Hillary’s challenge from the even farther left
How unattractive a candidate is Hillary Clinton? Well, first she’s not the first female to nominated for president by a US political party (you have to put “major” in front of “political party” for that to be true and only if you think that difference matters). The Green Party has been doing it for years.
Speaking of the Green Party, this is how unattractive a candidate Clinton is … among her own kind:
Now that Hillary Clinton has officially won the Democratic presidential nomination, chances are we’re going to hear a lot more about Jill Stein. The Green Party candidate, currently polling in the low single digits nationally, has been gunning for the support of disaffected Bernie Sanders fans, urging them to “keep the revolution going” by getting behind her own long-shot White House bid. Tuesday, she was on hand at the Democratic convention to meet aggrieved Sanders delegates, some of whom formed a small crowd around her to chant, “Bernie or Jill.” Thanks to progressive grassroots rage, she may well peel off a few percentage points of the vote come the fall, when she’s expected to be on the ballot in about 47 states.
That would be lovely. In fact, I’ve read in more than one place that votes for the Johnson/Weld libertarian ticket might actually find votes on both sides of the political spectrum, those from the left coming from “dissatisfied Democrats” who can’t stomach Clinton. How bad is it when the chosen candidate (she was certainly not “elected”) can’t even dampen the fire of contention in her own party?
And, finally, a recent poll found Clinton’s unfavorable rating to be atmospheric in relation to other presidential candidates in recent presidential elections. Like not even close!
Look, we all know Stein is Sanders in a skirt. An unrealistic, economically illiterate Socialist platform based on wishes, hopes, unicorns and rainbows. But frankly, if it’s enough to siphon off votes from Clinton, I say let the unicorns stampede.
This could end up being a very interesting election after all.