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US Election Special: There may be trouble ahead… (3/3)
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This is a good posting on the US election. Though I am an independent, equally distrusting both political parties, I think Hillary Clinton has a good chance at being the first female US President. In spite of controversial hindrances, she has a few factors going for her in this election.
The first thing going for her is those that the Republican party are running, with Donald Trump as the odds on favorite to win. However, regardless of the unfathomable zealousness of his followers, the months of speeches have yet to produce any meaningful claims of what he will do (and more importantly, how he means to pull it off). Combine this with his overtly childish, unprofessional attitude during the televised debates, he will be unlikely to garner the necessary votes in the general election.
The second factor is within her own party. Bernie Sanders is her only serious competition. While he is pulling in large audiences at his speaking engagements (as is Trump), Americans, in general, have a deep mistrust of socialists, as a result of Twentieth Century anti-communist rhetoric. Furthermore, even though Sanders has come out as being firmly against Big Business, he has also advocated for tax increases, in order to finance universal medical coverage. While Obama has suffered much indignation for his state exchanges, the odds of Sanders being able to push through universal medical coverage are very close to zero.
The last element on Hillary’s favor is her husband. Bill has always been viewed as a highly charismatic, intelligent character, who attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in the late 1960’s. Despite his philandering history, the appeal of Bill and Hillary as a team continues to work in her favor. Traditionally, the spousal role to the president has been ceremonial, or at most, pushing minor agendas, such as fitness or anti-drug campaigns, my assumption is that Bill would be best employed in a diplomatic role, escorting Hillary on overseas trips, or going alone, augmenting US representation normally carried out by the Secretary of State.
As the US electoral process works to limit the general elections down to a single nominee from each of the two parties, plus the rare independent candidate, I probably would vote for Hillary, if she were selected to represent the Democrats over Sanders. As for the alternative she would be running against, the current spectrum of Republicans evoke personal sentiments that range from a lack of confidence to downright fearfulness and/or terror.
Hillary Clinton is a talented and accomplished politician. Her likely election to office, and her qualification for the role, is owing to her own accomplishments rather than those of her husband, or the failings of other candidates.
Clinton is a politician who has served as senator for a vast and diverse state; who has held office as Secretary of State; and weathered political trials and personal attacks as First Lady. Clinton’s political experience is broad; having worked in domestic and foreign policy for a political life-time, she simply eclipses all other candidates in terms of knowledge, ability, and experience. Unlike other candidates, her policies are clear and achievable.
Sanders entry to the race has given Clinton a leftward lean, yet she is not alienating Republicans, even as she works to gain the progressive Democratic vote from Sanders. In a race attracted to ‘outsiders’, Hillary’s position as a professional politician is sometimes problematic for her campaign. But it also makes her a viable candidate. Her goals are realistic, her experience is proven, and she has some credibility (despite a few hiccups…). While Clinton might seem sadly central to both the left and the right, this only heightens her “electability”.
So, I respectfully disagree. It is not Bill, Bernie, or Donald, who will be the making of Hillary’s campaign. It will be Hillary Rodham Clinton; politician.