The Tampa Tribune has a message for Hillary Clinton: please don’t run for president. And the editors certainly didn’t mince their words:
If you run for president, chances are good that you’ll secure your party’s nomination. But realistically, how do you think you can win the White House? You are the most polarizing figure in the Democratic Party, and your negatives among likely voters are prohibitively high. Many people simply don’t trust you. You may share your husband’s name, but what people liked about him is not transferable to you.
You are not the person to help define a party that needs to convince voters it can govern from the vital center.
Even yellow dog Florida Democrats express profound reservations about your presidential ambitions. They worry that you cannot attract moderate and independent voters and that your presence will hurt the election chances of other Democratic candidates up and down the ballot.
They fear, Hillary, that you would doom Democrats to impotence for decades. Republicans might relish that prospect, but on reflection, they would acknowledge the importance of a strong two-party political system. Should the Democratic Party be crippled, the Republican Party is likely to become complacent, uninspired and unaccountable.
It finally ends with this:
Think, Hillary, not about what you want, but what’s best for your party and country.
Fat chance. If Hillary chooses not to run, it won’t be out of concern for her party or country but because she doesn’t want to lose and embarrass herself.
Read the entire letter. It’s quite entertaining.
Hat tip: Drudge
Kim Priestap blogs at Kim Priestap: A Conservative Blog in Flyover Country