Hillary Clinton’s campaign is aimless. Bouncing from one failed message to another, time has run out for the candidate who has searched high and low for a message to which she could “lock-on.”
She tried everything from income inequality to foreign policy messages. She has revamped her personal image half-a-dozen times and with each iteration, she appears more unlikable than the one before.
Her plans hold no teeth and her policy agenda seems copy-and-pasted from a liberal textbook. Nothing about her campaign is inspired and nothing is new.
In the blood of slain college students, however, a desperate Clinton seems to believe she found her true message: gun control.
Yes- gun control, the concept that hasn’t been popular with the majority of Americans since “Seinfeld” was on the air.
To be clear, there will always be a formidable chunk of America that believes that they possess the right to infringe upon the constitutional protections of others. However, so long as a candidate has a “D” next to their name, they could count on a sizable portion of this ultra-liberal crowd.
No, gun control does not “fire-up” the masses… Well, not in the way Hillary hopes, anyway…
Hillary has made a serious misstep. So desperate for a message, she has actually come out to endorse an “Australian style” form of gun control and that is outright gun confiscation.
The trick to being a diehard liberal tyrant is incrementalism. Didn’t they teach her that at the Saul Alinsky Academy of Liberal Tyrants?
Gun control remains unpopular with the majority of Americans. Multiple polls indicate as such and while it’s popular for sentiments to change, the unpopularity of gun control efforts for the majority of Americans has been an ironclad fact for well over a decade now.
Recently, Gallup and Wall Street Journal/NBC News polls both showed that Americans are still outright rejecting gun control efforts.
On the same day, a new CNN/ORC poll shows the depth of the trouble Clinton is in:
About half of all Americans oppose stricter gun control laws, a larger segment of the population than those who support tighter controls on guns,according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.
Nearly three weeks after the latest mass shooting claimed the lives of nine people, 52% of Americans now oppose stricter gun control laws, 6% more than the 46% of Americans who support such laws. That’s a wider gap than in June when CNN last surveyed Americans on gun control, finding that the public was equally split at 49% on the issue.
Still, Hillary not only backed a losing horse in this race, but she even managed to thwart her own efforts.
Liberal gun control efforts today rely upon a degree of incrementalism. A politician cannot simply announce that they would enjoy confiscating Americans’ constitutionally-protected weapons. They must cloak their intentions in words like “commonsense measures” and discussions of what constitutes “mental illness.”
By announcing that she would support an Australian-style program of gun confiscation, she has kicked the hornet’s nest of Republicans, conservatives and even many Democrats.
Not all Democrats are the Prius-driving, anti-gun type with which Hillary is likely best acquainted. In the West and in the South are hunters and outdoor enthusiasts who, even if they could abide more gun control, will be unwilling to go so far as to support a candidate who has pledged that she would consider full-scale gun confiscation.
These more-centrist Democrats may not vote Republican, but with comments like these, they are less-likely to vote for Hillary.
Adding to Hillary’s troubles is the fact that while Republicans and conservatives remain in a civil war, there is but only a handful of issues the two factions can agree on and gun control is definitely one of them. What Hillary has done is offered common ground between the two factions and a platform where conservatives and Republicans can work together to defeat her.
In truth, Hillary would have been better-off endorsing puppy-kicking as a policy platform than gun control. It’s a losing issue.