Why Clinton’s Deluding Herself on Party Unity

By | 6/15/2016 15 comments
Party unity is unlikely to happen for the Democrats

Most often in presidential primary races, the candidates competing for the nomination of their party differ little in their political ideologies and define their brand largely around their personalities and a few well-worn campaign slogans. Not so for the Democrats in 2016.

The differences between the Clinton and Sanders campaigns are far from being cosmetic, rooted as they are in sharp, fundamental contrasts in principles and ideas in terms of both the political direction of the country and the future of the Democratic Party itself.

Hillary Clinton – not exactly a stranger to hubris – has spoken many times of her absolute confidence that in the coming months the voters who passionately supported the campaign of Senator Sanders would indeed fall into line and back her in the general.

Her rationale? Because that what Democrats do. It’s what they’ve always done. And anyway, they’ll be too terrified by the prospect of a president Trump to do otherwise.

While that last point might sway some voters, her overall reasoning is anchored in conventional wisdom, reliance upon which in this year’s race is nothing short of delusional.

In April of this year, Clinton took part in a Democratic Town Hall in Philadelphia, hosted by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. When asked how she might accommodate Sanders and his supporters should she get the nomination, Clinton went on to deride Sanders’ grasp of the issues and boast at length about the success of her own campaign.

“Am I right in hearing,” Maddow continued, “that basically you’re saying that there's nothing you're going to do differently than you're already doing as a way to try to win over his supporters, even at the end of the primary season?”

“Let's look at what happened in 2008, because that's the closest example,” Clinton responded, “We got to the end in June and I did not put down conditions. I didn't say, ‘You know what, if Senator Obama does x, y and z, maybe I'll support him.’ […] I spent an enormous amount of time convincing my supporters to support him. And I'm happy to say the vast majority did. That is what I think one does. That is certainly what I did and I hope that we will see the same this year.”

What’s important to remember, however, is that back in 2008, the enormous support of younger voters was an irrefutably critical factor in Obama winning the presidency that year. If “Yes We Can,” “Hope” and “Change We Can Believe In” had been consigned to the political garbage heap and she had emerged the victor, those newly energized younger voters – a demographic traditionally prone to low turnout – would have stayed home in large numbers.

This time around, though, Clinton has emerged the victor, and it’s the agents of change that have been denied, and for them “A Future to Believe In” doesn’t look anything like Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In fact, a recent NYT/CBS News poll found that almost 30% of Sanders’ supporters said they would not be voting for Clinton in the fall.

And let’s also not forget that it was Hillary herself who chided millennials because “They don't do their own research,” while her husband blamed them for the entire country’s ills by saying, “If all the young people who claim to be disillusioned now had voted in 2010, we wouldn’t have lost the Congress, and we’d probably have our incomes back.”

And now they expect their votes.

The upshot:

Bernie Sanders has always said his campaign is not about him, it’s about the movement; about the people; about the ideas he’s pushed forward for the betterment of society. His supporters – young and old, Democrat and independent – aren’t voting for a famous name with a big resume and a sense of entitlement, they’re voting for a cause and for a different way of doing things.

With those same voters now faced with the prospect of supporting a candidate with high unfavorability ratings, low trustworthiness ratings and currently under investigation by the FBI, the only unity likely to be forthcoming for Mrs. Clinton is a consensus of rejection.

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15 comments:

  1. I agree with Musgrove's summation.

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  2. "A storm is coming; our storm. And, when it arrives it will shake the universe." - Dune

    Fate whispers to the man "You cannot withstand the storm" and the man whispers back - "I am the storm".

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  3. In 2008 Obama paid of her 80+ million dollar campaign debt and gave her a HUGE job, so to say she didn't put down conditions feels erroneous.

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    1. Yes, funny that she forgot to mention that. As always, it was all about her. She got what she wanted and that's all that matters.

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  4. I agree= she's delusional. Not only that but there are FAR MORE than just the young voters for Bernie and MOST ARE NOT "career Democrats but either Independents- which were mocked and bullied all through the race or even GOP which the Party hacks treated like Trump with his ONE "BLACK" that he publicly pointed out... She is FAR TOO Similar to Trump in that ARROGANT "ENTITLED" way that only a lifetime spoiled elite has.

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  5. Without very significant input from Bernie's people on the platform and some specific promises from her about incorporating our ideas moving forward, there will be no party unity. And I don't expect to see either one of those things happen.

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  6. Without very significant input from Bernie's people on the platform and some specific promises from her about incorporating our ideas moving forward, there will be no party unity. And I don't expect to see either one of those things happen.

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  7. PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!

