July 25, 2016

Ripped From The Headlines: Clinton “Struggles For Party Unity” While DWS Controversy Grows

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway, Hillary Clinton faces two serious problems.One is that her party is far from unified. From Sanders delegates plotting a floor fight over Tim Kaine to protesters in the streets of Philadelphia, Clinton’s convention could very well be a non-stop display of dysfunction.

While Clinton will try to use the convention to unify the Democratic Party, she also plans on solving a problem her aides say “may be insoluble”:

“Finally, Clinton faces a problem that some of her aides acknowledge may be insoluble between now and November: her trust deficit. A CBS News Poll last month found that most voters don’t think Clinton is honest and trustworthy… But in a telling contrast, the same poll found that while most voters give Trump credit for ‘saying what he believes,’ only 33% said Clinton was forthright.”

The second problem confronting Clinton is the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. What will make solving her trust problem even harder this week is that the convention will be overshadowed by drama surrounding Wasserman Schultz. As The Hill put it, Clinton’s convention hasn’t even begun, and already its overshadowed:

“The resignation overtook Clinton campaign’s planned rollout of running mate Tim Kaine, crowding out a highly anticipated joint interview with ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday night, and will again raise questions about how unified the Democratic Party can be in November.”

See below for more awful headlines that explain how these twin problems could prevent the Democratic convention from helping Clinton’s political fortunes:

Reuters: “On eve of Democratic convention, Clinton struggles for party unity”

NPR: “Rallies, Marches And A ‘Fart-In’: Philadelphia Gets Ready For The DNC”

Roll Call: “Sanders Delegates Weigh Kaine Challenge”

NBC: “Democratic Unity to Be Tested on Opening Day of Convention”

CNN: “All Debbie Wasserman Schultz appearances scrapped from DNC”

The Hill: “Email controversy dogs Clinton to convention”

USA Today: “Clinton’s convention to go straight at trust issue”

Associated Press: “Wasserman Schultz goes from favored to on the outs”

Washington Post: “Leaked emails aside, the DNC has been a long-standing problem”

Boston Globe: “Liberal dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton lingers on eve of convention”

Associated Press: “Hillary Clinton still hard to define despite her many roles”

The Hill: “Wasserman Schultz drama overshadows Dem convention”