In ideology politics between parties, a tactic found most successful is to co-opt the core issues of the opposing party and reconfigure them as your own. On the battlefield this could be seen as a flanking maneuver. This was an effective tactic, when political party platforms were scribed on pulp paper pamphlets and circulated among the span of loyalists. In this modern era, the Internet age, it is far harder to disguise one’s overall intentions, but the situation stands as it is Hillary Clinton is currently out of favor with three distinct constituency groups: younger voters, women and senior voters.
In Democratic Party politics, because of the internal factionalization, a similar situation can occur and we have seen signs of this in the past. (Ted Kennedy 1980, Jesse Jackson, 1988, Jerry Brown 1992, Howard Dean 2004) It is often important for the more extreme voices to shout at the top of their lungs until hoarse, so that the saner voices may prevail. The plodding, pragmatic, practical approach the Clinton Campaign is taking may not be as sexy, but it is far more plausible.
In large part, this is most likely because she is not singing the praises of unrealistic platitudes and putting forward piece in the sky initiatives to appeal to their idealism front and center. Currently, Clinton is running a center-right campaign. It appears she is willing to concede some quarter to Sanders at this stage of the along as she continues to hold cumulative delegate strength. What is crucial at this juncture is whether-or-not Sanders is able to parlay his results in IA and NH into some sort of momentum.
Is the Democratic electorate frustrated with President Barack Obama (D), yes they clearly are, because they thought him to be a black Superman, able to leap the Washington Monument in a single bound, and capable of wrestling Congress to submission, something he couldn’t even do when Democrats held full control. Those frustrate projected on him their own hopes, dreams and aspirations and are now anger because they weren’t delivered. Republicans on the other hand, are frustrated as well, but their frustrations are diametrically opposed o that of Democrats. Republican anger stems from what Obama did accomplish.
On March 15th, 50% of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention and their allegiances will become known, this means the field will be surveyed for the path to the nomination. It is expected Sanders will make some inroads along the way, but as long as Clinton maintains her edge the road to Philadelphia is the proverbial golden path.
All of this is frenetic energy not anything useful, because at the end of the day, come November, younger voters, women and seniors will have a choice between the Democratic nominee, which still is in all likelihood Clinton, and whoever emerges from the Republican field. They might not like it, but the end they have the opportunity to elect the first woman President of the United States of America, which is as significant as electing the first African-American President and some will argue more so. Twelve years of back-to-back Democratic administrations will track far greater progress for the Democratic agenda.