettyPantherposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Most of the Dems that I know who have buyer's remorse believe that Obama has governed too close to the middle and wish he would stand harder for progressive principles.  Hillary Clinton portrayed herself as more centric than Obama, so I'm not sure that the left would be happier with her.

      1. habee profile image91
        habeeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I agree that Hil is more of a centrist, so moderates and conservatives would be happier! lol

        1. livelonger profile image86
          livelongerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I think you're assuming most moderates/conservatives are as rational as you are. They'd be throwing everything not nailed down at Hillary if she were in the Oval Office, too.

          1. American View profile image60
            American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this


            Let's face it, if McCain would have won, the Democrats would have thrown everything not nailed down at him too.

            1. Uninvited Writer profile image78
              Uninvited Writerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

              I doubt they would have made a big deal of his birth or attacked his wife or hung him in effigy.

              1. American View profile image60
                American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this


                What is the big deal about McCains birth? BTW, I have stated many times the Birther issue with Obama is a waste of time.

                No one would know for sure if his wife would be attacked, some Presidents wives were and some were not.

                Talk about hanging LOL


            2. livelonger profile image86
              livelongerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

              I don't buy that. Do you remember the first year of GWB's presidency? Dems didn't get incensed until he started moving towards war with Iraq, and this was after a highly-contested squeaker where there was widespread vote tabulation fraud in Florida and elsewhere.

              Contrast with Republicans' seething ire minutes after Obama won a landslide, which began well before he was even inaugurated. The F.U.D. campaign against him started immediately. The same propaganda machine would've turned against Hillary had she won, too.

              1. American View profile image60
                American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this


                Dems were  not incensed? What is taking all the Ws off the type pads in the White House. Wasted taxpayers money. " He will be one and done, we will not appoint any of his judges" I know many forget where they first heard those sayings.

                Would Hillary got a hard time, I already said she would have, but she would have risen to the occasion and not taken the "I am perfect" attitude. She would adapt to what is going on, not be rigid and recycle failed policies.

                1. livelonger profile image86
                  livelongerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

                  You're comparing a prank played by the outgoing administration on the new one to a well-coordinated, millions-strong and billionaire-powered propaganda campaign to demonize Obama?

                  Obama hasn't said he is perfect; this is yet another strawman borne out of the GOP propaganda machine. More than any other president, he's done what he said he was going to do, whether you like it or not. I, and many other Dems, think Obama has actually been far too giving to the Republicans. The rigid and uncompromising charge is not borne from the facts.

                  1. American View profile image60
                    American Viewposted 11 years agoin reply to this

                    A prank, wonder what would have been said if Bush took all the Hs off the type pads.

                    Obama has never said he was not perfect, all he does is blame someone or something else.

                    I am not a GOP machine. I am am true independent and those who know me and listen to my show know that to be true. When I attack the right I bet I will not here from you, I never hear from the left here on HP when I do.

                    You claim " well-coordinated, millions-strong and billionaire-powered propaganda campaign to demonize Obama" No republican can go to someones house for a party and walk away with over 15 million dollars in campaign funds. The left demonizes the Koch brothers, since 1980 they have donated 100 million dollars to political organizations, George Soros has spent since 1980 8 BILLION dollars on democrat political organizations. In 2004, he gave Kerry $35 million to beat Bush , and that does not count all the super pacs he runs and funds.

                    Several Months ago Obama stood proud and said he would raise a Billion dollars for his re-election funds, No Republican has ever made such claim. You know if he made 1/4 the effort to fix the economy while he has been in office as he puts into fund raising, we would have balanced budget, paid off the national debt, and 100% employment

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    screamingposted 11 years ago

    No remorse what so ever! The President saved us from the second Great Depression! He has my vote!


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