With the media swirl around Donald Trump and the other Republicans seeking their party’s nomination, it’s easy to overlook the contest for the Democratic nomination. Sure, Hillary will win it, but it may be a closer and nastier contest than the coronation that many people (including her) expect. Here are five reasons why Hillary’s nomination isn’t going to be the cakewalk it was supposed to be.
1. She’s old. I don’t mean old in human years, but old in terms of political shelf-life, and it will cost her with young voters. The young are notoriously fickle when it comes to love and merchandising. Music, clothing trends, social media sites, and boyfriends have a short run before they become “so five minutes ago.” There is nothing novel about Hillary. For most young voters (the 18-21 year old crowd), Hillary is an artifact of a decade that that barely remember, if at all. Like the internet and cellphones, she’s always been around. She lacks the freshness and coolness of a Barack Obama in 2008. Young voters tend to be attracted to what’s new, different, and fresh. Call it the “Hipster Paradigm” of voting. Hillary is an old brand; America on Line trying to rebrand itself as SnapChat. If Hillary thinks she can count on the youth vote like Obama did in 2008, she better think again. Continue reading