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Hillary Clinton must not win the nomination, or be elected president, for the good of the Democratic Party.
My reasoning is predicated on neither Hillary nor Bernie being able to get anything accomplished with a Republican House. I think that is not only a realistic assessment, but one you can take to the bank.
We could not win the House in 2012 with a popular sitting Democrat seeking re-election. Black turnout was higher then than it will be in 2016. There is not a snowball’s chance in hell that we take the House next year. Which means no legislative agenda of a Democratic president has any more chances of success than has Obama’s with the House controlled by Republicans.
We must win statehouses and legislatures to assure fair reapportionment after the 2020 Census. If we do not, the Republicans will control the House until 2030.
I cannot think of a weaker front to bring into the 2018 and 2020 elections than having to defend an abysmal Clinton presidency.
Black turnout will be worse than it was in 2014. Clinton’s neo-con foreign policy will dissuade the left from enthusiasm for her.
If a Republican is in the White House, the Democratic opposition will be led by the Sanders wing of the party, demonstrably more capable of growing the base with young people, labor, environmentalists, etc.
The question about who should be nominated must consider who can lead the party to statehouse victories in 2018. To do that requires a deep bench of activists and supporters, not merely the ability to put together a victory in a vacuum in 2016.
Hillary stands for nothing. She is a political chameleon. And the left won’t be there for the 2018 elections in support of Wall Street.