She’s been on the campaign trail for less than 24 hours, but already the media has been unable to find the actual “van” Hillary is traveling in, people on Facebook are beginning to notice that she might have dyed her eyebrows for the occasion, and Hillary is having a tough time rounding up support from fellow New York politicians for her bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
I’m not sure about the eyebrows, honestly, and I tend to think this road trip is underwhelming (don’t people typically stop at more than gas stations on a road trip? Wouldn’t a Hillary Clinton tour of roadside attractions like the World’s Largest Frying Pan and the Duct Tape Capitol of the World be social media gold?), but the last one is what really has me worried – or, at least, it would have me worried if I were suddenly knocked unconscious by a falling rock and woke up thinking I was Chelsea: prominent New York Democrats like NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and governor Andrew Cuomo have yet to say whether they’re on board the Hillary van.
Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the presidential race Sunday to a stunning cold shoulder from Mayor Bill de Blasio and few signs of genuine enthusiasm from other top New York Democrats, who want to see her espouse a far more liberal agenda…
Many Democrats also describe Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was once seen as a potential Clinton alternative for president, as surprisingly unenthusiastic about Hillary’s campaign.
“He seems distant and detached from Hillary’s effort, perhaps because it’s not his,’’ said a senior Democratic Party leader.
The Cuomo ennui is understandable; by jumping into the race, Hillary’s pretty much muscled him out – after all, the Democratic primary doesn’t need two rent-seeking washed-up New York politicians trading on their family name, even if the former has a quasi-First Lady with Food Network credentials. As far as the rest of the lot is concerned, including De Blasio, it seems like they’re trying to play out Chicago’s Mayoral election on a larger scale. If they can’t have Elizabeth Warren (D-$8.7M net worth) , well then, they’re just going to go pout in a corner.
The game, of course, didn’t work in Chicago. It may have scared Rahm Emanuel into improving his public image, at least temporarily, but community organizing and small time donations can only go so far in an election. Despite what the left wants to believe, politics hinges more on financial largesse, and capacity to lead, likeability, and an appealing nature go along way. I’m not saying that Hillary Clinton has any of those in spades, but in the last Public Policy Poll, taken before Hillary had even declared, Hillary wallops Elizabeth Warren, 53% to 11%. Elizabeth Warren fell behind even Joe Biden. Barack Obama did so well because progressives were willing to sign on to a moderate campaign under the (mistaken, apparently) believe that Obama would govern as a progressive even though he’d campaigned as a moderate. It’s the veneer that counts. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t do as well, comparatively, because voters take a single look at her and know she’ll spend her time lecturing you on the egregious crimes perpetrated in the name of supply-side economics and perfecting her bowl haircut.
But just because they’re faced with the insurmountable task of convincing America that soft-focus Communism is the key to a brilliant future doesn’t mean they’ll merely roll over and give up. Progressives may be accused of many crimes, but abandoning their commitment to the stubborn belief that their ideas will one day succeed in the marketplace is not something they’re capable of doing (look at how well Che Guevara shirts still sell). Hillary will have to face her inner liberal demons, and they will come for her very soul sooner rather than later. And, suffice it to say, as with Rahm, I kind of can’t wait.
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