Ted Rall for January 27, 2016
For years, Hillary Clinton has been called the "inevitable" Democratic nominee in 2016. But why? She's only won elected office once in her life- in an election that was handed to her on a silver platter. That was in 2000, when she ran for the US Senate, she got Democratic bosses to force Nita Lowey, the previous frontrunner, to bow out. Then one year before the race, the carpetbagger moved to the state. NYC Rudy Giullani had been expected to be a strong Republican opponent in the general election. But his marriage fell apart amid a sex scandal, and he got prostate cancer. He bowed out. The GOP picked long island congressman Rick Lazio to run against her. Lazio was obscure, uncharismatic and closely tied to right-winger Newt Gingrich- a figure loathed by most New Yorkers. He never stood a chance. Despite her weak opponent, Hillary didn't do nearly as well as expected in liberal New York. She only carried a few countries. If she wins the presidency, it'll be the first time she won a political campaign fair and square. History in the making!