Krystal Ball's sensible analysis should be heeded. Hillary Clinton is no sure thing.
One may think Krystal Ball has some kind of vendetta against Hillary Clinton. After-all over the last few months she has hit Hillary Clinton pretty hard in several of her KrystalClear monologues.
- MSNBC Krystal Ball: “Don’t Run Hillary, Don’t Run” What do you think? (VIDEO)
- Krystal Ball Not Backing Down: She says ‘Run Elizabeth Warren Run’ (VIDEO)
- Krystal Ball slams Hillary Clinton ‘Democrats take the Black vote for granted’
It should be remembered that she was in fact a Hillary Clinton supporter in the 2008 Democratic Primaries. She has always claimed a strong respect like the vast majority of Democrats for Secretary Clinton's accomplishments. Many in the establishment may attempt to disregard Ms. Ball as some lightweight on a lightweight MSNBC show. They should not.
While Toure's message of 'Love the one you with' and pragmatism is the political safety establishment Democrats are willing to bet on, those that are tired of the status quo are not. Too many Democrats are becoming too confident in the certainty of a demographic makeup that portends a likely Democratic win with Hillary Clinton at the helm.
Studying demographic numbers behind a computer or in an ivory tower is one thing. Going into demographically distinct communities and speaking to folks on the ground gives a feeling. Election results provides a certain reality. The two latter statements give much credence to the activists wanting to explore alternatives.
The expectation that Latinos will stick with Democrats at Obama rates is wishful thinking. Republicans will make it quite obvious to low information voters how diverse their class of 2014 was. While the Democratic establishment finds Rand Paul's forage into Black America amusing, many are listening as they rightfully believe they have been taken for granted.
Krystal Ball like many brave souls is simply refusing to march in lock step with the establishment when there seems to be storm clouds that many choose not to see or explore the possibility thereof. The Democratic establishment would do well to get off their demographic numerical analysis and start working within communities at the level of the heart.
As bad as the Republicans are and have been for the well-being of the poor, the working poor, and the middle class, they are great at working on fooling the heart. As good as Democrats were in effecting policies that are ultimately rebuilding the middle class, they got slaughtered in the 2014 midterm election for not speaking to the heart of the American people.
Howard Dean's statement was partially right.
The Republican message was we are not Obama, no substance whatsoever. We are not Obama. What was the Democrats’ message? Oh well we are not either. You cannot win if you are afraid. It felt like it. Where the hell is the Democratic Party. You have to stand for something if you want to win.
Governor Dean was however wrong with his unequivocal support of Hillary Clinton before a robust primary. It is imperative that the Democratic establishment step back and reassess the landscape as it is as opposed to what they think it is or what they hope it will be.