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Hillary Clinton is the Scott Walker of national politics: Identifying special interests with big money and pitching ‘give me money, I’ll do whatever you want.’
But the desperation of thecoronate-Hillary Clinton-now project is now apparent.
Hillary Clinton has unfavorable v. favorable ratings of minus-14 points, (Huffington Post).
The American people have lingering trust issues with Hillary Clinton.
The critical 18-29 demographic think Clinton is corrupt and dishonest.
So, naturally the DNC and surrogates today are blaring March 15 is the day we get-behind-Hillary Clinton, no matter that most of United States would not have voted including New York, most of the north and the west coast, (Democratic Strategist).
Why the rush? Why call for excluding most Democratic-voting citizens in their right to choose their president.
The previous Quinnipiac poll, from 12/16 – 12/20, had Clinton up by 31.Trump is now up by 20. The previous Quinnipiac poll, from 12/16 – 12/20, had Trump up by 9.
Every Wisconsin Democrat, whether a Clinton or Sanders supporter, should hope and wish that Sanders stays in the race until Wisconsin’s presidential primary on April 5. A competitive Clinton-Sanders race would boost Democratic turnout and that could have a major impact on the other races on the ballot.
In other words, those swing areas of the state, the ones which will decide the Dem primary and go a long way toward deciding the final outcome in November, are areas that Hillary Clinton wins the primary in for now, but Bernie Sanders does significantly better in for the general election. And those are the same areas that Scott Walker has suffered his biggest drop in approval over the last year.
So it seems obvious to me that in February 2016, there is one Democratic candidate that would be the most likely to win Wisconsin in November, and help the downticket rural and northern Wisconsin areas that must be swung toward the Dems in order for them to get power in the Legislature and gain seats in Congress. And unlike what the “professionals” try to spin to you (you know, the same ones who thought a bland Mary Burke campaign was the “most electable” strategy in Wisconsin in 2014), that candidate wouldn’t be Hillary Clinton, but instead is Bernie Sanders….
“They’re worried about what the popular response to Sanders shows them about Clinton’s vulnerabilities in November,” Edward-Isaac Dovere and Gabriel Debenedetti write in Politico.
Some observations and thoughts:
DEMOCRATS—Hillary is in trouble. It’s Groundhog Day for her, 2008 all over again….
REPUBLICANS—Don’t believe polls. We were supposed to witness the Trump juggernaut. Instead, Donald Trump had to accept second place with a smile….
Gail Sheehy on Clinton:
“Among those unlikables consistently repeated to me by women who are conflicted about her: not authentic; can’t trust her; she lies; she’s establishment; she’s a hawk.”
With Obama standing next to him, Biden says that Democrats should not only “protect” Obama’s record, they should “run” on that record. Do I see the door left open a crack? If Hillary doesn’t straighten up and run on Barack Obama’s record, Biden might have to get in.
AND: Why is he making a campaign speech?
Clinton had her moment with a one-liner too when making it clear she cedes no ground to Sanders. She stated ‘I’m a progressive. But I’m a progressive who likes to get things done,’ And she knows we need to find a credible way to fund the programs we propose. Sanders just has no clue about the paycheck for what he is planning.
Now, I’ve got to admit… the memo is kind of correct. It’s too late for Biden to jump in. Without a significant stumble by Clinton, the debate drives home how wrong it would be for Biden to step on her now. Bernie Sanders can’t be President. He’s a socialist! He gave a wonderful paean to socialism last night. And who were those other guys on the stage? I mean, really, who the hell were they? Other than Martin O’Malley. Gee, he looked handsome and tall, and he was really trying to register an impression. And you’ve got to give him credit for at least being a Democrat, which is not a distinction any of the other men on the stage seem to have. You’d think that would be a bare minimum for the Democratic nomination. We’ll see if O’Malley gets any traction in the polls, now. It’s unlikely. The acceptance of Hillary is jelling. So sayeth the memo.
The parallel between Biden and Happ is this: Both Biden and Happ are/were, prior to running for higher office (or, in Happ’s case, after winning a statewide Democratic primary in Wisconsin), viewed favorably by voters not because of their actual track records or positions on the issues, but because they liked the candidates personally. In Biden’s case, he’s seen by many voters across the country as an approachable guy with an interesting personality. In Happ’s case, she was seen by many voters in Wisconsin as someone who rode a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a television ad.
Meade speculates: “Bernie and Hillary are too old to stand for 3 hours.”
Me: “We can’t sit through 3 hours.”