Hillary Clinton is slowly, but surely, losing steam as a presidential candidate.
Most liberal millennials, prior to knowing that Senator Bernie Sanders existed, were psyched about the idea of the first female president. But between Clinton constantly changing her political views to reflect popular opinion and her lack of appeal among young voters, things aren’t looking so great for her campaign.
Hillary Clinton has a propensity to change her mind on big political issues. She has reversed her positions on gay marriage, immigration, gun control, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, mass incarceration and the Iraq War; some also believe her recent stand on the Keystone XL pipeline constitutes a flip, too.
Clinton came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2013, after more than a decade of opposing it. In both her 2000 senate race and 2008 presidential race, she expressed many times that she supported civil unions but was staunchly against marriage between two adults of the same sex.
However, as soon as soon as the political winds began to shift, she did too.
Politifact uses a “Flip-O-Meter,” which measures whether or not a political candidate has changed views, without making a value judgment about such flips. The “Flip-O-Meter” found that as public opinion shifted in favor of same-sex marriage, so did Clinton.
So it’s probably not so far a leap to assume that Clinton is desperately trying to regain favor with millennials by changing her views to reflect their own.
Clinton tried to explain away her flip-floppiness as a result of “new information” when speaking with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press:
“I don’t think it reflects how people who are thoughtful actually conduct their lives. I mean, if we don’t learn, if we don’t, you know, make decisions based on the best information we have available, well, you know, that’s regrettable. And what I’ve always tried to do is to say, ‘OK, what is the best decision that I can think about making?’” Clinton said.
If Clinton lived in the middle of nowhere, had no library card and no Internet connection, I might be able accept her new-information excuse. But for the past 25 years, Clinton has had some of the best researchers at her disposal — a private staff, a campaign staff, the magicians at the State Department staff, a senatorial staff, the busy bears from the Congressional Research Service and the White House staff.
In fact, every sign and story we know about Hillary Clinton’s policy work belabors just how much she studies the information at hand. So if new or better information has been the impetus for her policy shifts, she must concede that she has a fat history of taking the wrong position in the early going and then requiring a re-do.
Yet, I don’t think her flip-floppiness is totally to blame for millennials shifting away from Clinton and toward Sanders.
I firmly believe Clinton fails to instill hope in our generation, whereas Sanders stirs the passions many of us share.
Somehow, even with her experience and notoriety and the prospect of her being the first female president, Clinton has not been able to generate much excitement with me and my peers.
So many of us connect with Sanders because it seems like he really cares; and even if we don’t agree with all of his opinions, it’s clear that we appreciate his strong convictions.
While Clinton tries to say that major changes in our political system are unrealistic, Sanders is standing by his opinion that enough is enough.
Sanders manages to unite our generation and make us feel like we can build a better and brighter future, whereas Clinton seems to act like that parent who tries too hard to be cool and fails miserably in the process.
Her attempts to win over the millennials vote by getting celebrity endorsements from figures like Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West and Demi Lovato simply aren’t working because we can see right through her charades. It feels more like she’s name-dropping rather than receiving legitimate endorsements, and it reeks of desperation.
Clinton is obviously trying to be a practical candidate, but that’s not what our generation wants. We want someone with bold ideas. We are the generation that came of age around 9/11, grew up through the War on Terror and the Great Recession and watched the country’s economy and international reputation plummet.
We’re looking for a candidate who will turn this country that seems more and more like a disappointment inside out.
We’re looking for a political revolution, one that Clinton clearly isn’t going to bring.
Bre Payton, a staff writer at The Federalist, put it best when she described Clinton this way:
“By contrast, Hillary Clinton is one of the most unconvincing candidates to have ever graced the political stage,” Payton said. “She is a pantsuit-wearing cyborg who literally doesn’t sweat.
Seriously, her sweat glands don’t produce perspiration. (Probably because she is made of metal, though this has yet to be confirmed because she will melt anyone who gets to close with her laser-beam eyes.)”