Skip to comments.Only Divisive Racial-Identity Politics Can Save Hillary Clinton
Posted on 02/11/2016 5:50:43 PM PST by rmlew
Letâs pause for a moment and ponder the sheer, breathtaking magnitude of Hillary Clintonâs collapse. In Iowa, she once held a 56-point lead over Bernie Sanders in the polls. She finished in a dead heat, with the Iowa Democratic party, led by a woman whose car reportedly sports an âHRC2016â license plate, brazenly stonewalling an inquiry into numerous voting irregularities. In New Hampshire, her lead over Sanders also peaked at 56 points, and she lost by 22 â a stunning 78-point turnaround.
It would be a partial consolation (very partial) if she lost to a young, charismatic firebrand, but sheâs losing to an avowed socialist, a man who has traditionally and proudly rejected the Democratic party. He served in the Senate as an independent and publicly identified as a Democrat only two months ago. Even worse, when asked to describe Clinton, the first words in votersâ minds are âliar,â âdishonest,â and âuntrustworthy.â
Oh, and has anyone mentioned that sheâs under FBI investigation for improper storage and handling of classified information (and perhaps also for public corruption)?
And yet she is still the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination â because of race. So far, black and Latino voters arenât feeling the Bern, and with the campaign heading south, that could cripple his effort. The short version of the black and Latino case against Bernie is simple â his class-based rhetoric indicates that he just doesnât get it. The true divide in America isnât class but race, and the true enemy of progress isnât Wall Street but white supremacy.
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For Hillary to win, sheâs going to have to relentlessly feed that narrative. Sanders is out of touch. Sanders doesnât truly understand your struggle. Sheâll hype any real or imagined racial slights, embrace Black Lives Matter, and waffle just enough on reparations to maintain the fiction that only Sanders has clearly rejected compensating the descendants of slaves and victims of Jim Crow. Sheâll argue that Sanders is new to the fight and canât be trusted. Sheâll stoke the fires of racial grievance as fast and hot as she can to win, and sheâll do it without a second thought.
And the entire time sheâs stoking those divisions, sheâll be attempting to conceal and cover up two huge vulnerabilities. The first is the blaring message today in The Nation â that Clinton-era crime bills and welfare reform âdecimated black America.â Michelle Alexander makes the progressive case:
On the campaign trail, Bill Clinton made the economy his top priority and argued persuasively that conservatives were using race to divide the nation and divert attention from the failed economy. In practice, however, he capitulated entirely to the right-wing backlash against the civil-rights movement and embraced former president Ronald Reaganâs agenda on race, crime, welfare, and taxes â ultimately doing more harm to black communities than Reagan ever did.
And who stood by his side the entire time â part of the âtwo-for-oneâ presidency? Hillary Clinton. The Democratic party has moved so far left on crime and punishment that Bill Clinton recently disavowed his signature crime bill, admitting that he made the problem of mass incarceration worse. Hillary will talk the talk of racial justice, but will Black Lives Matter believe that sheâs walked the walk?
The second vulnerability has been less discussed, but itâs just as real. Black and Latino voters are far more sympathetic to socialism than whites are. In other words, theyâre a natural constituency for the Sanders economic message. In 2011, just as the Occupy movement was dominating the headlines, the Pew Research Center surveyed American attitudes toward capitalism and found that black and Latino voters were far more hostile to capitalism and more accepting of socialism than were white voters. The numbers were dramatic:
Black and Latino voters are more hostile to capitalism than either Occupy supporters or liberal Democrats. In other words, the political kindling is ready to Bern.
Gender politics backfired on Clinton in New Hampshire. Young women didnât respond well to being hectored, lectured, and patronized. Experience isnât a trump card when that experience includes deep participation in a failing system and support for mass incarceration. She canât possibly promise more social and economic change than Sanders. That leaves her with obfuscation, misdirection, and personal attacks â combined, perhaps, with a modest move to Sandersâs economic right, presenting an allegedly ârealisticâ plan for economic growth.
The coronation is over. Clinton faces a grim and grinding scorched-earth march to the nomination. Only identity politics can save her now.
“Vote for Hillary or you’ll go to hell!”
didn’t work so now she’ll try ...
“Don’t vote for the racist Jew!”
I love this election :-)
The most depressing part of this is the racial divide on socialism. Since 1965, we have been flooding this country with Socialists.....
Oh great, how many times can we put up with Hillary and the fake southern, black church sermon speaking drawl, or her broken Spanish. Blacks and Hispanics are the only groups keeping her campaign afloat, and she has to continue to kowtow big time to them. If Hillary does that expect to see the biggest white backlash to a Democratic candidate in a presidential election since 1980.
Bernie is going to get the republican treatment.
Black churches will burn...
Even if Bernie is drawing women from her, they are her core supporters (the very essence of her campaign). Without white women, she (and any Democrat in November) has no chance. The divide and conquer is more visible on racial lines but more effective on gender lines.
Pipedream. She is more toxic than Nixon
quoting Mrs. Clinton “f-ing Jew bastard”, when yelling at Dick Morris.
I don’t think she used that as a campaign slogan though.
At least until now. lol