Hillary Clinton declared victory prematurely in Iowa. One television newscaster theorized she had been misinformed by an over enthusiastic staffer. She declared her victory, announcing her husband and daughter would join her on stage to make victory speeches. She then stunned reporters by packing up and leaving with no explanation. While Mrs. Clinton appears to have won an incredibly close victory in Iowa due to a series of questionable coin tosses, her behavior as she left was less than presidential. In terms of the delegate count, her victory has little value. She gains 22 delegates, Bernie gains 21. As Bernie Sanders stated, “This was a virtual tie.”
Bernie Sanders’ virtual tie in Iowa is a significant achievement. Senator Sanders has tapped into some very real issues that Hillary Clinton, and other wealthy Democrats, are just barely becoming aware of and would prefer to ignore. Income inequality and a ridiculously low minimum wage are two examples. Mrs. Clinton gives lip service to these issues, but her history shows a lack of interest. Bernie Sanders’ popularity with young voters has raised real questions about Mrs. Clinton’s vision of the future. Regardless of claims to the contrary, Mrs. Clinton is the status quo candidate for the Democratic party. She speaks of change in broad strokes, but makes no detailed commitments. Her slogans have evolved, but only because of issues brought up by Senator Sanders.
As the status quo candidate, Hillary Clinton supported the deregulation of Wall Street (resulting in the Great Recession). She chose to ignore abuses by Wall Street that took down the economy. She voted for the disastrous Iraq war, supporting George W. Bush. Mrs. Clinton later supported a war on Libya, leading to chaos and violence in Libya and the surrounding area.
As Secretary of State she used her “personal” email server, rather than a secure one provided by the government, declaring her use of a personal email server to be a “matter of convenience.” The concern is with her judgment on using a personal server. Breaking the rules with the explanation, “it was inconvenient,” is elitist and aristocratic. Rules are for peasants, the lower class, the commoners. They don’t apply to the elite.
Bernie Sanders essentially came out of nowhere and devastated Mrs. Clinton’s chances of being the inevitable choice. Bernie Sanders has improved the quality of the Democratic primaries by forcing Mrs. Clinton out of her comfort zone. Bernie is connecting more effectively than Hillary Clinton on how certain voter groups feel about the economy and the country’s future.
David Axelrod, a top strategist for Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns, described Bernie, saying,
“He speaks to what so many feel. …that if you work hard you can get ahead, seems like a cliche that’s not true. He’s an advocate for people, and they’re getting that message.”
No one describes Hillary Clinton as genuine or honest!