Hillary’s Corbomite Maneuver
“So having said all that, why aren’t I 50 points ahead, you might ask?”
It’s a question Democrats all over the country are asking as the 2016 race heads into the final stretch with their candidate clinging to a small lead over a bombastic billionaire and reality television star. Clinton and her supporters are legitimately bewildered as to why this race is so close.
But it’s not really a mystery. The reasons are plentiful and have been on display throughout the course of the campaign. Let’s start with the millennial generation voters who turned out overwhelmingly eight years ago for Barack Obama and against both Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Why aren’t they feeling as “fired up and ready to go” as they were for Obama? Because they’re still “waiting on the world to change,” in the words of the John Mayer song that they hummed at Obama’s 2008 rallies—and because in the last eight years both political parties have added $9 trillion to the national debt that they are on the hook for.
Hillary Clinton is getting crushed among working-class whites (men in particular) without college degrees. Why? Because most of them haven’t had a raise in the generation since she and Bill arrived in Washington while the Clintons themselves have amassed a personal fortune in public service estimated at $200 million.
She’s also losing Independents, most of whom view her ongoing email scandal as reinforcing the view, now held by large majorities of voters, that she’s not honest or trustworthy.
To be 50 points ahead, Hillary would also need considerable support in the grassroots among Republicans. With all due respect to George H.W. Bush, how can she appeal to GOP voters when she refers to Republicans as “enemies,” as she did during the Democratic debate season?