Everywhere you turn, whether it’s the major news outlets or the on the internet, you are bombarded from Hillary Clinton or her supporters about how Bernie Sanders either has no chance or his pie in the sky dreams are just too far-fetched and will never get through a Republican-controlled Congress. They are taking every opportunity to tell you that no Senator has given him an endorsement and not even his state’s governor.
If no one is backing him, what does that tell you, they say? They are all trying to get you to fall in line, and stop voting your conscience and vote the party line. On Monday, an article was written by a Hillary supporter about an interview with the President that made it sound like he strongly endorsed Hillary for President, despite his earlier statements to the contrary.
There were some references to the forty-minute interview conducted by someone who worked for the Clinton campaign in 2007 and 2008, but despite the articles inferences that the President was endorsing Hillary, he really didn’t do it as enthusiastically as the reporter wanted his audience to believe. President Obama spoke as he almost always does, slowly and carefully without trying to give too much weight to his remarks either way.
A big thing that was NOT mentioned in the article, however, was the presidential offer to either candidate to contact him at any time for campaign advice. Sure, he made comments about both campaigns, and you could say it was a little more about the Clinton campaign, but that may be because the person interviewing the President used to work for Hillary. There might be a little bias there.
I agree with the President’s critiques of the campaigns so far, and though I have a few more I could add to each side, I’ll reserve those for another day. I just have a serious problem with the way Clinton and her surrogates have been acting now that they realize that Bernie Sanders is an actual threat to her chances. You are doing the exact same thing you did in 2008, and it didn’t work for you then. Do you honestly believe that it will work any better this time?
Certainly experience counts. I agree that being able to get things done also matters. However, actually being someone who people want to vote for matters more than anything else. And I hate to say this, but Hillary Clinton does not energize many progressives as someone they want to come out and vote for.
She certainly energizes numerous Republicans, though. They will turn out in droves to vote against her. If the Democrats don’t feel this primary wasn’t done fairly, if they think that the debates were not put on at the best times, possibly on purpose, and that the establishment did everything it could to stand in the way of the other candidates so that Hillary could be the nominee do you think they will show up in November?
Far too many people on the left and the right of the political spectrum think Hillary and Bill Clinton are corrupt, and this primary may just confirm it for them. That will turn off Democratic voters despite whatever terrible candidate the Republicans put up. Fairness is a hallmark for Democratic voters and if they truly feel this process has been as unfair as it has so far been with hardly any mention of Sanders until now anywhere outside of the internet, the Democrats could suffer as great a collapse as they did in 1984 when they won only a single state.
I know everyone only wants their candidate to win, but maybe Hillary could focus more on the issues and less on the attacks. Maybe she could stop bringing up the fact that she would be the first woman President in every speech. We know that already, and don’t have to be constantly reminded. Like a lot of people, I don’t care about your gender, Hillary; you are a brilliant woman who has earned your spot and your opportunity. Now, you just have to inspire us that you are truly the person for the job.