As Democratic challengers enter the race for President against Hillary Clinton, a dynamic thought least likely begins to emerge. In a Democratic party controlled by its liberal factions, Hillary is about to be outflanked on the left. Her more ideologically true competitors, including socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (now in the race) and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (itching to get in) will force Hillary to reinvent herself yet again if she hopes to capture the party faithful and secure the nomination.
Sanders is an aggressive ideological opponent who will hammer away at Hillary, forcing her to address (in the detail she hoped to avoid) economic regulation, defense spending, immigration reform, and foreign policy issues. Sanders will press her to explain precisely how she is going to raise taxes, redistribute wealth, cut defense spending, increase overall domestic spending, grant amnesty to illegal aliens, raise the living standard of minorities, and end American involvements internationally. If she does not move from left of center to far left, she will alienate the most vocal and active part of the Democratic party, the base she must have to win the nomination, thereby splintering the party along ideological lines. Conversely, if she does move even farther to the left, she will increasingly alienate Independents and conservative Democrats, essential to her victory in the general election.
Moreover, the dynamic created by liberal challenges to Hillary tends to exacerbate her credibility gap problem. Hillary presently confronts a major problem due to the fact that most voters do not trust her. She aggravated that problem by reinventing herself yet again at the start of her present campaign. She tried to redefine herself as a populist champion of the middle class, driving about in a van, meeting with small groups of “regular” folks at eating establishments, and endeavoring to appear interested and concerned about the plight of people with whom she has little in common. The disconnect between the reinvented Hillary and the real Hillary could not be greater, transparently conveying to almost everyone the reality that she is employing this campaign tactic as an artifice to leave a false impression. Hillary is certainly unlike most Americans in many ways. She is a multi-millionaire and a Washington insider who has far more in common with those with whom she regularly socializes, wealthy industrialists, the most politically connected, and foreign dignitaries. Rather than reassure voters that she is like one of them, her reinvention insults voters, presuming them too ignorant to remember that the present Hillary differs so profoundly from the past Hillarys. The contrived appearance is obvious to nearly everyone and, so, actually compounds her credibility gap problem.
In no small measure, that poor start to her campaign, combined with the devastating revelations in Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash, have encouraged liberal Democrats to enter the race. As they do, they are implicitly, if not explicitly, reaffirming the idea that Hillary cannot be trusted.
As this plays out, Hillary will be forced to move farther to the left. As she does, more independents and conservative Democrats will be alienated. The latest reinvention of Hillary will worsen her credibility gap. As that happens if the Republican standard bearer does not implode in scandal, gaffs, or indiscretions, Hillary will face a very difficult go of it in the general election. It could be that she, the old Washington insider, besmirched by travelgate, Benghazi, and Clinton Cash, to name a few, will face a younger anti-Washington candidate with none of her kind of baggage. And then, just maybe, America will elect a president who loves the Constitution and the nation more than himself, giving us a glimmer of hope for a restoration of American greatness.
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no small measure, that poor start to her campaign, combined with the
devastating revelations in Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash,
have encouraged liberal Democrats to enter the race. As they do, they
are implicitly, if not explicitly, reaffirming the idea that Hillary
cannot be trusted.