By James A. Kidney
This Toles cartoon in the March 4 Washington Post illustrates one of the problems facing the Hillary Clinton campaign for president. Although funny, it misleadingly suggests that the current GOP circus, with candidates tying themselves in knots to “deal” with Donald Trump, gives Clinton a significant head start in the race to the presidency. Sadly, many Clinton supporters believe this is so.
This misconception is paired with a greater threat. Although Clinton has moved slightly left since beginning her campaign — thanks to unexpectedly tough competition from Bernie Sanders — there may be a smug sense among old-line Democrats that her message of “inclusion,” with only tepid references to economic complaints, will be sufficient to win the day. But this campaign will not be lollypops and sundaes about race and gender inclusiveness. In fact, such themes will be poison among some potential Clinton supporters.
Sadly, it is possible that Clinton could lose even to a Trump candidacy.