I just read a very ridiculous piece where Hillary is slobbering all over Obama again. If I were the President, I'd be starting to feel just a little bit uncomfortable right about now.
The Washington Post: Could Obama be the next Supreme Court justice? Hillary Clinton is intrigued.
Hillary Clinton, while repeatedly trying to downplay Bernie Sanders' chances of being more "electable" than she is, attempts to
threaten fear-monger the Democratic base and liberal-leaning Independents by always reminding us that the next president could appoint between one and three Supreme Court justices. But EVEN SHE admits that it would take a Democratic Senate to get them confirmed.
So, just like Bernie's bold plans to get his widely popular "pie-in-the-sky" proposals passed through Congress (or to get Hillary's more moderate and watered-down plans passed in Congress), it will still take a Congress who is willing to work with the President. Bernie would need more progressives (real ones, with backbones) in Congress or Hillary would need more Democrats (of any centrist/blue dog flavor) to get any of her own proposals passed through a Congress that is dominated by Republicans in both the House and Senate.
So what EXACTLY can Hillary Clinton do that Obama can't do right now, or that Bernie couldn't do later if he were elected? (I asked this question before). As divisive as Hillary is, and as unpopular as she and Obama both are among Republicans, what can she do to implement plans that she borrowed from Elizabeth Warren (or stole from Bernie Sanders)? What can Hillary do to continue Obama's so-called "legacy" when even Obama himself can't do much of anything with the current Republican Congress?
That's why it doesn't matter if Bernie is a socialist, a democratic socialist, a social democrat, a Marxist, a communist or a Wall Street shill like Hillary — unless he also had a majority of like-minded people in Congress. After all, no U.S. president can be a dictator. Neither Bernie nor Hillary can do much with a GOP dominated congress. At least Bernie moves the Overton window back to the left (true center), whereas the "moderate" Hillary keeps the status quo.
* Here are two recent posts on this subject...
The Future of the Democratic Party
Hillary Clinton’s Lobbyist Fundraisers Want Baby Steps: America Needs a Political Revolution
* To be fair and balanced, I included another post by Mark Thoma, an economist who supports Hillary. I usually agree with Mark Thoma, but of course, I disagree with this particular post.
Bernie Sanders Says He’s a Democratic Socialist. Here’s What That Means
* Recent polls:
The last Quinnipiac Poll for Iowa shows Sanders at 49% and Hillary a 45% (Those between the ages of 18 and 44 back Bernie by a whopping 78 to 21 percent, compared to those over 65 who choose Clinton by a 71 to 21 percent margin.)
And Hillary Clinton’s national lead over Bernie Sanders is falling, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll out this morning. Over the past month, Hillary’s edge shrunk by 12 points – and she now tops Bernie among Democrats 55 to 36 percent (Last month she led 59 percent to 28 percent).