Hillary Remains Confident Despite Brutal Loss In New Hampshire
By Henry Robins
Following her loss in the Granite State, Hillary Clinton delivered a pointed concession speech to a crowd of screaming supporters. The former Secretary of State lost to Bernie Sanders by nearly twenty points, a margin that had been growing since the fall. In her speech, Clinton congratulated Sanders but then made several remarks clearly aimed at the Senator in an attempt to bolster her the morale of her supporters. The Secretary claimed that people have “the right to be angry” but that they’re also “hungry for solutions.”
Clinton went on to compare herself to Senator Sanders claiming that they both want to get “secret, unaccounted-for money” out of politics. She doubled down on this later in the speech, asserting with confidence that you wouldn’t “find someone more committed to aggressive campaign finance reform” than her. The juxtaposition is interesting to say the least.
Yet, this claim puzzles many progressives due to Clinton’s reliance on Wall Street money to help fund her campaign. She asserted with confidence that “you’re not going to find someone more committed to aggressive campaign finance reform than me,” an issue that has essentially been the main platform of Sanders’ entire campaign and that Clinton hasn’t seemed to mention before joining the race.
Additionally, Clinton acknowledged her lack of support from young voters. Sanders has had an overwhelming amount of backing among youth, a constituency that could ultimately lead to Clinton’s demise. Clinton promised she would work harder to appeal to younger voters and claimed that she supports them even if they don’t support her. Looking at NYU, it’s evident that a majority of students prefer Sanders to Clinton. The sheer number of “Feel the Bern” t-shirts seen around campus as well as the over 500 students who RSVP’d to the “March for Bernie” event on Facebook eclipses the lack of energy NYU students seem to be feeling for Clinton. One analyst thinks that the youth’s dissatisfaction for Clinton stems from her strong association with the establishment and Wall Street, both part of the cause of the economic recession.
Finally, Clinton looked forward to moving on to the next contests, Nevada and South Carolina, where she still holds a dominating lead over Sanders. She specifically made a direct appeal to South Carolina voters by mentioning her work with reform of juvenile justice in the state and telling African-American voters that she will fight against systemic racism. African-Americans are a demographic that Sanders has had trouble appealing to, despite being key to electoral success in South Carolina. Many black leaders have expressed weariness over Sanders’ support of the community and have asserted that Clinton’s been a friend to the African-American cause for over forty years. They claim that Sanders has been “absent” on issues related to African-Americans, citing his spotty congressional record, specifically his vote for former president Bill Clinton’s Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1994.
While this may have technically been a concession speech, Clinton appeared to be full of hope and gratitude. The candidate is clearly quite confident in her lead in Southern states, despite polls narrowing nationally, and seems to have been energized by her loss. While many pundits claim that this could be the end of Clinton’s campaign, the woman herself does not seem too concerned.