Hillary Clinton’s challenge: Sexism or ‘Clinton-ism’?

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bernie Sanders: Barack Obama was naive when it came to Congress.

Manchester, N.H. In a year in which every other supposed front-runner and establishment candidate has collapsed to single digits or has already withdrawn from the race — yes, I am talking about you, Jeb Bush, and you, Scott Walker — Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to lead the Democratic field with more than 40 percent of the vote.“These guys never had any intention of doing [serious] negotiating and compromising … I think it took the president too long to fully appreciate that,” Sanders told David Axelrod on the former Obama adviser’s first episode of his podcast “The Axe Files with David Axelrod.” “I don’t have any illusion that I’m going to walk in, and I certainly hope it is not the case but if there is a Republican House, and a Republican Senate that I’m going to walk in there and say, ‘Hey guys, listen.

Clinton lackey David Brock believes that even if Hillary loses both the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary “she’s still very well positioned to be the nominee.” (RELATED: Clinton Minion Won’t Apologize For Dirty Opposition Research Attack On Bernie Sanders) In an interview with Chicago Magazine published Tuesday, Brock did acknowledge “there’s no way that it wouldn’t be something of a setback.Throughout his 2016 campaign, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has emphatically stressed how he has never once run a negative political ad, yet hinted Tuesday that he might soon end that streak. — Hillary Clinton takes the stage to cheers and extended applause at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., and holds her hand to her chest. “My heart is just racing!” the Democratic presidential front-runner exclaims, looking out at the sea of smiling faces, bobbing signs – some saying “Women for H” – and inflatable noisemaker sticks.

I surely hope so.” Sanders has not shied away from drawing contrasts with Hillary Clinton on policy issues like climate change and trade deals, and aides suggested he’s became more willing to edge toward conflict after a pro-Clinton super PAC was revealed to be pushing anti-Sanders opposition research. The only way that I believe that change takes place … is that tens of millions of people are going to have to stand up and be involved in the political process the day after the election.” Clinton told MSNBC’s Jake Tapper that “Democratic members of Congress have lined up behind her,” implying that Congressional Democrats will not rally around the senator from Vermont. Sanders and fellow Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley have claimed that the Democratic National Committee has prematurely circled its wagons around Clinton as the eventual nominee. Meanwhile, Sanders also bemoaned the rise of selfies in the interview with Axelrod, who now runs the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.

Both have stated that the DNC’s refusal to schedule additional debates is meant to protect the former secretary of state from criticism within the party, and as Clinton’s poll numbers continue to drop, a negative campaign could be the perfect opportunity for Bernie to gain even more ground. (RELATED: Poll Shows Biden Could Be ‘A Real Nightmare’ For Hillary Clinton) It is another reminder that no votes are a sure thing for Clinton, even those of Democratic women who have long dreamed of seeing one of their own in the Oval Office. And given the fact that no vice president who has sought his party’s nomination has ever been denied it, you would think Clinton’s 20-point lead over Joe Biden would be seen as a remarkable sign of strength. Jesus, don’t talk to me about selfies,” Sanders said when asked if he’s surprised how many people want to take a picture with hum. “Don’t ask me for a selife, David!”

Indeed, a 29 percentage point decline over the summer in Clinton’s national support among Democratic-leaning female primary voters suggests that the historic nature of her candidacy is losing some of its pull. You should win those fights and it’s not good enough to sit down with Boehner and say, ‘No, I can’t support’ — ‘Oh OK, guess we’re not going to do it.’”

But beyond that, her summer decline speaks to a need to knit together the complex points of her persona into something that enough Americans will embrace. And she is Hillary, the über policy wonk who once made her sunglasses and Blackberry an Internet meme simply because she was seen as being the smartest person in the room. Clinton’s drop in support among Democratic women – from 71 percent in July to 42 percent in September, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll – attracted special notice by political observers.

Pundits can focus on her weaknesses, her mistakes and her negatives while overlooking her strengths — for them, there are no real consequences — but her opponents do so at their own peril. Then there’s the centrist approach to politics that was a hallmark of her husband’s time in office, when “triangulation” was the name of the game – playing off both Republicans and Democrats. Questions about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails – as well as the propriety of foreign donations to the Clinton family foundation while she ran the State Department – feed an existing narrative about the Clintons and secrecy that gives some voters pause, including Democrats. In 2008, Obama proved early on that he could win his fair share of the progressive white vote; then he dominated Clinton with nonwhites across the rest of the country. And yet he still lost the popular vote (if you include Michigan, where he wasn’t on the ballot) and won the delegate count only by the slimmest of margins.

To believe that Sanders or even Biden can defeat Clinton, you have to believe they can run as well against her (after the first two contests) as Obama did. At a Clinton campaign event in Portland, Maine, on Sept. 18, the young mom and community activist, Katie Mae Simpson, who introduced Clinton made clear she’s been excited about the idea of a woman president ever since she watched the 1988 Democratic National Convention with her dad, and wondered why no women were running.

But Professor Lawless of American University calls Clinton’s initial levels of support among women “unrealistically high and inflated.” Clinton tapped into the enthusiasm for her new candidacy before the Sanders campaign took off and Vice President Joe Biden began openly contemplating a run. Hamelin admires Clinton for going to China in 1995, and declaring that “women’s rights are human rights.” But, she says, Clinton has changed. “I don’t like that she takes money from Wall Street and I think that has to impact the stands she takes,” Hamelin says. She’s also clear on what hasn’t affected her opinion of Clinton. “It’s not e-mails, it’s not Benghazi, it’s not her personality,” she says, referring to the controversial attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. “I’m a progressive and Bernie is a progressive, and I stand by his ideas.” Still, if Clinton is the Democratic nominee, Hamelin says she’ll vote for her.

The point is, she’s talking more about women’s issues than she did in her last campaign – equal pay, reproductive rights, child care – and about being a mother, a daughter, and now a grandmother. During a recent, tense encounter with members of the Black Lives Matter movement, Clinton listened patiently while a young activist spoke, then offered some advice. “Look, I don’t believe you change hearts,” Clinton said. “I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.” Her husband, the master campaigner, might well have handled the scene differently, perhaps defusing the tension by putting his arm around the young man, and conveying that he “feels his pain.” But that’s not Hillary Clinton. “What Hillary has decided to do in 2016 is run as herself,” says Karrin Vasby Anderson, a professor of communications at Colorado State University. “She’s a pragmatist. Some experts say the perceived physical constraints faced by women candidates with national aspirations apply to more than just Hillary Clinton. “Women presidential candidates can’t be huggers, because then it gets into all the weird mommy stuff,” says Mary Stuckey, a communications professor at Georgia State University. “Hillary wants people to respect her.

He’s unhappy that she has yet to state a position on the proposed Pacific-rim trade agreement One of the challenges Clinton faces is that there’s no real-life model for what it looks like to be a female American president. The world stage has many examples of strong, tough female leaders, including the late Margaret Thatcher of Britain (“The Iron Lady”) and Angela Merkel of Germany.

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