In 2008 the Democratic Party discovered a new play to include within its political playbook: A political advantage arises if the “first” of something is nominated as a presidential candidate. Beyond the sheer novelty of the idea, the party is also able to browbeat voters into voting to support a “first”. The plan worked for Barack Obama.
The Democratic Party will not walk away from a proven plan. In 2016 it is time to run the play again with Hillary Clinton — the “first woman” to secure the presidential nomination. However, shortly after Clinton started her march to the White House, the play became complicated when Clinton’s deliberate failure to protect our nation’s security began to come to light.
For months pundits have suggested Clinton’s criminal indictment would end her presidential campaign. Based upon her repeated and adamant denials of wrongdoing, based upon her ongoing banter about right-wing conspiracies against her, based upon her ardent efforts to portray top secret information as meaningless e-mails, Clinton will not voluntarily withdraw from the presidential race even if she is indicted.
Now we come to the Democratic Party.
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The Democratic Party won’t oust an indicted Clinton because the race is not about Clinton. It is about retaining party control of the White House. With no other viable standard-bearer, even an indicted Clinton is perceived as capable of winning the election. To the party, a jailed President Hillary Clinton can be effortlessly replaced by a generic Democratic vice-president.
Watch and see.
Chris Tabing, Coulterville