How Democrats Could Snatch Defeat Out of the Jaws Of Victory

Posted by on April 27, 2016 in Government, Politics with 38 Comments

Bernie and Hillary-compressed

By Michael Payne | Nation of Change

The many high-level officials in the Democratic Party, including super delegates, who strongly support Hillary Clinton, are extremely confident that she will become their party’s nominee and then win in the general election. But they would be wise to hold off on their celebrations because dark, menacing clouds continue to loom over her candidacy.

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Sure, she was a big winner in New York but her huge disapproval rating still represents a major liability; far too many Americans just don’t like or trust her.  So even if she beats Sanders, which might be a safe bet at this point, she will, thereafter, come under a withering, relentless attack in the general election when Republicans take aim at her political baggage and the many skeletons in her closet.

Those Establishment backers of Hillary who dismiss Sanders’ chances are ignoring those dark clouds and don’t realize how easily things could unravel for Hillary. They need to pay attention to the succession of polls which measure how the current candidates of each party would do against each other in the general election. They consistently indicate that Sanders would beat any of the three Republicans quite handily.

Conversely, Hillary’s margins over Trump and Cruz are far slimmer than those of Sanders and, of great significance, there are solid indications that she could very well lose to Kasich. These ongoing poll conclusions should be setting off the alarms in the Democratic hierarchy and should call for more in-depth consideration of which of these two candidates gives Democrats the best chance of winning.

The mainstream media is using its power to convince the public that Hillary is invincible and make Sanders look like a loser, in order to shape the outcome. This media has been giving the lion’s share of the primary reporting to Trump and Clinton, since those who call the shots know that a race between those two will give them the highest ratings in the upcoming election. So Sanders has largely been shoved to the side, getting minimal coverage.

We don’t know for certain how these primaries on either side will end and who will come out on top but, in this analysis, let’s say that Clinton does become the Democratic nominee, most probably facing off against Trump. What then? Well, we will, no doubt, see the bloodiest fight in presidential election history.

While the Republicans will be the underdogs they will turn into attack dogs, doing exactly what they do best. They will utilize strategies designed to destroy Clinton, concentrating on the issues and reasons underlying her unfavorable rating of 56%; which makes her the most

unpopular democratic presidential candidate in the history of Gallup’s presidential polling.

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Here are the key issues that I think that the GOP will address to show her as untrustworthy and lacking credibility, as a means to try to take her down.

*A ticking time bomb; Hillary’s speeches to Wall Street: if she becomes the Democratic nominee the Republicans will make a big issue out of the fact that she refuses to publish the transcripts of those speeches, in particular the ones to Goldman Sachs. That she stubbornly refuses to present them to the public is an indication that they may contain damaging information that would further add to her reputation of being closely tied to Wall Street and its interests.

Even though the GOP itself is guilty of strongly backing Wall St. manipulators it will connect her with them to discredit her in front of many of her supporters who find that situation very troubling.

*Hillary’s email server: not only are the transcripts of Hillary’s speeches a huge problem but questions remain about the use of her personal email server to store sensitive government documents. The FBI continues to pursue this case to determine if she committed some federal crime; it won’t be long before the investigation is concluded.

Just recently we’ve heard that a federal judge will shortly decide if lawyers from Judicial Watch will be allowed to initiate a lawsuit over this issue and depose Clinton’s top aides. So if this situation is not resolved before the start of the general election it will remain a thorn in her side.

*Benghazi all over again: everyone may be tired of hearing about the Benghazi attack on the U.S. embassy but we can look forward to the GOP to continue to beat those drums and accuse Clinton of gross incompetence as well as ignoring clear signs that something really bad was about to happen. They will beat the issue to death.

*Hillary the war hawk and Libya: Clinton is coming under attack by an increasing number of critics, including Republicans and many progressive Democrats, who believe that she acted irresponsibly when she planned and facilitated the attack on Libya that accomplished nothing positive and, instead, devastated that country.

