As the current crop of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls turns its back on Middle America and lurches further to the left, party leaders are slipping into panic mode in search of a new standard bearer.
“You have a situation here. It’s not just the donors who are concerned, you have two front-runners who are both extremely flawed and extremely vulnerable,” The New York Times’ Frank Bruni said on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday. “So I think the panic here is real. What’s sort of silly is the notion that there’s someone out there in the forest who’s going to solve all the problems.”
Enter 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who apparently sees herself as her party’s savior.
Also on Tuesday, Clinton reignited gossip that she may make one more stab at the brass ring, when she posted a quote from pop superstar Beyoncé to her Instagram account, emphasizing that one must be bold and take the reins to succeed.
“Power is not given to you,” the quote went. “You have to take it.” To that, Clinton added the caption, “@Beyonce speaks the truth,” followed by the hashtag #GutsyWomen.
But Clinton’s own inability to put her 2016 loss behind her and move on is tearing her party apart as well, and it’s all but assuring that President Donald Trump will win re-election in a 2020 landslide.
Clinton ramped up the notion that her electoral loss wasn’t due to any fault of her own during a podcast last week. She claimed that Green Party candidate Jill Stein was a Russian asset, who stole a sufficient number of popular votes from her to deny her the electoral votes she needed to win the general election.
"She's a Russian asset,” Clinton said of Stein. “I mean totally." She predicted that Russians were grooming someone else who would do the same next year — presumably Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. "That's assuming Jill Stein will give it up which she might not,” Clinton added.
There’s no question but that Stein captured 1,457,218 votes in the general election — votes that would presumably have otherwise gone to Clinton. But she failed to mention that Gary Johnson was another third-party candidate, one who ran as a Libertarian. He managed to capture more than three times the support Stein did — 4,489,341 votes — which presumably would otherwise have gone to Trump, the Republican candidate.
Getting to specifics, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania were three big surprise wins for Trump in 2016.
Clinton lost to Trump in Wisconsin by a mere 22,748 votes. Although Stein took 31,072 votes, Johnson captured 106,674. Had those two third-party candidates not declared, Trump would more-than-likely have won by a greater margin.
The same holds true for both Michigan and Pennsylvania — as well as every other state.
Trump won Michigan by just 10,704 votes. Although Stein snatched 51,463 votes from Clinton in the Great Lake State, Johnson stole 172,136 from Trump.
Trump took Pennsylvania by an equally razor-thin 10,704 votes. Stein captured 51,453; versus 172,136 voters who supported Johnson.
The squabbling has even reached the upper echelons of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
When Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., came out in support of Gabbard after Clinton’s attack, Adam Parkhomenko, a former DNC field director, blasted the democratic socialist.
“Bernie joins Trump and thousands of Russian bots in defending the person who blamed the US instead of Assad for gassing his own people. Not to mention his not so stellar voting record on Russian sanctions,” Parkhomenko tweeted late Monday.
He added, “[F***] Bernie. I’d forgotten how much I despise that [a**hole]. Thanks for the reminder.”
In response to the poor fundraising efforts by the DNC, former DNC member and two-time South Carolina Democratic Party chair Dick Harpootlian blasted national party chairman Tom Perez, as reported by Politico.
“Tom Perez is as useless as tits on a boar hog,” said Harpootlian. “My advice to Tom Perez is quit, get out of the way or do something different. Maybe they need to send a spy to the Republican shop and find out how they’re raising hundreds of millions of dollars off of a guy like Donald Trump."
And that probably accounts for the difference. In 2016 Trump beat the Democratic machine by spending less than the Clinton camp. This time out he’s far surpassing Democratic fundraising efforts.
And this time out donors apparently want to back someone they perceive as a winner.
As for Clinton, far from being a savior to her party, she’d become its martyr, its Joan of Arc. And voters would burn her at the stake.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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