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As Hillary Lurches, Where's the Democratic Bench?

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Out of the Frying Pan, into What Flame?

Advancing the '80's taunt, "where's the beef," anti-Hillary Democratic voters should now demand "where's the backup, the winning bench players?" For evidence is not hard to find a rerun of Hillary's clumsy '08 implosion is gaining steam. The headline from Salon's Bill Curry pulls no punches, "Hillary Clinton just doesn't get it: She's already running a losing campaign." Nor does his subhead, "Rand Paul has edged in front of her. Jeb thinks she'll be easy to defeat. She's playing right into their hands."

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Plus, for Hillary critics, is this a beautiful chart or what?

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Favorable ratings crash while unfavorables soar, as negatives rise in 12 months from the mid-20's to the high 40's! New catchphrase: Wrong-way Hillary! So that makes a question even bigger than "who is Hillary," namely, which reliever steps in when a wobbly frontrunner collapses, even before the primary gets going? What happens when HC looks like an inevitable loser against centrist Jeb Bush or goofy loudmouths like Gov. Walker? What becomes "inevitable" when inevitability turns out to be the least reliable star, when HC's global name recognition, as the best-known woman politician, turns irreversible liability?

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So, with more blessings than warranted, activists on the left must advance these most inevitable questions: who boldly challenges HC from the progressive side, if only to push her in the right direction? And when HC fails, who stands the best chance against the shockingly "inevitable" Regressive Republican? If HC stands steadfastly for the grievous status quo, who battles the radical right as it crusades for an even worse status quo, glorifying their bygone racist, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-women "golden age"? And we're not whistling Dixie here, as Huff Post last week detailed HC's surprising voter falloff in key battle ground states:

"REVISITING SWING STATE 'WILT' - Thursday's newsletter featured results from a set of new Quinnipiac polls showing Hillary Clinton's general election margins slipping a few points in three key battleground states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia."

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For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)

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