‘She’s just got bad cred…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A panel of Democratic voters in Florida admitted that Hillary Clinton’s continued presence in the Democratic Party is more of a liability than an asset.
In an interview with CNN’s Randi Kaye, the voters weighed in on Clinton’s role in the upcoming midterm elections, specifically her decision to endorse and campaign for Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
One panelist said Clinton’s post-election platform has been “very self-indulgent” and “very much about re-litigating what happened in 2016.”
“My generation really doesn’t respond to this re-litigation of 2016,” he continued. “I don’t want to call it whining but at this point, that’s kind of what it feels like.”
Another voter agreed, saying, “She represents the old Democratic Party.”
The panelists said that as the younger Democrats try to move the party forward, old establishment politicians like Clinton keep holding it back. Clinton, specifically, has a bad reputation and makes the rest of the Democratic Party look bad, they said.
“She’s just got bad cred,” a woman who voted for Clinton said. “People don’t trust her. No one trusts her. The reality is I voted for her. I supported her. But she does things that she trips over herself and she makes big mistakes.”
Gillum’s campaign has actually experienced blowback from liberals who don’t want Clinton anywhere near the race, according to Politico.
“Even Hillary voters don’t want to see or hear from her again,” Miami filmmaker Billy Corben tweeted.
Democratic officials, however, still rely on Clinton, especially when it comes to raising money.
“The real future in this party is under 35, and that’s what we’re funding,” Gov. Howard Dean told Politico. “She’s the best fundraiser in the Democratic Party, and she’s pretty far-sighted.”
The challenge, Dean said, was in connecting the existing inroads that the Clintons established with deep-pocketed special interests to the grassroots socialist upstarts who might otherwise oppose the patronage of billionaire elitists.
Dean said Hillary remained uniquely qualified to finesse the DNC narrative into one that could reconcile these competing factions.
“What you’re seeing is that we’re facilitating the takeover of the Democratic Party by people who are under 35 years old,” Dean said. “This is a big piece of what she is doing politically.”