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Republicans Know Hillary Rodham Clinton Is a Force to Be Reckoned With

Interesting how the woman the apparatchiks of the Republican Party are suggesting is old and brain damaged still constitutes their worst nightmare. Republicans are throwing everything they have up against the wall to see if it sticks trying to keep Hillary Rodham Clinton from running for president.

Their problem is this woman who they are trying to paint as diminished in some way is clearly miles ahead in energy and brainpower from any of the people that want the 2016 Republican nomination. Reince Priebus, his cohorts on the Republican National Committee, and guys like Karl Rove are quaking in their boots at the possibility the Democrats will have Hillary at the top of the ticket and someone like Julian Castro (Mayor of San Antonio and nominated to beSecretary of Housing and Urban Development) as the vice presidential candidate. Democrats could actually win Texas in the 2016.

Of course those high approval numbers Hillary has now will come down during the rough and tumble of a campaign. But she only needs 270 electoral votes to win and Hillary will win every state that Obama won and may very well add West Virginia, Arkansas and even Texas among others, if Castro is on the ticket. The real Republican nightmare is that she will have skirt-tails and bring in a Democratic House and Senate with her.

Hillary would be the most qualified person to ever run for president. Her accomplishments have led her to consistently be the most admired woman in America. In the annual Gallup poll, "Hillary Clinton has been named Most Admired Woman a total of 18 times, more than any other woman in Gallup's history, including each of the last 12 years." Americans no longer question her accomplishments because the record on that is clear. She has been a force in turning around how America is viewed by the world putting a welcoming face on America's foreign policy. She traveled the globe as secretary of state, meeting not only with kings, presidents and prime ministers, but with university students, women and children and was able to relate equally well to all of them. She modernized the State Department and earned the respect and support of all the brave men and women who serve in our foreign service. They know she fought for them and transformed their jobs by challenging them to adapt to emerging issues such as cyber security. She created the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications and the Bureau of Energy Resources in the State Department.

Hillary Clinton understands the role of economic statecraft and worked hard to make America an economic partner to the world. In her own words, "Economic statecraft has two parts: First, how we harness the forces and use the tools of global economics to strengthen our diplomacy and presence abroad; and second, how we put that diplomacy to work to strengthen our economy at home." Her success in that area is clear. Using economic diplomacy she helped grow exports of American goods to China by 50 percent in two years and did it because she understood that 800,000 U.S. jobs depend on the export of goods and services to China. She was able to facilitate closing the $21.7 billion deal for Boeing aircraft, the largest in Boeing's history, which was announced at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in 2011. Hillary understands that in most of the 294 embassies and consulates that the United States has around the world the discussions aren't about war but about the work needed to strengthen our ties to those nations to benefit their people and our own. Our representatives in those countries under Secretary of State Clinton worked to improve trade and bring needed jobs to people in the countries where they served and back home. That included an estimated $100 million contract for electric vehicles built by workers in Ohio and sold to Iceland.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a vision for America that includes all of us. It is a vision that has been forged by hard work and an understanding of people both here and abroad. Hillary's instincts as a woman are to nurture but she combines that with a lethal intellect and a willingness to use force if necessary to secure the safety of the American people. Hillary understands that military power, economic power and political power are all part of America's arsenal but more than anyone else she understands that the use of this combined arsenal must have as its goal improving the human condition around the world. Hillary's efforts in Iraq to help end the war also resulted in 2 million girls going to school who weren't in school before. Hillary understands that this arsenal of power in the hands of the president must be used to strengthen families because when families are stronger we are all better off and safer. Her innate abilities and her history of working for the American people is what so scares the Republican Party. From her early work for the Children's Defense Fund to being first lady of Arkansas and then first lady of the United States Hillary has shown she cares and is effective. Add to that her election and reelection as United States senator representing the people of New York to being secretary of state representing America to the people of world and Republicans understand that Hillary Rodham Clinton is such a formidable candidate that they will continue to use everything they can, including lies and innuendo, to keep her out of the race.

But many are asking her to run because they believe if she runs she will win. When Hillary Rodham Clinton is sworn in on January 20, 2017, as the most qualified, and first woman President, people around the world including more than half its population still striving for equality will gain a whole new respect for the United States of America and its people.

This article was first published in The Huffington Post.