While I know the opinion of Hillary Clinton by some on the left is rather divided, some people still seem to forget that she’s a very skilled and experienced politician. And while many liberals want to keep pushing the narrative that it’s Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders, the real battle is ultimately during the general election against the Republican party.
And Hillary’s recent push to help more Americans vote just put the GOP in a no-win situation.
Recently, Clinton proposed some rather sweeping changes to the way Americans vote that every person in this country who cares about voting rights should get behind.
In her proposal she wants to:
- Get all Americans registered to vote when they turn 18.
- Fix the Voting Rights Act.
- Expand early, absentee and mail voting.
- Make it mandatory nationally that every state offer 20 days of early voting.
Now, are any of these ideas particularly groundbreaking? No. In fact, each of those just seems like basic common sense. However, the genius behind her establishing these ideas so early on, with a rather large push being put behind them, is that it’s going to force these Republican candidates to either endorse some of these measures or, more likely, condemn then all. Then they’re going to have to explain nationally why they oppose getting more Americans registered to vote and expanding early voting times so that it’s just easier for everyone to vote.
That’s exactly what I think Hillary Clinton was aiming to do.
As we all know, the last thing Republicans want to do is support anything that could help drastically increase voter turnout. History shows us that the higher the number of Americans voting per election, the worse it is for their party. That’s why they won so handily this past November. It wasn’t because conservatives turned out in large numbers to support their ideas, it’s because we saw one of the lowest voter turnouts in American history.
Heck, it’s why they keep pushing for these strict voter ID laws. It’s not because voter fraud is a problem, because it’s not, Republicans just know that these laws make it more difficult for Americans to vote, especially demographics that tend to vote for Democrats. (The stats prove that this happens.)
And if conservatives were real “patriotic Americans,” they would be appalled at the fact Republicans keep pushing for laws and rule changes that make voting more difficult. But the truth is, most conservatives don’t care if their party is trying to rig elections to benefit the GOP. For them, it’s really not about what democracy gives us, it’s about trying to fix the game so that they get the results that they want.
Because the truth is, no real patriotic American would ever support anyone, or any party, that’s trying to make it more difficult for Americans to vote.
But now because Hillary Clinton has decided to make a pillar of her campaign increasing voter registration and turnout, that’s going to make Republicans come out as the anti-voting party. Which is exactly what they are – they’ve just always tried to avoid talking about it at all costs.
Well, they can’t avoid it now, and that’s going to put them in a position where they have to explain to the country why they oppose making voting easier and more accessible for every American.