During her 2008 bid for president. Hillary Clinton was in “no ways tired” to emphasize her roots as a coal miner’s great granddaughter, a façade that helped her beat Barack Obama in primary states heavily reliant on the coal industry.
Eight years later, a Reuters review of her recent campaign speeches and policy announcements shows that the great-granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner is now talking about the coal industry in the past tense.
The shift by Clinton is not without significant political risk. She will have to walk a fine line in trying to please the progressive activists she needs to win her party’s nomination and working-class “swing” voters whose support will be crucial for the general election in November 2016. Ohio and Pennsylvania, in particular, have a lot of electoral votes, which are key to electing a new president.
Mindful of that, Clinton has been careful to pay tribute to the contribution coal miners have made to the American economy, but she has also made clear that they should be helped to find new jobs, and a new way of life.
Yep, she doesn’t need your votes anymore, those of you who make your living in the coal industry, so shape up or ship out.
As lovable lefty Bernie Sanders continues to draw huge crowds – such as over 27,000 who turned out to “feel the Bern” in Los Angeles yesterday – Mrs. Clinton is going to have to make some drastic changes to inject excitement into her so far lackluster campaign.
As Newsmax reports, a June piece by the Washington Post reported on the results of a Post-ABC poll that found Clinton’s favorability ratings had fallen to their lowest since April 2008, when she first ran for president.
The poll found that 52 percent of Americans said Clinton is not trustworthy, “a 22-point swing in the past year,” according to the Post, which noted that Clinton support from both independents and Democrats had diminished.
Is it sexist to say Clinton is now forced to touch up her roots in order to stay relevant?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]