Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Six Things That Will HAUNT Hillary Until Election Day

Despite what the liberal media pundits tell you, it is far from certain that Hillary will win the 2016 presidential election.

There are six specific moments, identified by Politico, that will haunt Clinton all the way up to election day.

1) “We now finally are where we need to be” on ISIL: Defending herself against attacks from her Democratic rivals on the debate stage earlier this month, Clinton gave those eager to paint the “Obama-Clinton foreign policy” as weak on terrorism some catnip. “We now finally are where we need to be,” Clinton said of fighting ISIL. “We have a strategy and a commitment to go after ISIS which is a danger to us as well as the region.”

Republicans pounced. “No @HillaryClinton – We are not ‘where we need to be’ in fight against ISIS,” Jeb Bush tweeted during the debate. Clinton’s campaign stood by the comment – campaign chairman John Podesta said afterwards in the spin room that Clinton was referring only to the U.N. resolution authorizing the start of peace talks on the Syrian civil war. But it’s a soundbite with teeth, one that will be damaging to Clinton.

2) Republicans are my enemies: Clinton often talks about reaching across the aisle in the Senate and working with Republicans after the attacks of September 11. But during the first Democratic debate when asked which “enemy are you most proud of,” she smiled, and added to a litany of foes like the National Rifle Association and drug companies, “probably the Republicans.”

Vice President Joe Biden, who was still mulling his own bid at the time, saw the opening she created and jumped in. “I don’t consider Republicans enemies,” he said at the time. “They’re friends.” The idea of a president who will come into office ready to fight with a Republican House and Senate is not an inspiring vision for voters sick of Washington politics – and it doesn’t quite jibe with Clinton’s other message, that what politics today needs is less Donald Trump and more “love and kindness.”

3) “What, like with a cloth or something?” The email scandal appears to be in Clinton’s rear view mirror, for now. But Democratic strategists said they expect it to remain a gateway for Republicans to dissect Clinton’s trustworthiness – a big obstacle that many supporters still cite as a potential barrier to her election.

While voters don’t cast their ballots based only on trust, the knocks on her honesty will affect how much voters like her and how motivated they feel to cast a vote for her at the polls. And Republicans still have damaging soundbites to choose from. Before Clinton was finally convinced by her campaign to apologize for relying on a private email server while she was secretary of state, she dug her heels in. When asked whether she had wiped the server last August, she feigned ignorance, “what, like, with a cloth or something?” The line is memorable enough to stick.

4) Guns: Gun control has become a defining cause for Clinton in the wake of more horrific mass shootings that have resonated on the campaign trail. It’s an issue that animates the Democratic base and provides Clinton with an issue where she’s actually succeeded in pushing Bernie Sanders to the left. She’s highlighted the issue in a campaign ad and even at a rally deep in the gun-toting red state of Texas.

Her campaign says it expects no blowback from her positions to close the gun show loophole and to support an assault weapons ban, citing polls that show the majority of the country is now in line with those positions. But Clinton has gone further on guns than any presidential candidate has been willing to do in the past – in 2008, she pitched herself as a duck hunter, and a staunch protector of the 2nd Amendment who even accused her rival Barack Obama of being too weak on gun rights. Gun ownership restrictions are sometimes a third rail issue for Democrats so if her move to the left on the issue doesn’t come with a backlash in a general election, it will mark a paradigm shift.

5) Charter schools: The American Federation of Teachers took heat from its members for its early endorsement of Clinton last July. But AFT president Randi Weingarten so far is the only union leader who can point to a policy shift in the candidate after she endorsed.

At a town hall in South Carolina last month, Clinton took a markedly new tone when discussing the charter schools that she has voiced support for in the past. “They don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or if they do, they don’t keep them,” she said. “And so the public schools are often in a no-win situation, because they do, thankfully, take everybody, and then they don’t get the resources or the help and support that they need to be able to take care of every child’s situation.” If there’s room for an education debate in a general election that’s shaping up to be about terrorism and economic growth, Republicans could seize on her flip flop. The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page telegraphed the criticism, asserting that her “reversal suggests her Education Department would be a wholly owned union subsidiary.”

6) Not My Abuela: A quick attempt by Clinton’s campaign to turn one of her favorite topics – being a grandmother – into an appeal to young Latino voters recently took a negative turn. Just before the holidays, the Clinton campaign posted a light-hearted list of “7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela,” a listicle illustrated with GIFs and a reminder that even entertainer Marc Anthony has endorsed her campaign.

The list went viral, but not the way the campaign might have hoped. #NotMyAbuela began trending on Twitter, with comments like: “#NotMyAbuela because she didn’t have to live in poverty with 14 kids and suffer because over half were separated over a border.” Clinton’s campaign, which is counting on Hispanic votes to win a general election, was accused of “Hispandering” — and she can’t afford to alienate those young voters by seeming out of touch or pandering.