Thursday, March 03, 2016

Hillary, progressive politics and "electability"

Cenk Uygar takes a critical look at Hillary Clinton's campaign for a progressive perspective in Hillary Clinton's Tactical Use Of Black Police Victims The Young Turks 03/03/2016, which suggests why her superior "electability" compared to Bernie Sanders isn't entirely self-evident:

In Hillary Clinton Isn't Interested In Getting Money Out Of Politics, Cenk draws on David Sirota's Hillary Clinton 2016: DC Lobbyists Set To Raise Cash For Hillary Victory Fund International Business Times 02/29/2016:

Here's another take on Hillary's planned March 21 fundraiser from Paul Blumenthal, Hillary Clinton To Raise Money From Ex-NRA Lobbyist Huffington Post 03/01/2016:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign will hold a fundraiser in Washington on March 21 that will feature as one of its hosts Jeff Forbes, who until the end of last year worked as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.

Forbes, a former chief of staff to former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), was registered as a lobbyist for the NRA Institute from 2009 until the end of 2015 on issues such as protecting Second Amendment rights, and regulation and gun control, according to lobbying disclosures. He donated $2,700 to the Clinton campaign in April when he was still registered to lobby against gun control. In addition, a colleague at his Forbes-Tate lobbying shop, Elizabeth Greer, also donated $2,700 while registered to lobby for the NRA.
Corey Robin has some important observations about Bernie's vote in this week's Massachusetts primary, where he was edged out in the total vote by Clinton (Inside the Democrats’ racial divide: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and the polls that prove this isn’t over yet Salon 03/03/2016):

The exit polls in Massachusetts, which Clinton won narrowly, are fascinating. Here are some highlights:
  1. Sanders got 41 percent of non-white voters (they don’t break down the category further). I want to come back to this.
  2. Sanders beat Clinton among voters making under $50k, and voters making between $50k and $100k. The only income group she won was voters making over $100k.
  3. Among first-time voters, Sanders got a whopping 71 percent of the vote.
  4. Among independents, Sanders got 65 percent of the votes.
  5. Sanders won among very liberal voters and moderate voters.
  6. Clinton did better among married women than she did among unmarried women.
Also, related to the gender question, in Oklahoma, Sanders nearly tied Clinton among women voters (48 percent for Clinton, 46 percent for Sanders).

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