Why Hillary Clinton fails to excite (many)

Workout notes: easy 8.1 mile Cornstalk run (hilly); 43:37 second half. 1.2 mile cooldown walk. Pretty weather; easy effort. It may be time to get new running shoes.

Hillary Clinton


I think that Paul Krugman is onto something:

OK, so I’m not happy with magical unicorns as a campaign strategy. 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.

I see two things. First, she knew how hard things will be (e. g. she predicted that Obama would get no cooperation when he got into office)

And she sees nuance in things; “bumper sticker answers” just aren’t for her. Her position on GMOs is an example (she takes the position that many (most?) scientists takes)

The second thing is that she seems so politically measured in what she says. Her position on abortion is an example.

Now the above makes her attractive to me; I happen to like someone who is measured, thoughtful and knowledgeable. But for those who want slogans and easy to remember bumper sticker phrases… just leaves them a bit cold.


April 12, 2016 - Posted by | politics, politics/social, running | ,

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