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IMHO there is a third main objection, and one in which the right-wing hate campaign may have played a large part: her perceived insincerity. Then again, the arrogance and dishonestly spinning rhetoric of her dismissals of Sanders and his supporters didn't help.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jun 7th, 2016 at 07:25:36 AM EST
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And even that is only the less charitable formulation of the Jon Steward clip.
by generic on Tue Jun 7th, 2016 at 11:42:22 AM EST
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It isn't perceived; she, like the rest of the DLC, is insincere.  The DLC/DNC has done nothing for the last 30 years but give ground the the GOP while claiming TINA and pretending to be the friends of the 99.99% they were screwing over for their 0.01% masters.  Bilious Bill sold out small farmers, labor, and clean water in Arkansas for the sake of industrial agriculture cronies (I keep hearing people say, "Look at how he improved education in Arkansas," but folks, creating a system that cranks out little but more, redundant psych/lit/poli sci majors is nothing but a con game.).  In the White House he dismantled the social safety net and banking regs while she tanked gay rights and healthcare reform for a generation.  I just can't buy that the DLC's "accomplishments" have been merely unintended consequences instead of a salient part of the driving neolib/neocon agenda.
by rifek on Wed Jun 8th, 2016 at 08:37:47 PM EST
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The real improvements to education in Arkansas were accomplished under his predecessor, Democrat Dale Bumpers. Bumpers pushed through a tax increase that really paid dividends when agriculture boomed back then. Bumpers laid the financial foundation for a solid K-college education system in the state - brought Arkansas from the '30s to the '70s in four years. Too bad he never ran for president.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jun 8th, 2016 at 11:50:40 PM EST
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Yes, Dale was the man who got it rolling; Clinton was just more than happy to take credit for the results a decade after the work was done.  As nearly as I can figure, there were two reasons he always turned down a presidential run: no desire to run a national campaign, and the unions didn't like him.
by rifek on Thu Jun 9th, 2016 at 03:59:44 PM EST
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