DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Is Hillary’s Love Affair with Young American Voters Croaked?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on July 31, 2015

As the old adage goes, a photo can tell a thousand words, and it appears this is the case for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Clinton recently held what her campaign apparently felt was a sure fire campaign event that promised, “young people, Hillary swag, Pizza, Political discussion, a good time”, according to the American Mirror.

To top it all off, on the flyer was a young Hillary Clinton decked out in what could be only described as off-putting 70’s style striped pants. Now ask yourself, if you were a college student would that appealing sight light your political fires?

As it turned out, the answer was a resounding no on so many levels. The political get together was recently held in Manchester, New Hampshire. There was very low attendance. This cannot bode well for Clinton because this is a state that Clinton has to carry resoundingly well, especially with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont nipping at her heels. She needs young voters to turn out in droves.

Unfortunately the news does not get much better for the Democratic presidential frontrunner. The College Democrats of America held a conference targeted at millennial voters on July 22 in Washington, D.C. at the University of the District of Columbia. The focus of the event, which was jam packed with top tier Democrat political speakers, operatives and officials like Julian Castro and Donna Brazile, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was a near bust. According to Campus Reform, the auditorium which held the event was nearly empty.

An empty auditorium which would normally be filled to the rim with young excitable Democrat and liberal leaning young voters and leaders at this stage of a presidential campaign had to be alarming. Perhaps young liberal voters are deciding that the Democrat party is not selling what they want to buy politically, or Hillary Clinton’s mountain of lies are beginning to wear thin on them.

The political reality of Hillary Clinton’s overwhelming political machine and its reach into every state and local Democrat cranny in America may just be blue smoke and mirrors. After all we saw how well her 2008 election machine worked in securing her the nomination.

Sure, there is no Barack Obama standing in her way to the nomination, but for young people who swarmed to Obama in 2008, there is no Obama magic in Hillary’s presidential appeal. For millennial voters, substance does matter, and while Hillary may not think her tens of thousands of State Department emails are no big deal, they certainly are a big deal to these young voters.

Clinton’s poll numbers are tumbling quicker than a Himalayan avalanche in key states like Virginia, Colorado and Iowa. She is losing in those states at this stage of the game to Jeb Bush, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. This is not a good sign for her or for the Democrats who want to extend their hold on the White House.

Maybe Rock the Vote president Ashley Spillane, a speaker at the Young Democrats conference, is on to something. She suggested, “The current political landscape isn’t that inspiring and people are frustrated with politics,” according to Campus Reform

If these millennial voters are being turned off by uninspiring candidates like Hillary Clinton, perhaps Clinton should take a hint and stop lying to American voters and start telling the truth. Imagine how inspiring that would be.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.