What, me worry? Even though Billary Clinton, like Donald Trump, is upside down in favorability polls by double digits (Bernie Sanders’ favorability is 23.3 percentage points above Billary’s) and even though Trump is overtaking her in the presidential match-up polls, Billary says that she’s not at all concerned.
As Billary Clinton continues to nosedive in the nationwide match-up polls against Donald Trump, the more and more likely it appears to be that the Democrats’ late-July convention will be contested — and justifiably so.
The poll numbers are horrifying, and should have the Democratic Party hacks/Billarybots shitting their little lemming pants.
Real Clear Politics’ average of presidential match-up polls right now has Trump at 0.2 percent ahead of Billary Clinton, while The Huffington Post’s average of match-up polls has Billary at only 1.6 percent ahead of Trump.
It’s funny — sick-and-pathetic funny, not ha-ha funny — that Team Billary and the Billarybots have accused Bernie Sanders and his campaign of misleading his followers about his chances of winning the party’s presidential nomination when Team Billary actively is misleading Billary’s followers about her chances against Trump in November.
“Polls this far out mean nothing,” Billary proclaimed today on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “They certainly mean nothing to me.”
Billary most likely is lying that she’s not at all concerned about her tanking poll numbers. If she’s not lying (but I put it at more than 90 percent that she is), then she selfishly and recklessly is putting her egomaniacal desire to win the White House far above the best interests of the American people — which would be that we not have a President Trump.
Bernie, meanwhile, correctly has stated of the Billary-vs.-Trump match-up that the voters view Billary as “the lesser of two evils.”
… “That’s what the American people are saying,” the Vermont senator said on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” [today]. “If you look at the favorability ratings of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, both of them have very, very high unfavorables.”
According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday, 58 percent of registered voters view Trump unfavorably, while 54 percent view Clinton the same way — the highest unfavorable ratings for likely general election candidates in the history of the survey. (A CNN/ORC poll released earlier this month found similar record unfavorable ratings for Trump and Clinton.)
“We need a campaign, an election, coming up which does not have two candidates who are really very, very strongly disliked,” Sanders said. “I don’t want to see the American people voting for the lesser of two evils.
“I want the American people to be voting for a vision of economic justice, of social justice, of environmental justice, of racial justice. That is the campaign we are running, and that’s why we are getting the support we are.”
Sanders also pointed out that he is consistently polling better against Trump than Clinton.
“If you look at virtually all of the polls done in the last six, seven weeks, in every one of them, nationally polls and statewide polls, we defeat Trump by larger margins — in some cases, significantly larger margins — than does Secretary Clinton,” he said.
Clinton’s lead over Trump has fallen from 11 points last month to just 3 (46 percent to 43 percent) in the new NBC/WSJ poll — a figure within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The same poll showed Sanders well ahead of Trump, by 15 points (54 percent to 39 percent) in their theoretical general election match-up.
And an ABC News/Washington Post poll released [yesterday] showed Trump with a 2-point lead over Clinton (46 percent to 44 percent) — an 11-point swing from early March, when Clinton led the real estate mogul by 9 points (50 percent to 41 percent).
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sanders said that he still believes Clinton could defeat the presumptive Republican nominee in the fall, but that his appeal to independent voters ought to make the so-called Democratic super-delegates rethink their support for her.
“I’m not saying she cannot beat Donald Trump. I think she can,” the independent senator and self-described democratic socialist said. “There’s a good chance she can. I am the stronger candidate because we appeal to independents — people who are not in love with either the Democratic or Republican Party, often for very good reasons.”
Sanders continued: “Any objective assessment of our campaign versus Clinton’s camp, I think, will conclude we have the energy, we have the excitement, we have the young people, we have the working people, we can drive a large voter turnout, so that we not only win the White House but we regain control of the Senate,” Sanders said.
Clinton, for her part, dismissed the latest poll results.
“Polls this far out mean nothing,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “They certainly mean nothing to me.”
Sanders’ interpretation of the polls is pretty fucking unassailable.
HuffPo’s average favorability rating for Billary Clinton is 55.2 percent unfavorable to only 41.2 percent favorable; for Donald Trump, it’s 57.2 percent unfavorable to only 38.9 favorable; and for Bernie Sanders, it’s 50.3 percent favorable to 41 percent unfavorable.