The devastation was bad enough but it also paved the way for ISIS to establish a presence in that country. This is a person who claims to be a strong decision-maker but when accused of making that gigantic military blunder she covers up her role and says that it was Mr. Obama who made the decision. Another case where Sanders is entirely correct in saying she uses bad judgment.

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For the Republicans to accuse her of being a war hawk may be a perfect example of the pot calling the kettle black but it could be a very effective strategy because a great many Democrats are totally fed up with these misguided wars. They do not want another aggressive war hawk in the White House; as a result, many will think twice about voting for her.

The Republican Party may currently be in a state of disarray with Trump and its hierarchy engaged in a bitter, divisive fight over who will determine its future direction. But no one better underestimates their collective power in developing ways to destroy their opponents. And if they have these four issues that illustrate extremely bad judgment and poor decision-making by Clinton just wait until they fully open that closet containing a great much more.

Card carrying members of the Democratic Establishment such as former governors Howard Dean and Ed Rendell are so strongly for Clinton that they seem to be unable to comprehend that, in the general election, all of these many vulnerabilities will be spotlighted.

These Establishment Democrats don’t really like Sanders because, in their minds, he is far too progressive in wanting to extract America from its decade’s long state of stagnation; all caused by a government that is completely out of touch and out of sync with the vast majority of the American people.

The one thing that the Democratic Party leaders and super delegates must do is to keep an open mind and monitor the national polls which show that Sanders has just about pulled even with Hillary and that he continues to represent the best chance to beat any of the Republicans. If this trend persists then they need to put their party first and support the candidate who has the best chance of winning.

If they doggedly support Clinton no matter what, they risk losing a brilliant opportunity to retain the White House, recapture the Senate and, quite possibly, the House of Representatives; thus succeeding in snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory.

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  1. 1104401482924820@facebook.com' Ruben Ruiz says:


  2. 925077164196597@facebook.com' Erin Elizabeth says:

    she can win the nmination and i will write in Sanders. i WILL NOT VOTE FOR HER! PERIOD! and i am NOT alone in that sentiment. if she wins the nomination most of bernies supporters will not do as democrats think and vote for her just because she’s a democrat. she can not be trusted. and this doesn’t even bring into account that for the first time in our nations history we for once can vote for the greater good as opposed to having to pick between the lesser of two evils and our DNC has BLOWN IT by pushing her and ignoring him. yet another reason i WILL NOT VOTE FOR HER! sorry.

  3. 10206733050259767@facebook.com' Jacqui Bonnel says:

    Never ever killary…biggest mistake of the demo party ever….she is so hated for her poor decisions, her poor actions, and always remember four dead in Benghazi….
    Lol who would ever be her ambassadors? Not a living soul

  4. 10153558774771774@facebook.com' Liam Havard says:

    one of them being that she is under investigation by the FBI & DOJ and somehow is still allowed to run…????? wtf

  5. 1739611769608398@facebook.com' Marc Simoneau says:

    nous pouvons tous voir la peur dans les yeux de cette garce !!! elle semble regarder ses acolites quelque part et dois ce dire dans sa tête de linotte OMG !!!!

  6. 10153602110616672@facebook.com' Bob Wert says:

    Hopeful for the latter.

  7. 925077164196597@facebook.com' Erin Elizabeth says:

    and can you imagine how quick a “Sanders / Warren” ticket would LANDSLIDE VICTORY in the election? it would allow Warren to be VP and remain in the senate as the senate chair where she could do EVEN MORE GOOD! its a no brainer and i do not for the life of me understand why they are clinging to hillary. i think im going to write a book and name it “the clinging to the shrew” lmao

  8. 1681445665467561@facebook.com' Paul Lawrence says:

    Hillary is a criminal. She should be in jail
    A 1% elite bought & paid for puppet!!
    I would simply vote Bernie or not bother to vote!
    Endorsing criminals only encourages them.

