Hillary Clinton, the alleged darling of the most liberal Democrats who have their eyes on the occupancy of the White House in 2016, is not the darling of the rich liberals that would be needed to financially put her game in action for a presidential race, according to Politico on Monday. The apparent attempts of Clinton to be the star player – and possibly only major player – in the presidential election of 2016 are faltering.
The reason is said to be that the required big financial donors who would back her attempt to win a presidential election are not pleased with her positions on major issues. Furthermore, the country is not in the greatest shape right now. While President Barack Obama touts a recovering economy, the facts are that the average American household is making $4,000 to $5,000 less before the whole financial mess began. While the federal government touts an improved job report, the truth is that many of those persons with jobs are now under-employed – i.e., degreed persons working for jobs that require no more than a high school education.
So, what does all of this have to do with Hillary Clinton? In 2008, when the Democratic presidential nomination slipped through her fingers to Barack Obama, she was seen as the all-time greatest politician who was about to break the glass ceiling – on the verge of becoming the first woman president in the United States. By 2014, things are quite different. Despite the allegations of the White House, things are not going that well domestically or, naturally, regarding foreign policy. Needless to say, it is not an easy time to be an elected official at any level. While it is common knowledge that President Obama’s job approval rating has just hit an all-time low of 38 percent, Gallup has just reported on Monday that House Speaker John Boehner’s approval rating is only at 28 percent and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s job approval rating has plummeted from 27 percent down to an incredible 21 percent. Again, it’s not what one would call good times for politicians on either side of the aisle.
What was once considered the glass ceiling for Hillary Clinton has evolved into the glass cliff. It’s becoming more and more obvious as time goes by. Mrs. Clinton had a good chance in 2008 – a good chance to break the glass ceiling by becoming a successful president. Now, with times being considered worse by many pundits, she is being considered as a candidate in a much different time and in a much different light. At this point, she would have a much more difficult time doing a good job and becoming a successful first woman president. That, basically, is the political glass cliff. It should be interesting to see if Hillary Clinton does, in fact, throw herself into the political arena for 2016 when the destination to the White House is so different some eight years later.
Americans have seen many instances of the “glass cliff” in recent years, not only in politics with the likes of Hillary Clinton, but even more in business. Simply stated, the glass cliff is very different from the glass ceiling as women are cast into positions where they are apt to fail rather than succeed and “break through that glass ceiling.” Consider current and recent past business conditions in the United States and the persons who have been given the responsibility of being the companies’ leaders.
There’s Mary Barra who is the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors as well as Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Meyer who have both been given the responsibilities of taking the top leadership roles of their firms during difficult times. GM, in particular, has handed its CEO position over to Barra while the auto company is engulfed in a continuous series of missteps and recalls. Of course, there are many, many female CEOs in the business world, as stated by Catalyst.org. Again, it should be very interesting to see if Mrs. Clinton is as eager to enter the race with a vengeance as she did in 2008 – now that she is standing at the glass cliff rather than the glass ceiling. Moreover, now that her potential big donors are figuring this out as well, she may decide to sit out on this historical moment of becoming the first female U.S. president.