So Billary is in the hole by 14 percentage points, Trump is underwater by 18.3 percentage points, and Bernie is above water by 9.3 percent — a full 23.3 percent better than Billary (and 27.6 percent better than Trump)!
“Polls this far out mean nothing,” Billary claims, but, again, who doesn’t already know Billary and Trump pretty well by now? Billary and Trump have been around for decades; they’re not exactly unknown quantities. How much can Billary move the needle against Trump at this juncture?
And for how long, exactly, are we expected not to panic while Billary’s poll numbers continue to tank? Indeed, doesn’t Billary’s use of the intensifier “certainly” in “They [the polls] certainly mean nothing to me” indicate that she indeed is panicking?
This is, admittedly, an unusual presidential cycle — one in which the Coke Party and the Pepsi Party apparently finally are being held to account by the electorate for the fact that since at least the 1980s, they have sold out the average American to their corporate campaign contributors.
Donald Trump tapped into this national discontent and dispatched the Repugnican Tea Party establishment fairly easily and fairly quickly.
Of course, Donald Trump isn’t the answer; he is the answer to the United States’ socioeconomic problems like Adolf Hitler was the answer to Germany’s socioeconomic problems — and a President Trump probably would end up much the same.
But the rise of Trump — who, if actually elected (or not elected — I mean, George W. Bush wasn’t legitimately elected in 2000, but he took the White House anyway), would be the first U.S. president in my lifetime who had not first been a U.S. senator or the governor of a state — can only be explained by the fact that the electorate is done — stick-a-fork-in-it done — with the calcified duopolistic political system.
The majority of us Americans — or at least the largest plurality of us, anyway — aren’t party hacks, and we’re way beyond sick and fucking tired of being the two parties’ chumps. We’re done playing Charlie Brown to the two parties’ football-yanking Lucy.
The poll numbers — the favorability numbers and the presidential match-up numbers — prove Bernie Sanders’ assertion that the electorate views Billary as the lesser of the two evils that are Trump and Billary and that of the three candidates still standing, he is the one whom the electorate likes the most.
And I agree with Sanders’ assertion that the voters would rather vote for someone whom they actually like than vote for someone primarily to block the election of someone whom they hate even more than they hate their own party’s candidate.
This indeed is the dynamic that we’re seeing in this unusual presidential election cycle, which is unusual for so many reasons, not just the for the pathetic fact that Billary and Trump both are hated more than they are liked by double digits, but also for such reasons as that Billary is the first former first lady who ever ran for the presidency and that, again, Trump, if elected, would be the first president in my lifetime who hadn’t first been at least a governor or a U.S. senator.
It’s the truth that Billary is the lesser of the two evils, even though of course the Democratic Party hacks no doubt are going to attack Bernie for having uttered this unpleasant truth publicly. Billary isn’t unlikable if we just don’t ever utter that she is unlikable, you see; but whoever utters this glaringly obvious fact is, indeed, responsible for her unlikability!
In any event, the Democratic Party establishment is over just as the Repugnican Tea Party establishment is over. It’s just been a slower collapse.
Billary & Co. have been able to use her surname to keep the gig going much longer than it should have, but sooner rather than later, the Democratic Party is going to fall to us progressives, whether it happens with Bernie Sanders or whether it happens with another leader.
The writing is on the wall.
P.S. Why is Bernie polling better than both Billary and Trump in the polls? Well, like Trump is, he is seen as an outsider, even though he has been in D.C. since the early 1990s, first as a U.S. representative and then a U.S. senator.
But because Bernie has been an independent in his congressional career, his claim to being an outsider — untarnished by the long-standing corruption of the pro-corporate Democratic Party — is pretty valid. He hasn’t been just another go-along-to-get-along Democratic Party hack, with which D.C. is crawling and slithering.
While Trump is the wrong answer, Bernie is the right answer, and, thankfully, around 10 percent more of the electorate realize this than don’t.
Again, the only thing stopping a President Trump at this point are the Democratic Party super-delegates and the decisions that they make at the convention in July. Which will be more important to them? Not hurting Billary’s feelings and/or incurring her wrath — or actually winning the White House?
I put it at about 60-40 that the super-delegates will ignore the flashing lights and blaring siren and will coronate Billary — who will lose to Trump. (Yes, I give Billary less than a 50-percent chance of beating Trump.)
Oh, well. If we have a nation left after President Trump, his presidency should be more than enough to usher in another golden age of progressivism.