    • 10153647372257712@facebook.com' Cory Benford-Brown says:

      How many Hillary Clinton supporters does it take to change a light bulb?

      None! They are happy to stay in the dark! ?

    • 783223185145630@facebook.com' Steve Monkiewicz says:

      Paul, I get you but not voting for the Democratic candidate just puts those insane Republicans closer to the White House. As poor a choice as Hillary is…she is a helluva lot better than anything the GOP has to offer. Not my first choice either but given that option…Hillary gets my vote, dammit…

    • 1124008737633787@facebook.com' William Hughes says:

      Hillary is a piece of shit.

  9. 10207328341943802@facebook.com' Greg Johnson says:

    President Sanders has a good ring to it

  10. 10207448125434941@facebook.com' Rety Bruce says:

    If former Republican Gov. of New Mexico Join the Libertarian Party to Run for President, that will help U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to run as INDEPENDENT too if he is NOT the Democratic nominee ! Never BILLARY! Both of them running against establishment corrupted 2 party system Dem and Rep ! Goooo BERNIE!

  11. 10153673817378877@facebook.com' Joy Dabbs says:

    Couldn’t agree more !!

  12. 579061022251653@facebook.com' Rhye Cor says:

    This is the kind of article that Donald Trumph will love. The US government is safer in the hands of Democrats. Hillary Clinton will win the nomination and the election. Please stop destroying her name as it only strengthens the racist, sexist, narcissist Donald Trumph.

  13. 510026242523870@facebook.com' Sally Owens says:

    Hillary Clinton will win, enough said.

  14. 10204503066968087@facebook.com' Stuart Farr says:

    Hillary is the queen of the crime bill, Biden wrote it , now we live in a police state where non violent criminals at record high levels go to jail

  15. 564730190371001@facebook.com' Brian Hutson says:

    Bernie or bust

  16. 172883543065277@facebook.com' Laura Asselin Puckett says:

    Look how they make Hillary look how deceiving

  17. 10203798894852437@facebook.com' Robert Gale Slater says:

    If any Republican wins the Presidency, they will take us into World War III, and according to the Republicans they want women included in the draft now! This piece comes from Military.com: The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved by a narrow margin an amendment to a defense bill to require women to register for the draft.

  18. 1082899788437515@facebook.com' Michael Fuller says:

    Hillary Clinton is a liar and a criminal. She would be the final nail in the coffin for the United States.

  19. 783223185145630@facebook.com' Steve Monkiewicz says:

    If Hillary is the Democratic candidate, I will have hold my nose and reluctantly vote for her…a piss poor second to Bernie Sanders.

    • 10208063689042380@facebook.com' Rosa Rod says:

      So why not write his name in???
      Many are preferring to do so n there are still independents that are defintely backing him when they get to vote!

    • 10153419134919779@facebook.com' Jen Ashton says:

      Do not feel that the lesser of two evils is a choice you have to make. If they don’t give us better candidates, we don’t have to vote for them. Write in Bernie!

  20. 10207479875224579@facebook.com' Kathi Fair says:

    clinton will win.

  21. mic@ny.com' Third Party to break the system of 1-party election. says:

    The Democrats spoken of actually do not represent true liberty, self-resiliancy, independence
    and freedom. They have all moved away from the principles of self-liberation. In the end, only the people and public will lead. CLN – how about writing and posting a piece about the Libertarian party – there is a third party out there, why aren’t the media covering it and people only following the “trend?”

  22. mic@ny.com' Third Party to break the system of 1-party election. says:

    The Democrats spoken of actually do not represent true liberty, self-resiliancy, independence
    and freedom. They have all moved away from the principles of self-liberation. In the end, only the people and public will lead. CLN – how about writing and posting a piece about the Libertarian party – there is a third party out there, why aren’t the media covering it and are people only following the “trend?”

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