David Webb: Let Clinton burn out

David Webb: Let Clinton burn out
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There is always a risk in going early as a political candidate, because it can result in burnout with the voters. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonElection fears recede for House Republicans To woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Trump lawyer touts petition to stop 'soft coup' against Trump MORE, the former first lady, former senator of New York and former secretary of State, certainly runs this risk.

Whatever she does or says, or even that others do on her behalf, is certain to make news, and the signs are there that she’s preparing to build a ground game.

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Political action committee Ready for Hillary, which recruited more than 1.6 million supporters in 2013 and raised more than $4 million according to Federal Election Commission filings, is holding a fundraiser in Columbia, S.C., this month with a price of admission of just $20.16. The Democratic super-PAC Priorities USA Action has been reported as staffing up for a Clinton 2016 fundraising effort, and EMILY’s List launched its “Madam President” campaign back in May of 2013.

In addition, Clinton will make a multi-day swing through California’s San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego areas this April — key events to watch in the run-up to the launch of the 2016 campaign.

There is also danger for the Democratic Party when there is only one candidate so far ahead of the field even this early. The coronation of Clinton, particularly because she’s running to be the first woman elected president, would light a fire under potential Democratic candidates who feel they are also qualified. This list includes governors like New York’s Andrew Cuomo and Maryland’s Martin O’Malley. Though at this time there do not appear to be any other significant female candidates on the Democratic side, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFortune 500 CEOs: The professional athletes of corporate America The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race MORE’s name has been floated publicly.

This is not to say that Clinton is not playing smart politics, or that she’s not careful in her public words and actions. But it’s important to always remember voter burnout.

So why would Republicans be running for the 2016 presidency already?

Right now, the reality is that Republicans don’t have a strong national candidate. The internecine fight over potential contenders — such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE, Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE, Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Hillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech Putting pressure on Trump, House passes bill barring government from doing business with ZTE MORE, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDon't let them fool you — Republicans love regulation, too Senate harassment bill runs into opposition from House The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal MORE (R-Wis.) — is necessary at the appropriate time, but political bloodletting can also result in campaign failure.

Republicans need to focus on the House, Senate and state-level races in 2014, to strengthen the House majority, win the Senate and take control of Congress.

Where there are local elections such as for mayors, county commissioners, precinct captains and more, the GOP must recognize their importance and win. 2014 is not just about the federal government — more and more responsible states led by Republican governors have demonstrated fiscal responsibility and pragmatic solutions in many areas.

At the congressional level, Republicans are likely to pick up 12-15 House seats. There are key urban districts in cities like Detroit, San Jose and San Bernardino where Democratic political blight presents opportunity for Republican pick-ups. Republicans have to focus on more than numbers, and on changing the country’s view of the party’s base locations.

In the Senate the Republicans have their “Six in ’14” campaign. Arkansas Republican candidate Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate confirms Haspel to head CIA Democrats urge colleagues to oppose prison reform bill Trump-backed prison reforms face major obstacles in Senate MORE is taking on Democratic Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE. There are other vulnerable Democrats, like Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLandrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns MORE of Louisiana, Mark UdallMark Emery UdallSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Democratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups MORE of Colorado and Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenSenators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy Ex-White House ethics counsel: More evidence against Trump than there ever was against Nixon 100 days after House passage, Gillibrand calls on Senate to act on sexual harassment reform MORE of Minnesota. It is smart strategy for the Republicans to run against vulnerable Democrats who supported ObamaCare, but they have to run with a platform and on policy issues that matter to voters.

The voters, regardless of their definition of Republicanism or conservatism, have continued to demand solutions from elected officials. Much of the credit for this demand goes to the Tea Party movement — even voters who do not identify as Tea Partyers understand the principles of a limited, effective, efficient and constitutional government at all levels. Presenting practical and doable solutions is key to Republican success. Milquetoast and mediocre will not work as it might have in the past.

America needs, and demands, solutions of those who seek elected office. Governance is required by those who have been given the trust of our vote. We as voters must also do our due diligence. We get the government we vote in, and the one we will not vote out.

Webb is host of The David Webb Show on SiriusXM Patriot 125, is a Fox News contributor and has appeared frequently on television as a commentator. Webb co-founded TeaParty365 in New York City, and is a spokesman for the National Tea Party Federation. His column will appear twice a month in The Hill.