Ask any supporter of Secretary Clinton, and they will express certainty that Hillary is more electable than Senator Sanders. While she is certainly the most qualified non-incumbent candidate running for the White House in over a century, she is carrying more baggage than any candidate for the White House in a long time. Below is a comparison of what the two candidates bring to the campaign for the White House for Internet activists to share with undecided voters.
On the matter of qualifications, Secretary Clinton is more qualified for the job having worked in two Democratic administrations. Senator Sanders, on the other hand, is far more qualified for the job than Senator Obama was eight years ago; and he is more qualified than any of the Republican candidates. Unlike Secretary Clinton, he has lead an administration as the mayor of Burlington, VT. Advantage Clinton.
Most voters do not trust Hillary Clinton and with good reason. She is a serial liar. Conversely, Senator Sanders is honest and perceived as such. Trust matters. According to a Quinnipiac November 4th poll, “Clinton has the lowest rating for honesty as American voters say 60 – 36 percent she is not honest and trustworthy.” Advantage Sanders.
Clinton’s supporters insist that she is more likely to get things accomplished with a Republican controlled Congress. There is no reason to believe that a President, who considers Republicans her “enemy,” will work with congressional Republicans any better than a President who calls Republicans his friends. This will unfold in a general election in much the same way. Republicans will not vote for Hillary Clinton, but they have been and will again vote for Bernie Sanders over a candidate as racist and bigoted as Donald Trump. Advantage Sanders.
Both Sanders and Clinton have come out in opposition to the un-American and fascistic Trans-Pacific Partnership. Senator Sanders has always opposed these corporate-oriented, job outsourcing “trade” agreements where Secretary Clinton has flip flopped on the TPP and more to the point, she is lying about her “opposition” to it. Advantage Sanders.
Hillary Clinton has flip-flopped on a wide range of issues which any Republican candidate would certainly point out in campaign ads. Bernie Sanders has been consistently progressive in his policy positions for thirty years now. Advantage Sanders.
Bernie Sanders has virtually no baggage, legal or otherwise. Hillary Clinton is under investigation by the FBI, and she could be indicted before the general election next year. This concern is just one of many scandals Republicans will remind voters about. Sanders is a democratic socialist. Although best understood as American progressivism in the tradition of FDR, that label will be used against Sanders as much as “untrustworthy” will likely be used against Clinton. Hillary’s baggage, again, goes well beyond her email server. No advantage.
Climate change may not be a decisive issue for many voters, but it’s the most important issue confronting the world. If humans do not quickly slow, stop and reverse global warming, the human race will be doomed in relatively short order. While Secretary Clinton finally came around (flip-flopped) and opposed the Keystone KXL pipeline from Canada, as Secretary of State, she promoted the hydrofracking of natural gas. While the burning of natural gas is better than burning coal, The planet is quickly approaching a tipping point, and time is running out. In order to radically transform the energy sector from fossil fuels to sustainable energy, massive government spending will be required, and vested interests in oil, coal and gas will have to switch to a new business close their doors. It is highly unlikely that Hillary Clinton will buck her donors’ interests to such an extent, but Senator Sanders has made this central in his campaign. Advantage Sanders although the Republican candidate and right-wing super PACs will treat Clinton and Sanders the same on this issue.
The meaning of the word corruption has been narrowed by the Supreme Court beginning in 1976 with Buckley v Valeo. It used to include politicians doing the bidding of corporations and other private, commercial interests. (See Corruption in America: From Ben Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United.) As Senator for New York and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton put the interests of corporate America ahead of the citizens. Senator Sanders has never done that and would not. Advantage Sanders.
While Hillary Clinton is no full-blown fascist, like Donald Trump, she is characterized with nearly as many of the traits of fascism as Trump. It’s doubtful Republicans, especially Donald Trump, will drive this point home because they (excluding Rand Paul) are even more fascistic than Clinton. Bernie Sanders is not significantly fascistic which may explain one reason why his voters are so loyal to him. Advantage Sanders.
Hillary Clinton has a few super PACs and a willingness to attack her opponents. Bernie Sanders is renouncing super PAC support and will not attack his opponents. Advantage Clinton.
A poll of over 5,000 independent voters indicates “Democrat Bernie Sanders topped the polls [at 44.7% support] with five Republican candidates between him and the next Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, who garnered just 8.6%.” Conversely, Real Clear Politics indicates Clinton currently has a clear polling advantage over Trump where Sanders, contrary to HA Goodman’s assertion (video above) has mixed results. Currently no advantage, however, addressing the issue of electability on the Huffington Post, Rob Hager analyzes voter polls and concludes, “Democratic voters…have it exactly backwards. It is Sanders that should be attracting their near certain (87%) confidence of victory next November now accorded Clinton, while their doubts about a Sanders toss-up (49%) should properly attach to Clinton. Democrats are not just misinformed, but grossly misinformed, about the key issue of whether Clinton or Sanders will more likely win against Republicans.” [Emphasis added]
Last but perhaps more significant than the opinions of independent voters, how many Clinton supporters have said they will not vote for Bernie Sanders if he’s the Party nominee? How many of them will write in Hillary Clinton or vote Green or Republican if she is not the nominee? Revolt Against Plutocracy is building a list of voters of nearly 31,000 voters pledged to write in Bernie if he’s not the nominee. This number will certainly increase in the coming months because 14% of Democrats will not vote for her if she is the Party nominee. If Secretary Clinton becomes the Party nominee, she will not have the support of many progressive Democrats. Advantage Sanders.
Results: advantage Clinton (2), advantage Sanders (8), no advantage yet (2). While ardent supporters of Secretary Clinton will not give these factors much consideration, cautious Democrats, who are still making up their minds, should weigh them in their decision making. The FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email server could lead to an indictment in 2016, and anyone who thinks that the White House can be captured by a candidate with the FBI as a running mate needs to set aside their preference for a woman and employ hard-headed objectivity. Do Democrats really want a corrupt, Wall Street-backed, neo-liberal as the 45th President? If the answer to that question is “yes,” we all may well end up with President Trump.