PRESUMED DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE TO RUN HARD LEFT CAMPAIGN …
|| By FITSNEWS || We don’t have much use for David Brooks of The New York Times, but he’s got an interesting column out this week taking Hillary Clinton to task for her 2016 general election strategy.
And yes, Brooks is assuming – as is everyone else in America – that Clinton’s recent rash of scandals won’t impair her sufficiently so as to cost her the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Which means she’s basically running in the 2016 general election already.
Anyway, according to Brooks’ column, Clinton has decided that the key to victory isn’t building a bigger tent, but filling the tent she’s got.
“Firing up certain Democratic supporters is easier than persuading moderates,” Brooks writes by way of explaining the gist of Clinton’s campaign calculus.
Accordingly, her campaign “will adopt left-leaning policy positions carefully designed to energize the Obama coalition – African-Americans, Latinos, single women and highly educated progressives,” thus dispensing with any need for a “persuasion campaign.”
Wait … didn’t the last three U.S. presidents (including her husband in 1992) win their first terms in office by building bigger tents?
Brooks doesn’t like Clinton’s strategy. He thinks it will contribute to an already polarized country, hamper her ability to govern in the event she wins and erode her status as a leader (making her appear calculating and methodical instead).
But he also thinks it’s bad politics …
“The mobilization strategy overreads the progressive shift in the electorate,” Brooks noted. “It’s true that voters have drifted left on social issues. But they have not drifted left on economic and fiscal issues, as the continued unpopularity of Obamacare makes clear. If Clinton comes across as a stereotypical big-spending, big-government Democrat, she will pay a huge cost in the Upper Midwest and the Sun Belt.”
“By adopting base mobilization, Clinton seems to have made the first big decision of her presidential campaign,” he concludes. “It’s the wrong one.”
We concur …
Of course if the 2016 general election is a campaign between Clinton and a status quo “Republican,” there will be plenty of appeals to big spending and big government to go around, sadly.