Clinton’s Effort To Re-Create The Obama Coalition DOA After Iowa Debacle
One of the main reasons Barack Obama is a two term president is the youth vote. A study after the 2012 election showed that Obama’s massive advantage among young voters made a “decisive difference” in the key states of Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
The youth vote was so important that Clinton’s 2016 campaign made it an early goal to appeal to those young Obama voters. In fact, the Washington Post reported last year that Clinton was crafting her policy position around appealing to those young, Obama voters:
“Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic presidential front-runner in decades, with positions on issues from gay marriage to immigration that would, in past elections, have put her at her party’s precarious left edge. The moves are part of a strategic conclusion by Clinton’s emerging campaign: that it can harness the same kind of young and diverse coalition as Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012.“
That fact makes last night so much more devastating than previously imagined. The results in Iowa show that even if Clinton can snag the Democratic nomination, and that’s now a big if, she’ll be unable to re-create the Obama coalition of young voters in November.
According to the Washington Post, socialist Senator Bernie Sanders dominated the youth vote in a way surpassing even Obama’s 2008 Iowa campaign:
“The most amazing stat coming out of the Iowa Democratic caucuses is this one: Among voters between the ages of 17 and 29, Bernie Sanders won 84 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 14 percent. That’s astounding, even given the fact that we knew going into the caucuses that Sanders, a 74-year-old socialist, was clearly the choice of young people in the state. How astounding? Barack Obama won the 17-29 vote by “only” 43 points in the 2008 Iowa Democratic caucuses.”
In the end, Clinton decided to run to the far-left to appeal to younger voters, alienating mainstream Americans in the process, and couldn’t even do that right. It’s just one more example of what Politico called “Clinton’s political ineptitude.”