This came by email so I don’t have a link. It’s from Newsmax.
Warning: Hillary Can Win the Presidency
A new report from a top financial services company has a warning for those who dismiss Hillary Clinton’s chances of gaining the White House: Underestimate her at your own peril.
“We’re not making a flat prediction, but a plausible case can be made that she will become president on Jan. 20, 2009,” writes Greg Valliere, chief political strategist with the Stanford Group Company, a research group.
Here’s Valliere’s year-by-year scenario.
Her 2005 plan: Keep moving toward the center on national security and social issues. A litmus test will be the senator’s vote on the John Roberts nomination - if she votes to confirm the Supreme Court nominee, it would be a sure sign that she plans to run.
Her 2006 plan: Pull out all the stops for a landslide win in her Senate re-election bid. “Will any Republican of note be suicidal enough to take her on? We doubt it,” the report states.
Her 2007 plan: Raise tons of money. Clinton and her husband have access to tens of millions of dollars in campaign funding from a range of party activists. “She’ll probably set a record for the most money raised by any candidate for a nomination - and in the process will scare off most serious challengers.”
Her 2008 plan: Wrap up the nomination by early March, then watch a furious fight between mainstream Republicans and the religious right. If Sen. John McCain’s campaign gains steam, it could send “horrified” religious conservatives to the sidelines.
“Therein lies the heart of our analysis that Sen. Clinton could win the presidency: If McCain or another mainstream Republican wins the nomination, the religious right - so crucial in providing votes for George W. Bush - may sit at home,” Valliere writes.
When it comes to the general election, the report points out that if Clinton were to win all the states that Sen. John Kerry won last year, she would already have 252 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
She could then win the election by taking one big state that Bush won in 2004, such as Ohio or Florida, or a combination of several smaller states that Bush carried.
The report concludes: “Hillary is too polarizing to win, you say? People said that about her husband but he won twice.”
But the report also predicts that even if Clinton gains the White House, both houses of Congress are likely to remain under Republican control, which means “any activism by a President Hillary Clinton would be blunted by gridlock.”