Hillary: The next FDR
By Brent Budowsky
It is time to resume discussion about the possibility of a political realignment that would make Democrats the leading national political party for a generation.
Analyzing the results of three out of the last four national elections, the sweeping demographic changes that will define future national elections, the fact that national Republicans are dominated by fear of primary challenges from the right (which moves them further from mainstream national opinion), the positioning of the two parties in the debate surrounding the fiscal cliff, the fact that polls show Republicans will be widely blamed if current negotiations fail and the possibility that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton could seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, the possibility of an FDR-magnitude Democratic realignment comes clearly into view…
If Hillary Clinton is elected in 2016 the Obama-Clinton years would bring a triple-dose of historic change with two presidents shattering ceilings plus policies as transforming and powerful as the FDR-Truman years and the Kennedy-Johnson years with the political forces inspired and unleashed, and the policy changes implemented and institutionalized.
The FDR-magnitude expansive coalition that Hillary Clinton could inspire by tapping powerful demographic waves that define our politics and reaching across gender, age and racial lines is a mathematically perfect counterpoint to the shrinking-tent Republicanism that demonizes moderation and tolerance.