People love Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton is the most popular non-incumbant politician since Eisenhower. Partly it is the remembered prosperity of her husband's presidency. Partly is because Hillary never lets the bastards get her down. No matter how vicious the attack, Hillary Clinton maintains her focus on doing what she thinks is best for the country, and people LOVE her for it. I think it is this aspect of her that particularly appeals to working class voters.
Those of us who support other candidates would do well to keep this in mind.
Clinton’s camp, so far, seems attuned to the need to avoid alienating Sanders’ constituency. After Sanders announced his presidential campaign last month, Clinton tweeted: “I agree with Bernie. Focus must be on helping America’s middle class. GOP would hold them back. I welcome him to the race.
I wish, I wish, oh how I wish Bernie's supporters would learn from this. Bernie himself seems to understand his best chance is to focus on attacking Wall Street, which the general public hates. Whenever a TV interviwer offers him this chance to attack Hillary, he refuses the bait. His supporters on the other hand love to say how they won't vote for Hillary if she is nominated. Dumb. Really truly dumb. Why not take the view that Bernie is going to win and start thinking now how to win over her supporters.
Obama's sneering treatment of Hillary and her supporters almost cost him the election. There is no doubt in my mind that had McCain selected Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe as his running mate he would have won. Even the disastrous choice of Palin might not have cost him the election had the financial meltdown come just a few months later. Everybody goes on about how brilliant Obama's 2008 campaign was, and anytime you win you are entitled to think that you did something right. On the other hand, Obama had the wind at his back. Bush was tremendously unpopular, the Democrats had just retaken the House and Senate, and Howard Dean's 50 state plan was bumping all the Democratic campaigns. Even so, Obama almost succeeded in losing, and many of his problems stemmed from needlessly offending Hillary's supporters. Bernie needs to find a way to communicate to his supporters that come November they are going to need Hillary's supporters and burning bridges is not a good idea.