Sunday, February 28, 2016

Clinton Yoking Herself to Obama as a Strategy to Combat Sanders

Dipto Islam, Feb 28, 2016

After New Hampshire defeat, Clinton seems to have adopted the strategy to yoke herself to President Obama with the goal to win Obama’s support within the African American community and stop that support going to Sanders. The strategy seems to be paying off as is evident from her South Carolina big margin gain. As a central argument for the strategy, she is often seen to reiterate that she’ll guard against any attempt to roll back Obama’s accomplishments and work within the system to make incremental improvements.

Under the strategy she’s doing everything to establish to Obama fans that she is in essence the second Obama. In the Milwaukee sixth Democratic debate her words speaks for it, “Vote for me if you want a third Obama term.” During the debate, she mentioned Obama 21 times to portray herself as the staunchest supporter of the President who is eager to continue his legacy.   

"You know, Hillary Clinton now is trying to embrace the president as closely as she possibly can. Everything the president does is wonderful. She loves the president, he loves her and all that stuff," Sanders said in an interview with BET News.

Her new Obama strategy is definitely a policy shift. Since she fought Obama two times for Democratic nomination only to face defeat, her entire party politics strategies definitely had been anti-Obama.  One of her Obama bashing speeches once became viral- “Shame on you Barack Obama.”

Clinton’s new Obama strategy is intensified in recent days to combat Sanders' more aspirational and hopeful politics. Hillary’s Obama strategy is just another classic example of how she can evolve quite frequently to gain from changing political situations. In contrast, Sanders has remained consistent with his approach, which is often pro-people, to political issues including that of Mr. Obama.  

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