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Big Sis Eyeing The White House?

March 27, 2013 by  

Big Sis Eyeing The White House?
Will Janet Napolitano run for President in 2016?

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was coy this week when asked about her Presidential ambitions in 2016.

The former Arizona Governor — beloved by Democrats for checking off all the right Pavlovian, heuristic boxes (she’s a woman; she appears “tough,” she had political success in a traditionally Republican western State) that often fuel low-information voting — has already received early buzz as a possible 2016 stand-in, should Hillary Clinton decide not to run.

The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard explains Big Sis may appeal to moderate Democrats who’ve historically wanted a “centrist” candidate:

Some Democrats are excited about her potential candidacy because of her ability to win often in Republican Arizona and because she has been progressive in pushing for immigration reform. She also presents a non-nonsense, law and order demeanor attractive to independents.

As governor, Time Magazine in 2005 called her one of the best in the nation. “Positioning herself as a no-nonsense, pro-business centrist, she has worked outside party lines since coming to office in January 2003 to re-energize a state that, under her predecessors, was marked by recession and scandal.”

Napolitano deflected questions about a Presidential bid Tuesday at a Washington, D.C., breakfast gathering:

“I think my plate is so full right now that I think that contemplation would be the kind of thing that would keep me up at night,” she said. “And I lose enough sleep as it is.”

So is she saying there’s a chance?

From outside the mainstream media, the idea of Big Sis as President may look risible. But one thing Napolitano might have going in her favor is her potential appeal — depending on how her Department enacts the current President’s efforts at border and immigration reform — to the growing demographic of Hispanic voters.

Those voters overwhelmingly swung left in the 2012 general election, and they will likely to continue favoring Democratic candidates until Republicans figure out a way either to capture a chunk of the Latino vote or relegate their bloc voting power by cultivating other voting blocs to offset the numbers.

One question: If and when she leaves her DHS post, will Big Sis take all her bullets with her, or will she leave them for her successor?

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • STEVE E.

    I don’t think Janet N. could beat Hillary in the primaries. Most low information voters, most of which vote Democrat, and the remaining vote for establishment Republicans, have probably never heard of Janet N., but they know who Hillary is. If Janet N. did run, I suppose Janet N. would criticize Hillary for Benghazi, and Hillary would criticize Janet N. about Fast and Furious. Now that would be fun to watch.

  • Steve

    Pretty sure they already have people to clean the white house toilets.

  • momo

    I wonder if Napolitano is flashy’s significant other???

  • Warrior

    Yea, I can see it now. Progressives put forth “sis” and the “old guard” repackages “mccain”. What is this, a “super slow” newsday?

  • Karen Wolf

    This person would only continue to ruin this Country. The people of Arizona did not like her and what she did not do for AZ regarding immigration. America had better stand up and take notice of what is going on in this Country. This person is not qualified to be anything in our government and neither is Hillary after Benghazi.

  • ranger09

    She was lousy for Az and now she is lousy at DHS, Heck that should make her a good President, Or she should move to San Francisco, She fits in better there.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Why not Hell we got the black guy , so next i guess we get the bull dyke ! LOL

  • FreedomFighter

    Janet “DUNGBEETLE” Napolitano


    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Stuart Shepherd

    What a gift THAT would be. Maybe she could be the long-awaited First President of Undetermined Gender (with the moustache and “linebacker” look, and all). The LGPT Messiah!

  • http://yahoo Rob

    Arizona voters….Seriously!!!!??? you would vote for this woman. This I find unbelieveable that she has your vote especially with her stand on ILLEGALS in this country. Hasn’t she lied/deceived you enough?

  • TruthWFree

    Run the worthless head of Homeland Insecurity…we conservatives may have a chance. Hillary Benghazi Clinton will win it all (low information and Godless voter support) unless Obama trashes the Constitution and names himself DICTATOR which is most likely IMO.


    If you think the present fraud in the WH is incompetent, Napolitano will actually make him seem reasonable. This woman doesn’t have a clue about anything.

  • old hillbilly

    Think about it, a pig in the palace would be better that the terrorist in charge.

  • old hillbilly

    good description of the candidate


    If nothing is done to secure the current corrupt election process, its not going to matter what voters vote for. It already determined long before election Day.

  • Ted

    Shes no good at what she does now,she will just be another Obama,a hinderinse to the American dream,because the party all went communist on us.

  • Deerinwater

    I would that I might have a better chance of securing that position.

  • Walking Turtle

    Considering what she’s done to the Rest of Us while ramrodding the DHS/TSA/etc, imvh&experienced_O any vote for Napolitano is a vote for establishing and embedding a full-scale Police State. She makes ole “Wet Start” McCain look like a raging lib’rul – and sane besides – in comparison, really…

    And the Obama Unit look like a Morally Straight Boy Scout. And that is all. 0{:-|o[


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