Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in a position they never dreamed of. With a stunted field of competitors, it was widely assumed Hillary would cruise to the nomination. But her campaign is folding under pressure when it counts the most.
As recently as December, Clinton maintained a 30-point lead over Bernie Sanders nationally. Today she is neck-and-neck at 44-42 with a 74-year old gadfly socialist from Vermont.
It’s one of a string of troubling developments for Hillary this week.
In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, we broke them down in terms all football fans can appreciate.
1. She’s Come Out Slow in the First Half.
The Clinton machine was supposed to completely pummel the competition out the gate. But, after a weak start by the Clinton campaign, Democrats are looking at a “long, pricey primary” with a dangerous race to the left.
After committing heavy resources and firepower to Iowa, the caucuses were about as close to a living nightmare as it gets for Hillary Clinton. Despite her longtime organizing and spending advantage, Clinton couldn't fend off Bernie Sanders - squeezing out just four more delegates based on coin flips, revotes and outstanding precincts. About as embarrassing as it gets for a campaign that was touting a 50 state strategy just a few months ago.
Her next play is uncertain, as she heads into the New Hampshire primary. It’s a state she should win, after all, she defeated Barack Obama there in 2008 and her family has a long history of campaigning in the Granite State. But voters are rejecting her fabricated persona and untrustworthiness.
She should have locked up primary races long ago against an untested socialist opponent in Bernie Sanders.
2. Big Contracts Are Weighing Her Down
Bad football teams have players too focused on their contracts and not on the game. The same can be said of Hillary, whose campaign has been dogged by questions over millions in paid speaking fees to Wall Street Banks and other special interest groups.
At CNN’s Democrat town hall on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton stumbled through an answer on why she took $675,000 in speaking fees from Wall Street for just one appearance, saying “Well, I don't know. That’s what they offered.” The incoherence on accepting money from Wall St. doesn’t gel with her mission of painting herself as more progressive than Bernie Sanders.
At the most recent Democrat debate, she dodged on whether she would release the transcripts of her paid speeches, raising further questions about what she has to hide and deepening her reputation for avoiding transparency.
And let’s not forget about the numerous pay-to-play conflicts of interest that took place with her family foundation while she was Secretary of State .It is clear she has a pattern of stonewalling on who got paid for what and is too dishonest to be president.
3. Her Offensive Line Is in Bad Shape
Every quarterback needs an offensive line to protect them from getting hit. In Clinton’s case, many of her big money donors are already maxed out from financing a primary race that never should have been this close to begin with. Legally, these donors cannot contribute more to a campaign that is facing a long drawn-out primary fight. That is bad news for the “Clinton-machine” that has relied on large contributions for a majority of its funding.
Sanders, in contrast, was able to outraise Hillary in January by millions of dollars through his large contingency of supporters.
4. Her Team Might Have To Fire The Coach
After a highly disappointing showing in Iowa, rumblings are starting that the Clinton campaign is considering parting ways with campaign manager Robby Mook. The New York Times reported:
Even before Mrs. Clinton finished her brief remarks to her supporters late Monday night, discussions were underway among her outside advisers and donors about the need to bring in longtime Clinton aides and diminish the role of Robby Mook her young data-driven campaign manager.
Agitating for a campaign manager to be fired at this stage of the game is a bad sign for a campaign with such high expectations, and another piece of evidence that Hillary Clinton’s game plan for victory has gone seriously off-track.
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