Will the Left Destroy Hillary Clinton?

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Conservatives were blamed last time around for making Mitt Romney go too far to the right in the primaries. By too far right, they meant he didn’t endorse illegal alien amnesty.

But there’s a basic problem when a candidate has little credibility with an ideological grass roots that forces him to play up to them during the primaries and then compensate by dumping them in the general election.

The Democrats were able to avoid this with Obama who had solid leftist cred, but not with Hillary, who despite the Alinsky in her background, became associated with her husband’s efforts to play to the center by accepting welfare reform, and then their long term presidential strategy through the DLC which required her to moderate her positions. Last time around, it cost Hillary the White House.

And now Hillary faces a choice between overcompensating to the left or keeping her eye on the ball and hoping that the left doesn’t come up with another Obama.

Either one could wreck her presidential campaign a second time around.

Progressives feel they are in a political golden age in which questions about income inequality are growing louder, anti-gay marriage laws are falling and the growing Hispanic electorate regards the GOP with skepticism. Given all that, they don’t want to be stuck with a standard-bearer they see as too centrist.

So far, few on the left are mounting frontal attacks on Clinton, at least publicly.
But some are making it clear they will seek to push her to the left.

“If Hillary Clinton embraces the rising economic populist tide in America, there will be little political space for a credible primary challenger,” said Laura Friedenbach of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “But if she sides with big corporations against everyday people, there will be a huge amount of political space for some insurgent to run on an economic populist platform.”

“Every candidate who thinks about running will be faced with a whole set of questions, on holding Wall Street accountable, on combatting student debt, on expanding social security,” said Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of MoveOn.Org Political Action. “Whether it’s Secretary Clinton or Sen. Warren or others, all of them are going to have to address the issues that progressives really care about.”

Bernie Sanders isn’t likely to take down Hillary, but the left already knows the formula. Semi-charsimatic minority group member put through intensive media training and boosted with an astroturfed social media campaign.

And that’s not Hillary. It’s not Elizabeth Warren either.

The question is can the left come up with someone like that by 2016? Obama was dug up out of the Illinois State Senate. There could be some obscure local political hack with an Ivy League background who is good enough on camera and has lefty contacts waiting in the wings.

And Hillary knows it too.

So Hillary has to play up aggressively to the left so that they don’t kneecap her a second time around. She has to call for destructive environmental regulations that will make life more expensive for working families. She has to push class warfare and denounce American foreign policy. She has to endorse nationalized health care.

And that will make the general election more difficult for her.

  • wileyvet

    It boggles the mind that this Leftist retread Harpy is even touted for such a high office, when her entire history and record is, or should be clear to everyone. She is a cheap political opportunist, devoid of ethics, integrity and genuine empathy for the American people. She will flip and flop according to poll numbers, and take what ever platform that is politically expedient. A great deceiver and manipulator is all she is, with nothing more than platitudinous rhetoric and a shrill voice to spew it. Be gone you old crone, I say. Be gone!

  • Jakareh

    The Democrats have always been the party of race-baiting. They used to race-bait blacks, but now that they’ve made the switch to race-baiting whites why not run Al Sharpton? Sure, he doesn’t have an Ivy degree, but expecting a presidential candidate to be educated is nothing but an unconscionable assertion of White Privilege™. In fact, the ticket should be Sharpton and an illegal alien DREAMer™, preferably an MS-13 gang member with facial tattoos. Remember: anything else is racist.

  • RUsure

    The arranged marriage of Chelsea into the House of Rothschild, clearly put the Clinton clan with the 1% of the 1%.

  • Crassus

    Either Corey Booker or Deval Patrick should get ready. The Benghazi Babe won’t have an easy road to the Democrap nomination.

  • truebearing

    If the Left does have a viable challenger, it will be someone with a scrubbed past and of mixed race, like Obama. They won’t produce a real candidate so much as a walking, talking narrative that is adept at reading teleprompters and lying.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      they know the formula

      • truebearing

        But has the Republican leadership figured it out…or anything else, for that matter?

        It should be relatively easy to pattern the Democratic presidential candidates in an ad, showing how time after time, the Left produced an obscure candidate that damaged the nation, but I guess they are more worried about Sarah Palin than the communists.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          In the last month, I’ve donated to RunBenRun.org, a group that wants Dr. Ben Carson to run for the Presidency. I’ve done so even though I don’t know everything about him … my two issues are foreign policy and military policy.

          I would do this if Dr. Carson were Nordic, and not black. It’s not the color of his skin that matters to me … it’s what he says, and how he says it.

          There is no way of predicting whether he will get the nomination, or not. But he’s the kind of man I’d like to see in the nation’s highest office. However, if it’s up to the GOP Establishment, our choice will be between Jeb Bush or Christ Christie. We need fresh blood to put an end to Hillary’s career …

          If Dr. Ben fits Daniel’s formula, then so be it. But I want the man to hold office, not his skin color.

  • RSnyder

    Which makes the spectacle of Obama ascending to the Presidency all the more interesting. I doubt we’ll see the likes of him again. He literally, with the Dems blessing, ran right over the girl. That must have hurt. Of course the Dems would love to have another ‘perfect’ candidate -and they’ll keep looking (hope, you know), but right now their cupboard is a little bare, but for Hillary. She’s the new ‘One’ but nearly as fun this time around.

  • Hard Little Machine

    So an Hispanic Lesbian ex Jihadi in a wheelchair it is then.

  • Libslayer

    The new fresh face of the democrat party: Hillary!!!
    Ugh.
    The dems will dump the witch for the first shiny new thing to come along.
    Democrats eat their own. Should be fun. Hillary the hag will not be president.

  • Lanna

    That is some picture…..People are seeing that her policies are also progressive…she is not the answer to restoring America…she will only continue the progressive policies of Obama, but she will be just as deceiving.