As the list of candidates for a place on the 2016 ballot for president of these United States fleshes out (and rapidly so) I often find myself on the receiving end of snide comments and little digs with regard to the Democratic ticket.

I don’t know why. I guess some folks think I’m the decider (or at least an available target)!

Frankly, I’m not impressed one way or the other — not by the GOP offerings, and not by the recent Democratic declaration, either.

Republicans are getting all giggly over their early hopefuls — Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. I don’t think any of them will end up on the final ticket, but I’ve been wrong before.

Ted Cruz is simply too ... nutty. Sorry, but there you have it.

Marco Rubio just doesn’t fit the needs of the Republican base. He has actually cooperated with Democrats on things like immigration reform.

Rand Paul can’t really figure out if he is a REAL libertarian, or a REAL Republican. It’s ever so confusing.

On the other side of the aisle, we have Hillary Clinton.

Sigh.

Folks both here at work and out in the streets have asked what I think about Hillary running for the presidency.

I’ve been pointedly, snidely, and snarkily asked why I don’t write about Hillary when I am so quick to write about “the other side.”

Well, I actually have opined about Hillary’s candidacy — twice, as a matter of fact. Both times I have written how I simply don’t want to see another Clinton in the White House.

Twice!

In the first I wrote “... let me be the first to say, I sincerely hope that Jeb Bush DOES NOT run, and for the same reason that I hope Hillary Clinton DOES NOT run for presidency.”

Obviously at least one of them did not listen to me! I suspect the other will not, either.

I’m not interested in either Clinton or Bush running because, quite honestly, I think this nation has had enough of the both of them.

It has nothing to do with her being a woman. It has everything to do with that often batted-around word - “dynasty.”

We don’t need it. I don’t want it.

Besides that, however, I simply despair over the fact that out of all the good, smart, quality folks in these United States, these so-far candidates — including Hillary — are the best we can do to continue our leadership in the free world.

Allow me to get you even more upset with me. Beyond the anti-dynasty stand, I have other issues with Hillary.

I don’t look forward to a Clinton campaign simply because I think we have had just about enough Clinton for a decade or so (and Bush, for that matter!)

Despite the wave of support Sen. Clinton has already generated, and will certainly generate in the future, a LOT of people are just tired of the constant shower of Clinton, Clinton, Clinton.

It’s exhausting.

With Clinton running, we are doomed to constant, daily, unending reminders of all the Clinton quirks and foibles of the past 20 years.

The Whitewater stuff. The Monica stuff.

The cheating husband, steadfast woman stuff.

And then, the never-ending Benghazi stuff.

And now, the State Department email stuff.

It will just go on, and on, and on, and on, and on ... ad infinitum et ad nauseum.

Every time the debate over some policy statement is started, we will have to relive some Clinton crisis from the past.

We will suffer through more analysis of Bill’s peccadilloes with Monica than we will Hillary’s stand on the Ukraine.

And don’t for a moment think the GOP will ever, Ever, EVER let any of the Clinton past be put to rest.

It’s a campaign year for Heaven’s sake!!!

There will be more discussion about Monica’s blue dress and Hillary’s pant suits than there will be about foreign policy and the environment.

Sorry, folks. I’m just being honest.

I’m tired of the Clintons. And I’m tired of the Bushes.

I don’t think Clinton will ever be able to overcome the past, and that is all we will hear about for years, and years, and years to come.

Do I think the Monica thing is an issue? Nope.

But is it an issue? Yep.

Do I think Benghazi is an issue? Nope. That’s been put to rest (and by a Republican committee review of the incident.)

Will it continue to be an issue? Yep.

Can the American people let go of the past and look to the future with Hillary Clinton?

I just don’t think so.

The past will just continue to be ever-present.

Can Clinton take over the presidency and really reach out and inspire this nation?

Not with the baggage she would be hauling into the White House.