Peter Beinart QuotesPeter Alexander Beinart is an American columnist, journalist, and liberal political commentator. A former editor of The New Republic, he has written for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books among other periodicals, and is the author of three books.
It’s easy to see why conservatives would be salivating at the thought of a Hillary primary challenge. Presidents who face serious primary challenges—Ford, Carter, Bush I—almost always lose. The last president who lost reelection without a serious primary challenge, by contrast, was Herbert Hoover. But in truth, the chances that Obama will face a primary challenge are vanishingly slim, and the chances that he will lose reelection only slightly higher. No wonder conservatives are fantasizing about Hillary Clinton taking down Barack Obama. If she doesn’t, it’s unlikely they will.
When you talk about the security and safety of average Americans it doesn’t do average Americans a lot of good to expand America’s military footprint if the daily lives of average Americans are being undermined by the fact that we’re no longer able to compete in a global economy. I think that’s the kind of human security we have to pay more attention to.