WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2016 – The Clintons have always regarded New Hampshire as the state where they could launch an election comeback and bring them from the brink of the abyss. It worked for former president Bill Clinton in 1992 and for Hillary to a limited degree in 2008. But this time, the Clinton comeback was overwhelmed by a Bernie Sanders electoral hurricane that left Clinton on the losing side of a 60 percent to 38 percent thrashing.
Just pause for a moment and consider the reality that Sanders, an avowed socialist who is running as a Democrat, has not only blocked the coronation of the former secretary of state and New York senator, but he has also exposed her serious weakness. This Clinton, like her husband the former president, is seen as holding herself above the law. In other words, they lie with abandon when convenient and believe Americans, especially black Democrats, should simply trust them.
So, for some odd and definitely perplexing reason, this little known political gnat comes rumbling out of his home state of Vermont with nothing more than a couple of slogans about down with Wall Street and the billionaires who have stripped America of its electoral process. Somehow the slogans stuck and genuine revolutionary cry stuck.
Clinton, on the other hand, has been spending the year dodging incoming fire from scandals ranging from her tens of thousands of emails, hundreds classified, which may have been illegally on her personal server. In addition, with an ongoing FBI investigation which may end up in an indictment of her or several top officials who worked for her, the double-digit loss to Sanders may be the least of her worries.
For the woman who has been running for the presidency for well over a quarter of a century, her election hopes are now pinned on doing well in the Nevada caucuses and fruition of her southern black voter strategy, which begins in the minority neighborhoods of cities and towns in South Carolina. Will they be the useful electoral tool once again for the Clinton machine?
Well, Clinton is counting on — or some would say pleading with — the blacks of South Carolina who were so essential to President Barack Obama’s and Bill Clinton’s primary wins. The queen of liberal hopes to retain the reins of the Oval Office in Democratic hands, and she works from the assumption that her husband’s and Obama’s coalition is hers simply for the taking.
Well, not so fast, Ms Clinton.
That impenetrable wall that existed for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama may simply melt like hot butter on a southern summer day when it comes to counting on South Carolina black voters to be your firewall.
First things first. Clinton did nothing to endear herself to black voters when she was a New York senator or as secretary of state. Sure she went to Flint, Michigan, to see what photo op she could get herself in so that black voters knew she cared about tainted water. She assumes wrongly that black voters have their brains filled with stupid pills.
Black voters in Chicago know full well of the abandonment that the current president is responsible for in dealing with black perils like high murder rates from black-on-black crime, escalating unemployment and low high school graduation rates. And get this, Hillary, all of this occurred under the first “black” president.
Here a clue that Clinton’s expected black electoral firewall may be melting. Besides breaking bread with the Rev. Al Sharpton in New York City on Wednesday, Sanders has also received campaign support from noted liberal Princeton University Professor Cornel West. In addition, he landed the support earlier in February of former NAACP president Benjamin T. Jealous, who stated he would work to increase the black vote for Sanders and stressed that Sanders will fight institutional racism and has “the best plan for ending mass incarceration and improving community policing,” reported the New York Times.
Perhaps there is a lesson somewhere in this for Clinton, who lost the women’s vote, the youth vote and nearly every other voter demographic. Just maybe, honesty and truthfulness is something she should have used more often. It seems to be working for voters who are definitely feeling the Bern.