By David Drudge
Democrats are concerned over Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers as Trump inches close to Clinton in battleground states. The polls suggest that Trump could win, despite Clinton’s greater popularity.
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) – A private meeting at the Capitol on Monday gave Democrats a chance to freak out over Clinton’s polls. Specifically, her incredible weakness as a candidate is showing and the convention hasn’t even started.
With little more than five months to go, Clinton and Trump are in a close race. Most pundits insist Clinton is going to win by a large margin, but the numbers do not back their narrative. Trump is close in many states, and may be winning in a few battlegrounds. If Trump wins enough battleground states, he will win the election.
Nothing else matters but those battleground states. The states in question are, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana. Nevada, Iowa, Colorado and New Mexico are also toss-ups in the West.
Clinton is strong on both coasts and around the Great lakes, while Trump dominates the South and Midwest.
Clinton has a few advantages. She has the money to outspend Trump, and she is already outspending him 40 to 1. She has the support of the political establishment. These are major influences which translate directly into votes.
However, Clinton also has tremendous liabilities. She is less trusted than Trump. Only 22 percent of Americans view her favorably. She is perceived as crooked, dishonest, and power hungry.
Trump is seen as an amateur politician, one who may be racist and have a number of other foibles, but he is also seen as honest –brutally so. He is an outsider and he has been successful at business. He is a media genius, which explains his strong performance despite a 40 to 1 spending disadvantage. And he has already defeated 16 other strong, insider candidates to win the party’s nomination.
There is a trend to discount Trump and over-inflate Clinton’s chances. But her best argument to date remains, “I’m not him.” Clinton can point to no widely appreciated foreign or domestic accomplishment. She has no traits which the public finds affable.
The debates between the two will be decisive. If Trump can dominate Clinton the same way he dominated his Republican opposition, he will be in a winning position. He still has to convince the American people he can actually be presidential. But if he can accomplish that feat, then it will be Trump, not Clinton, who voters support in the fall.
And that could very well destroy the Democratic establishment that gave us Hillary Clinton. Democrats have a good reason to freak out.