She’d make a good president. She’s got the most experience of anyone running. I’m prepared to vote for her and do what I can to help her win. But, I think we should ask ourselves tough questions? Can she win? I’ll ask the question knowing that she leads the rest of the Democrats by enormous margins. She also leads each Republican candidate by healthy to wide margins in head-to-head polling. I know that all of these polls are too early to mean much. But, is there trouble on the horizon? Her unfavorable numbers are hovering around 50%. Can Democrats/progressives expect any candidate with negatives that high to win a general election? My gut tells me that HRC will have a harder time moving her favorability/unfavorability number because she is so well known; but, no one can be sure about that. As people start to see/hear more of the Republicans, people’s opinions of her may improve. Is she a great candidate? I think that she’s capable of being a good candidate but can we expect her to be a great candidate? She failed to make it through in 2008, despite the fact that she was the front runner. Stories (many of which I think are unfair) keep popping up, and it’s hurting her image (the numbers show it). Given how the media operates around the Clintons, this will not stop—ever. How much will this hurt her? Will she have a harder time than people think motivating the base? Sure, some people want a woman president and they will vote for her for that reason. However, is there skepticism among liberals/progressives about whether she’s really a progressive? On foreign policy and economic policy, is she a true progressive? Can she generate the turnout that will be necessary to win a close election? I know, many of the answers to these questions may depend on who the Republicans nominate. And, I’m sure some people will ask: “what’s the alternative for Democrats/progressives.” Fair points. But, I think it’s better to ask these questions now.
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