As Hillary Clinton tools up for making a show of running for the Democrat nomination for president in 2016, the salient question remains who, exactly, is going to vote for her? I mean other than the aging, hirsute, hippie lesbian demographic. While this locks in a significant swath of Hollywoood and the news media it is not sufficient to create a second Clinton presidency. For Hillary to win she needs to make inroads among white and working class voters which abandoned the Democrats in droves in 2010 and nearly killed themselves running away from the Democrat brand in 2014:
Hillary Clinton’s support of deferred deportation of millions of undocumented workers might help the Democratic Party’s putative presidential nominee win over Latinos in 2016. But among the voters most responsible for the Democrats’ midterm wipeout this year, it could very well make things worse—and therein lies Clinton’s dilemma.
Support for Democrats among white, working-class voters was especially sparse this year: A measly 34 percent of them backed Democratic House candidates, exit polls found, while they fled in almost equal measure from Senate candidates like [mc_name name=’Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B001259′ ] in Iowa and incumbent [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’U000038′ ] in Colorado. Democrats still performed relatively well among black and Hispanic voters, but the deficit among whites without a college degree—who constituted more than one-third of the nationwide electorate—was too much to overcome.
One of the central challenges facing a Clinton campaign will be managing to win back enough of those voters, especially in a working-class-heavy battleground like Iowa. But as her quick support of deferred deportations shows, she’ll have to do so while also motivating black, young, and Latino voters who formed the core of President Obama’s coalition in 2008 and 2012.
As hard as it is to comprehend, Hillary and her supporters can actually be more tone-deaf. An astroturf group called Stand With Hillary has produced a video designed to endear Hillary to white working class voters. Because, if you remember, her home state of Illinois does reach as far south as Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, she is at heart a Southerner and being a Southerner she felt the need to get back to her roots and nothing says Southern roots like country music.
What I am quoting here is not from The Onion:
The music video is country-themed, with an undisclosed singer blaring lines like, “Guys, put your boots on and let’s smash this ceiling!” and, “She fights for country and my family, now it’s time for us to stand up with Hillary!” Images of Hillary Clinton with her husband and daughter flash across the screen throughout the three-minute video.
Miguel Orozco, a 2008 Obama supporter responsible for a couple of viral video hits, helped create the video and wrote the song’s lyrics.
In a phone interview, Chavez told Fusion he and Orozco wanted to create a group that could promote Clinton to working-class people, young people, and Latinos. The group kicked off with a country ballad to appeal to men, who he says, like him, should be inspired by Clinton.
“One of the things we know Hillary will need is more male supporters,” he said. “Women support will be there.”
“And country music is a perfect vehicle to relay stories, because so much of country music is a great storytelling platform.”
So now Hillary has the perfect tool to lock up the vote of those “bitter-clingers” Victory is in sight. It is time to start remodeling the West Wing to accomodate the Rodham boys and move Bill Clinton’s double-wide onto the south lawn.