Once a firm favourite for the presidential crown, Clinton has been struggling to live up to the expectations. If she wins now, it will be more a case of ‘better her than him’, instead of ‘Hooray Hillary!’ 

 

Imagine a race. Not a presidential race, not a leadership contest, but a race over, say, 500 meters. You are an experienced runner. Your years of incredible discipline and dedication to the sport make you a shoo-in for first place. And better yet, your only opponent is a slobbering mess holding a bag full of cheeseburgers and facing the wrong direction.

This is the state of the US presidential race leading up to the November election.

Pro-Hillary replaced by Anti-Trump

On paper Hillary Clinton is the most highly qualified presidential candidate in US history. She already has a total of 16 years in the White House under her belt, (eight of those as Secretary of State). And to many she seems like the obvious choice. Yet her campaigners, which grew used to calling her ‘inevitable’ last year, have now turned their energies to what I call the ‘For God’s sake not him!’ offensive.

Conventional logic tells us that turning the spotlight on Trump should (as with any creature of the night) destroy him. But it doesn’t.

Trump’s noxious campaign

Trump began his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists, killers and more. But his real self-destruction began with an attack on the family of a Muslim soldier that was killed fighting for the US. If I didn’t know any better I’d say Trump is on a suicide mission to destroy the Republican Party from within, if not the entire two-party system. And only now, over a year in, has Trump’s candidacy suffered in the slightest.

So Clinton is up against a slobbering mess holding a bag full of cheeseburgers and facing the wrong direction, who is constantly stabbing himself in the gut and threatening to murder women and children and …

… she was losing.

Up until the 2nd of August Trump held a significant lead. Thankfully his comments about the grief-stricken family of Humayun Khan and a string of other self-destructive, pro-Russian hacking, pro-assassination divulgences have had some effect … for now at least. Now a certain portion of Trump support can be attributed to party loyalty. ‘Life-long’ Republicans will vote Republican regardless of the specific circumstances. The same can be said of politics anywhere. There are always diehard party loyalists (because when you’re too lazy to learn about policy, blind groupthink is the next best thing).

Documentarian Michael Moore even went so far as to say that he knows for a fact that Trump never even wanted to be president. It’s quite something to struggle against an opponent who doesn’t want to win. 

Then there are the Bernie Sanders supporters which Clinton alienated. While she has included some of Sanders’ key issues in the Democratic platform (such as the $15 minimum wage), her primary campaign left a bitter taste in the mouths of his adherents.

Clinton may also, at one point, have signed her own death warrant by attacking, not only Sanders (who refused to stoop to her level), but his supporters. She dubbed them ‘Bernie bros’ (a catchier, less racist version of the moniker ‘Obama boys’ which she used back in 2008).

Now that he’s no longer in the race however, Sanders’ supporters are divided. Some are ‘holding their nose’ and voting Clinton but huge numbers have declared, #NeverHillary or #BernieorBust. Some have gone so far as to defect to Trump in protest, while the more sensible among them are supporting Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. In fact, support for the Green Party has reached levels that haven’t been conceivable for decades.

Whatever the outcome, Trump, Clinton, or a third party candidate, it’s clear things have not gone smoothly for the once favourite runner. Clinton, who began this race with every conceivable advantage (including the conspiratorial leanings of the Democratic Party), just may, end it in a sweaty heap metres from the finish line.

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