2007 - 2022

It’s Drumpf versus Clinton (but not as you think)

CcatgeZWEAEziaYI think people are being premature in anointing Hillary the nominee, though sadly that’s not true for Drumpf.  But as the ever-dumb Piers Morgan continues his life-mission to ingratiate himself with the most unpleasant people in the known universe. life goes on. Whether The Donald is a chummy-deal maker, a dangerous bigot, a narcissistic psychopath, or as Amanda Taub’s cute euphemism has it an expression of ‘American authoritarianism’, is up to you.

But it’s not all over for Bernie. First the Super Delegate system is overplayed. If Sanders wins the popular vote this will over-ride the super delegate system, and, despite Clinton seeming to win the ‘black vote’ (sic) (Alabama Goddam!), Oklahoma tells us something very different. Sanders was supposed to win Vermont, his home state but Oklahoma is a different matter. Clinton won the state in the 2008 primary and was 25 points ahead in mid January, yet yesterday lost it spectacularly to Sanders.

As Clare Malone wrote before Super Tuesday: “He appears to be appealing to the overwhelmingly white, middle to lower-middle class Democratic voters in Oklahoma in ways that he hasn’t been able to with minorities in other parts of the South (see: South Carolina). Eighty-two percent of Oklahoma’s 2008 Democratic primary voters were white and half had yearly household incomes between $30,000 and $75,000.”  Keith Gaddie from University of Oklahoma argues this Sanders support is a return to the state’s historic political roots: “Oklahoma is where your Southern agrarian populism and Nebraska prairie populism collided in America.”

Sanders won Oklahoma with 51.9% of the vote to Clinton’s 41.5%. He won Colorado 58.9% to Clinton’s 40.4% and Minnesota by a 61.7% to 38.3%. This is why Sanders beats Trump, he can take him on on his home-turf.

For those fixated with the Democratic candidates gender, it’s sobering to read former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell’s look at the Hillary Democrats strategy as they face the challenge of Donald Trump: “For every one of those blue-collar Democrats he picks up, he will lose to Hillary two socially moderate Republicans and independents in suburban Cleveland, suburban Columbus, suburban Cincinnati, suburban Philadelphia, suburban Pittsburgh, places like that,” he said.

In other words, the Clinton tactic will be to scare moderate conservatives into voting for their candidate. They are going to appeal to the center-right. People have got this wrong. It’s not Rubio or Cruz versus Trump, they’re just the patsies. It’s Clinton who’s running against Trump for the Republican vote.

People hoped Sanders would swing Clinton to the left. That’s not what’s happened. Trump has swung her to the right, and the problem with corporate opportunists like Clinton is that they will swing a long way in the wind of a campaign.

Comments (7)

Leave a Reply to George Gunn Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. bringiton says:

    Absolutely the case.
    When Middle America wakes up to the reality of The Trump representing them on the world stage,they will vote for a “safe” pair of hands as portrayed by Clinton.
    However,as you say,she will have to offer a centre right agenda to satisy the needs of this section of the electorate.
    Either way we end up with a centre right USA or Trumpland.
    Not sure which will be worse.

  2. J Galt says:

    Chit Chat over the puppets – the window dressing.

    Clinton, Trump, Sanders et al – who cares.

    The forces running things in the USA will still be running things whichever one is “elected”!

  3. George Gunn says:

    It’s all worse. J Galt is right, which ever one gets in the industrial and military complex will run America as it has since World War Two. As Leonard Cohen, the great sonsspeiler himself, roaked “Everyboday knows”. In many ways Trump is a great advocate for Scottish independence.

  4. George Gunn says:

    I think what I meant was that the songspeiler croaked. My fingers seem to be croaking. Sorry

  5. Mathew says:

    Drumpf or Clinton the earth warms up.

  6. old battle says:

    You win votes from the centre
    You win hope from the left
    You win hate from the right
    All the rest is media shite
    Building the artifice of lies

    THEY win the prize
    While the earth burns baby
    and there is no maybe
    So rock n roll

  7. Peter Clive says:

    Trump’s success is not shocking, it’s inevitable:


Help keep our journalism independent

We don’t take any advertising, we don’t hide behind a pay wall and we don’t keep harassing you for crowd-funding. We’re entirely dependent on our readers to support us.

Subscribe to regular bella in your inbox

Don’t miss a single article. Enter your email address on our subscribe page by clicking the button below. It is completely free and you can easily unsubscribe at any time.