Who Can Beat Hillary?

BY EDWARD KLEIN/NOVEMBER 10, 2015

Among the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, which one has the best chance of beating Hillary Clinton?

I have a special way of answering that question. I don’t depend on political gurus, veterans of past campaigns, TV panels, or opinion polls.

For instance, I paid only a passing interest in the latest Quinnipiac poll, which concludes that “Clinton gets crushed on character issues, pounded by [Ben] Carson and closely challenged by Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio.” In face-to-face matchups by the Quinnipiac pollsters, Hillary loses to Carson 50-40, to Rubio 46 to 41, and to Cruz 46 to 41.

But opinion polls provide only a fleeting glimpse of where things stand at a particular moment in time. They are not predictive of where the American electorate will be months from now, on the eve of the presidential election.

And so, when I’m asked who would give Hillary the biggest run for her money, I skip the gurus and the polls and refer to a much higher authority—the man Charlie Rose describes as “the best political animal that’s ever been in American politics.”

I am, of course, referring to Bill Clinton.

At the beginning of the presidential season, Clinton hoped that the Republicans would nominate Scott Walker, the combative governor of Wisconsin, who challenged and beat the public service unions in his state. Bill predicted that Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, would spend hundreds of millions of dollars and mobilize a vast army of volunteers to assure a Hillary victory.

After Walker dropped out of the race, it looked to Bill as though Jeb Bush would pose the greatest threat.  But Bush has evaporated as a danger along with his poll numbers.

The Republican who worries Bill the most is Marco Rubio. As I reported in Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary, this is the way Bill sums up Rubio:

“He’s young, Hispanic, and a good speaker. He’d pose a generational challenge [to Hillary, who will turn 69 in 2016] and a challenge for the Hispanic vote, which we need to win…. We’ve got to destroy him before he gets off the ground.”

 

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  1. […] the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, which one has the best chance of beating Hillary Clinton? I have a special way of answering that question. I don’t depend on political gurus, veterans […]

  2. Loretta Knight November 13, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Marco Rubio is handsome, a gifted speaker and Hispanic. All combined make him a formative threat. However his understanding of financial policies is extremely poor. His mistakes are obvious. His policy on immigration is also negative. Perhaps is Hillary worked on these negatives her campaign would pick up.

  3. Ruthie Monteleone November 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Mr klein

    love your articles and appreciate your emails and expertise on theses political matters . Why has something not been done about Hilary’s lies by the powers that be ? Are they just going to let her get away with all that she has said and done that was not the truth ? and i think every one needs to vote in this election and vote for the truthful candidate after watching and hearing all that they have to say . I believe we should vote for the man or women not the party … Do you agree?
    Respectfully Ruthie

  4. Keith Phillips 111 November 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I agree with Bill. I may not like Bill Clinton but I too feel that Marco Rubio is the leader and commander and chief that can turn our country around. First economically,then rebuild our military, promote reasonable immigration, protect social security and medicare but abolish or restructure the affordable care act, balance the budget, and put an end to the wars with a true victory over the enemy.

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