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Interesting Links: Feb 28, 2016

Here are links to a few interesting articles I came across recently. They are about why Hillary Clinton is very likely to lose the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.

Link 1: With Donald Trump Looming, Should Dems Take a Huge Electability Gamble by Nominating Hillary Clinton?

A Gallup poll released this week reported that “29 percent of Americans offer a positive observation about Clinton while 51 percent express something negative.” As Gallup rather starkly put it: “Unfortunately for Clinton, the negative associations currently outnumber the positive ones by a sizable margin, and even among Democrats, the negatives are fairly high.” Sanders is, of course, a more unknown quantity, but “the public’s comments about Sanders can be summarized as 26 percent positive and 20 percent negative, with the rest categorized as neutral, other or no opinion.”

In this type of climate, why would anyone assume that a candidate who is the very embodiment of Globalist Establishment Power (see her new, shiny endorsement from Tony Blair), who is virtually drowning both personally and politically in Wall Street cash, has “electability” in her favor? Maybe one can find reasons to support a candidate like that. But in this environment, “electability” is most certainly not one of them. Has anyone made a convincing case why someone with those attributes would be a strong candidate in 2016?

Link 2: The case against Hillary Clinton: This is the disaster Democrats must avoid

Still skeptical? Consider the candidates’ favorability ratings: Sanders is the only one of the leading candidates—from either party—with a greater favorable than unfavorable rating. Hillary’s 53-percent unfavorable rating would, as Karp noted, “make her the most disliked presidential nominee in modern history.” A look at party identification is also revealing: Independents now vastly outnumber Democrats or Republicans, and among independents, Sanders is far and away the favorite. Meanwhile, as statistician Joshua Loftus notes: “Dangerously, even Donald Trump and Ted Cruz get a much greater proportion of independent voters than Clinton.”

Link 3: Unless the Democrats nominate Sanders a Trump nomination means a Trump presidency

Trump’s political dominance is highly dependent on his idiosyncratic, audacious method of campaigning. He deals almost entirely in amusing, outrageous, below-the-belt personal attacks, and is skilled at turning public discussions away from the issues and toward personalities (He/she’s a “loser,” “phony,” “nervous,” “hypocrite,” “incompetent.”) If Trump does have to speak about the issues, he makes himself sound foolish, because he doesn’t know very much. Thus he requires the media not to ask him difficult questions, and depends on his opponents’ having personal weaknesses and scandals that he can merrily, mercilessly exploit.

This campaigning style makes Hillary Clinton Donald Trump’s dream opponent. She gives him an endless amount to work with. The emails, Benghazi, Whitewater, Iraq, the Lewinsky scandal, Chinagate, Travelgate, the missing law firm records, Jeffrey Epstein, Kissinger, Marc Rich, Haiti, Clinton Foundation tax errors, Clinton Foundation conflicts of interest, “We were broke when we left the White House,” Goldman Sachs… There is enough material in Hillary Clinton’s background for Donald Trump to run with six times over.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. February 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

    It’s turning out that establishment politicians like Rubio and Hillary have more in common with each other than with either Trump or Sanders. I see a realignment coming because the populist challengers will eventually realize they represent different elements of the same trend.
    Here’s my take on it:
    https://colonyofcommodus.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/trump-and-sanders-are-part-of-the-same-political-movement/

  2. hoipolloi
    February 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Hillary may be forced to take Sanders as a running mate.


    IF she can get him to do so. Otherwise Hillary Clinton will lose to Donald Trump in Nov 2016.

  3. February 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    you might like this video by the whiny liberals, er young turks…

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