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November 8th, 2010
10:03 AM ET

Ever wonder if Hillary were in the White House?

Ever wonder what it would be like if Hillary Clinton had won the Presidency? Would the country be any better off?

Dana Milbank, political columnist for The Washington Post, raises these questions in his latest column.

This morning, he tells AM’s John Roberts how Hillary Clinton might have fared as President, especially surrounding the health care debate. And, he weighs in on all the chatter about Hillary on the 2012 ticket for Vice President.

Read the full column here:

Filed under: American Morning • Democrats • Hillary Clinton • Politics
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Wow, Lujan. Thank you so very, very much, finally someone who really understands. I'm sure there are a few more like you in the country, but these days it seems they are really hard to find.. However, because of the lies that the 95% of the population were lead to believe, we have locked ourselves back into years of more greed and coruption. These are very said times for our country.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  2. Lujan

    I was really hoping that Hillary would take the primary. However, after Pennsylvania, there were clear indications that she did not have the support of the people. Furthermore, it was clear that if she continued she would only endanger the chances of the Presidency for a Democratic candidate. I would not say she gave up, as some one else put it. I'd say she made the right choice, considering the polls and statistics at the time. A woman like that does not just give up. So let's get that one straight.

    On whether or not she would have been a better President. Who knows? Maybe she would have gotten more done. Maybe she would have done less even.

    Let's look at the situation of the country. The Tea Party is complaining about government being too big. It is complaining about too much spending. It is saying that the Obama Administration has not done anything to promote jobs. Many Americans in general may agree. Surely, I myself, have held some resentment for the lack of movement. Yet, look at the above and compare it to the harsh realities.

    WE the people wanted CHANGE... but we wanted it over night. WE the people wanted change, but change takes time. Also, as much as we might want and hope for change, the President can not force Democrats and Republicans to work together.

    Tea Party seem to complain about so many things. But it was under the Bush administration that the bail outs began. It was under the Bush Administration that are economy began to crumble. It was under the Bush adminstration that Regulation was reduced. The FBI for instance transferred 500 of its agents to work on National Security. Yet, these 500 agents were never replaced. SO, how does an understaffed department function? This is only one small piece of a greater problem.

    Yes, I believe Obama is spending too much. BUT, his spending could have been a good thing. If he was giving it to main street instead of wall street. Instead he followed the generally accepted concept that Bush administration paved. Bail out the banks, that gave out "liar loans" WHO DEFRAUDED the people. (William K. Black) We let them keep their jobs. We let them pay fines with tax payer money. On this I feel the administration failed. But almost no politician would have done anything differently. Because in Washington to get things done, you have to give a little to get a little. Problem is we gave a lot.. and they still have their businesses and their houses. They call Obama a Socialist.. well.. to be honest, I wish he were acting like one.. Just a lil bit. Because when banks, investment firms, rating agencies and so on are working together. Conspiring with each other. And then they don't get punished. And in fact get all the money they lost back.. I think that is just wrong. And maybe a slightly more socialized system would have promoted more benefits for WE THE PEOPLE, i.e The other 95% of the population. Those people who have been misguided to believe the lies of opportunists (i.e. the Tea party) Obama has done quite a bit. The problem is, Democrats are just really bad at selling plans that work. While the Republicans are geniuses when it comes to selling plans that don't.

    It does not matter who would have been better between Hillary and Obama. What does matter, is how we got to thinking Obama was the cause of this mess. LIES... that's how. Opportunists... that's how. If this weren't politics these people would be on trial slander and more than one would be libel as well. Now we have a House which is controlled by people who want to do the same thing Bush did. And Senate that is definitely not going to enable at a lot of change. WE the people also failed. We let our hunger for change make us believe it would come over night. That someone else would do it. When we are the change. We are the one's who should be showing the outcry of discontent.. after 8 years of a useless President who made us live in fear... we still seem to live in fear. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  3. nick in PA

    The leaders in the democratic party made a big mistake handing the 08 primary to an unproven, inexperienced guy. Hillary knows as well as anyone it's "the economy stupid". She made a case here in PA during the 08 election that she would focus first on the mortgage crisis and the economy. But the DNC threw her under the bus, consequently those of us that supported her did not come out and support the democrats in the recent elections. If Hillary isn't on the ticket in 2012 – I will probably write her name in (again) on my ballot.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  4. Mark

    MeloN, you are 100% right, when you say "only that person's OPINION"
    What you just said about our President Obama, (Barry as you call him), is just your OPINION.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  5. MeLoN

    It's amazing what some people THINK. The President is not just a FIGUREHEAD. The President has the same power as the Senate or the House of Representatives. Therein lies the problem. People always talking about things they fail to understand and to make a statement saying Palin wouldn't make a good President is only that person's OPINION. Don't know who would make a good President until they are in that position and put to the test. Half the country thought Barry would be a good President and look what he has inflicted on the country. Palin might be the best president ever. A woman's perspective on the job might just be the thing the country needs.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  6. ronvan

    WE, the people, and this country are so screwed up! That anyone would even think Palin would make a good president shows just how desperate we are. Not only does Hillary have more experience she has style and class. Something Palin will never have! And WHY do we continue to THINK that our President makes a difference? You do understand that he/she is only a figurehead for our country. They do not pass laws or make policy. So this leaves the REAL responsibility up to the Senate & House. And there lies the problems! What we need is a president who can slap, spank, and MAKE these "elected children" sit down and really try to help instead of trying to put $$$ in their pockets.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  7. MeLoN

    I think the time has come for a female President but I am not sure if Hillary is it. I used to think that but after she gave up last time she showed that she didn't have the heart to fight for the position but I do believe Hillary would have done a better job than Barry has.

    November 9, 2010 at 6:12 am |
  8. emelle

    yes, we die hard hillary supporters "wonder" this all the time

    November 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  9. Amir

    I think she would be a good candidate. What do you think? Defenitly one of the top 2 morning shows......on television. 🙂

    November 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm |

    Hillary is better then being number two on any ticket. All the way at the top or nothing. Just challange him Hillary. We need you. Our country needs you. Everything that you stated in the primaries of 2008 is now ringing true. Obama is too unexperienced and has only made a bigger mess out of things in Washington. Save our party Hillary!

    Hillary 2012!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm |