I’ve been saying this for months. Hillary Clinton will not be the nominee for the Democrats. Neither will Bernie “Cranky Old Commie” Sanders. Neither one of them can beat Donald Trump, despite what the political reporters (who are mostly Democrats) say.
Trump is continuing the destruction of political norms started by the current resident of the White House. All of the old rules are going out the window as a direct result of a President who has no respect for them and a savvy salesman/deal maker who has read the political tea leaves and acted accordingly.
A lot of my friends and acquaintances have downplayed (at the least) the gravity of the Hillary Clinton email scandal. The legacy media is doing it’s level best to ignore the matter entirely and when that fails they resort to the long used Clinton excuse of “Everybody does it”. Only everybody doesn’t do it and a couple of people who have, have been charged and plead guilty to violating federal law.
Clinton is a deeply flawed candidate, even without this issue hanging over her head. The more people get to know her, the less people like her. Her plan was to put away Sanders and then go off the political radar while Trump and the rest of the Republicans fought it out right into and maybe beyond the Republican nominating convention. Then, she’d be able to coast to victory in November. Maybe not be a lot, but by enough. Trump blew up that strategy by beating out the competition and now he’s the one that can cruise for a bit. Not that he has disappeared from view, but he can save money and effort while still remaining in view.
Now Trump can keep a low (for him) profile while the news cycle continues to highlight not only the email scandal, but the efforts by Clinton and her allies to make it all go away.
The Democrats are worried. The Chair of the Democrat National Committee, Congress woman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is worried because there is a move to dump her and find someone else. There is also a campaign to defeat her re election, but that’s a different story. A few months ago it looked not only like the Democrats would keep the White House, but they also stood a good chance to retake the Senate and a lesser, but measurable chance to retake the House.
Now, all of that seems to be in jeopardy as more and more Republicans are starting to endorse and even campaign for Trump.
All because the Democrats seem poised to nominate a very unpopular and potentially indicted candidate whose only real achievement in life was to marry a gifted politician. We’ll leave him out of this post since his old “magic” doesn’t seem to be magical any longer.
What are the Democrats going to do in order to at least retain the White House?
The Torricelli Solution to the Coming Clinton Implosion
In an excellent column following release of the inspector general’s report, National Review’s John Fund envisioned the increasingly plausible implosion of Clinton’s candidacy — i.e., a scenario in which Democrats dump her owing to her metastasizing legal woes, coupled with her extraordinarily high negatives (general disapproval, untrustworthiness, unlikability, etc.). The latter are set in stone after a quarter-century’s antics.
In October 2002, seeking reelection while beset by an indefensible corruption investigation, Senator Robert Torricelli was badly trailing his Republican rival, Doug Forrester, as the race came down to the wire — no small thing in the blue Garden State. At the eleventh hour (actually, more like after the twelfth hour), Democrats persuaded “the Torch” to step aside. Into his place they slid 78-year-old Frank Lautenberg, a reliably partisan former senator. The lateness of the switcheroo denied Republicans a meaningful opportunity to campaign against Lautenberg, in violation of state election laws. But New Jersey’s solidly Democratic judiciary predictably looked the other way. Overnight, the polls flipped and Lautenberg won going away.
There was also a common inkling that Elizabeth Warren would be chosen as veep and heiress apparent. The hard-left senator is a natural choice: She would appease not only lefty women dismayed by Hillary’s implosion but also socialist Bernie Sanders supporters, who are the energy in the party at the moment.