Heading into the Michigan Democrat primary, Hillary Clinton was favored to win by an average of 20+ points. Bernie Sanders’ upset win there last night further exposed Clinton as a deeply dishonest and flawed candidate dedicated only to saying what her focus-groups approve. Here’s why her loss is a bruising setback to her campaign, which has been “shaken” by this unexpected stumble:
1. She’s Still Widely Regarded As Dishonest And Untrustworthy
As was the case in New Hampshire and other states, Hillary Clinton is getting blown away on the question on whether she’s honest and trustworthy.
Only 6 in 10 Democrats in Michigan said she was, compared to 8 in 10 for Sanders. Michiganders saw through her naked spin in the Flint debate that she “voted to save the auto industry.” This kind of pandering is routine for Clinton but she doesn’t realize how tired voters are of the same old Washington spin.
This glaring lack of trust is a major flaw for a candidate vying to become the leader of the free world and one that may be too big to overcome for her as the investigation into her secret email server keeps gaining steam.
2. It’s Clear There’s Just Not A Lot Of Enthusiasm For Her
The percentage of voters coming out for Clinton in Michigan dropped from 2008, when she won the state. Her doubletalk on issues like trade and the the auto bailout revealed what voters already know about her sky-high levels of hypocrisy.
In just the last week her national lead over Sanders shrank to single digits. Hillary Clinton is depending on recreating the coalition that swept President Obama but so far she’s failing to capture young voters who don’t want to go back to the 1990s.
3. Her Path To The General Election Is Getting Harder And Harder
It seemed like only yesterday Hillary Clinton was preparing for a walk in the park primary on her way to the nomination. That notion has gone up in smoke as a 74-year old socialist keeps exposing the fundamental flaws in her candidacy. She will be badly damaged for the general election – if she makes it there.
As the Washington Post put it, “on a night in which the Clinton campaign was hoping to take a big step forward in closing out Sanders’s uprising, they took a big step back instead.”
With more contests in states resembling Michigan ahead in the next few weeks, there’s no doubt she could sink further behind in an already botched quest to get to the general election quickly.
The only certainty in the Democrat primary right now is both candidates racing to the left and doubling down on the same extreme Obama administration policies that Americans are ready to move on from.
Elections Hillary Clinton