May 03, 2016 2:51 PM GMT
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Even against Trump, attracting both moderate Republicans and Sanders supporters will not be easy for Clinton.
Hillary Clinton and her advisers now face an excruciating dilemma for the November election. Go left or go center?
Typically, a Democrat moves left to win the nomination and then moves center to capture swing voters in the general election. But this is no ordinary election.
For starters, the Sanders campaign has been the source of energy and excitement—not just the kids, but the white working class voters whom Hillary will need to win back.
Polls suggest that few Sanders backers will defect to Trump. That’s not the problem.
The problem is how many will just disengage, stay home, refuse to work hard for the ticket, or even vote for the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein.
And what it would take for Clinton to win over disaffected blue-collar voters who were once Democrats but who now are inclined to vote for a pseudo-populist Republican?
...If she moves left, according to this advice, the moderate Republicans and traditional swing voters stay home.
One of the first signals she will send will be her choice of running mate. For a while the moderate of choice seemed to be Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. But Clinton doesn’t really need a Hispanic running mate. Trump will take care of Hispanic turnout for the Democrat. (lol) ...
...If she goes the other way, and names Sanders himself, or a progressive like Al Franken or Elizabeth Warren, that could mobilize some Sanders voters—but not win the hearts of those elusive moderate Republicans (of course I think those are three great choices)...
...She might declare the platform process open to convention delegates and let them define the party program. That could well give Sanders supporters the sense that they succeeded on pushing the Democrats to the left...
...Face it: There is no good way of reassuring both Sanders supporters and Republican moderates...