Top Dem Predicts: Trump Will Trample Hillary
It's starting. The grim reality that this election will come down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has set in. The Bernie kids are going back to their parent's basements, and the Washington establishment is probably headed to the bar, wondering where they went wrong.
So here we are; Trump vs. Hillary. So far, polls suggest that the former First Lady has the significant edge, with Trump significantly underwater with women and minorities. Some are predicting a landslide.
But one high level Democratic strategist thinks they're wrong. Here's why:
Democratic strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders believes Donald Trump will beat Hillary Clinton like a “baby seal,” and that working class whites who haven’t already left the Democratic Party for cultural reasons will due so now for economic ones.
“I know a ton of Democrats — male, female, black and white — here [in southern Virginia] who are going to vote for Trump. It’s all because of economic reasons. It’s because of his populist message,” Mudcat told The Daily Caller Wednesday.
Saunders has experience working with Jim Webb, helping getting him elected to the U.S Senate in 2006 and advised his failed bid for the presidency in 2016. Saunders was also an advisor to John Edwards in his 2008 presidential bid. The Democrat strategist is renowned for connecting politicians to “Bubbas” — white, working class Southerners.
“Working class whites in the South have already departed the Democratic Party for cultural reasons. Well the working class whites in the North are now deserting the Democrats because of economic reasons,” Mudcat told TheDC. He added, “this is the new age of economic populism, man. This is about survival for a lot of people.”
Saunders is likely right. Add to the equation the fact that many of the young voters who propelled Barack Obama to victory are incredibly unenthusiastic about Hillary Clinton, who they view as a moderate and a sell out. When you pair that with Hillary's total inability to make a human connection with a single solitary voter, and Trump's showmanship, it's easy to see the New York billionaire pulling a complete 180 in the polls and putting Clinton away.
In this election, anything can happen.