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Don Lesser: Not ready to count Hillary out as presidential timber

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,  uses a teleprompter as she speaks to students at the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA campus on the subject of leadership in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, uses a teleprompter as she speaks to students at the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA campus on the subject of leadership in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

However, given the extreme polarization of American politics today, Elizabeth Warren has no chance of being elected.

In my opinion, it is more important to keep the country from electing another Republican president than ideological purity. Besides, should Warren win, she, like our current president, has relatively little experience in Washington.

She, like President Obama, would come into the post with few political allies, a lack of experience and a Congress that has fractured into increasingly extreme positions.

I supported Obama over Clinton in 2008. The level of vitriol and rabid opposition to anything Obama has obscured what I feel to be his flaws. He lacked experience and political allies. Once in office, he veered toward the center.

He chose his financial advisers from the Wall Street and financial communities and, to date, the too-big-to-fail banks and Wall Street firms have not been punished for the actions that led to the Great Recession and have grown larger.

President Obama is not a natural politician and does not practice politics as a personal connection. The president lacks the fire and imagination of the candidate.

What does this have to do with Hillary Clinton? She has been a senator and secretary of state. She has been involved with politics on the state, federal and foreign policy levels. She has political allies, political savvy and can throw a figurative punch when it matters.

She has made mistakes, surely, and the right-wing attack machine and much of the country hates her with a passion second only to Barack Obama. But there is no one else who can run the country.

In a world where compromise has been defined as voting 100 percent for your opposition’s positions, I believe that Hillary Clinton has the experience and political will to lead this country and to slow the headlong pace toward the Reaganomic transfer of wealth and power to the top 1 percent.

She is by no means perfect. She is the best candidate and would make the best leader of any of the potential candidates that I see.

I expect to disagree with many of her decisions, but I firmly believe she can run the country and can lead it in a better direction than her political opposition.

Sometimes ideology is not enough. In these times, we need something more. We need a leader.

Don Lesser lives in Amherst.

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Meanwhile, Hillary backers and excuse makers STILL can not name ONE accomplishment she has had as Secretary of State...........

"Meanwhile," what? What is going on "while" people are making excuses? Sounds like you lifted that sentence directly out of some larger screed. Are you so used to bleating back Fox News talking points that you can't even form your own sentences? Baaaa Baaaa Baaaa.

I was being sarcastic. Benghazi should be the end of Obama and Clinton's political careers. Obama should be impeached over it. The left, and their cohorts in the media (including The Daily Hampshire Gazette) are doing everything they can to bury and not cover Benghazi.

Yes, they've done a wonderful job "burying" something that has been all over the media from across the political spectrum. Stick to sarcasm. You sound delusional when you're being sincere.

If the media would give Benghazi 1 oz of honest reporting, Obama would be impeached and Clinton would be chased disgracefully out of office. They ALL REPEATEDLY LIED - even while standing next to the caskets of their victims - about this being all about a video. It has come out that the White House was told within HOURS of the beginning of the attack that it was a terrorist attack. Then these same clowns, led by our King, went to the UN and again blamed the video - knowing it was a LIE. Why liberals are so blind to facts is bewildering.

Maybe you distrust the lame-stream media, but then are you also saying that Fox News did not contribute "1 oz of honest reporting" either? If that's the case, there is something we DO agree on. Because short of getting Rupert Murdoch to found a 24 hour Benghazi network, I don't see how this could have gotten more exposure.

Besides Benghazi, can anyone name ONE success Hillary has had as Secretary of State? And I would like to think that repeatedly lying about four dead Americans can be brushed off as "a mistake."

Why do you consider Benghazi to be a success? Because the sentence beginning "Besides Benghaz...i" implies that you consider this to be her only success. Are you glad that four Americans died, or are you just not great at the whole grammar thing?

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