Wall Street Journal Report: “Clinton Might Not Be the Nominee”

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: June 6, 2016 

Hillary Clinton Tells Senator Bernie Sanders That There's No Evidence She Can Be Swayed by Wall Street Money During CNN Debate, April 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton Debates Senator Bernie Sanders on CNN, April 14, 2016

Tomorrow marks the final Super Tuesday of the primary season when voters in six states head to the polls: New Jersey, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico and delegate-rich California, with 475 pledged delegates up for grabs in California alone.

As the closely watched California showdown between Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton approaches, with polls showing them running neck and neck, commentary in major newspapers continues to question if Clinton is the right person to lead her party.

Last Tuesday, Douglas Schoen, who was actually a political adviser to President Bill Clinton, wrote in an article in the Wall Street Journal that was headlined “Clinton Might Not Be the Nominee” that a vote on changing the rules on superdelegates at the Democratic convention in July might flip the tables on a Clinton candidacy. Schoen wrote:

“There is every reason to believe that at the convention Mr. Sanders will offer a rules change requiring superdelegates to vote for the candidate who won their state’s primary or caucus. A vote on that proposed change would almost certainly occur — and it would function as a referendum on the Clinton candidacy. If Mr. Sanders wins California, Montana and North Dakota on Tuesday and stays competitive in New Jersey, he could well be within 200 pledged delegates of Mrs. Clinton, making a vote in favor of the rules change on superdelegates more likely.”

Schoen also points out in the article that polls show that Sanders runs stronger against Trump, writing: “Then there is that other crack in the argument for Mrs. Clinton’s inevitability: Bernie Sanders consistently runs stronger than she does against Mr. Trump nationally, beating him by about 10 points in a number of recent surveys.”

Other headwinds facing Clinton according to Schoen may be “a definitive ruling by the attorney general” on Clinton’s use of a private server in her home for all of her government emails while Secretary of State might come before the July 25 Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Schoen thinks that given the highly negative report released recently by the Inspector General of the State Department, “a clean bill of health from the Justice Department is unlikely.” He also notes that Clinton’s negative rating is almost as high as Donald Trump’s “with voters not trusting her by a ratio of 4 to 1.”

Adding to Clinton’s woes, the New York Post is running a front cover today suggesting that Hillary Clinton has a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality. The characterization is based on a new tell-all from a former Secret Service agent, Gary Byrne, who stood directly outside the Oval Office during the Bill Clinton presidency. According to the Post, Bryne claims that “Clinton repeatedly screamed obscenities at her husband, Secret Service personnel and White House staffers — all of whom lived in terror of her next tirade.” Bryne writes in the book that Hillary Clinton’s leadership style was “volcanic, impulsive, enabled by sycophants, and disdainful of the rules set for everyone else.”

The book, “Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate,” is set for release on June 28, less than a month before the Democratic convention. The Post reports that pre-orders have already sent it to number one on Amazon’s bestseller list.

There is also a noteworthy OpEd in the Los Angeles Times by Susan Neiman, focusing on how Senator Bernie Sanders won the global Democratic Party primary in a landslide in March, capturing 69 percent of the vote. The primary was organized by Democrats Abroad, the overseas wing of the Democratic Party, among U.S. citizens who live outside the U.S. Neiman makes the following critical points:

“The Sanders proposals that may strike Americans who have never lived in other countries as impractical and outlandish are simply common sense elsewhere — especially in Canada and Western Europe, where the majority of Democrats Abroad voters live. Universal healthcare? The U.S. is the only developed country that lacks it. Family leave? While it is nice that San Francisco just mandated six weeks of paid leave for new parents, Germany mandates 14 months — 16 if both parents share the time spent at home. Free college tuition? Britain recently tripled its college tuition fees, though it’s still the case that a year at Oxford will cost you a fraction of a year at a middling American college. In the rest of Europe, free tuition, and interest-free loans for living expenses, are the rule.”

On that last point regarding student loans, compare it to our report on the epic crisis captured in the letters of despair written by deeply indebted U.S. students to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. One name repeatedly pops up in these letters – Citibank, the commercial bank owned by Citigroup – the second largest lifetime donor to Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns.

Another headwind for Hillary Clinton is the documentary based on the book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by conservative author Peter Schweizer. The documentary looks at the foreign money spigot flowing to the Clinton’s charity, the Clinton Foundation, and the favors bestowed in return on the donors. The documentary is set to premiere the week of the Democratic convention. (See video trailer below.)

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