Sunday 4 December 2016

What if the establishment decides to rig it for Hillary?

Having found that she can't rely on women to vote for her, Clinton is playing the race card, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 14/02/2016 | 02:30

There is little love for Hillary. As Camille Paglia rightly said:
There is little love for Hillary. As Camille Paglia rightly said: "After two national campaigns, it should be obvious that Hillary has no natural instinct or facility for understanding and communicating with the public on the scale that the presidency demands. Sexism has nothing to do with it." Photo: PA

Consider this scenario: It's the last week in July 2016 and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has to choose a candidate to take on Donald Trump (70 by then), who was crowned Republican presidential candidate the previous week.

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The Republican establishment had looked on aghast for months as the contenders knocked seven bells out of each other, leaving Trump - whose self-confidence had remained intact as he broke every rule about how candidates should behave - the undisputed winner. The Republican people have spoken; they wanted an outsider who would "tell it like it is" and who financed himself. "Unelectable", the pundits are still saying, but with diminishing conviction.

The Democratic Party establishment had also had a terrible few months, as Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old, Jewish, self-styled democratic socialist continued to out-perform Hillary Clinton (68) and ended with a clear lead among the delegates. The Democratic people have spoken; they also wanted an outsider (crowd-funded in Sanders's case) who - in their view, unlike Hillary - was honest and trustworthy.

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