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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Hillary Clinton: An Unshattered Glass Ceiling

By Douglas V. Gibbs,
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What political pundits suspected was going to happen is not anything near the reality of the 2016 Presidential Election Season.  The race for President of the United States is for the most part down to two candidates, and they are businessman Donald Trump and former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Monica Lewinsky's former boyfriend's wife seems to believe her ascension to the White House is inevitable because she sports lady-parts.  Bill Clinton is excited because he may have the opportunity to return to the White House to chase intern lady-parts.  The interference of Sanders and Trump, however, makes the "inevitability" of a Clinton return to the White House not such a sure thing.

The Democrat Party's woes regarding the Clinton Campaign are not over.  While the hubris of Hillary Clinton has her believing it is inevitable that she will be tossed the keys to the White House in November, her leftist challenger Bernie Sanders refuses to go away, and even worse for her, many of Bernie's voters dislike Clinton so much, they are threatening to vote for Donald Trump if Hillary has the Democrat Party nod after the Democrat National Convention.

If it wasn't for the super-delegates, this would a much tighter between her and Bernie.  Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has proven to be a more formidable opponent than anticipated.  His pro-socialism message isn't what has him hanging in there.  He's an outsider, like Trump, and Democrats sick of the party's business as usual elitism have responded to Sanders' anti-establishment message in large numbers.  Bernie raised a lot of money (almost as much as Hillary), and has won many more delegates than the Hillary Clinton campaign anticipated.

On top of all of that, Hillary has not figured out how to lure Bernie supporters to her once Bernie says goodbye, as she slowly marches closer to being the presumptive nominee.

Originally, the thought was that Hillary would have an easy and clear road to the nomination, and the Republicans would destroy themselves in a long, drawn out campaign waged by an enormous field of candidates.  But, Donald Trump has grabbed his nomination much quicker than Hillary, and he's done it with record-breaking numbers.  He's slowly uniting the GOP, and he is gathering together independents and disgruntled Democrats as well - something no Republican has managed since Ronald Reagan.  On top of that, Clinton has lost quite a bit of Democrat voter support since 2008 in California alone.

Clinton is not dazzling, she does not have the charm of her husband, and to be honest, few trust her.  She's caustic, and abrasive.  She can't perform on the fly, but instead prefers gatherings that fit her ruling elitist attitude - small, scripted settings where she can control the conversation.

Hillary's leftist rhetoric has hurt her, as well.  In March she boasted that she was "going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business" with her renewable energy plan. Not exactly a winning statement to States like West Virginia where the coal industry is just about all they have to use to live on and pay the bills.

Meanwhile, an FBI investigation into her total disregard for America's national security through her use of an unauthorized private email system while she was secretary of state hasn't helped, either.

While Mrs. Clinton is slamming her fists on the glass-ceiling as the probable first female to be the nomination for President by a major political party, the ceiling is only cracking.  Thanks to Sanders and Trump, the shattering of that glass ceiling may not be something in Hillary's future.

If Hillary Clinton has a chance, it is in the minority communities where Democrat Party propaganda remains unchecked, and unverified.  The uninformed public among minority groups is convinced that the "all Republicans are evil racist sexists and bigots" rhetoric is somehow the unwavering truth.  Overall, during the primaries, Clinton won 78 percent of African American voters, to Sanders’s 21 percent, and Latinos by 60 percent to his 39 percent. Among whites, he narrowly edged her out, 49 percent to 48 percent.*

If it wasn't for the super-delegates, the Hillary Clinton camp would be seriously worried.  The Clinton strategists can't figure out why this has been such a difficult row to hoe.  They don't understand the anger against the political establishment, nor the appeal of the younger crowd towards Bernie's willingness to let the cat out of the bag and preach socialism openly. The communist ties of the Democrat Party has always been a closely guarded secret, Hillary likely assumes, and letting the public know what she is really up to could be disastrous.

Hillary Clinton, in her mind and in her words, has looked beyond Bernie Sanders.  It will all work out, she seems to be assuming.  Clinton is looking towards her battle with Trump, a wildly unconventional candidate against whom typical attacks against Republicans doesn't seem to work with.

She has tried to tie the violence by Democrat supporters at Trump rallies on the businessman, but none of it seems to stick to anyone beyond those she already has as loyal voters.  Americans aren't buying her "Trump's rhetoric causes violence" narrative.  

“If you play with matches, you’re going to start a fire you can’t control,” she said in St. Louis regarding the violence at Trump rallies.

Hillary also has a pretty good handle on the women's vote.  Trump says that if Hillary wasn't a woman, she wouldn't get more than 5% of the vote.  Clinton's "I am fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay" angle works because, she claims, she can relate (even though her elitist lifestyle can't).  Otherwise, her only tactic against Trump is to use his own words against him - an opportunity the billionaire seems to afford her quite often.

Unlike the Republican Establishment that seems to wish to stop their own party leader, the Clinton camp has realized that they cannot count on the Republican nominee to be his own undoing.  Every time the media is convinced Mr. Trump has finally said something that should destroy his campaign, Trump lurches higher in the polls.  He was never expected to survive the original list of 17. . . yet, here he is, the presumed GOP nomination.

Reality dictates that the glass ceiling is probably not going to shatter for Clinton.  Dealing with Trump, however, reveals quite a bit more than the fact that beating her fists on that ceiling is not going to make it give way.  First, as unlikable as the reality show celebrity and billionaire businessman is, she has an even worse likability factor.  And, with Trump's campaign becoming more of a movement than a typical campaign, Clinton must be error-free, and on target just to keep her Democrat voters, much less having any chance of convincing any Republicans to lean her way.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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