Donald Trump has emerged to become the presumptive GOP nominee. However, his rhetoric and antics have alienated many Republicans across the country. In order to try and capitalize on the political fallout of a Trump nomination, far-left Democrat Hillary Clinton has decided to once again reinvent her image in a Quixotic attempt to attract Republican voters who are not Trump supporters.
Considering that the Republicans who have most-vehemently denounced Trump has been constitutional conservatives repulsed by Trump’s willingness to embrace liberal policies, it seems like a fool’s errand for a liberal like Clinton to even attempt such a maneuver.
Seemingly encouraged by the recent Hillary endorsement of Mark Salter, a top campaign aide to 2008 Republican nominee John McCain. Team Hillary has pivoted to try and attract other faux-Republicans.
Democrats caution their effort to win over Clinton Republicans ” or Hilla-cans ” is in its earliest stages, but could grow to include ads and other outreach targeted in particular at suburban women in battleground states. Already, aides say, a number of Republicans have privately told Clinton and her team they plan to break party ranks and support her.
“Let’s get on the American team,” Clinton said, making an explicit appeal to independents and Republicans, in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
Hoping to hasten any move to her side, her campaign on Wednesday released a list of Republicans vowing never to vote for Trump along with a web ad featuring clips of prominent GOPers, including his former rivals, bashing the New York billionaire in every possibly way.
“He needs therapy,” says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at the end of the spot.
The idea is not a bad one if the Democrat were running as a centrist. However, over and over again throughout the Democrat primary, Clinton and her opponent, socialist Bernie Sanders, have sparred over who has the most-authentic far-left credentials and have attempted to out-maneuver each other to get as far to the left as they can.
In short: Hillary has made her move and denounced centrist politics. Reversing course is only likely to embolden Sanders’ campaign and alienate far-left Clinton supporters who have defended her as the “progressive” choice.
This is not 1980 and a resurgence of the “Reagan Democrat” mindset. Reagan represented a return to reason after four years of a disastrous Democrat presidency that devastated the economy and our national interests.
The “Reagan Democrat” phenomenon was a reaction to failed leadership. Clinton aims to be a continuation of Obama’s agenda. If anybody is primed for attracting voters from the other party, it is Donald Trump.