I would like to take this moment to join others in pointing out that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination sounds very much like the kind of person most Democrats would call a “neoconservative.” While there are a lot of Democrats who claim that come 2016, they will be fully and completely “Ready for Hillary,” I suspect that stories about Hillary Clinton’s hawkishness will make them less ready, if they haven’t become less ready already. About the only way that Democrats could possibly become more uncomfortable with a Clinton candidacy is if Clinton eventually receives endorsements from George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and/or Donald Rumsfeld–which might be forthcoming just for the discomfort those endorsements might cause Democrats, and the consequent giggles they may cause Republicans.
In all seriousness, this is yet another indication that Hillary Clinton may not have the Democratic presidential nomination–let alone the 2016 general election–in the bag, should she decide to run. I don’t need to remind anyone that in order to get her party’s nomination, Clinton has to appeal to the left, and being more hawkish than the Obama administration won’t endear her to those who hope/wish/pray that the likes of Elizabeth Warren will seek the Democratic presidential nomination and give leftists a candidate around whom they might rally. We’ve been told for the longest time that Clinton is a lock for the Democratic nomination, and that she is sure to be the 45th president of the United States. I haven’t been sure about that for a while. I am even less sure now. And as for the Democrats, are they actually going to begin distancing themselves from a potential Clinton campaign given her latest comments, or is winning the 2016 general election more important than punishing Hillary Clinton for her apparent neoconservative leanings?