The Hillary Clinton campaign has not been very well-run, but it may not need to be to clinch the presidency.
It is coming of age in a crazy political time where her only opponent on the Democratic side is a 74-year-old socialist, who doesn’t understand how basic economics work.
Things look even worse on the GOP side with the two frontrunners being an outspoken and offensive braggart with questionable business acumen and as many wishy-washy positions as Clinton herself, and a religious zealot who looks and talks like a shady televangelist.
Clinton has struggled for more than a year with polls on her trustworthiness, including this latest that shows one-third of the Democratic primary voters in her home state didn’t trust her.
Believe me, the Hillary Clinton campaign — under ordinary circumstances — shouldn’t have much of a future, but in these conditions, there are reasons she’s the frontrunner.
1. Ted Cruz has exposed Donald Trump, but not to the benefit of the GOP.
Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas/Canada Republican, has run an effective enough campaign against Donald Trump.
He isn’t beating him and really can’t at this point — at least through voter delegates — but he has trounced Trump in a number of conservative states and exposed an undercurrent of the Republican establishment that hates Trump even more than they do Hillary Clinton.
This will not win over Trump’s supporters in the general election, mind you, should Cruz win the nomination in a brokered convention; but it will be enough to give the Hillary Clinton campaign an advantage heading into November should Trump end up the nominee.
2. The Hillary Clinton Campaign has yet to provide a good answer on the email investigation, but the antics of her opponents have been much louder.
Look at the debates.
Donald Trump has commented on the size of his manhood. He has also brought forth the word “schlonged” when discussing Clinton in her 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination.
Trump has threatened the freedom of the press, said that women who get abortions should be prosecuted, and even reversed his position on a GOP staple banning transgender people from using public restrooms representative of the gender they identify with.
(Trump supports it now; he didn’t earlier, something his tea party backers aren’t too happy about right now.)
Cruz, on the other hand, ate one of his boogers during the debate. He has been caught in shady campaign moves against Republican opponents like Ben Carson and Trump himself. He is way too conservative to win the moderate/liberal strongholds that traditionally go to Democrats.
And he just doesn’t have the votes, considering Trump will probably continue to run as a third party should he be withheld the nomination as the lead vote/delegate-getter.
The Hillary Clinton campaign may be at the mercy of an ongoing FBI investigation right now, but with no sign of charges, nor any sign of when the investigation will wrap up for better or worse, it is possible she could already be President of the United States if indicted.
The sensational exploits of her Republican adversaries and the difficult nomination path for Sanders make it likely.
3. Standout conservatives are even starting to come around on Hillary Clinton.
There have been few bigger ogres in Democratic circles than the Koch Brothers, and one of those men, Charles Koch, recently had something interesting to say about a Hillary Clinton presidency.
Koch said, in a CNN report, that he could consider supporting the Hillary Clinton campaign in its November bid from what he’s seen of the two Republican frontrunners.
Clinton, for her part, had this to say, which will play to her base and any Bernie Sanders supporters who may be having difficulty voting for her in the general election.
Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote. https://t.co/TWN4zYhMBh
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 24, 2016
Do you think the Hillary Clinton campaign has sewn up the election, and in an “ordinary” environment, how do you think her controversial campaign would fare? Sound off in the comments section.
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