I keep hearing the same concern, especially from Bernie supporters:
“I just don’t think Hillary Clinton will follow through on her promises.”
I hear this a lot. And for good reason…
Let’s be honest here… Hillary puts off a shady vibe. Often, her response to controversies is worse than the actual controversy. She’s secretive and hyper-paranoid that anything she’s ever said will be used against her by republicans.
Based on the amount of Clinton controversies that are out there, and based on the way the Clintons respond to those controversies, it’s perfectly reasonable to have misgivings about Hillary’s intentions.
But I still think she’s going to follow through on these promises. There are three reasons I believe this.
- Hillary was a successful Senator. By most people’s reckoning, Hillary Clinton more or less kept the promises she made when running for the Senate. In the New York primary, Hillary won by a relatively large margin. If New Yorkers didn’t like her work as a Senator, they wouldn’t have nominated her for president.
- Hillary wants a second term as president. This is a big one. In order to get elected, Hillary has made some significant promises to the Bernie Sanders supporters. She promised to protect the country against Wall Street. She promised to nominate a judge who will overturn Citizens United. She promised to fight income inequality and she promised to work toward universal healthcare.
Hillary knows these are promises she has to keep, because, if she doesn’t keep those promises, there’s no way in hell she’ll be re-elected for a second term. Bernie’s supporters will make sure of that. And they’ll hold her to it because of #3…
- Bernie Sanders is watching. That’s right. Bernie will not allow Hillary to walk away from her promises. Bernie got a shitload of votes, and that means Bernie has a shitload of power to hold Hillary accountable.
If Hillary doesn’t keep her promises, Bernie will make sure the world knows about it, and he’ll make sure she doesn’t get re-elected.
And Hillary knows this.
So yeah… I think Hillary will at least try to keep her promises. Not because I trust her, necessarily. But because I know Hillary’s a politician, and as a politician, she knows that keeping those promises will absolutely determine whether or not Hillary gets a second term as president.
And I’m certain Hillary didn’t work this hard to get the presidency, just to go down in history as a one-term president.
Have a good one, folks.