So what about Hillary Clinton?

As this New Republic article says, we’ve heard a lot about “the Trump voter” and “the Sanders voter”. But Hillary Clinton has gotten more votes this primary season than either. So who is voting for her?

That is, who besides the person who made this video?

Well, here are my reasons: I see her as accomplished, level headed, highly intelligent, knowledgeable and realistic. She is ready to step into the office and hit the ground running.

Of course she has some differences with President Obama (who I backed in the 2008 primary) and she isn’t the campaigner that he was.

So, here are a couple of clips that show what I like about her:

Here, she is discussing using public money for vouchers for religious schools and explaining why such a policy might have some unfortunate and unintended consequences:

Here she is explaining that the Republicans are NOT going to cooperate; this was one of a few things she was correct about during the 2008 primary campaign (one other was that health care needed a mandate to be workable):

But “hey, vote for Hillary; she doesn’t make wild promises, she can see the problem and know how hard solving it will be but has a better chance of making incremental improvements” just isn’t a sexy campaign slogan. Paul Krugman goes on:

But I understand the problem, which is also the problem Clinton faces: among young people in particular, being a wet blanket is no way to be hugely popular. “No, we can’t — at best, maybe a little” isn’t all that inspiring to people who want uplift. Realistically, the slogan should actually be “They shall not pass”, which actually could be inspiring. But that’s probably for the general.

This poses an interesting problem for Clinton — who will, if nominated, be pretty good at portraying herself as the defender of Obama’s achievements, but needs to get to that point. Can she try to match Sanders in uplift? Probably not, because it would be insincere and come off that way. She’s a veteran of many years of partisan trench warfare, of personal vilification, of seeing how hard positive change is (and yes, some of that applies to me too, although not to remotely the same degree.) She’s not going to be able to promise magic without being obviously false. Sanders, on the other hand, probably believes what he’s saying; the rude awakening still lies ahead.

Now, Clinton will probably get the nomination — in part because African-American voters, much more than young whites, know all too well how hard it is to achieve change. So far, at least, polls don’t show Sanders making major inroads in the minority vote. And, as I said, she’s actually pretty well-positioned for the general.

But you see the problem. It’s a rough time for progressives who don’t believe in magic.


March 21, 2016 - Posted by | politics, politics/social | ,

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