Titus Stahl

Current Affairs: Unless Sanders is nominated by Dems, Trump will be president

A highly interesting analysis on Current Affairs that argues not from preference, but from a quite convincing analysis of the facts regarding Clinton.

recently, everything about the electability calculus has changed, due to one simple fact: Donald Trump is likely to be the Republican nominee for President. Given this reality, every Democratic strategic question must operate not on the basis of abstract electability against a hypothetical candidate, but specific electability against the actual Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

Here, a Clinton match-up is highly likely to be an unmitigated electoral disaster, whereas a Sanders candidacy stands a far better chance. Every one of Clinton’s (considerable) weaknesses plays to every one of Trump’s strengths, whereas every one of Trump’s (few) weaknesses plays to every one of Sanders’s strengths. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, running Clinton against Trump is a disastrous, suicidal proposition.

I recommend to read the whole thing. Given the high likelihood that Clinton will win the nomination, it is pretty depressing.