The DNC Email Leaks
With the Democratic National Convention ready to start this week, and Hillary Clinton facing the task of uniting her party after a ‘spirited’ primary contest, a large group of leaked emails from the DNC are painting a picture of a Sanders candidacy that was doomed from the start. I can’t say that it is surprising to hear, knowing that Clinton was the party’s choice long before she secured the nomination. What I am supremely interested in though is how this will be handled now that it is no longer speculation.
I will not pretend to contain my delight over the likely resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She has long been one of my least favorite people on the Left and I never thought she was good for the Democratic party. The fact that Sanders gets to nail her with this, during the week when we he will have perhaps his loudest voice, is too good to be true from my vantage point.
The main question I am interested in is how young voters will respond to this. I have been watching them closely this year, primarily because my oldest daughter is voting in her second presidential election and she has been a vigorous Sanders supporter. I rely on Facebook as a sort of anecdotal barometer of public opinion, based on what kinds of things the people I know are posting. If that data has any relevance, there is more interest in 3rd party candidates this year than I can remember in quite some time. Being a fan of 3rd party candidates (I voted Perot in ’96, Nader in 2000 and Johnson in ’12) I would love to see both Stein and Johnson on the debate stage with Clinton and Trump this fall. For young people, there was always the chance they would stay bitter about Sanders losing. These emails may renew those feelings.
So please consider this an open comment thread to discuss the topic, share your thoughts, etc. And for my conservative friends, try to not gloat too much. After-all, Hillary’s campaign says the Russians did this to help Trump. While we may not think that absolves them of the tactics they considered using, the spin machine is a crafty thing.