Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State, is involved in a herculean strugglewith Republican candidate Donald Trump to sit in the Oval Office,and in many of her speeches this year, she has spoken at great length about how much it would mean to her if she can shatter that mythical glass ceiling and become the country’s first female president.
With so much experience in politics and a way with words — unlike her mercurial opponent — the former First Lady is going to have a great election campaign, but it still remains to be seen if her charisma and ability to tone down her words will be enough to rally the nation behind her.
However, recent weeks have shown that Clinton may have a hard time giving Donald Trump a run for his money. Things were very different last year, with every poll showing her with a solid lead over the others in the general election. When she stepped down as Secretary of State in 2013, nine out of ten Democrats said that they would support Hillary’s run for the presidency. Indeed, there was no one who could beat her to the Democratic nomination.
However, as we edge ever closer to the elections, it is becoming quite obvious that Clinton has several issues to take care of if she aspires to have a good run in the election and shatter that ceiling.
Clearly, Clinton has not been able to rally women under her banner as well as she’d hoped.A poll in New Hampshire showedthat Mr. Sanders is ahead of her by eight percentage points among female democrats.
Another problem facingHillary is that she doesn’t have enough youth support, with young, Democratic voters preferring Mr. Sanders by a startling 76 percent to 24 percent among those under 30 in New Hampshire.In Iowa, the Vermont senator enjoys a similar popularity among eighteen to twenty-nine-year-olds.
Being a candidate of the establishment and Wall Street, through which she has profited financially by delivering speeches, means that Mrs. Clinton may not have the voter sympathy many expected her gender would provide. This complicates the task. Moreover, the world is changing around all of us, and given the success of the likes of Sanders and Trump, it is clear that people want change as opposed to than botched rhetoric that hasn’t come to any good.
Political bigotry has been a hallmark of almost every politician in the world, but this could prove to be a poisoned chalice for Hillary, who has changed her opinions as swiftly as some people change their bed sheets. In official capacities, there have been instances of Hillary saying one thing only to later become a critic of that which she once stood for, such as her take on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
Despite the fact that Trump may not be the most popular choice to call the shots inside the Oval Office, all signspoint to the fact that the Clinton household has a hard road ahead if they hope to win the election this time around.