    Since Bernie Sanders won't be the democratic nominee, short of an indictment, we Bernie supporters should consider doing the following:

    1. Take the Bernie or bust pledge by clicking on the link below. Basically, the pledge states if Bernie's not the nominee, you agree to either write in Bernie's name on the general election ballot or vote for Dr. Jill Stein, of the Green Party. It's highly recommended you vote for Dr. Jill Stein as write votes will NOT be counted.

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    2. The day after the July democratic convention, all Bernie or bust supporters should register as Green Party. The Green Party agenda is identical to Bernie's. If the Green Party can get to at least 15% in the polls, Dr. Jill Stein would be invited on the national stage to debate with the republican nominee, Donald Trump and democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. This would be great not only for the Green Party, but more importantly, the entire country, as the electorate would be able to hear the Green Party's ideas for the country.

    Below is the link to the Green Party website which will provide you with information on their agenda and platform.

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    Since the Green Party, like Bernie Sanders, accepts no money from special interests, such as Wall Street, big oil, health insurance companies, etc., the Green Party would only need to receive at least 5% of the general election votes in order to be eligible for public funding of tens of millions of dollars to finance their future down ballot candidates and if necessary, future presidential candidates.

    Please consider voting green to make your voice heard and your vote count! Please share this far and wide. If every single Bernie Sanders supporter voted for the Green Party in the general election, and turned their back on the corrupt two party system, in January 2017 we may have the first unbought woman president, Dr. Jill Stein.

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  8. Ms. Clinton, You are NO Obama. You endorsed Obama, sure - but Obama wasn't commiting election fraud in EVERY FREAKING STATE either. No one was accusing him of rigging the system, of being corrupt, of having secret deals with Wall Street and Big oil and the Banks - he wasn't under investigation from the FBI for his bad decisions concerning emails, or his bad decisions concerning Benghazi, or his bad decisions concerning fracking or Iraq or Libya. He wasn't accused of using his own private "foundation" as a private money laundering scheme, or using it to make arms deals with Saudi Arabia. His spouse wasn't reported to have been on the Lolita Express - TWENTY SIX TIMES. He didn't send child pornographers to your online sites to spread child pornography. You know what you've done. You know you're a crook and you are NO OBAMA. Obama's been a dissapointment, sure - he didn't clean up the mess your husband left us with regarding the repealing of the Glass Steagall act but on his worst day, he was a better president than you would have been, had you been able to pull this off, which you WON'T, because BERNIE IS STILL GOING TO WIN THIS. Bernie should endorse YOU like YOU endorsed OBAMA? You are NO OBAMA.

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    1. I wish I knew who you were. I was moved by what you said. But, your online, anonymous handle reads "Unknown". And, this actually makes me concerned for a couple of reasons.

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    2. I wish I knew who you were. I was moved by what you said. But, your online, anonymous handle reads "Unknown". And, this actually makes me concerned for a couple of reasons.

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  9. And I am praying that before the election we can get people to understand that this is the time.
    We so have the power to change our government for the better. Just for a moment imagine a Congress with 1/3rd Independants or Berniecrats, 1/3 Democrats, and 1/3 Republicans. No one in the majority. Where our representatives would have to work together to accomplish things and where no party would be able to refuse to do their job and obstruct the hard work of the rest of our representatives. Just imagine! These are the problems that the 2 party system has created. And now we have the power to heal our government. Not just cover it up with a band aid that only serves to hide the festering wound underneath it. It's the Independant vters of this country and those who have never exercised their right to vote that can actually get our country back on track. Close your eyes and really imagine what that would feel like. And then let's just do it!

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  10. And I am praying that before the election we can get people to understand that this is the time.
    We so have the power to change our government for the better. Just for a moment imagine a Congress with 1/3rd Independants or Berniecrats, 1/3 Democrats, and 1/3 Republicans. No one in the majority. Where our representatives would have to work together to accomplish things and where no party would be able to refuse to do their job and obstruct the hard work of the rest of our representatives. Just imagine! These are the problems that the 2 party system has created. And now we have the power to heal our government. Not just cover it up with a band aid that only serves to hide the festering wound underneath it. It's the Independant vters of this country and those who have never exercised their right to vote that can actually get our country back on track. Close your eyes and really imagine what that would feel like. And then let's just do it!

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  11. I'm not convinced that a three way split is silver bullet for solving the major problems we have with our government. History shows that no matter how many prominent political parties we have, the 1℅ is prone to corrupt them ALL.

    I believe that the best solution STARTS with what Bernie left us off at: Eradication of Dark Money. He was the only serious Presidential contender to even mention it. NOBODY since has said ANYTHING on the issue since.

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