WASHINGTON, April 18, 2016 – RNC chairman Reince Priebus told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he is “more comfortable” with the GOP nominee running against Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders. Priebus said that Clinton was in the ditch and is continuing to fall.
Priebus’s statement suggests he is concerned about Sanders’ growing popularity. The Democratic candidate drew thousands of voters to his rallies in New York, and could seriously challenge Clinton in the New York primary today. Priebus said that Clinton’s low popularity would be a liability during the general election. “I think anybody who’s analyzed this knows that Hillary Clinton is in the ditch. We don’t know how far into the ditch she is going to go, but she’s not doing well, she’s not even winning. She’s lost seven out of eight contests,” Priebus said.
Blitzer pressed back, saying that Clinton has almost 2.5 million more votes than the Vermont senator and a million more than Donald Trump, who is leading his party in total votes.
The statements by Priebus show he is ignoring reality, as polls show that Clinton would beat Trump in a head-to-head matchup. Priebus’ strong focus on Hillary Clinton, despite polls showing Clinton and Sanders are nearly even, fails to keep attention on Sanders.
Sanders has maintained his momentum, showing that voters are still attracted to his message and want what Sanders offers. Clinton isn’t as bulletproof, ironclad or assured a front-runner right now as she once seemed.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve been here before ― back in 2008, Clinton was the obvious next president of the United States right up until she wasn’t, beaten by a rousing insurgent campaign by then-Sen. Barack Obama.
It seems that as long as GOP leaders attack Hillary, they are on familiar ground. The issues they associate with her — gay marriage, abortion and Benghazi — are familiar to everyone and can be used to whip up support from their base. Bernie, however, concentrates on economic issues.
The Republicans know that’s where they’re most vulnerable. Ignoring Sanders might not always be bad. If Clinton does not get the nomination, expect Joe Biden to be nominated. Sanders appeals only to the “far left” Democrats, while Biden can gain strong support from all Democrats.