Ranging from campaign disorganization, an ongoing FBI inquiry into her irregular homebrew server, polls which reveal a staggering trust deficit among a growing percentage of Democrats, questions regarding constant position shifting and unremitting political volte-faces, Hillary Clinton is a hindrance to the Democrats and cannot win the White House in November.
Ordinarily, one would presume such a scathing critique would originate from conservatives or elected Republicans, all of whom would rejoice with a final, humiliating end of the Clinton’s shadow over Washington and the national political landscape, but these bitter and embittering characterizations of the Democratic frontrunner appeared in Salon, a publication which embraces liberal politics.
According to Salon’s H.A. Goodman, who declares Bernie Sanders the only Democrat capable of vanquishing a GOP challenger for the Oval Office, the Democratic Party would be better served if Hillary were to lose the nomination or depart from the race prior to the convention.
In agonizing detail, Goodman proceeds to demolish the lore of Clinton’s invincibility through polling data, which reveals Clinton is now trailing Sanders nationally, and former colleagues of Clinton, one of whom has expressed grave reservations over her persistence in the race and has suggested she end her campaign.
It is not, however, the blinding problem of Clinton’s ghastly ethical lapses or scarcity of rectitude Goodman tends to favor in his searing disapproval of the former Secretary of State: A subtle emphasis on Sanders’ high marks in honesty, trustworthiness, concern for the needs of voters and sharing their values illustrated in nationwide surveys propels Goodman’s appraisal of the test confronting Democrats.
In his lucid assessment of Clinton and her campaign, Goodman arranges an abundance of evidence and presents a strong case against Clinton; however, it is unlikely she will either yield to the words of critics or modify her behavior.
This does not help Hillary, but it may not injure her either.
Just as the National Review’s rebuke of Donald Trump achieved little than to elicit another one of the GOP frontrunner’s masterful reprimands, Goodman’s piece, unerring as it is, is unlikely to chip away at her support among establishment Democrats or with her loyal base.
Since Clinton is such a polarizing figure, no word uttered or printed about her, regardless of the source or the sincerity, will affect her.
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