By Juven Jacob
On January 8, 2008, Hillary Clinton stood in front of New Hampshire voters and told them, "I have listened to you, and in the process I found my own voice," but at that very moment, the fate of her campaign was sealed, it was over.
As the 2016 GOP primary kicks off with at least 9 or more candidates vying for the top spot, there is radio silence on the other side of the aisle. Although Clinton has not formally announced her candidacy, her campaign is being assembled as I type this. She's hired a campaign manager, a campaign chairman, a chief strategist, a chief pollster, a communications director, and those are the ones that have leaked or that I have heard about.
By comparison, Clinton had already announced her candidacy for the 2008 election in January 2007. She reportedly will not make an announcement until the summer, although an April announcement is still on the table. Make no mistake, I know Hillary will fight for every vote, and campaign her heart out, but it is better to make mistakes early where voters have a chance to forgive missteps.
If anyone thinks a third consecutive Democratic term President will be easy with Hillary Clinton leading us, is lying to themselves and vastly underestimates the GOP. The campaign will be hell and back. The Democratic party and Hillary will both be better served by a rigorous primary where she will be tested and molded into a better candidate for the general election.
I leave you with my favorite HRC video...